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Erica & Kara: A Partnership in Learning

The story of how one simple idea from an AEA 267 speech-language pathologist created big results by encouraging learning development and building confidence amongst two students.

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West Branch participates in Transformation Phase One

During the 2013-14, 10% of Iowa elementary schools were identified for Phase 1 of Iowa’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) initiative. The story below highlights the experience of a Phase 1 school in the Grant Wood AEA area. Hoover Elementary … Continue reading

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College Community: Building a vision during Transformation Phase 1

During the 2013-14, 10% of Iowa elementary schools were identified for Phase 1 of Iowa’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) initiative. The story below highlights the experience of a Phase 1 school in the Grant Wood AEA area. Engaging staff … Continue reading

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Adapted Cars Encourage Exploration and Curiosity in Kids With Disabilities

Exploring the world. Being curious. Learning cause and effect. Many people likely take for granted how important these skills and abilities are for infants as they transition into toddlers. For kids with special needs who have mobility delays, exploration and … Continue reading

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Transformed Teaching through AEA Collaboration

Written and submitted by Jessica Todd, 4th Grade Teacher, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn CSD. Looking back on grade school social studies brings memories of round robin textbook reading and corresponding worksheets. It was an endless cycle of read the text and scavenger hunt … Continue reading

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Summer: Romping, reveling and…reading

This article has been posted with permission by the Iowa Department of Education. It appeared in the May 2014 edition of Each and Every Child, an e-newsletter by the Department’s Bureau of Student and Family Support Services. An average student … Continue reading

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Building Confidence by Strengthening Voices

“Now people can hear me,” says 8-year-old Joe Mai. Joe radiates confidence after overcoming obstacles with the help of Keystone AEA Speech-Language Pathology services. AEA speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with children who have a variety of communication needs related to … Continue reading

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Scuba Diving Experience Launches DSM Students’ Blogs

By Linda Moehring & Deb Vail On a chilly day in March, fourth and fifth graders from Des Moines’ Downtown School warmed up and dove deep during an exciting scuba diving experience. The students were able to do one-onone diving … Continue reading

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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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