Micro-Credentials & Personalized Playlists

Micro-credentials are asynchronous learning opportunities that allow participants to decide which element or elements best suit their personal, professional practice. Micro-credentials demonstrate evidence of competency and can lead to license renewal credits.

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Grant Wood AEA Personalized Playlist

Description: This micro-credential serves as the welcome and introduction to a Personalized Playlist to earn re-licensure credit in Iowa. A Grant Wood AEA Personalized Playlist is an opportunity for participants to combine 15+ hours of micro-credential learning for license renewal credit. Participants will write a learning plan, set a goal, actively engage and participate in the learning, and produce a culminating project and a written reflection to showcase learning. Participants will have up to 1 year (365 days) to complete the learning and projects to gain credit.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, teacher leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, support staff, and/or AEA staff seeking license renewal credit or personalized learning opportunities

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Micro-credential Library

All Students: What We Really Mean




All Students: What We Really Mean

Description: All students can learn grade-level standards, what does this really mean? Participants will analyze this statement and dig deeper around what is implied by “all students”. Participants will also examine relevant research around how teacher estimates of student abilities impacts achieving grade level standards.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Analyzing Healthy Indicators with Student Success




Analyzing Healthy Indicators with Student Success

Description: Participants will learn the important features of the Student Success data system platform including Healthy Indicators, attendance, and behavior data. Through analysis and reflection, participants will identify future system implications.

Intended Audience: K-6 Educators, instructional coaches, Building Leadership Teams, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Behavior Basics




All Students: Behavior Basics

Description: ​This training is intended for staff who support students with behavior needs. Behavior Basics is an overview of research-based behavior principles. It will provide knowledge/tools to assist with implementation of behavior intervention plans.

Intended Audience: Pre-K-12 educators supporting students with behavior needs

Approximate time needed: 3 hours

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Building a Foundation of Community & Belonging…




Building a Foundation of Community & Belonging in the Classroom

Description: Building a strong foundation of classroom community begins with relationships demonstrating respect and appreciation for diversity and differences amongst students. This ultimately leads to a sense of belonging and unity through shared values and goals. A sense of community can assist all students in better understanding their own learning. Understanding hidden biases held within a classroom is also an important step. This micro-credential will dive into what a solid foundation of classroom community looks like and feels like which is a prerequisite for deep learning to occur. You will also be asked to create  an action plan or next steps to creating a sense of community and belonging in your classroom.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, paraeducators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators and AEA staff.

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Classroom Supports for English Learners




Classroom Supports for English Learners

Description: This micro-credential was designed to provide support for educators in ensuring that English Learners have access to core instruction.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Creating a Micro-credential (GWAEA Staff Only)




Creating a Grant Wood AEA Micro-credential – **GWAEA Staff Only**

Description: This micro-credential was created for Grant Wood AEA staff creating content to enhance consistency and provide considerations for creating high quality micro-credentials at Grant Wood AEA.

Intended Audience: Grant Wood AEA staff wishing to create content for GWAEA micro-credentials

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Data Teams: Focusing on Improvement




Data Teams: Focusing on Improvement

Description:Participants will learn to recognize behaviors and meeting practices of effective teams while clarifying the current reality of one’s own team and next steps for improvement. The learning will deepen understanding of the five-step process known as Data Teams. The learning is based on the Leadership and Learning Center and Achievement Teams.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, preservice teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Differentiation




Differentiation

Description: Classrooms are full of unique needs and abilities. Keeping this in mind, we cannot plan lessons targeted at just one group of students. Having knowledge about differentiated instruction and the skills to implement differentiation are imperative in today’s classrooms. Participants will learn how to differentiate instruction through content, process, product, and environment. The resources and activities will support educators as they implement effective instructional strategies to meet a vast range of student needs.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, preservice teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Digging Deeper with Depth of Knowledge and Cognitive Rigor




Digging Deeper with Depth of Knowledge and Cognitive Rigor

Description: Participants will explore Bloom’s Taxonomy, Webb’s DOK, and Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices and apply learning around Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to standards, tasks, and essential questions. Participants will also explore The Opportunity Myth and learn how access to grade level standards, strong instruction, deep engagement, and high expectations are critical in the success of all students.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, preservice teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 3 hours

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Disability Suspected: Understanding the Process




Disability Suspected: Understanding the Process

Description: This micro-credential is designed for child find staff new to the Disability Suspected (DS) process and/or ACHIEVE. The purpose is to orient you to the preparation, paperwork, and facilitation of the disability suspected process.

