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Dubuque Hempstead Senior, Jack Hostager, named United States Senate Youth Program Delegate for the State of Iowa

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM


Jack Hostager, a senior at Dubuque Hempstead High School, is one of two delegates selected to represent the state of Iowa at the 53rd U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C. Jack will participate in a week-long government and leadership education program in the nation’s capital and receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship.

The highly competitive Senate Youth Program is sponsored by the William Hearst Foundation and is merit-based. The program is designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life.

Each year, the program brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.

They will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each session with elected officials includes an in-depth question and answer period.

For more information visit http://www.hearstfdn.org/ussyp/

Upcoming Substitute Authorization Class

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high school, or high school. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee.) A state and federal background check is required, ($65 background fee.) Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

 Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. Has achieved at least one of the following:  (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

 

What are the requirements to get my Substitute Authorization?

The following must be sent in to the Board of Educational Examiners:

  • A complete application form.
  • $150.00 ($85.00 issuance fee, $65.00 background fee) check or money order made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners, Licensure, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0147.
  • Completed fingerprint cards and waiver form.
  • Official verification (transcript) of completion of the 15 contact hour (minimum) course required for the Substitute Authorization. 
  • Official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree or a paraeducator certificate.

 

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every three years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the three year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

 

Class Registration

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are October 10, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; October 11-12, 2014, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque. The course number is 31424 – Substitute Authorization.

No late registrations or walk-ins will be accepted.  A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Course fee will be $115.00.  Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment.  Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To register for the class go to https://etc.aea1.k12.ia.us/lr1.htm.  Registration deadline is September 26, 2014.  If you have any questions, contact Dee O’Brien at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1465, or dobrien@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

 

Keystone AEA Board Member Elected

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

The Dubuque Community School Board elected a new member to the Keystone Area Education Agency Board of Directors at a June 30 election convention at the Dubuque School Administration Office in Dubuque.

Merle Gaber of Dubuque was elected as the director in Director District 7. The director district is wholly within the Dubuque Community School District and includes Dubuque County Precincts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 31, and 36. Gaber will fill the position formerly held by Galen Reinsmoen who recently relocated out of the Director District. Gaber will serve the balance of a four-year term expiring in October 2017.

Gaber will join the Keystone AEA Board of Directors at its next meeting on July 28, 2014.

STEM, Augmented Reality featured at Technology Integration in Classrooms Conference

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

More than 700 educators from the tri-state area will converge on the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday June 17 and 18, 2014, for the two-day “TIC” Technology Integration in Classrooms Conference sponsored by Keystone Area Education Agency.

With 75 sessions and two nationally known keynote speakers, all types of teachers will find something new to learn. Topics include robotics and coding, 21st century agriculture, augmented reality, and more.

“Augmented reality could dramatically change how students interact with their learning environment. Imagine aiming your device at a textbook and having all kinds of interactive information leap to life on your screen. This technology will be able to provide a depth of learning that wasn’t easily accessible before,” said Rhonda Sheeley, Director of Instructional Services at Keystone Area Education Agency.

Design Mill, Inc., a Dubuque design and development firm, will present their augmented reality software and how it can be used to develop experiences that are engaging for students. “Students could build their own 3D models using Blender or create videos and overlay them into their history reports,” said Nathan Greiner, President of Design Mill. On display will be a fully immersive 3D headset for gaming called Oculus Rift, for which the firm is currently developing content.

“There’s such a variety of sessions and that’s the neat part about it. You can use this as your buffet and you can really pick and choose what you want and make it your conference,” said Barb Schwamman, principal of South Winneshiek Elementary and Middle Schools in Ossian.

Keynote speakers Richard Byrne and Lisa Johnson are nationally known educators. Byrne is a Google Certified Teacher and specializes in workshops on the use of video creation tools in all subject areas as well as workshops about classroom uses for Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Search, and developing an online personal learning community. Johnson has 12 years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state of Texas.

“The keynote speakers are a great motivation and help stretch our teachers’ thinking in where technology fits,” said Jay Jurrens, superintendent of New Hampton Community School District.

Learn more about the TIC conference at http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/en/school_technology/tic_technology_integration_conference/

Second Annual Spring Video Challenge

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM
We're kicking off our second annual Spring Video Challenge with a very "happy" video about reading.  At Keystone AEA we LOVE to read.  This is your chance to share your school's enthusiasm for reading and your love of eBooks.  Be creative - entries can include any song, skit, or creative work of your choosing! 

This year's challenge is all about READING.

 

1 WEEK EXTENSION !!!

We want to know about your school's love of reading and experience with eBooks from Keystone AEA

 

As you can see, we love to read at Keystone AEA. Reading makes us happy!


