Cohorts & Collaborations

Grant Wood Area Education Agency offers districts cutting-edge opportunities to leverage research-based best practice to improve student learning.

Mentoring and Induction

The Grant Wood AEA Mentoring and Induction Consortium pools together local and national resources to make certain that every school in the region had access to proven and research-based induction, mentoring and coaching programs. Since 2005, GWAEA’s consortium has supported districts and teachers with this uniquely designed and specially tailored program that has generated impressive results for curtailing teacher attrition in rural districts and supporting teachers who can close the achievement gap for children with special needs.

Research has shown that this approach has produced impressive results for participating districts who joined the GWAEA Mentoring and Induction program. Thirty to forty percent of Iowa teachers leave the state after three years, but Grant Wood AEA consortium members saw a 95 percent retention rate among new teachers thanks in part to this program.

Blended and Personalized Learning

Blended learning brings together the strength of traditional instruction with the advantages of technology, and is one way to personalize learning environments to meet the needs of children, families, and businesses. Learn more here.

Career and Technical Education

Our goal is to prepare area high school students for 21st Century careers that provide a sustainable income and opportunities for professional growth. Learn more here.

BrightBytes Partnership

Grant Wood AEA partners with national leaders in technology and learning to support our districts. A partnership with BrightBytes can support districts with data-driven decision making. Districts can identify internal initiatives and select the right-sized next steps to move toward achieving their goals.