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Opportunties Abound for Teachers in Eastern Iowa

June 2, 2010
From Joan Kuraitis, Eastern Iowa AEA Consultant

The month of June is loaded with exciting new courses to visit in the Eastern part of Iowa.  My travels take me to Dubuque, Bettendorf, and Burlington, as I observe classes in reading, writing, science, art, technology, and stress management.

Reading classes include “Second Chance Reading” with Janet Stos on June 22nd in Bettendorf.  “Improving Classroom Writing Instruction K-8” is being offered in Dubuque by Melanie Gast, while “Effective Communication Skills” is also in Dubuque and instructed by Vickie Huff on June 14th.

The Science offering in June, for my observation, is entitled “Uncovering Student Thinking in MS Science:  Supporting the Iowa Core” taught by Eldon Bird and Sandi Campie on June 21st in Bettendorf.

Art classes include two by Barbara Bianchi in Bettendorf.  Those courses are:

“Teaching Green Through Found Object Art” on June 23rd, and “Building Character Through Found Object Art” on June 28th.  Also, I plan to visit a new course in Burlington on June 16th, taught by Cathy Gordon, called “Tricks, Treats, and Things that Go Bump in the Night”.  Should be lots of fun.

Sue Eby, of the Pleasant Valley School District, will be teaching “Interactive Teaching Technologies” on June 9th in the P.V. School District.  Already she is expecting a packed house for that course.

The course offerings wrap up with a new stress management class for educators, taught in Dubuque by Paula Baumann on June 15th.

This will certainly be an exciting month with the diverse course offerings I will be experiencing in my role as an Area Consultant for the School of Education.