Professional Learning Series: 2017 Learning Oportunities

The overriding philosophy behind a teacher leader system is complex, but the ultimate goal is clear – improve student learning. There is no better way to do this than to empower teachers and administrators to lead the effort. The professional learning experts at AEA 267 have collaborated to put together this series of offerings to support local schools.

Please click here for the interactive brochure.

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Registration Deadlines to Change January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, all professional learning offerings will have a two week registration cut-off date prior to the start date of the offering.

For example:  If a professional learning offering begins February 1, 2017, the registration cut-off date will be January 17, 2017.  Please make note of this change in registration deadlines so you don’t incur a late registration fee.

This change is in preparation for AEA 267 transitioning to a statewide professional learning registration system with all nine state AEA’s.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amy Moine, Director of Professional Learning, at amoine@aea267.k12.ia.us.

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UNI Accepting Applications for Distant Graduate Degree Programs, Endorsements and Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa is currently accepting applications for several distance graduate degree programs, endorsements and certificates. Programs with upcoming application and enrollment deadlines include the Education of the Gifted Endorsement, Superintendency Advanced Studies Certificate and Special Education: Consultant Emphasis MAE. These programs are are scheduled to begin classes in January 2017.

The Education of the Gifted endorsement program can be completed in just two semesters, and addresses all of the national standards for preparing teachers of the gifted. This four-course sequence satisfies state requirements for the Iowa PK-12 Talented and Gifted Endorsement (#107). Courses are offered entirely online and provide the opportunity to network and share strategies with practicing teachers facing similar challenges. Enrollments should be received by Nov. 14, 2016.

Designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator, the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency program is also scheduled to begin this spring. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development. Summer sessions do include an engaging, short on-campus experience. Applications are due by Nov. 15, 2016.

The Special Education: Consultant Emphasis MAE program, offered for the first time at a distance, addresses the need across the state for highly effective special education consultants and instructional coaches to provide collaborative, job-embedded and personalized professional development related to the newly enacted Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Applications received by Nov. 28, 2016, will receive full consideration for this program offered entirely online.

A full list of distance programs and start terms can be found at distance.uni.edu/programs.

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CPI Training Registration Now Open for 2016-17 School Year

AEA 267 has Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Initial and Refresher Trainings open for registration for the 2016-17 school year.

To register for CPI Initial Certification Training, please follow this link or log into your My267 account and enter“15175” in the course search field to see all the sections dates and times that are available.

To register for CPI Refresher Certification Trainings: please follow this link or log into your My267 account and enter “15176” in the course search field to see all the section dates and times that are available.

Tips:

  • Click on the title of the course, then “View All” on the left under ‘Sections’ and the list of sections will appear.
  • The fee of $25 is payable by purchase order or credit card.
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Sign up for the new Iowa School Alert system

Effective June 30, Iowa School Alerts is changing. In order to continue receiving valuable alerts regarding AEA 267 office closures, you will need to re-subscribe. Keep in mind that although it is a different system, it is still called Iowa School Alerts.

Simply visit the Iowa School Alerts website to subscribe. You may choose email or text alerts from the drop-down menu; however, please note that in order to receive both, you must go in and subscribe separately for each preference.

The agency will continue to post office closures to the front page of our website and also using our alerts line at 866-923-1089, but it is important that you re-subscribe to the new system to receive an alert by email or text message.

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Distance programs to begin Summer & Fall 2016 via UNI Continuing and Distance Education

The University of Northern Iowa has upcoming application deadlines for degree programs beginning summer and fall 2016. Most programs are offered entirely at a distance via a variety of delivery methods, including interactive video technologies and online via eLearning. Instructional Technology MA​ and School Library Studies MA programs will begin Summer 2016. A School Library Studies MA and Educational Leadership-Principalship MAE/ASC cohort will begin Fall 2016.

The Instructional Technology program prepares professionals to be leaders in Instructional Technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Students focus on integrating technology into the classroom and graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond. Applications for the Instructional Technology MA program are due April 15, 2016. More information can be found at distance.uni.edu/itech.

A cohort for the School Library Studies MA program will begin ​Summer 2016, as well as Fall 2016. The SLS program offers a master’s degree for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa. This program prepares students to become teacher librarians who use their acquired knowledge of children and young people, books and information technologies, curriculum and the power of collaboration to enhance the learning experiences of students in their schools. Applications are due April 1, 2016 for acceptance into the summer cohort and June 1, 2016 for acceptance into the fall cohort. More information can be found at distance.uni.edu/sls.

The application deadline for the Educational Leadership- Principalship MAE/ASC program is April 15, 2016. This program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a mentor. Students entering this program are required to devote a considerable amount of time in an internship experience where work products and skills are developed. More information can be found at distance.uni.edu/principalship.

For more information about all programs offered through UNI Continuing and Distance

​​Education, please visit distance.uni.edu/programs.

