Check out the newest Assistive Technology Team Learning Board: Early Considerations for AAC! The Assistive Technology Learning Boards focus on different areas of assistive technology that we get a lot of questions about. The Learning Boards highlight common questions in each topic area and provide links to tools, documents and videos that users can access in their own time to learn more about assistive technology. All of the Assistive Technology Learning Boards can be accessed with this MATRIX. Don’t forget to share these Learning Boards with the LEA staff that you work with! Reach out to your Assistive Technology Regional Contact with any questions.
Great Prairie, Green Hills, Mississippi Bend, and Prairie Lakes AEAs are excited to share the first virtual Inclusive Classroom Conference with you. The conference is Free and will be held on February 9, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.. If you are unable to attend on that day, the sessions will be recorded for you to watch at a later time.
Description: “The conference will feature sessions and strategies to help educators utilize individualized instruction that empowers every student to become an expert at learning. Technology and instructional interventions can be designed to support students with disabilities. These practices provide a pathway for designing inclusive, equitable and accessible educational experiences that meet the needs of every learner.” List of Inclusive Classroom Conference Sessions
Keynote speakers include: Mike Marotta, Karen Janowski, Beth Poss, and Christopher Bugaj, co-authors of the book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year. (This resource is available for checkout from CRAEA Media!) All you have to do is register here: Inclusive Classroom Registration. Don’t miss out on this great learning opportunity!
Contact the CRAEA Assistive Technology Leads with any questions: Jennifer Cline, Shira Gebel, Abby Martin, or Tasha Miller.
Amy Knupp’s weekly Wednesday meetings has new updates from January 12.
The Central Rivers AEA Assistive Technology Team is excited to continue our informational Zoom sessions with AAC reps this month. These are all representatives that serve our area and are able to work with you in the future. During these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to meet the representatives, learn about the devices and products available through their company and learn how they can help with the decision making process and acquisition of AAC. The AT Team would like to invite any CRAEA staff member interested in learning more about AAC. The January session will be with Shawnda Moore from Prentke Romich Company from 3:30-4:00 on January 19.
Please contact Abby Martin or Tasha Miller with any questions.
Our CRAEA School Counseling Advisory Team has determined it is important to continue with providing opportunities for us to join each other virtually. We have planned monthly sessions of “Coffee with Counselors” where conversations are counselor inspired and counselor driven in a casual conversation format.
Our purpose is to create a safe place to come together and build upon the mindset that we are all in the trenches together. We hope to build upon our sharing and supportive environments as we work through the fluidity of the moments we are experiencing. We are also hoping to find ways to tap into our individual gifts of being the light for others.
These sessions are totally voluntary and optional, and we welcome you to participate in any of our upcoming sessions. This year we are planning on having these monthly sessions focus on a topic and connect that topic to some learning and also provide collaborative/conversational times. Depending on our group size during these sessions, we could potentially go into breakout rooms via the following groups: Elementary, Middle School and High School focuses.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
- January 12, 2022 (Burnout)
- February 9, 2022 (1st Gen Students)
- March 16, 2022 (Equity Lens)
- April 20, 2022 (Crisis Support)
- May 18, 2022 (Legislative Update)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
- January 13, 2022 (Burnout)
- February 10, 2022 (1st Gen Students)
- March 17, 2022 (Equity Lens)
- April 21, 2022 (Crisis Support)
- May 19, 2022 (Legislative Update)
Thanks to our CRAEA Counselor Advisory Team for their commitment to supporting each other and helping organize these connecting opportunities.
Thanks again for being bright shining lights of hope for others. If you have any questions, please contact Jo Prusha.
Student Centered Coaching has adapted to new contexts since CRAEA started offering this course. SCC continues to be evidence-based and grounded in asking teachers what they would like their students to learn and be able to do, based off of our Iowa standards and operates under the following guiding principles:
- Coaching is not about “fixing” teachers
- Coaching is a partnership focused on student learning.
- Coaching is about continual professional growth.
- Coaching is part of a robust ecosystem of professional learning.
As we all have shifted our practices this past year, yet remained student-centered, we have learned to respond to the needs of students, teachers and our systems. Our SCC learning sessions focus on building skills sets to adapt and meet the needs of our systems to deliver results for our students. You will have access to firsthand experiences from teacher leaders who are out there right now doing their best to figure it all out. Just like you. As always, we invite your systems to use any of the shared tools as a launching-off point. Never hesitate to adapt them to meet your needs; they and we are here for you.
The graphic below represents how the Role of Relationships are connected to our Well-Being and SEL Competencies. The Use of Data and Materials connects to building equity, designing learning opportunities connected to activating students’ learning and developing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for ALL learners. The Perception of Coach and Roles point to the importance of connecting and leveraging our teacher leadership teams and AEA supports to create shared understandings. As we learn these moves we will dive into and share practices (with tools) designed to scaffold our language, utilize checklists, protocols and other resources to create structures and coherence to leverage coaching conversations so we can continue to FOCUS on our students.
Our fourth day of learning for Year 1 teacher leaders and second day for Year 2 teacher leaders will be happening on January 25 and 26, 2022. You can find more information here.
Please contact Jo Prusha, Keith Halverson, or Bradi Johnson if you have any questions.