Return to Learn Resources

Jul 09, 2020

GWAEA Districts: Get Connected with These Resources

Grant Wood AEA and the Iowa Area Education Agency statewide system worked with several continuous learning and virtual learning companies to cull information about their resources to help districts navigate options for their Return to Learn plans. We have included volume pricing based on enrollment, details on how the tools integrate with student information systems and various LMS platforms, available professional learning and support, and other key details for districts below.

Engagement Tools Available for Discounted Rates

Actively Learn 
Districts in the Grant Wood AEA service area have the opportunity to work with Actively Learn at a discounted rate for the 2020-21 academic year.

Pear Deck 
Available across Iowa this year for a special reduced rate, Pear Deck is a communication platform that lets teachers create interactive assessments and presentations that students can follow from their personal devices. It is used in conjunction with Google slides and assists teachers with designing  engaging learning experiences and embedding  formative assessments into online classrooms, and is designed to integrate with your district's existing tools including both Google or Microsoft applications.  (If interested in Pear Deck, utilize the registration link also found in the document.)

Interested in Seesaw for Schools Consortium Pricing?
Grant Wood AEA would like to combine the collective interest of districts in our area to help reduce the price for districts to use Seesaw for Schools for the upcoming academic year. Please indicate your interest in purchasing Seesaw collectively so we can secure consortium pricing information.   Details will be finalized and shared with those that complete this form in the next few weeks.--> Initial Seesaw for Schools Interest Form  -please complete by Tuesday, July 14.


Online Curriculum and Virtual Learning Solutions

Please note that the AEAs are pleased to coordinate information about these resources, but the AEAs are not subsidizing or purchasing these resources for districts. Some of these vendors have offered consortium pricing for Iowa districts, and those prices are reflected in the information provided.


APEX Learning
Apex Learning can provide virtual instruction by experienced teachers with Iowa licenses through Apex Learning Virtual School. Additionally, districts can utilize Apex Learning’s active learning curriculum with their own district teachers, or a combination of both, through a single platform.


Edgenuity Instructional Services offers an engaging, content-rich Iowa standards-aligned K–12 curriculum taught by either district teachers; Edgenuity-coordinated Iowa state-certified virtual instructor; or a combination of both through a single platform.

Edmentum empowers educators to transform their approach and build school around the needs of each individual student. EdOptions Academy, Edmentum’s fully accredited K-12 virtual school, pairs their Iowa-certified teachers or yours with high quality and engaging instructional content. Based in the Twin Cities, Edmentum’s adaptive digital curriculum, research-based assessments, and consulting serve to save teachers time, encourage student agency, and simplify the Return-to-Learn accelerated learning protocol.


FLVS Global
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students throughout the country.


K12 Inc
K12 Inc can provide innovative, high-quality online and blended education solutions, curriculum, and programs to students, schools, and enterprises in primary, secondary and post- secondary settings. Districts can leverage K12’s pool of Iowa state-certified teachers, or access K12 certified instructors who are”power-users” of the curricula in the K12 suite of offerings to support district online/blended learning programs or other hard to staff courses.

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