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1. Navigating the Transition Process; Planning for Educators and Families

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - A & B[map]

Audience: 6th-12th Grade Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Community Service Providers, Families

Dates: 2/27/2018 to 2/28/2018

Location: A & B

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NOTICE: Formally named "Transition Family Planning to Navigation the Transition Process"

The goal of this course is to help teachers learn how to assist parents in their understanding of the special education transition process in Iowa and how to participate effectively. This outcome will be achieved by providing information, resources to teachers so they will feel comfortable assisting parents with the transition process. Participants will receive four parent transition planning modules including all the training materials and resources that the Iowa Department of Education and PACER have created. These include: Module 1 - Road to Discovery: Transition to Adult Living, Learning and Working, Module 2 - From Disability to Possibility: The Power of High Expectations in Transition Planning, Module 3 - Exploring and Preparing for Work as an Adult & Module 4 - Taking the Next Step: Planning for Success in Postsecondary Education. Participants will also be provided information and resources through panel presentations and meaningful collaboration. The expectation is that participants will use these materials to share information and facilitate other educators’ and families’ understanding of the transition process. This is an expanded course based on Secondary Family Transition Planning. Prior participants are welcome to take this expanded course.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 6th-12th Grade Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Community, Substitute Authorization

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: February 20, 2018

2. Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers

Location: Burlington: Ft. Madison Comm. Schools (Ft. Madison, IA) - middle school library[map]

Audience: Elementary, special education, instructional coaches, substitute teachers & para educators

Dates: 2/27/2018 to 3/27/2018

Location: middle school library

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Participants will learn research based strategies that will help their students develop number sense and a foundational understanding of mathematics in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Topics will include: What is fluency?, Sequence to introduce basic facts, specific strategies for each of the four operations, games, and the effect that growth mindset has on teaching and learning. Participants will also learn about the Standards for Mathematical Practice and how to incorporate them into a lesson.

Participants will need to purchase a book. Choose the book that is most appropriate for what you teach. Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction ISBN 978-0-325-07476-4 / 0-325-07476-3 / 2015 / 176pp Grade Level: K - 3rd Mastering the Basic Math Factis in Multiplication and Division ISBN 978-0-325-05965-5 / 0-325-05965-9 / 2014 / 192pp / Paperback Grade Level: 2nd - 6th

NOTE: People taking it for grad credit also need to attend March 27, 2018
TARGET AUDIENCE: Elementary, special education, instructional coaches, substitute teachers & para educators

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: February 20, 2018

3. Substitute Authorization (Grades PK-12)

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - 21C[map]

Audience: Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or holds a paraeducator certificate from an approved paraeducator certification.

Dates: 2/28/2018 to 3/7/2018

Location: 21C

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A substitute authorization allows an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution to substitute in a elementary, middle school, junior high school, or high school (grades PK -12) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a Para educator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual Para educator is employed.

The course is designed to enable participants to become competent in the skills necessary to successfully substitute in Iowa's secondary classrooms. These skills include classroom management, strategies for learning, diversity, and ethics. 14.143(3) The substitute authorization must be renewed every five years. Renewal requirements for the substitute authorization consist of a minimum of two renewal units equivalent to 30 clock hours and completion of an approved child and dependent adult abuse training program approved by the state abuse education review panel. Please refer to the requirements for Substitute Authorization from Iowa Code: 282_14.143(1)-(3) for the complete explanation of the requirements for substitute authorization.
Payment of $130.00 is due 1 week prior to course start date. And must be sent to: Shannon Johnson at 3601 West Avenue, Burlington IA 52601. Background check fee of $75.00 and a $85 licensure fee (good for 5 years) is due when you have completed course and is to be sent with application to the BOEE. $25 fee for Mandatory Reporter training certificate.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or holds a para-educator certificate from an approved para-educator certification program.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: February 21, 2018

4. Fierce 2 Conversations

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]

Audience: Administrators, Curriculum, Teachers, Mentors, Teacher Leaders

Dates: 3/1/2018 to 4/13/2018

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What gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will happen . . . or won’t happen. Consequently, Fierce 2 Conversations builds on the 4 foundation conversations taught in Fierce 1 by adding two new conversation models:
*Generations
*Feedback
*With the focus on a review of the Foundations and these two new conversations, participations will be supported in their implementation through a professional learning community providing coaching and feedback across generations.

This will count for Iowa’s evaluator renewal and is approved by the DE. It is for one credit; that is all that is needed for evaluator. The course is offered over time. Recertification credit is $85 and includes toolkit fee of $128. Grades will be issued after the final class session.

