Hello!  I am pleased to continue my support with (enter district) as your GWAEA Regional Administrator this year.  My goal is to build and maintain collaborative partnerships with your district and GWAEA in order to effectively meet the needs of all learners.  I work closely with district administration to align district/building goals with GWAEA’s services.  On behalf of the entire dedicated team from GWAEA, we are excited for 2015-16!  Let us know how we may help!

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Janel Lesan



A Few GWAEA Notes for Vinton-Shellsburg CSD Staff

  • School Improvement and Professional Development Support

    - GWAEA partners with Vinton-Shellsburg to provide support in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  Teachers will participate in the Learning for Continuous Improvement (LCI series at GWAEA throughout the year. School improvement consultant, Myra Hall, works closely with principals, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Technology, , Kim Meyer, and the teacher leadership team to support this important work. Instructional coaches will receive support through Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC)

  • Early Literacy Implementation (ELI)

    - Our goal is to assist your district in the successful implementation of best practices in the area of literacy, including development of effective teaching practices within a multi-tiered system, support with universal screening (FAST) and progress monitoring of students K-6, and ensuring the core curriculum is viable.    Components of ELI:  Iowa Code section 279.68.  Arlene Brandt (double check this with Lisa Becker!, GWAEA general education literacy consultant, is available to support teachers in this important work!  

  • Special Education Literacy

    - There is a significant achievement gap between students without disabilities and those requiring special education services through an Individual Education Plan (IEP).   Our goal is to support the implementation of research-based practices to eliminate that gap in the area of reading. Ronda Hilbert, GWAEA special education literacy consultant, provides support to Vinton-Shellsburg's special education teachers at the elementary level. Kim Smith, GWAEA emergent literacy consultant, supports preschool teachers.  

  • Special Education Compliance and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

    - In the year following data-entry for special education compliance, a corrective action plan is implemented and corrections are made to Individual Education Plans (IEP).  Special education consultant, Sue Lala, and school psychologist, Amanda Osborn, will support this work.

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    - For information, contact your external coach, Amanda Osborn, GWAEA school psychologist.

    - New Teacher IEP Training:  Writing quality IEPs is an essential skill for all LEA and AEA staff working with special education students. It is the responsibility of the AEA to provide training and support to ensure all staff understand the basics of the IEP and the expectation of quality IEPs. If you have questions please contact me.  The dates/times/course numbers for the half day face-to-face follow-up training are:
    Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 8:30-11:30 a.m., 19371-15-01
    Monday, Sept. 21, 2105 1:00-4:00 p.m., 19371-15-02
    Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 8:30-11:30 a.m., 19371-15-03
    Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 1:00-4:00 p.m., 19371-15-04


    - Professional Learning Communities

    The district will continue to refine their work in Professional Learning Communities with the support of GWAEA. In addition, GWAEA will be hosting a couple of professional learning opportunities in September centered around PLC’s. For more information please click on the GWAEA Featured Events and Professional Development link for details.  



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