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Keystone AEA offers Substitute Authorization course

The Iowa Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee).

Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:
1. Has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization
The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

In Dubuque: 
The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training.
The course dates are February 8-10, 2019
(Friday, February 8 – 5:00-9:00pm; Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10 – 9:00am-5:30pm.)
Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa.
The section number is 250805 – Dubuque Office
The deadline to register is February 1, 2019.

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class go to: 
Visit the AEA Professional Learning Registration System If you’re a first time user, select ‘Create Account’.  Fill in the information as requested.  When it asks for your BoEE folder number—select NA.  (The system updates new accounts during the night. This means you'll need to register for the course the following day.) Once you’re logged in, select 'Courses' on the menu bar. In the Course Search box, enter 250805.  Now you'll see the Substitute Authorization course listed, select the ‘Register’ button for the appropriate date and location. 

View additional information about the substitute authorization application process

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class
An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or during regular business hours.

Children’s Mental Health Listening Post: October 10, 2018

Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post set for 6:00-7:30PM on October 10, 2018, at the Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium, 210 Vernon Street in Decorah.

Listening posts are being hosted at locations across Iowa* on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the meeting outlined above.

A survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

An online listening post has been scheduled for October 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To join from your computer, click on this URL: To join via phone, dial 1-646-876-9923 and when prompted, enter meeting code:  290-354-386

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601. 


*Listening post meetings include:

Great Prairie AEA, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield: Oct 8 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 21st St., Bettendorf: Oct 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Keystone AEA, Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium, 210 Vernon Street, Decorah: Oct 10 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Northwest AEA, 940 Lincoln St SW., LeMars: Oct 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Green Hills AEA, 257 Swan St., Creston: Oct 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Prairie Lakes AEA, 500 NE 6th Street,  Pocahontas: Oct 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Central Rivers AEA, 9184 265th Street, Suite B, Clear Lake: Oct 10 6:00-7:30 pm
Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids: Oct 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Heartland AEA, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston: Oct 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Keystone AEA welcomes new employees

Keystone AEA is pleased to introduce several new staff members as we kick off the 2018-19 school year. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!

new employees 2018

Taylor Baumgartner

School Psychologist

Erica Borgerding

School Social Worker

Tara Henry

Special Education Consultant

Megan Johannsen

Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing

Lyndi Leonard

Speech Language Pathologist

Richard Mejia

Technology Support Specialist

Jon Nordaas

Assistant Sector II Coordinator

Rebecca Peterson

Speech Language Pathologist

Alayna Schutte

School Psychologist

Greg Schutte

School Psychologist
New Hampton

Allyson Schwendinger

Speech Language Pathologist

Courtney Thompson

Speech Language Pathologist
West Union

Brett Thomsen

Technology Support Specialist

Tessa Tuetken

School Social Worker