PREREQUISITE: Participants must have taken Fierce 1 prior to Fierce 2.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrators, Curriculum, Teachers, Mentors, Teacher Leaders

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: February 20, 2018

5. Para Educator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Early Childhood Settings

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]

Audience: Para Educators for Preschools, Kindergarten and 1st - 3rd grade, Special Education Early Childhood Preschools

Dates: 3/1/2018 to 4/26/2018

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This course will help participants gain knowledge, skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain the positive social, emotional and behavioral development of Pre K-3rd grade children.

This class has an online component. Out of class assignments are due each week prior to next session and will be 3 hours per week.

Prerequisite: Participants must have a Para Educator Certificate.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Para Educators (who hold a Para Educator Certificate) for Preschools, Kindergarten and 1st - 3rd grade, Special Education Early Childhood Preschools

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: February 22, 2018

20 hrs. will be spent for Online components.

6. Iowa Alternate Assessment: Dynamic Learning Maps (3rd - 11th Grade) Specially Designed Instructional Techniques Workshop

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Auditorium[map]

Audience: Special education teachers responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment in grades 3-11.

Dates: 3/5/2018

Location: Auditorium

This workshop will provide teachers with instructional modeling, practice, and collaboration regarding teaching techniques that can be used with students who take the Iowa Alternate Assessment. Additionally, further conversation and collaboration will take place regarding grade level Essential Elements and Mini-Maps and their usefulness while planning instruction for students who take the Iowa Alternate Assessment.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Participants need to bring:
-A laptop that can access the internet within the Great Prairie AEA agency offices.

Agenda for the Day:
8:30-9:00 Collaboration and Networking Conversations
9:00-11:00 SDI Techniques Content
11:00-11:30 Collaboration and Networking Conversations

TARGET AUDIENCE: Special education teachers responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment in grades 3-11.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 26, 2018

7. Iowa Alternate Assessment: Dynamic Learning Maps (3rd - 11th Grade) Specially Designed Instructional Techniques Workshop

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - Iowa Room[map]

Audience: Special education teachers responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment in grades 3-11.

Dates: 3/5/2018

Location: Iowa Room

This workshop will provide teachers with instructional modeling, practice, and collaboration regarding teaching techniques that can be used with students who take the Iowa Alternate Assessment. Additionally, further conversation and collaboration will take place regarding grade level Essential Elements and Mini-Maps and their usefulness while planning instruction for students who take the Iowa Alternate Assessment.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Participants need to bring:
-A laptop that can access the internet within the Great Prairie AEA agency offices.

Agenda for the Day:
8:30-9:00 Collaboration and Networking Conversations
9:00-11:00 SDI Techniques Content
11:00-11:30 Collaboration and Networking Conversations

TARGET AUDIENCE: Special education teachers responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment- Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment in grades 3-11.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 26, 2018

8. Iowa Alternate Assessment: Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (Grade Kindergarten-3rd Grade) Evidence and Scale Support Workshop

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Conference Room B[map]

Audience: Special education teachers responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment - Early Literacy Alternate Assessment in grades Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Dates: 3/5/2018

Location: Conference Room B

This workshop will allow special education teachers to understand further the different types of evidence, scoring collected evidence, organizational aspects for evidence collection as well as having time to collaborate with other special education teachers regarding evidence and scoring.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Participants need to bring:
-A laptop that can access the internet within the Great Prairie AEA agency offices.
-Student evidence or examples of student evidence.

Agenda for the Day:
12:30-1:00 Collaboration and Networking Conversations
1:00-3:00 Evidence and Scale Support
3:00-3:30 Collaboration and Networking Conversations

TARGET AUDIENCE: Special education teachers responsible for administering K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 26, 2018

9. Iowa Alternate Assessment: Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (Grade Kindergarten-6th Grade) Evidence and Scale Support Workshop

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - Iowa Room[map]

Audience: Special education teachers responsible for administering K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.

Dates: 3/5/2018

Location: Iowa Room

This workshop will allow special education teachers to understand further the different types of evidence, scoring collected evidence, organizational aspects for evidence collection as well as having time to collaborate with other special education teachers regarding evidence and scoring.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Participants need to bring:
-A laptop that can access the internet within the Great Prairie AEA agency offices.
-Student evidence or examples of student evidence.

Agenda for the Day:
12:30-1:00 Collaboration and Networking Conversations
1:00-3:00 Evidence and Scale Support
3:00-3:30 Collaboration and Networking Conversations

TARGET AUDIENCE: Special education teachers responsible for administering K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 26, 2018

10. Check & Connect 1 Day Mentoring Workshop

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Conference Room A[map]

Audience: Any school already implementing C&C or that has completed the C&C Readiness Indicators with a C&C trainer or External Coach and has a plan for implementing C&C within their building or district.

Dates: 3/6/2018

Location: Conference Room A

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Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence. A goal of Check & Connect is to foster school completion with academic and social competence.

