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Parent & Principal Tweets Thank You Message for Son’s AEA Services

It all began with a tweet: “Never knew all AEAs do until I saw what they did for this dude the first 3 yrs. of his life! #thankful.” Accompanying the tweet (a 140-character message on the social media site, Twitter) … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Awakening: AEA/School Team Help Boy Learn Positive Communication

Waukee junior high student Andrew Alfano enjoys dancing at his weekly Sunday dance class. Perhaps he enjoys dancing as a way to express himself as he has limited ability to do so verbally. Andrew has autism and is mostly non-verbal; … Continue reading

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Ray’s family finds hope through AEA staff

Excerpts written by Ray’s mom, Keely Goettsch. Raymond, aka Ray, was welcomed into the world on May 14, 2010, by his mom, dad, sister and two brothers. His life started with a routine doctor visit at 35 weeks with an … Continue reading

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Helping Children with Autism: Jaxon’s story

“Pizza, please.” Words a mother was overjoyed to hear come from her young son who struggles with autism. This mom shares how the Keystone AEA Autism Resource Team has helped Jaxon continue to learn and gain independence.

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Transition: Working to Build a Life Beyond the Classroom

Learn how Elias, a student struggling with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, is working toward building a life after high school with the help of Area Education Agency 267′s Farrah Olson.

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Northwest AEA/Denison success: Integrating the Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Denison Elementary and Broadway Elementary in Denison CSD were chosen as two of the initial schools to be trained in the C4K-Response to Intervention (Rti) initiative.  Response to Invention (Rti) is now known in Iowa as the MTSS – Multi-tiered … Continue reading

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Instructional Services – 3D Printing and Scanning

In accordance with increased regional demand and interest, a number of AEA consultants are building their knowledge base on 3D printing and how it can be used for teaching and learning in the classroom. Jason Martin-Hiner, Keystone AEA school improvement … Continue reading

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Colo-NESCO: We Can’t Do It Without the AEA

Just a few short years ago Colo-NESCO was in trouble. The problems were many—shaky finances, a lack of leadership and lagging student achievement. On a Department of Education site visit, the district had 42 citations. As superintendent Jim Verlengia puts … Continue reading

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Parents in the driver’s seat of their child’s growth: How a coaching model of service delivery is making a difference for one family

Rebecca Johnson* knows the value of Area Education Agency (AEA) services. As a stay-at-home mother of five children, four of whom receive services from Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267), Johnson has had plenty of experience with staff from the … Continue reading

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Increasing Independence – Patrick’s Story

You often hear the adage, “It takes a village…” Hear from Patrick and his mother about how a team of Keystone AEA professionals helped Patrick find independence using structured teaching strategies.

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