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Grant Wood AEA Program Helps Retain New Teachers in Local Schools

“There is a national trend of fewer teachers entering the field of education, and there’s a growing trend of educators who are leaving the profession,” commented Grant Wood AEA Chief Administrator John Speer. “Our partnering districts looked to us for help with not just retaining these teachers, but helping new professionals be as effective as possible in today’s classroom settings.”


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How we help educators, students & families

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    Supportive staff

    One of the reasons Grant Wood AEA is given the title of top Iowa workplace so often is thanks to the supportive staff at the agency.

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    Keeping students on track

    Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff researched high leverage resources from the Iowa Department of Education in order to best support area educators in accelerating student learning following the pandemic.

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    Professional Learning

    Grant Wood AEA offers opportunities for professional learning to enhance educator skills.

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    Guidance for Parents

    Resources, specialized training and support helps families in their efforts to reduce barriers to their students' learning.

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Top Workplace

Grant Wood Area Education Agency has been rated a top workplace ten years in a row.


Grant Wood AEA supports approximately 5,800 teachers, counselors, teacher librarians, nurses and paraeducators.


Grant Wood AEA's service area covers 4,900 approximately square miles and seven Iowa counties.


public school districts across 7 counties are served by Grant Wood AEA.

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