Check & Connect is implemented by a trained mentor whose primary goal is to keep education a salient issue for disengaged students and their teachers and family members.

The mentor works with a caseload of students and families over time and follows their caseload from program to program and school to school.

The Check & Connect trained mentor continuously:
- Checks on students, assessing their engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades; and
- Connects with students, offering individualized intervention in partnership with school personnel, families, and community service providers.


Lunch is on your own.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Any school already implementing C&C or that has completed the C&C Readiness Indicators with a C&C trainer or External Coach and has a plan for implementing C&C within their building or district.

11. Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Data Study Group

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]

Audience: Early Childhood/Preschool teachers currently using the GOLD on line Assessment as well as Curriculum Directors and Principals supporting them.

Dates: 3/7/2018 to 5/9/2018

This course is for those currently implementing GOLD Assessment On Line and who will have completed 1-2 checkpoints. Participants will explore the available report features and will analyze the data on their classrooms/students.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Early Childhood/Preschool teachers currently using the GOLD on line Assessment as well as Curriculum Directors and Principals supporting them.

12. Wheel Thrown Pottery I

Location: See Course Location (See Course Location, IA)

Audience: This is a beginning Pottery Class. All level of educators welcome. Anyone with the desire to learn.

Dates: 3/10/2018 to 3/11/2018

The course structure focuses on learning the procedures needed for making pottery on the wheel including: wedging clay, centering clay, opening clay, pulling up walls, wheel throwing, trimming pots, footing pots, raku firing, firing of pots and glazing pots. Students will be making and completing 4 or more pieces of pottery.

This course is being offered by the Villages Folk School. The instructor will be Mary Sederburg.

Materials Fee: Please bring a separate check to class for the materials fee. Students will be responsible for a $40.00 class supply fee (clay, glaze and firing) to be paid to the instructor.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This is a beginning Pottery Class. All level of educators welcome. Anyone with the desire to learn.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 2, 2018

13. Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - Iowa Room[map]

Audience: Elementary, special education, and substitute teachers

Dates: 3/13/2018 to 3/14/2018

Location: Iowa Room

Participants will learn research based strategies that will help their students develop number sense and a foundational understanding of mathematics in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Topics will include: What is fluency?, Sequence to introduce basic facts, specific strategies for each of the four operations, games, and the effect that growth mindset has on teaching and learning.
Participants will also learn about the Standards for Mathematical Practice and how to incorporate them into a lesson. Participants will need to purchase a book. Choose the book that is most appropriate for what you teach.

Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction ISBN 978-0-325-07476-4 / 0-325-07476-3 / 2015 / 176pp Grade Level: K - 3rd

Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division ISBN 978-0-325-05965-5 / 0-325-05965-9 / 2014 / 192pp / Paperback Grade Level: 2nd - 6th
TARGET AUDIENCE: Elementary, special education, and substitute teachers

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 2, 2018

14. Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Auditorium[map]

Audience: Elementary, special education, and substitute teachers

Dates: 3/13/2018 to 3/14/2018

Location: Auditorium

Participants will learn research based strategies that will help their students develop number sense and a foundational understanding of mathematics in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Topics will include: What is fluency?, Sequence to introduce basic facts, specific strategies for each of the four operations, games, and the effect that growth mindset has on teaching and learning.
Participants will also learn about the Standards for Mathematical Practice and how to incorporate them into a lesson. Participants will need to purchase a book. Choose the book that is most appropriate for what you teach.

Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction ISBN 978-0-325-07476-4 / 0-325-07476-3 / 2015 / 176pp Grade Level: K - 3rd

Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division ISBN 978-0-325-05965-5 / 0-325-05965-9 / 2014 / 192pp / Paperback Grade Level: 2nd - 6th
TARGET AUDIENCE: Elementary, special education, and substitute teachers

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 2, 2018

15. SOAR Ratio and ProportionTraining

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - 21C & A[map]

Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers (including special ed teachers) that will be using the SOAR Ratio and Proportion materials

Dates: 3/16/2018 to 4/23/2018

Location: 21C & A

Participants will learn to administer and interpret a survey instrument in order to support students through all tiers of intervention. They will also learn how to use the ratio and proportion intervention materials from SOAR by the Institute for Learning with small groups of students.

This training is three days. The first day focuses on the mathematics of ratio and proportional reasoning. The focus on the second day is on the structure of the SOAR materials. The third day is a debrief of the results participants bring back from using the materials.

This training is only available to teachers who are currently supporting math students or plan to do so in the near future. Each district participating will pay a $200 one-time fee to gain access to the digital materials and training.

The following districts have already paid that fee and their teachers can attend for only the $20 fee for binder printing: Burlington, Central Lee, Danville, Fairfield, Van Buren.