Intended Audience: AEA child find staff (new to child find and/or ACHIEVE)

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Effective Teams




Effective Teams

Description: This micro-credential will provide an overview of the characteristics of high functioning teams and the stages of team development.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, leadership teams, PLCs, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Exploring Engagement




Exploring Engagement

Description:This micro-credential will explore the dimensions of engagement and a variety of engagement strategies designed to encourage learners to own their learning experience.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 3 hours

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Exploring Talk Moves




Exploring Talk Moves

Description: Participants will learn how to increase student discourse by using the talk moves from “Intentional Talk” (Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz). Students will explore the importance of student talk and how each talk move supports classroom discourse.
**It is recommended to partner this micro-credential with the micro-credential called Instructional Routines to Support Number Talks.
**Participants will find it helpful to have access to “Classroom Discussions in Math: A Facilitator’s Guide to Support Professional Learning of Discourse and the Common Core” (Nancy Canavan Anderson, Suzanne H. Chapin, & Catherine O’Connor) to access video examples.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, administrators, instructional coaches, preservice teachers, paraeducators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Foundations of Fractions




Foundations of Fractions

Description: Understanding fractions as numbers are central to helping students calculate with accuracy, efficiency, and understanding. This micro-credential is designed to investigate the essential understandings of fractions as numbers: partitioning, comparing, ordering, and equivalence.

Intended Audience: Pre-K-12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)




Foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Description: This micro-credential is meant to help educators understand the mindset of universally designing learning and how the UDL Guidelines support designing with empathy.

Intended Audience: Pre-K-12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1.5 hours

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Getting Started with Google Forms




Getting Started with Google Forms

Description: Participants will learn how to create a Google Form and think about how they might use Google Forms to support instructional goals.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, administrators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, paraeducators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 1.5 hours

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Getting Started with Pear Deck




Getting Started with Pear Deck

Description: This microcredential will introduce you to Pear Deck, an interactive addition to Google slides which provides formative assessment and enhanced interaction options for users.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, administrators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, paraeducators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Google Slides for Classroom Teachers




Google Slides for Classroom Teachers

Description: Participants will learn how to enhance your Google Slide decks for classroom instruction using Google Insert menu to add video, audio, and links.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 classroom teachers and/or other educators wishing to become more fluent with Google Slides

Approximate Time Needed: 1 hour

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High Quality Instruction




High Quality Instruction

Description: This micro-credential was designed to support educators creating content for virtual or face-to-face delivery with best practices in mind. Learners will be successful when they are able to create/deliver content which embeds best practice in adult learning theory, social-emotional support, and assessment practices.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Instructional Routines to Support Math Talks




Instructional Routines to Support Math Talks

Description: Participants will learn about six instructional routines that promote student thinking, engagement and mathematical reasoning while specifically focusing on the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
*It would be helpful to partner this micro-credential with the micro-credential, “Exploring Talk Moves.”

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, pre-service teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 3.5 hours

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Introduction to Multi-Tiered System of Support




Introduction to Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Description: This micro-credential was designed for Pre-K—12 educators to give an overview of the foundational elements included in an effective MTSS system.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, administrators, pre-service teachers, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Language Acquisition for English Learners




Language Acquisition for English Learners

Description: This micro-credential is designed for Pre-K-12 educators and administrators to provide an overview of second language to better support our English Learners in school settings.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, administrators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, paraeducators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Language Within a Multi-Tiered System of Support




Language Within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Description: This micro-credential is designed to connect core curriculum language expectations with MTSS and provide opportunities to improve practice and implementation.

