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1. Bullying Investigation Training - FT. MADISON

Location: Burlington: Ft. Madison Comm. Schools (Ft. Madison, IA) [map]

Audience: Administrators; Anyone involved with investigating bullying complaints.

Dates: 11/29/2017 to 12/7/2017

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This training is modeled off of Amanda Easton’s trainings for bullying investigations. We will use her materials--led by Anne Morgan. Day 1 is the content around the law, processes. Day 2 is actual digging in to scenarios, practicing each part of an investigation.

This is set up for 1 recertification credit. However, if there are those who would like a refresher of just the content, then sign up, choose ‘audit’ and you only need to attend Day 1. For those who are ‘new’ to investigations or for those who want 1 credit, sign up for credit.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrators; Anyone involved with investigating bullying complaints.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: November 20, 2017

2. Inquiry Based Learning in Early Childhood - FAIRFIELD

Location: Fairfield: Great Prairie AEA (Fairfield, IA)

Audience: Early Childhood teachers, associates, para educators, substitute authorization, curriculum directors and administrators

Dates: 11/29/2017 to 5/2/2018

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Participants will learn the skills necessary to engage in inquiry learning with preschool children using a projects/studies approach. Inquiry based learning is a researched based method which engages children as active learners in explorations to answer real life questions. Research has shown this type of approach reduces behavior problems in the classroom while motivating children to learn in the areas of literacy, writing, science and social studies. This course will guide participants from topic identification through implementation in their classroom and documentation of the learning that has occurred.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Early Childhood teachers, associates, curriculum directors, Paraeducators, Substitute Authorization, and administrators

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: November 21, 2017

3. Para Educator Course III - Behavior Improvement - OTTUMWA

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

Audience: Para educators seeking Certification (Para I,II, III are required for certification plus Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and a Federal Bureau background check fee of $75 and $40 license fee, $3 credit card use fee. 2 IHCC Credits (optional) for additional $20.00 which have been included in the Para Educator plus IHCC credit option that you must choose when you register.

Dates: 11/30/2017 to 12/14/2017

Location: Auditorium

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This paraeducator course is the third in a series of three that will allow a person to become a certified classroom paraeducator. The participant must have completed Paraeducator Courses I and II.

Participants will gain knowledge, skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain the positive social, emotional and behavioral development of children. Participants will gain knowledge in developing and maintaining positive relationships with staff, students, and families. Upon completion of this Para course, the third and final Para Educator class participants will be eligible for the Para-Educator Generalist certificate.

This course will have an on-line computer component. All participants will need to have email, internet and computer access to complete this component.

Participants are asked to bring a laptop. There will be a very brief dinner break - please bring a snack or light dinner with you to class. There will not be time to leave the building to go out for dinner and return to class on time.
TARGET AUDIENCE:Para educators seeking Certification (Para I,II, III are required for certification plus Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and a Federal Bureau background check fee of $75 and $40 license fee, $3 credit card use fee. 2 IHCC Credits (optional) for additional $20.00 which have been included in the Para Educator plus IHCC credit option that you must choose when you register.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: November 21, 2017

4. Substitute Authorization (Grades PK-12) - ALBIA

Location: Albia Office (Albia, IA) [map]

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

Dates: 11/30/2017 to 12/18/2017

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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.

5. Iowa Science Standards Module 3 for Grades K-1 WEST - Gathering and Using Evidence of Student Learning in the Science Classroom - OTTUMWA

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

Audience: K-12 science teachers, administrators, instructional coaches (Note: Kindergarten and First grade teachers are encouraged to attend this session, but it is not grade-specific content.)

Dates: 12/4/2017 to 12/5/2017

Location: 21C

In this two-day, K-12 state training, participants will learn to modify and develop three-dimensional science assessments aligned to the Iowa Science Standards. Participants will experience using a process to analyze student evidence from 3D assessments and use the data to determine next steps in their instructional storyline. A review of Module 2 learning, time to modify/complete a storyline and support in using student discourse as evidence of learning will be provided. (Note: Kindergarten and First grade teachers are encouraged to attend this session, but it is not grade-specific content.)

PREREQUISTE: Attendance and participation in Module 1- Iowa Science Standards: An Overview AND Module 2- Iowa Science Standards: Planning for Three-Dimensional Learning through Phenomena and Storylines

TARGET AUDIENCE:
K-12 science teachers, administrators, instructional coaches (Note: Kindergarten and First grade teachers are encouraged to attend this session, but it is not grade-specific content.)

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: November 27, 2017

6. TIPS Training Workshop - Burlington

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

Audience: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A PBIS TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING PBIS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP.

