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October 25, 2016

In This Issue...

"We Asked, They Answered: 2016 Iowa Candidate Questionnaire"
From Every Child Matters  

The 2016 Iowa Candidate Questionnaire was  created by the Child & Family Policy Center and Every Child Matters Education Fund  on behalf of the Children's Policy Coalition, a group of nearly 40 Iowa organizations committed to raising children's issues in national and state elections. 

These questionnaires present the views of the candidates running to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate and Congress in 2016. Most candidates shared their responses for the coalition's questions on six important child and family policy issues. All responses are printed without editing.  Read the full questionnaire here:
Shakespeare May Boost Social Skills in Kids with Autism
From Disability Scoop  
New research suggests that reciting Shakespeare and participating in other drama exercises can make a big difference for kids with autism.
Children on the spectrum who took part in 10 hour-long sessions of a social skills intervention focusing on theater techniques saw improved language skills and socialization, according to findings published recently in the journal Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Read the full article here: 

Now Enrolling for RESPECT Workshops in Wapello & Oskaloosa
Wapello begins in December

RESPECT training is a free, four-day workshop focused on training participants in relationship building and conflict resolution. The skills and strategies taught at this training workshop can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict. These workshops are offered at no cost, but registration is required.  
  • Meals and training materials provided
  • Stipends: Two types of stipends are available to offset the cost of travel and other expenses associated with attending the training. $50 per day parent stipends are paid directly to you, and $100 per day educator stipends are paid directly to your district.
  • Education credits: Social work CEUs, graduate credit, and educator/para-educator recertification credit
Thursdays: December 15, 2016, January 5, January 26 & February 16, 2017
Oskaloosa RESPECT
Wednesdays: February 22, March 8, March 29 & April 12, 2017
Both workshops are being presented by ASK Resource Center, in partnership with Great Prairie Area Education Agency, and Upper Iowa University, with funding from the Iowa Department of Education, and the Parent Training and Information Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H328M140017.
Registration is Now Open for Dr. Laura Riffel!

Registration is now open for Dr. Laura Riffel's presentation, "Creating a Climate of Success for All in Your School and Community". $65 fee for families and students, and $85 fee for professionals. Social work CEUs available; details on additional education credit offerings to come! Limited amount of reimbursement allowances available for those needing financial support in order to attend. All details posted to
Stream this Free Transition Webinar about Student Work Experience
Presenters Kerry Ketcham and Dr. Alissa Underfer, educators in the West Des Moines Community School District, share information about the various programs developed by Valley High School that provide work experience for students with disabilities. Tiger Perk, their school-based coffee shop that offers actual job experience for students, and the Career Academy, a program for students that provides learning supports to complete career certifications in different fields of study such as food service, retail, or as a care provider for agencies in Iowa.
Developing Options for Student Work Experience:
Valley High School's Program
After you view the webinar, let us know your thoughts by taking two minutes to do this short survey. Browse our other webinars in our archive at

Broadening Our Horizons: A Day for Students and Parents
Two different dates and locations
Wednesday, November 9
Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park St, Sheldon, IA 51201
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, November 10
Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Both days will include a morning keynote presentation from Alex Watters, panel of resources, tour of the college campus, and an afternoon keynote address, "Protecting Yourself and Others When Using Electronic Devices." Both events are free, with lunch provided.  Students must be accompanied by a teacher or parent.  Pre-registration is required; call Joyce Vander Wilt at (800) 572-5073. Click here for flyer.
Transition Topics & Information Night in Jones County
Learn about living, learning, and working

Thursday, November 10
6:00-8:00 pm
Kirkwood Jones County Campus, 200 Welter Dr, Monticello, IA

This event will be presented in a panel format, covering the areas of learning, working and living in both secondary and post-secondary  settings.  Presenters include Kirkwood Learning Center, Workplace Learning Center, IVRS, Career Connections, Monticello Transition Program, Advancement Services, Systems Unlimited, Jones County Case Management, and Disability Rights Iowa. For more information, call (319) 465-3989.

Public Input Sought on Every Student Succeeds Act
From the Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Education leaders will hit the road this fall as part of a statewide tour to gather public input as they develop a plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year, provides a more reasonable balance between the role of states and the federal government in accountability for the success of all children. Under the reauthorized law, the federal government sets expectations, and states determine how schools will reach them.

Nine public input meetings will be held across Iowa from September through November. Each meeting will open with an overview of ESSA and the Department's goals for developing the state plan.  All public input meetings will be held from  5:00-7:00 pm.  Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, October 25
Meeting location: Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Muscatine/Scott Rooms
729 21st St, Bettendorf, IA
Wednesday, October 26
Meeting location: Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Rooms A, B & C
824 Flindt Dr, Suite 105, Storm Lake, IA
Wednesday, November 2
Meeting location: Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Winter/Spring/Autumn/Revere/Stone conference rooms
4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Monday, November 7
Meeting location: Great Prairie Area Education Agency
2814 N Court St, Ottumwa, IA
Wednesday, November 9
Meeting location: Area Education Agency 267
Rooms B/C
3712 Cedar Heights Dr, Cedar Falls, IA

For more information on Iowa's plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit also can submit questions and feedback by sending an email to .  
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