Iowa Area Education Agencies

Impacting Lives

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies have been educational partners for the state's schools for 40 years. As intermediate agencies, AEAs offer the kinds of services that can be most efficiently and economically provided on a regional or cooperative basis. Read the many stories from across the state of how Iowa's AEAs are "impacting lives."

July 2, 2015

The Iowa Educators Consortium (IEC) and the Iowa Association of Educational Purchasing (IAEP) food program have united as AEA Purchasing! Iowa's Area Education Agencies launched statewide purchasing services in 1999. To date, these services have saved Iowa schools and non-profit educational organizations over $100 million dollars! In an effort to...

June 25, 2015

A fortieth birthday is an important milestone in a person’s life. Amid the joke about approaching middle age is the comfort of being a little wiser than a person was just a decade ago. As Iowa’s Area Education Agencies reach this celebrated milestone we have the opportunity to reflect on...

June 23, 2015

Hearing Patrick VandenAvond rattle off the list of activities he has participated in over his school career is dizzying. Cross-country (including a trip to the 2014 state meet as a member of the district team), basketball, band, track, chorus, student council, and school plays. In addition, he has found time...

May 28, 2015

The Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) science curriculum units are increasingly visible in area districts, and are netting positive feedback from teachers. The Grant Wood AEA VAST Center originated during the 1992-93 school year in response to a need expressed by educators. Kathy Schultz, Grant Wood...

May 14, 2015

Jennifer Woodley, Great Prairie AEA Communication Specialist In April, I visited Jamie Reifsteck’s first grade classroom in the Fairfield Community School District to participate in an Autism Awareness activity. I was welcomed by a group of smiling faces and blue shirts! “We are all wearing blue today – for Eli!”...

May 7, 2015

Kevin Schlomer and Mary Montgomery working with an Indianola teacher. Some claim that through adversity, it is then one can realize growth and opportunities. This claim rings true for the Indianola Community School District.   The district’s elementary math data was less than favorable. Student learning in math was significantly...

May 4, 2015

According to Dr. Judy Sweetman, educational consultant at Northwest AEA, Hinton Community School District is finding success with their Phase I initiatives. They implemented a "Walk to Read" program last year after Christmas, worked out some bugs and got it going again this past fall. They are implementing interventions and...

April 28, 2015

A high school student from Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District, who dreams of one day becoming the next Steven Spielberg, was awarded a $750 prize this week by C-SPAN for a video he produced about how the Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) has changed his life and the lives of others....

April 24, 2015

From the desk of Lisa Bartusek, Iowa Association of School Boards Executive Director. I am frequently reminded of my belief that Iowa’s area education agencies get too little credit for their important role in our state. This week I attended the AEA Boards of Directors’ Conference, an annual event the...

April 21, 2015

Iowa educators are rallying parents, business leaders and citizens to join a “lobby from home” day on Wednesday designed to urge state legislators to overcome an impasse on school funding.   The Iowa Public Education Coalition, a group of the state’s largest education organizations, calls on citizens from across Iowa...

March 10, 2015

Earlier this month, Grant Wood AEA held an orientation training for our recently-awarded Year 1 TLC districts. Of the 171 districts that applied, 125 were chosen for grants: 74 for the 2015-16 and 51 for 2016-17 school years. Thirteen of these were first year recipients from the Grant Wood AEA...

March 3, 2015

Pictured are (left to right) siblings Deacon, Addy, Jordyn and Crayton. Photo and article received from Anne Iversen, mom to Addalyn. Just a little over five years ago, while living in Wyoming, my husband Cade and I found out that not only were we having twins, but also that I...

February 27, 2015

Area students and teachers are expanding their learning using TrueFlix, one of Iowa AEA Online’s Resources. TrueFlix (grades 3-5) leverages the Scholastic True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. All of the True Book...

February 26, 2015

This article has been posted with permission by the Iowa Department of Education. It appeared in the March 2015 issue of Each and Every Child, an e-newsletter by the Department. For the cost of only commitment, Keystone Area Education Agency in Elkader has created a promising literacy program that focuses...

February 20, 2015

Imagine trying to go about your day without the innate social skills that most of us quickly pick up on as we grow up. Imagine not knowing that it’s polite to say hello to a person you pass on the sidewalk. Imagine not knowing you need to make eye contact...

January 28, 2015

This article has been posted with permission by the Iowa Department of Education. It appeared in the February 2015 issue of Each and Every Child, an e-newsletter by the Department. It’s just a typical monthly meeting with the special education team at Corning Elementary in the southwest Iowa town that...

January 21, 2015

Parents are a child’s first teacher! As educators, we are always looking for new, innovative ways to impact parent participation to increase readiness for school and positive educational outcomes. In today’s busy society, it is common for both parents to work outside the home. Often parents become frustrated with the...

January 8, 2015

Northwest AEA has been helping local school systems redefine their approach to discipline over the past 10 years. School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, often referred to as SW-PBIS, is a set of evidenced-based practices that, when implemented with fidelity, creates a positive culture and climate in schools and...

December 22, 2014

Over 45 educators and 28 local students showcased their technology expertise at the Area Education Agency 267 1:1 conference held on Friday, December 5. The conference was a one-day, hands-on learning opportunity designed to support educators and administrators with an emphasis on teaching and learning within a technology-rich K-12 school...

December 17, 2014

Iowa Education Director Dr. Brad Buck has stated that, “Giving Iowa students a world-class education is critical in today’s knowledge-based economy, but that’s not possible unless they can read.” Take a visit to Emmetsburg West Elementary and observe Prairie Lakes AEA Literacy Coach, Jill Siefken, working with Mrs. Kari Schany’s...

December 5, 2014

Everyday AEA Speech-Language Pathologists provide consultation and therapy for children who have difficulties with language, voice, articulation, and stuttering. Recently, one Great Prairie AEA staff member received a wonderful note of appreciation from an area parent: Dear Ms. John, I’m Maddox’s mom (West Burlington) and I just wanted to take a...

November 20, 2014

Keeping staff and students updated on Grant Wood AEA’s Online Resources is one of Kathy Kaldenberg’s many activities as a PreK-12 media specialist with the Solon Community School District. Kaldenberg explained that she frequently shares “just in time” information about Grant Wood AEA’s Online Resources with the district’s educators and...

November 18, 2014

Using his AMD to find the door opening to class. by Deena Recker, Great Prairie AEA Orientation Mobility Specialist I am an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, working with Great Prairie AEA since August 2012. My role is to help our students who are experiencing reduced vision or no vision to...

November 17, 2014

Keystone AEA's Assistive Technology Team helps students and families improve their learning and quality of life by providing assistive technology services and devices to individuals ages birth to 21.

November 3, 2014

As part of the standards of service for Iowa's nine AEAs, a poverty simulation exercise is offered to develop school-community planning and address the diverse needs of families. The simulation assigns people to fictional—yet real-world—scenarios. For example, pretend you are working a minimum wage job from  3 - 11 p.m....




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Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. As regional service agencies, AEAs provide special education and school improvement services for students, families, teachers, administrators, and their communities.

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