Intended Audience: Speech-language pathologists, Pre-K-12 general and special education teachers, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 1.5 hours

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Learner Mindset




Learner Mindset

Description: This micro-credential will investigate research around growth mindset as it relates to the process of learning. Participants will dig into audio and video resources from the Learner Lab as well as other resources and tools to strengthen understanding around the process of becoming a skilled learner.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 3 hours

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Moving From Family Involvement to Family Engagement




Moving From Family Involvement to Family Engagement

Description: Participants will learn the importance of family engagement and how to move from family involvement to family engagement. Participants will also review research which links family engagement as a key component to school achievement.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 1.5 hours

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Protecting Intellectual Property




Protecting Intellectual Property

Description: As educators, we are constantly creating and sharing information. In our digital world, it is more important than ever to be good stewards in modeling how we share content. Participants will learn about Grant Wood AEA’s “ABC” standards and how they apply to intellectual property.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 1 hour

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Screencasting




Screencasting

Description: The ability to record your screen has powerful opportunities for the classroom. Teaching, assessment, differentiation, and even parent communication can all be enhanced with video. This micro-credential will show you how to get started.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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SDI Framework (Diagnose) for Students with Sig Dis




SDI Framework (Diagnose) for Students with Significant Disabilities

Description: Participants will acquire skills related to diagnosing instructional needs for students with significant disabilities within the RIOT/SCIL framework. Participants will gain an understanding of screening alternatives and eligibility criteria for alternate assessment.

Intended Audience: AEA Building Based/Child Find Staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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SDI Framework (Overview) for students on Alternate Assessment




SDI Framework (Overview) and required assessment training for students on Alternate Assessment

Description: Participants will acquire skills related to the Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Framework and navigation of the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Blueprints and the connection to Iowa Core Standards for students with Significant Disabilities.

Intended Audience: AEA and LEA staff supporting students with Significant Disabilities

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Secondary Reading Strategies for All Content Areas (Grade 6-12)




Secondary Reading Strategies for All Content Areas (Grade 6-12)

Description: This course equips participants to develop greater clarity about the importance of teaching reading in their content areas as well as to learn and apply strategies throughout the reading process (pre-, during, and post-) for grades 6-12. 

Audience: Secondary educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Secondary Transition: Overview of 6 Critical Elements




Secondary Transition: Overview of 6 Critical Elements

Description: This learning is designed to give an overview of the six critical elements in Secondary Transition. Secondary​ ​transition is a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to assist the individual’s movement from school to post-school living, learning, and working environments

Audience: Secondary Special Education Teachers, Special Education Consultants, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Secondary Guidance Counselors, and Secondary Administrators

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Adults




Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Adults

Description: This learning will focus on a two-pronged approach to educator wellbeing considering both systemic and individual efforts to increase the social, emotional, behavioral health (SEBH) of adults. Participants will explore how to cultivate a culture of health and wellness for themselves and their school community.

Audience: Pre-K—12 teachers, paraeducators, administrators, pre-service teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom




Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom

Description: Participants will explore the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) CASEL competencies and evidence-based practices for teaching these competencies in the classroom.  

Audience: Pre-K—12 teachers, paraeducators, pre-service teachers, administrators, school counselors, instructional coaches, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Standards: Proficiency Scales and Alignment




Standards: Proficiency Scales and Alignment

Description:Participants will develop an understanding of the purpose and use of proficiency scales within rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment. Participants will apply their learning through the creation of a proficiency scale and practice aligning tasks and assessments.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, preservice teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

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Understanding Dyslexia




Understanding Dyslexia

Description: This micro-credential focuses on describing dyslexia, discussing myths about dyslexia, and reviewing instructional recommendations for students with dyslexia.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, paraeducators, administrators,  and AEA staff

Approximate Time Needed: 2 hours

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Using Jamboard to Increase Engagement & Collaboration




Using the Jamboard App to Increase Engagement & Collaboration

Description: This micro-credential was designed to engage learners in utilization of the interactive app: Google Jamboard. Learners will explore models of effective use of the interactive space and will utilize Google Jamboard as a tool to increase collaboration, engagement, critical thinking, and creativity with learners.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, paraeducators, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff.

Approximate Time Needed: 1 hour

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Using uPAR to Guide Better Instructional Decisions




Using Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) to Guide Better Instructional Decisions

Description: In this micro-credential, participants will learn about the Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) , how it is beneficial for students, and how it can benefit teachers as they are developing lessons and content with the needs of students in mind.

Intended Audience: Pre-K—12 educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, paraeducators, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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Vocabulary Instruction Across Content Areas (Grade 6-12)




Vocabulary Instruction Across Content Areas (Grade 6-12)

Description: This course provides learning, strategies, and application for teaching vocabulary across content areas for students in grades 6-12.

Intended Audience: Secondary educators, instructional coaches, pre-service teachers, administrators, and AEA staff

Approximate time needed: 1 hour

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