Keystone AEA is governed by a nine-member board of directors, elected by local school boards. The members each represent between one and five school districts within a director district. The Board is the policy-making body with powers and duties delegated by state laws and guidelines. Board meetings are the third Monday of the month but are subject to change.
Oelwein is part of Director District 4 and is represented by Sue Updegraff, West Union.
Front Row: Sue Updegraff (4), Sandra Gassman (6), Walter Pregler (8), Janet Kreitzer (1). Back Row: Davis Johnson (2), George Holland (9), Jerry Hilton (5), Merle Gaber (7), Bill Withers, M.D. (3)
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Keystone AEA is proud to be your educational service partner. The information contained in this document provides an overview of our work during the previous academic year. You will find a general overview of the people, programs, and services that comprise our agency as a whole.
All AEAs have specific responsibilities for special education, educational services, and media as defined in Iowa Code. Additionally, the Iowa Department of Education relies on the AEA system for regional support of statewide school improvement initiatives. Keystone's funding comes from federal, state, and local sources and is tied closely to its student count.
Keystone AEA offers professional learning for educators to enhance their skills and practices to improve student learning, including courses for licensure renewal, para-educator and substitute authorization programs, and courses held within the agency and at school locations.
FOR TEACHER LEADERS
AEA PD Onlineis a statewide collaborative initiative of Iowa's area education agencies (AEAs). Together, we bring educators high quality professional development in many different formats, meeting teachers' needs and providing just-in-time training. To search or register for an online course, visit theAEA PD Online course catalog.
KPEC, Keystone's Premier Education Conference is held annually in June. The comprehensive conference offers learning for all educators at an incredible value. The 2017 conference had five strands to choose from: The Whole Child, Special Education, Technology, Leadership, and Curriculum Content Areas. Keynote addresses were made by Pete Hall of ASCD; Joe Beckman, youth motivator; and featured speaker Trevor Ragan, returning after KPEC 2016, focused on Growth MIndset. All 23 of Keystone AEA's member districts sent attendees to KPEC 2017.
Breakout sessions covered topics such as:
Keystone AEA continues to provide support for Teacher Leaders by offering a variety of Teacher Leader Networking opportunities, opportunities for Jim Knight training, and a hybrid of classes with Dianne Sweeney and an online community of learning.
Making math accessible
Challenging behavior supports
Mindfulness and trauma
Social emotional learning
Approximately 750 people attended KPEC and more than 200 of those attendees elected to attend for credit.
Media materials are delivered to your district twice weekly by Keystone AEA van. Keystone's media collection includes student and professional books, small media kits, videos/DVDS, and magazines. The value of this collection is over $4 million.
We partner with the statewide AEA system to acquire online resources on behalf of all Iowa students. Keystone invested roughly $140,000 this year in Online Resources like eBooks, research tools, encyclopedias, and digital video.