AEA PREP workshops


AEA PREP is excited to host a 2-day workshop for district teams in partnership with the National Postsecondary Strategy Institute (NPSI) from Chicago, to be held at Des Moines Area Community College on September 23 & 24, 2019. The goal of this workshop is to help school districts develop their internal capacity to support every student toward attaining a successful postsecondary pathway. This will be done through a hands-on, action-oriented workshop focused on the integration of three critical components: a district postsecondary framework and strategy; a data strategy; and engagement of school counselors as leaders. Up to 27 district teams (~3 per AEA) will be selected from across the state following the application period (May 3 – May 31).
NPSI is led by Greg Darneider, Dr. Joyce Brown, and Kelly Sparks. Mr. Darneider served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education on the College Access Initiative, serving under President Obama’s 2020 Goal and was the U.S. Department of Education representative on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative.  Dr. Brown is president of Joyce V. Brown Consulting, a group of expert practitioner counselor leaders who specialize in training and coaching counselors and non-profit organizations working on the front lines of schools. Dr. Brown also provided technical support and served as a consultant to Reach Higher. Ms. Sparks is CEO of Maple Grove Objective, which helps organizations strategically use data to improve outcomes for youth and communities. She has over 20 years of experience in education, and is a national expert and innovator in data strategy.