Prior to registering, teachers need to verify with the appropriate administrators that the district will pay the one-time fee of $200 to gain access to the materials for any district participants. Email PO number to Julie.Hannam@gpaea.org

Each participant will be charged $20 for the binder printing fee. Please contact Katie Hash, Gary Jarmes, Lori Mueller or Lynn Selking for more information
TARGET AUDIENCE:Middle School and High School Teachers (including special ed teachers) that will be using the SOAR Ratio and Proportion materials

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 9, 2018

16. Foundations in Autism

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - GPAEA Ottumwa, Auditorium A & B[map]

Audience: Teachers (General & Special Education), Paraprofessionals, Administrators and GPAEA Staff

Dates: 3/19/2018

Location: GPAEA Ottumwa, Auditorium A & B

This course will serve as a foundation for understanding the characteristics of autism and how those characteristics affect student learning and behavior. Participants will learn how to utilize reinforcement, prompting, modeling, and extinction to teach academic and behavior skills to students with autism. This course is recommended prior to participating in additional autism workshops offered by GPAEA.

Agenda for the Day:
Characteristics of Autism Lecture
Reinforcement Lecture
Prompting Strategies Lecture
Modeling Lecture
Extinction Lecture

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers (General & Special Education), Paraprofessionals, Administrators and GPAEA Staff

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 12, 2018

17. ST-AT II Structured Teaching for Autism: Communication, Social and Leisure

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Auditorium[map]

Audience: All regular education and special education teacher, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, parents and AEA staff working with children with the characteristics of autism in the Great Prairie AEA area. ST-AT I is a prerequisite for ST-AT II.

Dates: 3/20/2018 to 3/21/2018

Location: Auditorium

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the use of structured teaching strategies for teaching communication, social and leisure skills. Participants will learn hands on how to use the basic components of structured teaching (ST-AT I) to teach and facilitate communication, social and leisure skills.
NOTE: GPAEA Employees only are allowed to register for CEUs at no cost.
TARGET AUDIENCE: All regular education and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, parents and AEA staff working with children with the characteristics of Autism in the Great Prairie AEA area.

PREREQUISITE: ST-AT I is a prerequisite for ST-AT II.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 13, 2018

18. Teaching the Whole Teen

Location: Ottumwa: Oskaloosa Community School District (Oskaloosa, IA) [map]

Audience: Grade 6-12 levels( teachers, administrators, coaches)

Dates: 3/20/2018 to 5/8/2018

Discussion and collaboration using the resource: Teaching the Whole Teen by Rachel Poliner and Jeffrey Benson. The book address Social Emotional Learning with the Teen in mind. Description from book flyer:
* Everyday classroom practices can support healthy and academic engagement
* Understand teen brain development and social emotional learning
* Everyday practices that foster motivation & persistence.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Grade 6-12 levels( teachers, administrators, coaches)

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: March 9, 2018

19. Social Skills Assessment and Instruction

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) - Conference Room A[map]

Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and GPAEA Staff

Dates: 3/22/2018

Location: Conference Room A

This workshop is designed to provide participants with tools to assess a variety of social skills needs and methods to guide effective social skills instructional practices. Course content will cover a) defining social skills, b) assessment of social skills to guide instruction, c) best practices in social skills instruction, and d) exploration of research-based social skills training materials.

Agenda for the Day

Welcome
Definition of Social Skills
Social Skills Assessment Lecture
Social Skills Instruction Lecture
Materials Exploration

TARGET AUDIENCE: General and Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrators, and GPAEA Staff

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 15, 2018

20. The Domino Effect Program

Location: See Course Location (See Course Location, IA) - Iowa State Penitentiary

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Bus Drivers, Paras, Substitute Teachers, Support Staff

Dates: 4/18/2018

Location: Iowa State Penitentiary

This powerful course is designed to provide insight to those who serve at-risk populations. Participants will explore the risk factors and statistics around at-risk youth. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to hear first hand from incarcerated men who can testify to successful and unsuccessful interventions adults attempted to help them while they were in school. Participants will also identify data related to their own school or organization around college readiness and post-graduate success.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a blended course offering. Required Technology: Access to the Internet is necessary to complete the course requirements.
Assignments are due prior to the first day of class.

Visit this link for course requirements. Online at http://thedominoeffectprogram.weebly.com/mens-prison-program.html


YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THIS LINK FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY FIRST:

Click here to Pay Registration fee for Drake

Only register with here with GPAEA if you want AEA Recertification and have received confirmation from Drake University.

NOTE: A fee of $35 is paid to Drake for lunch and instructor mileage. If you wish to earn credit, your additional payment of $35 or $120 must be processed through GPAEA.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 28, 2018