Overview Northwest AEA provides visionary leadership and quality, student-centered services through relationships with families, schools, and communities. In short, our focus can be summed up in these four words: Inspiring Learning. Changing Lives. Our vision is to be the first contact for timely and ongoing support to improve the performance outcomes and well-being of all learners.
About the Agency Northwest AEA provides special education and school improvement services to 34 public school districts and 32 accredited, non-public schools. The agency serves 45,000 students and more than 5000 educators in a 10-county area of Northwest Iowa (Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford). Our headquarters is located across from the Morningside College campus in Sioux City with regional offices in Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars, Onawa, and Sioux Center.
Why Northwest AEA? Our vision, mission, and anchors guide our actions. Staff at Northwest AEA believe that what they do inspires learning and leads to changed lives for the students, staff, and families we serve. Our work is anchored in building positive, professional relationships with stakeholders and with one another. We embrace responsiveness in how we serve so that students, staff, and families can see improved results.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in speech pathology. State of Iowa education license or statement of professional recognition from the Iowa Department of Education. Hold an Iowa Department of Public Health license in the area of Speech Language Pathology or be eligible for licensure within one year.
Job Purpose: Provide specialized evaluation, instruction and consultative services required to meet the unique educational needs of students who are experiencing educational difficulty, within a multi-disciplinary problem solving team structure. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Assist AEAEA problem solving teams in designing, implementing, and evaluating intervention plans and making subsequent instructional decisions for students experiencing learning or behavior problems. Participate in full and individual student evaluations, using analysis of interventions, planning, assessment, and reporting, and determine eligibility for speech language services based on state entrance and exit guidelines. Provide collaborative consultation services to parents, students, teachers and others, including progress-monitoring data. Assist the AEA and LEAs regarding compliance with special education rules and regulations. Supervise student internsFY and ASHA (when appropriate). Outline duties to be carried out by the speech paraprofessional and provide continuing guidance as needed. Develop and implement therapy plan for students to be implemented by the speech language assistant (when appropriate). Assist in the development and implementation of IEPs and IFSPs, and provide support and related services as determined by the IEP team when appropriate. Provide training for professional development and program planning to teachers, parents, and support staff. Use available technology to complete and disseminate appropriate documentation of activities and results. Adhere to the Iowa Department of Education rules, IDEA Part B and C statute and regulations, and Northwest AEA policies and procedures. Work within the current AEA problem-solving process. Other duties as assigned. A transfer shall be considered a change in an employee’s assigned region (East, North, West). Assigned regions are based on the school buildingsistricts, including non-public PK-12 buildings, to which an employee is assigned. Certified employees not assigned to specific districts/schools will have “Agencywide” as their assigned region.
It is the policy of Northwest Area Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.