Sign up for the new Iowa School Alert system

Effective June 30, Iowa School Alerts is changing. In order to continue receiving valuable alerts regarding AEA 267 office closures, you will need to re-subscribe. Keep in mind that although it is a different system, it is still called Iowa School Alerts.

Simply visit the Iowa School Alerts website to subscribe. You may choose email or text alerts from the drop-down menu; however, please note that in order to receive both, you must go in and subscribe separately for each preference.

The agency will continue to post office closures to the front page of our website and also using our alerts line at 866-923-1089, but it is important that you re-subscribe to the new system to receive an alert by email or text message.

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New resources available to support students with dyslexia

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education have created Iowa Dyslexia Resources, a website designed to help families and educators learn more about dyslexia. Reading difficulties, including dyslexia can have a mild, moderate, or severe impact on learning; however, with appropriate instruction almost all can learn to read.

This new Iowa resource will help families understand what some possible indicators of dyslexia are, how they can provide support to their children, and provides local AEA contact information for parents to receive additional information. Educators will find an overview on dyslexia, along with the best practices to identify, remediate and support students who have reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

By working together, students who are not on target with their reading can be identified and provided the support needed to ensure their success.

For more information on dyslexia, contact Dr. Carol Sensor, AEA 267 Special Education Coordinator of Services Improvement or Kim Swartz, AEA 267 Assistant Director of Educational Services.

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AEA 267 offices resume regular business hours

Beginning Monday, August 15, AEA 267 offices will resume regular business hours. Offices will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Stop the summer slide

summer slideSeveral points of research show how student achievement can drop off over the summer if they don’t stay engaged academically. Wondering how to keep your students reading over the summer? AEA 267, in cooperation with Mackin has developed a summer reading resource website called I Want To Read. Suited for grades K-12, there are links to eBooks within your MackinVIA portal, as well as links to a summer reading journal and other book-related activities. These resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A webinar to share information about the research around summer learning loss and the K-12 eBooks accessible through the I Want To Read website was held on April 7th. We recorded the webinar, and it is now available for viewing.

We have also developed a webpage with resources to go along with these summer reading resources including a sample parent letter and templates for bookmarks and posters.

If you have questions regarding the AEA 267 summer reading resources, please contact Jane Frizzell or Cheryl Carruthers, AEA 267 Librarians.

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Thanks for your patience while we learn!

All AEA 267 staff members will be attending our annual all-staff meeting on Thursday, August 11. Please be aware that response time to inquiries may be slower than usual. Thanks for your understanding as we recharge our batteries and learn so that we can better serve you!

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