Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If you are a teacher in Iowa and looking to blend, flip or teach online, you may be interested in our Online Learning for Iowa Teachers (OLLIE) Community
Here you will be able to ask questions of others in the community, find experts, explore resources, learn more about Softchalk, find out about professional development opportunities, hear success stories from other schools, learn more about instructional design in your online environment and find and share research about online, flipped and blended learning.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Changes to the AEA OER Commons Hub

You may have used the OER Common site and AEA PD Online's OER Commons hub to find free and open source collections including content for Iowa teachers to use in your online classrooms.  AEA PD Online is undergoing a name change this fall as we are much more than professional development.  Our new name will be AEA Learning Online.
As a result, some of the links to our resources will also change. Our OER Hub is one of these.  The new link to AEA Learning's OER Commons Hub is

Here is some information on OER Commons and the Hub in case you are not aware of what this is and what it can do for you:

If you haven't been there in awhile, check it out. Find resources that you can use, and remix to meet the needs of your classroom.

If you have any questions or thoughts you can email any of our K-12 team: Denise Krefting, Melissa Wicklund and Craig Mohr.

Please note that our emails are also changing to .

Friday, July 28, 2017

New Self-Paced Relicensure Courses Available

AEA PD Online is pleased to offer three new self-paced credit opportunities for Iowa educators. These courses are perfect for hard working educators because you can start at any time and complete the courses on your own schedule.

Methods in Elementary Fine Arts

This self-paced course is available for Drake Graduate credit (1 hour), and is often a course of deficiency for out-of-state teachers needing to license through the BoEE.

Participants in this course will learn strategies for integrating visual and performing arts into their elementary curriculum based on the National Arts Standards. The term "art" includes: artists, art techniques, art history, careers that utilize some form of creativity, and technology integration. Teachers will create lesson plans and learn techniques that can be easily and immediately implemented in their classrooms. A database of art projects and ideas will be created by participants that can be utilized in a variety of subject areas.

Implementing the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

This self-paced course is available for one relicensure credit. This course was built to help provide a credit opportunity for teachers who have been working with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards as part of their districts professional development. 

Teachers who have already completed part or all of the ELP standards training modules can use those towards completion of this course. The outcomes for this course are:
  • Participants will demonstrate understanding the ELP standards and the connection to the Iowa Core.
  • Participants will understand the student performance level descriptors for each proficiency level and connect those to the ELP standards and student language needs.
  • Participants will learn and apply the language task analysis process to an instructional lesson.
  • Participants will understand how to adapt a lesson’s language demands based on the language proficiency levels of the students in their classroom.
  • Participants understand how to adapt classroom formative assessments based on the language proficiency levels of the students in their classroom.
This course is built from the content provided by the ELPA21 consortium and Stanford University as well as content developed for Iowa educators. Participants will to complete all of the ELP Standards online modules, supporting English Learners (ELs) module, submit an example of task analysis with lesson description and accommodations, and submit a reflection on current practice in supporting ELs. This link provides answers to frequently asked questions about this course.

Supersub 101

This self-paced course directly geared towards substitute teachers. It is available for one relicensure credit for substitute licenses. 

Are you interested in substitute teaching? Or maybe you’re already a substitute teacher and could use some new tips and tricks? This course is for you, the superheroes of schools! Through self-guided lessons, you'll learn new ideas and be refreshed in your sub super powers by focusing on ethics, diversity, classroom management, instructional strategies, the nuts and bolts of substitute teaching, and tips and tricks of the trade. The modules are designed to balance philosophy with practical tools you can add to your toolbox to use right away. This course is specifically for substitute teachers. 

AEA PD Online continues to offer these self-paced courses as well.

  • Using Iowa AEA Online's Resources (1 license renewal credit)
  • Digital Citizenship Course (1 license renewal credit)
  • Google Apps 101 (1 license renewal credit)
  • Universal Constructs (1 license renewal credit)
  • The Iowa Framework for School Counselors (1 license renewal credit)
  • Para-educator Roles and Responsibilities (1 license renewal credit)
  • Personalized Learning (1 license renewal credit)
  • Financial Literacy (1 license renewal credit)
  • The Practicing Educator (1 license renewal credit)
  • Blended & Online Learning Self-Paced Course (2 license renewal credits)
  • The Developer's Course (2 License renewal credits)
  • Elements: Project Based Approaches (1 license renewal credit)
  • 7 Second Coaching (1 license renewal credit)
  • Coaching Authorization Course
  • Social Media (1 license renewal credit)
  • The Exceptional Learner (1 license renewal or 1 college/graduate credit)

Friday, June 30, 2017

SoftChalk Lesson of the Week

Congratulations Dan Leete your lesson has been selected as SoftChalk's lesson of the week!

Dan is a 9-12 art teacher at Sumner-Fredricksburg High School/Middle School. The focus of Dan's lesson is on color and includes a variety of interactive activities for students to engage in when learning about primary, secondary, complementary, and tertiary colors.

Check out Dan's lesson.

Interested in learning about how you can use SoftChalk to create online content for students? Find out more here or contact Deborah Cleveland at

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Get Ready for a New Name

A new name, a new look, same great services and products for Iowa educators and students.

AEA PD Online will be changing our name to AEA Learning Online. Beginning on October 1, we will be known as AEA Learning Online. This new name better reflects all of the products and services that  we provide to educators and K-12 students.