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Distance programs to begin Spring 2016 via UNI Continuing and Distance Education

The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for distance graduate degree programs beginning this spring. Most programs are offered entirely at a distance via a variety of delivery methods, including interactive video technologies and online via eLearning.

Programs beginning this spring include the Special Education MAE offered entirely at a distance, with the option of either a Consultant or Field Specialization emphasis. Completion of either emphasis area also leads to an additional endorsement. Both programs address the need across the state for highly effective special education teachers.

Designed for individuals seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a superintendent or AEA administrator, the Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency program will also begin this spring. This performance-based program is unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development. Summer sessions do include an engaging, short on-campus experience.

A full list of distance programs can be found at distance.uni.edu/programs.

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Key Survey Help Guides

If you are an instructor for AEA 267 and are AEA 267 staff, you are expected to send your participants an End of Course Evaluation through Key Survey at the conclusion of all AEA 267 sponsored professional learning courses that meet on multiple dates over an extended time period.  For those offerings that meet just one time, trainers may choose to only use the End of Session Evaluation. This has been in effect since August 2011.

If you need help in preparing this evaluation, there are help documents available. You can find these documents in your My267 account under the “Help Guides” tab.

Scroll down to Instructor Guides and you will find 5 Key Survey guides to help you:

  • Create your End of Course Evaluation
  • Create your Daily Session Evaluation
  • Copy an Existing Survey (if you have offered other sections of the same course)
  • Launch your Survey to your Participants
  • Develop a Report from your Survey

More information can be found at the AEA 267 Professional Learning website under Instructor Resources. These Help Guides are also listed in this portion of the website. If you need the Key Survey username and password, please call Professional Learning at 319-268-7662.

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Drake EDEX has been discontinued

We recently received a directive from Drake University that “Drake EDEX”, which AEA 267 has offered for the past several years, will no longer be available as of July 1, 2015.  This means we will not attach Drake EDEX credit to any courses in the My267 Professional Learning system after that date.  While we have removed the EDEX option from current courses, participants who chose EDEX prior to the removal will still be issued that credit. According to Drake University, the EDEX designation was causing too much confusion with students and the Department of Education.

EDEX has been used by teachers for licensure renewal and movement on the salary scale.  Drake EDMA will continue to be offered and teachers can use this credit designation for that purpose also.  The main difference between EDEX and EDMA is the additional 30 hours out-of-class work for EDMA.

The EDMA designation also signifies graduate education courses that can be transferred into Master’s Degrees as advisor approved electives for endorsement or degree programs. As of July 1, 2015 all AEA 267 courses bearing Drake credit will meet the Higher Learning Commission and Federal Government requirements for degree level courses and eligibility for Federal Financial Aid. EDMA courses include 15 instructor-led hours plus 30 hours of reading, writing, web-based and/or classroom application activities for each credit offered.

Important note to instructors: Many of you are already offering EDMA courses at this level.  If you are new to EDMA or if you would like a refresher, Drake has developed an EDMA Information web page that offers resources to use including how to re-configure an EDEX course into an EDMA course.  If you have additional questions after visiting Drake’s website, please contact Terry Thorpe at Drake (515-271-3976) or Amy Moine at AEA 267 (319-268-7658).

Thank you,

AEA 267 Professional Learning

Updated 7/9/15

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Weather Cancellations

Weather Cancellations

Please note! The agency will no longer use local news media for alerts and announcements.

Standards:
1. Each hub office (Clear Lake, Marshalltown and Cedar Falls) will operate independently when deciding to close or not.
2. Each office has designated staff assigned to make the decision.
3. When an office is closed, all activities and events scheduled at the office are canceled.
4. No late starts for events, activities or professional learning opportunities.

Closings and cancellations will be announced through the following channels:

  1. The front page of the AEA 267 website. If there is a weather announcement, it will appear under the row of picture links in a pink field titled “Weather Alerts”.
  2. Cell phone text message or email from https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov/, an automated web-based service. Sign up for AEA 267 Professional Development for class cancellations. You can also sign up to receive alerts for as many areas or districts as are needed for your situation. (Note to AEA 267 employees: when registering for an account, select “Schools”, then in the box by “Enter Search Term” enter AEA 267.)
  3. The official agency announcements line at 1-866-923-1089. Events will be canceled office by office (Cedar Falls, Marshalltown and Clear Lake). Select the geographic area where your PD learning opportunity is located from the menu prompts.

Resources:

  1. Weather FAQs (AEA 267 Procedures Related to Inclement Weather – Updated 11/26/2014)
  2. Every professional learning flyer or brochure published by the agency should include information about how participants can learn about cancellations.
  3. Agency procedures for announcing an office closing or an event, activity or professional learning cancellation. (updated 9/24/14)

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF forms.

To view current road conditions across the state of Iowa, please visit the Iowa State Patrol’s Iowa Winter Road Conditions website.

Updated 7/9/15

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