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Collaborative Teaching Training

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) is assisting local school districts in meeting the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements for special education teachers that are contained in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These laws now require middle and high school...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 16) April 28, 2006

Agreement Reached A budget agreement was reached late Friday afternoon between Iowa lawmakers and Gov. Tom Vilsack for the budget year beginning in July. While most other policy issues, with the exception of education, have been resolved, Democrats, Republicans and the Governor have been at a stalemate over the budget,...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 15) April 21, 2006, Update

Negotiations Continue Negotiations continued this week to attempt to reach an agreement that will allow the legislature to adjourn for the year. Little other work remains except for those items being negotiated. As reported last week, among the issues still being discussed are the following: Allowable Growth Factor for 2007-08;...
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Statewide Training Schedule - Iowa Evaluator Approval Training Program 2006-2007

Description This training is a revision of the original training. It includes both Iowa Evaluator Approval Training and training in Data Driven Leadership combined into one training program. There are six days of formal training along with an increase in the number extended/independent study/onsite activities that participants will conduct outside...
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Innovative Mathematics-Technology Curriculum Improves Student Achievement in Algebra

Since beginning implementation of Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I in 2003, over 3,000 middle and high school mathematics students in AEA 9’s participating E2T2 Consortium districts have been assisted in learning algebra with their own personal “computer tutor”. This research-based mathematics-technology curriculum relies on teacher-directed instruction 60% of class...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 14) April 14, 2006

Interesting Week What had been a slow moving drift toward adjournment got a jolt on Monday night of this week. In an unprecedented move Senate Republicans went into caucus Monday evening and came out with a new leader for the remainder of the session. By a one vote margin they...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 13) April 7, 2006

IPERS The House this week accepted the IPERS language as passed earlier in the session by the Senate. The bill increases contribution rates for employees and employers by 0.5% a year over a four year period. The rate increase would take effect in FY 2008. The original House bill from...
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Mentoring Program

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency received an Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U. S. Department of Education, Mentoring Program grant award. The mentoring grant provides funding for three years to establish academic, social, and emotional assistance for at-risk students in grades 4, 5, and 6 by volunteer adults....
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