How to participate:

Share your school's enthusiasm for reading and your love of eBooks by participating in our video challenge!  Be creative - entries can include any song, skit, or creative work of your choosing! 

  • The deadline to submit your video is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014. There is no limit on the number of videos submitted per school building. 
     
  • Voting takes place the week of May 12.
     
  • The winner will be announced on May 19, 2014, with the winning video featured on the Keystone AEA homepage, plus $100 in eBooks or books directly from Follett!
     
  • Schools are encouraged to utilize Soundzabound (royalty free music) or compose their own original music as a copyright solution.

Code Word:STEM, Gaming, Coding and Beyond with 5th-8th grade students in Dubuque

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Monday, March 31, 2014, Keystone AEA will be hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day filled with lots of interactive activities and more than 140 students from Dubuque area schools will be participating!

There are plenty of interesting topics for wordsmiths and of particular *visual* interest to visual journalists will be the robotics sessions in which students will program numerous kinds of robots, 3D printing and more.
 
Students will learn how to create augmented reality apps, learn to program games, program robots, use 3D printers and more!
 
The agenda can be found at:  www.tinyurl.com/CodeStem2
 
This will be an awesome tech-filled day with STEM activities that will open up future career paths for students to follow. 

Keystone AEA Regional History Day Results

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Keystone AEA Regional History Day was held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Decorah Middle School, Decorah, Iowa. This year's theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History. 164 students from 7 schools participated in five categories (Jr./Sr. Divisions). The following State Qualifiers advanced to the State Contest that will be held at the Iowa State Historical Museum, Des Moines, on Monday, April 28, 2014 (Senior Division), and Monday, May 5, 2014 (Junior Division). They have a chance to advance to the National Contest, held at the University of Maryland, June 15-19, 2014.
 
Listed by Category and Division:
 
JUNIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:
 
Title: Don Haskins: Improving the Rights of African Americans in Collegiate Sports
Students: Jake Muhlbauer
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: Manhattan Project
Students: Luke Stock
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:
 
Title: Paying the Price
Students: Erica Bouska
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: Stonewall Inn Riots
Students: Tracy Kimber
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:
 
Title: Loving v. Virginia
Students: Jayden Anderson, Kalee Bigler
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt
 
Title: Orphan Train: Riding the Rails to a New Life
Students: Maggy Hovden, Sonja Sacquitne
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:
 
Title: Children's Aid Society: Taking Responsibilities for Children's Rights
Students: Carina Yee
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt
 
Title: Jane Addams' Hull House: Unlocking the Door to Human Rights
Students: Jenna Galligan
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:
 
Title: Lewis Hine: Changing Children's Rights
Students: Madison Sexton, Lizzie Hartman
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: An Eye for an Eye
Students: Rylea Ranum, Victoria Miller
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Wesley Knaack, Gabe Twedt
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
 
Title: Irena Sendler: Accepting the Responsibility to make a Difference
Students: Katie Storlie
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: Engel v Vitale: The Right to Freedom of Religion in School
Students: Kaitlyn Rooney
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:
 
Title: Honig vs. Doe: The Rights and Responsibilities of an Education for Children with Disabilities
Students: Emma Rooney, Leah Weis, Allison Groux
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
 
SENIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:
 
Title: Night of Terror: The Battle for the Ballot
Students: Gara Lonning, Naomi Davidson, Kalle Solberg, Katelyn Yee, Linnea Carlson
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Gabe Twedt
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:
 
Title: CFSAN: Maintaining the Rights and Responsibilities of Consumer Safety
Students: Brynne Valkosky
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: The Prisons That Took A Part of Us
Students: Kade Kruse
School: Turkey Valley Elementary, Jackson Junction, IA
Teacher(s): Leslie Raymond
 
 
JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:
 
Title: The Orphan Train
Students: David Jensen, Clare Jensen, Helen Weis
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
Title: Ensuring the Right of Education for Blacks: Brown vs. Board of Education
Students: Abigail Toussaint, Emily Franzen
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher(s): Patty Lien
 
 
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Alicia M. Helle
School Improvement Consultant--Schools in Need of Assistance
Keystone Area Education Agency
1400 2nd Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043-9564
1-800-632-5918, ext:1407
ahelle@aea1.k12.ia.us

Keystone AEA to Offer Substitute Authorization Class

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high school, or high school. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee.) A state and federal background check is required, ($65 background fee.) Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

 Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. Has achieved at least one of the following:  (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

What are the requirements to get my Substitute Authorization?

