Friday, August 12, 2022

Our Mission

To improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth by providing services and leadership in partnership with families, schools and communities.

Our Goals
  • Increase learning growth for students
  • Decrease the gap in achievement
  • Increase annual graduation rates
  • Increase gateways to post-secondary success


Save the Date: Heartland Administrators’ Association (HAA) Meeting and Professional Learning Session Sept. 6

save the date
The Heartland Administrators’ Association (HAA) meeting will be held on Sept. 6 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Heartland AEA, Regional Education Center, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston. The meeting will include an administrator-only learning session on Fundamentals of Communication and Media Interaction featuring Andy Garman with Wixted & Co.

Assistance with Redistricting is Now Available

Mark your calendar
Iowa redistricting is currently underway. Redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral districts to equalize population between districts and is required by Iowa law following each decennial Census. If existing school director districts meet the standards in Iowa Code and the 2020 population between districts is still within the required parameters, existing districts can remain in place - though do still need to be recertified by the Iowa Secretary of State.

Redistricting Resources
Iowa's AEAs are partnering with Cornerstone Geospatial Consulting to support districts in the redistricting process. Cornerstone is an Iowa-based GIS mapping company with considerable experience in non-partisan redistricting. Owner Jodi Flory has worked through three redistricting cycles with the Iowa Legislative Services Agency, and has extensive expertise in GIS mapping, particularly in working with school districts in boundary verification, reorganizations, and in performing director redistricting.

Cornerstone has begun preliminary work on AEA director redistricting. Flory is actively scheduling with school districts now to assist them in the redistricting process, and has begun some preliminary plan work with districts already signed up.

Getting Started
Complete the Redistricting Information Form to provide the information needed to get the process started. Flory will follow up with you.

  • Nov. 15, 2022 - First day that school boards can adopt a resolution redrawing director district boundaries
  • May 15, 2023 - Deadline for school boards to complete redistricting
  • July 1, 2023 - School director district boundaries become effective
More Information
You may refer to this Frequently Asked Questions Document or contact Jodi Flory, Cornerstone Geospatial Consulting, (970) 409-9238,

OneClick is a Game Changer for Students and Educators

Heartland AEA one click
You can make the login process easier and more secure and save valuable instructional time when you give teachers and students single sign-on access to critical instructional resources with AEA OneClick! 
AEA OneClick features and advantages:
  • Support more secure environments for students to access digital content.
  • Provide a single sign-on solution for students and educators to access AEA digital content (and some statewide professional content).
  • Simplify the process for access and finding AEA links and resources for the appropriate grade spans and educators.
  • Measure usage of AEA links and resources across the state.
Heartland AEA has been creating apps for districts this summer. When your district apps are ready, we’ll let you know and then direct you to to log in. Included in the OneClick launchpad is the app for AEA Scout (searches most of the secondary-level digital content at the same time and includes study and reading tools).

We have support materials, ideas, graphics to add to your school webpages, and professional learning to help your staff and students transition to OneClick.

If your district is listed here, we invite you (or curriculum or tech director) to take the first step and complete the onboarding questionnaire. Please contact Susan Schrader, Director of Resources & Library Services, if you have questions.
  • Audubon
  • Baxter
  • Colfax-Mingo
  • Colo-NESCO
  • Des Moines Diocese
  • Gilbert
  • Kuemper Catholic Schools
  • Madrid
  • Newton
  • Pleasantville
  • Woodward-Granger

Collective Equity Learning Series Coming in September

Cover of the Collective Equity book
Heartland AEA is proud to partner with thought leaders Drs. Nicole Law and Sonja Hollins-Alexander in providing the “Collective Equity Learning Series” for districts in the Heartland AEA service area. Law and Alexander are the authors of the Collective Equity Framework, published by Corwin. This series consists of four face-to-face learning dates, two virtual learning dates and one virtual coaching session for district teams.

When we create a learning community that works together through a collectivist lens of shared accountability, we begin to see how educators can convene around high expectations for all. The Collective Equity framework consists of the following dimensions: personal relational, professional, organizational and systemic. These dimensions empower learning communities to explore how their collaborative actions and decisions propel learning forward.

The Collective Equity Framework Includes:
  • Considering all the dimensions we individually and collectively bring to school, including poverty, special needs, beliefs, values and more.
  • Engaging in practices that fortify all members in the learning community as they develop a shared language, create a safe place for the work of equity and establish cultural sustainability.
  • Activating the Collective Equity Organizational Analysis in a comprehensive process that informs the removal of organizational, instructional, programmatic and curricular barriers that impede the promise of equity.
*Presenters have reviewed HF802 and understand all content delivered has to meet the requirements in the law.

  • In-person: Sept. 26 & 27 and Oct. 17, 2022, April 11 and June 12, 2023
  • Virtual: Nov. 14, 2022 (90-min. coaching session), Jan. 10 and Feb. 6, 2023

Behavior Support Community of Practice Dates Announced for 2022-23

We hope that you have enjoyed some rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and time with family and friends. We are excited to share that we heard your feedback, and we will be offering a Behavior Support Community of Practice (CoP). The intention for the CoP is to engage in common learning and network, collaborate and build community among individuals who hold similar roles. This CoP is designed for staff who serve in the role of a Behavior Interventionist, Behavior Coach, Behavior Strategist, etc. 

Based on forum feedback requesting a pre-service day, the CoP will kick-off on Sept. 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Room 129 at the Heartland AEA Johnston Regional Education Center, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston. In an effort to maximize our time, we are requesting that you plan to bring your lunch, and/or order lunch to be delivered onsite. We have refrigerators and microwaves available.

To indicate your interest in participating in the CoP, and to ensure we plan for adequate space, we request that you register through this brief Google Form by Aug. 19.

We highly encourage you to attend the Sept. 19 CoP session with your building principal or direct supervisor. This pairing may continue in subsequent sessions as schedules allow.

Based on your feedback, we will be facilitating the CoP on a monthly basis, with the following dates and times for the 2022-23 school year:
  • Sept. 19 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 129   *Note this is a full day
  • Oct. 21 - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 129
  • Nov. 17 - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Adel Regional Office, Conference Room
  • Jan. 24 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 129
  • Feb. 23 - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 152B
  • March 23 - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 152B
  • April 24 - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 152B
  • May 18 - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Johnston Regional Education Center, Room 152B
** To facilitate a meaningful CoP, in person attendance is recommended. However, we do recognize that your responsibilities may not allow you to attend in person, and thus a zoom option will be offered September - May. A Zoom option will not be available for the August meeting.