This means a change in our logo (seen above) as well as new links to the websites.In an effort to streamline this process, our current links will automatically redirect users to the new links.

As we move forward with the transition we will share out the details via our current and our new social media accounts as well as post updates on our websites.

If you have any questions about the transition, please let us know (Evan Abbey at or Deborah Cleveland (

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thanks a Million

AEA PD Online is excited to announce that we have served our millionth completed training!

Our millionth training was completed by Tyler Rodgers, interim elementary principal at Harlan and Salem Elementary Schools in the Mt. Pleasant CSD. During 2017-2018, Tyler will be returning to work at the high school as the MOC/work experience coordinator.

This accomplishment represents millions of hours of professional learning and reflects Iowa educators' dedication to ensuring all students experience high quality learning opportunities and environments.

Since AEA PD Online’s inception in 2011, we have provided Iowa educators with online access to professional learning opportunities that are focused on relevant and timely topics. As a statewide agency, we have observed tremendous growth in how educators have been using our system.

To learn more about the professional learning opportunities on our Teacher Personalized Learning System

Friday, June 2, 2017

Learn Best Practices for Blending and Flipping your Classroom

The first of four courses to learn best practices for teaching in a blended/flipped or online method is offered this summer at several AEAs.  The first course is 3 days face to face for 1 license renewal credit.

  Heartland AEA: July 11-July 13, 2017 Learn More/Signup*
  Great Prairie AEA: July 17-July 19, 2017  Learn More/Signup*
  Mississippi Bend AEA: 2 sessions. June 20-22 and August 2-4  Learn More/Signup

For more information on the Blending/Flipping cohort see this site

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Iowa History Content Added to Student Personalize Learning System

Just added- Iowa History Content.

With support from Sandra Host and Dee Engstrom who have worked in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Education to create content about Iowa History for teachers, AEA PD Online has added two new modules about Iowa History.

  • Iowa's Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms and One Room Schools 1870-1900 Part 1 will help your students learn how the tall grass prairies discourages settlement of Iowa, how the Iowa legislature developed processes such as schools, railroad and more to entice immigrants to Iowa.
  • Iowa's Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms and One Room Schools 1870-1900 Part 2  will help your students learn more about how Iowa transformed prairie to farms, towns and one room school houses.

You can find these modules in the Student Personalized Learning System  by logging in and clicking on Modules and Social Studies OR by searching for Iowa in the search field.  More Iowa History modules will be added in the near future, so come back often.

If you wish to use these with students or have any questions please contact Denise Krefting  or Melissa Wicklund .

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Algebra 1 content added to the Student Personalized Learning System

Recently added to the Student Personalized Learning System is a semester (or more depending on how you move through the content) of Algebra 1.   Teachers, administrators and math teachers of school districts could assign any or all of the modules to their students. You can check out the content by logging into the Student Personalized Learning system using the username and password that you use for the training system where you have taken mandatory trainings.

Once logged into the Student Learning system, click on Modules then Math.  If you wish to use these with students or have any questions please contact Denise Krefting ( or Melissa Wicklund (

Here are the listings of some of the Algebra 1 modules:
  • Algebra: Absolute Value
  • Algebra: Domain and Range
  • Algebra: Graphing Equations in Slope Intercept Form
  • Algebra: Intercepts of Linear Equations
  • Algebra: Linear Functions
  • Algebra: Point Slope Form and Standard Form of Linear Equations
  • Algebra: Rate of Change and Slope
Log in and check out the remaining 28 modules.       

Thursday, April 27, 2017

First Group Completes the Blending Flipping Cohort Trainings

It is exciting to have a group of passionate educators complete training and to see how much they have grown.  Our first group of teachers has completed  and received a certificate for all four trainings in the Blending Flipping Cohort: Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction,  Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction,
Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons and  Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment.  These educators have worked hard to learn and implement best practices for creating online classroom content that will support student learning and engagement.

Congratulations to (l to r): Heidi Reichart, Thomas Griffin, Amy Ripperger, Sandi Rankin, Paige Bolton, (instructor) Denise Krefting, Ashley Baxter, Rebecca Bock, Troy Staudt, Ann Wiley, Joanne Ryan and Salli Pence.

If you are interested in the Blending Flipping Cohort you can find more at the Blending Flipping Your Classroom website.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Learn about the Student Personalized Learning System at the IAAE Conference

Are you attending the Iowa Association of Alternative Education conference in Ames this spring?  If so you can learn more about how the Student Personalized Learning System can support students and teachers who work best in environments they are engaged in and passionate about.

AEA PD Online has student personalized learning opportunities to support classroom environments in ways that best fit their schedules and learning styles. Come learn more about the resources offered for your own alternative ed classroom. Teachers will be able to assign this content to an individual student, groups of students or their whole classes.  Learn more about our Student Personal Learning System and customize your classes to allow your students to learn in a more flexible, engaging manner.

This session will be from 12:40- 1:40 in the Harvest room on Thursday April 20th.

Learn more about Flipping at IDLA

The Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA) is a non-profit association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning to education and training. If you are attending their spring Symposium you will hear from great speakers including AEA PD Online's Denise Krefting talk about Flipped Learning for your Students: Flip don't Flop.  For more information about IDLA see their website.