Dates: 12/5/2017

Location: 21C

TIPS is a problem-solving model established within a standard set of meeting foundations. It’s a series of steps anyone can use to move from identifying a problem to implementing a solution. Schools involved in training will receive access to ongoing coaching to support implementing the model the way it was meant to be implemented. Teams can expect to improve their decision-making capabilities for problem-solving around behaviors. They will learn to define behavior problems with greater precision, use data throughout more of their process, and create more complete action plans that are useful for measuring implementation of PBIS.

* Teams will consider use of TFI Data, TFI Action Plan, and Coaching Service Delivery Plan as measures of effectiveness with use of TIPS.

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

TARGET AUDIENCE: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A PBIS TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING PBIS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION MINIMUM: November 28, 2017

7. PBIS SAIG Tier 2 Workshop - Burlington

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

Audience: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A TIER 2 TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING TIER 2 PBIS INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

Dates: 12/6/2017

Location: 21C/ICN Room

This Tier 2 “SAIG” workshop is intended to support Tier 2 team members in a school that is implementing PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). Participants must attend as part of their PBIS Tier 2 team (at least with the team’s Internal Coach and/or Facilitator) as the purpose of the workshop is to gain further knowledge and understanding of the PBIS Tier 2 SAIG intervention. There will be activities and content shared throughout the day.

YOU MUST BE A PART OF A TIER 2 TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING TIER 2 PBIS INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP.

* Exceptions are at the discretion of the instructor and must be approved ahead of time.

Lunch is on your own.

TARGET AUDIENCE: YOU MUST BE A PART OF A TIER 2 TEAM AND WORK IN A SCHOOL THAT IS IMPLEMENTING TIER 2 PBIS INTERVENTIONS IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION MINIMUM: November 29, 2017

8. Foundations in Autism - Ottumwa

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

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

Dates: 12/7/2017

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: November 27, 2017

9. PBIS & Bullying Prevention 1 Day Workshop - Burlington

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

Audience: Schools who are implementing PBIS at any Tier

Dates: 12/11/2017

Location: Prairie Room

During this 1 day workshop participants will:

-Understand by definition what bullying is and is not
-Understand the causes of bullying behavior and how to respond
-Understand the connection between bullying prevention activities and current PBIS practices
-Analyze current PBIS practices and assess for alignment with bullying prevention practices
-Plan for ways to enhance systems for alignment of practices within PBIS

TARGET AUDIENCE: Schools who are implementing PBIS at any Tier

10. ST-AT 1 and 2 Structured Teaching for Autism Combined 4 Day - OTTUMWA

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

Audience: All regular education and special education teachers,substitute authorization, paraprofessionals, parents and AEA staff working with children who display the characteristics of Autism in the Great prairie AEA area.

Dates: 12/11/2017 to 12/14/2017

Location: Auditorium

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and structured teaching strategies to create individualized programs for students. ST-AT has been based on the principals of the TEACCH model. Participants will learn hands on how to create and use physical structure, daily schedules, work systems, routines and task structure. Participants will also learn strategies to work on communication as well as social and leisure skills to develop programs for student participants in this training.

*The content in this course is the same as content provided in Structured Teaching for Autism I and Structured Teaching for Autism II.

NOTE: Only GPAEA Employees are allowed to register for CEUs at no cost.

TARGET AUDIENCE:All regular education and special education teachers, substitute authorization, paraprofessionals, parents and AEA staff working with children who display the characteristics of Autism in the Great prairie AEA area.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: December 1, 2017

11. Foundations in Autism - Burlington

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

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

Dates: 12/12/2017

Location: Conference Room A

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: December 1, 2017

12. Check & Connect 1 Day Mentoring Workshop - Burlington

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) - Prairie Room[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: 12/14/2017

Location: Prairie Room

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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 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.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: December 7, 2017

13. Evidence Based Practices in Autism: Functional Communication Training (FCT) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT) - Burlington

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

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

Dates: 12/14/2017

Location: Conference Room A

This course is designed to provide participants with a basic knowledge of Functional Communication Training (FCT) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT), two evidence based strategies for teaching communication skills to individuals who display characteristics on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn how to implement the different strategies, and will have opportunities to practice the strategies with one another. It is recommended that participants have attended either Structured Teaching for Autism (ST-AT) or Foundations in Autism prior to attending this workshop.

Agenda for the Day:
FCT Training Lecture
FCT Application Activity
PRT Training Lecture and Practice Activity
PRT Application Activity

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

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 5, 2017