The following must be sent in to the Board of Educational Examiners:

  • A complete application form.
  • $150.00 ($85.00 issuance fee, $65.00 background fee) check or money order made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners, Licensure, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0147.
  • Completed fingerprint cards and waiver form.
  • Official verification (transcript) of completion of the 15 contact hour (minimum) course required for the Substitute Authorization. 
  • Official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree or a paraeducator certificate.

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every three years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the three year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

Class Registration

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are April 25, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; April 26-27, 2014, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque.  The course number is 11422 – Substitute Authorization.

No late registrations or walk-ins will be accepted.  A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”.  Participants must attend all sessions.  Course fee will be $115.00.  Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment.  Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To register for the class go to https://etc.aea1.k12.ia.us/lr1.htm.  Registration deadline is April 4, 2014.  If you have any questions, contact Dee O’Brien at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1465, or dobrien@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

 

Notice of Public Meeting - Initial Proposal

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

 

Notice of Public Meeting
 
You are hereby notified that the Keystone Education Support Staff Association
will submit its initial proposal for 2014-15 salaries and benefits to the Keystone
Area Education Agency 1 on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.
 
The aforementioned meeting will be held at the Keystone Area Education
Agency 1 Administrative Office in Elkader, Iowa, and is open to the public.

 

 

Keystone AEA to Offer Substitute Authorization Class

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM

(Elkader, Iowa - November 13, 2013)   Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization. This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high school, or high school. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

 
The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee.) A state and federal background check is required, ($65 background fee.) Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.
 
 Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:
 
1.   Has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution,
      OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
2.   Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
3.   Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
4.   Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
5.   Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.
 
What are the requirements to get my Substitute Authorization?
 
The following must be sent in to the Board of Educational Examiners:
  • A complete application form.
  • $150.00 ($85.00 issuance fee, $65.00 background fee) check or money order made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners, Licensure, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0147.
  • Completed fingerprint cards and waiver form.
  • Official verification (transcript) of completion of the 15 contact hour (minimum) course required for the Substitute Authorization. 
  • Official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree or a paraeducator certificate.
 
Renewal of Authorization
 
The period of renewal for this authorization is once every three years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the three year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.
 
Class Registration
 
The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are January 24, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; January 25-26, 2014, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at Keystone AEA, 1400 Second St., Elkader, IA.  The course number is 11428 – Substitute Authorization.
 
No late registrations or walk-ins will be accepted. A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.
 
To register for the class go to this link on the Keystone AEA page:  https://etc.aea1.k12.ia.us/lr1.htm  Registration deadline is January 10, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Dee O’Brien at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1465, or dobrien@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.
 

 

 

Keystone AEA Welcomes New Board Member

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

(Elkader, Iowa - October 29, 2013)  Janet Kreitzer, who resides with her husband, Wayne, in Cresco, was elected by the Howard-Winneshiek, New Hampton, North Winneshiek, Riceville, and Turkey Valley schools to represent Director District 1.

Janet is a retired Board Secretary, Treasurer, and Business Manager for Howard Winneshiek Community School District. Janet is interested in serving on the Keystone AEA Board to promote a mutual awareness and understanding of the needs, interests, and concerns of both the Agency and the schools. She currently serves as the Unit President for the Iowa Association of Retired School Personnel - Cedar Valley District 3, and has been involved with the American Association of School Business Officials and Iowa Association of School Business Officials.  Janet has served as a mentor for new school business officials and as Regional IASBO President.  In her free time, Jan enjoys church and community service, golf, travel, reading and enjoying the beauty of each day.
 
Three other Keystone AEA board members were unanimously re-elected to four-year terms: Bill Withers, M.D., Waukon, Director District 3. Sandra Gassman, Epworth, Director District 6. Galen Reinsmoen, Dubuque, Director District 7. 

List of all Keystone AEA Board Members.

Department of Education and Keystone Area Education Agency Mini Summit

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Brad Buck, left, and Deputy Director Ryan Wise, answer questions during a Department of Education and Area Education Agency Mini Summit at Keystone AEA in Elkader, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.(Elkader, Iowa - October 2, 2013) – School administrators and legislators met for a collaborative mini summit held by the Iowa Department of Education and Keystone AEA in Elkader, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Twenty-three individuals from the Department of Education spent the day with curriculum directors, building administrators, and superintendents from schools in Northeast Iowa.

Topics ranged from Early Childhood with Jennifer Adkins to School Finance with Joyce Thomsen, as well as a question and answer session with Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Brad Buck and Deputy Director Ryan Wise.

Legislators present at the summit were Senators Brian Schoenjahn and Michael Breitbach, Representatives Patrick Murphy, Roger Thomas and Patti Ruff.