Thursday, February 14, 2013

Connect to Collaborate: Statewide CoPI Event

Are you striving to implement the Iowa Core in an online or blended format? Have you been forging ahead alone? NO LONGER! Learn how you can participate in Iowa Communities of Practice and Innovation (CoPI) with some of the most passionate and improvement-oriented Iowa teachers. Join teachers (face to face or virtually) from across the state as they plan to collaboratively create e-Curriculum through the power of Iowa CoPI.      

When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.


  • Welcome
  • CoPI: Why get Involved?
  • Social Authoring and Social Learning with CoPI
  • Plans for the future including upcoming events
  • How to get involved
  • How to access current e-curriculum
  • Q and A

Keystone-Room TBD
1400 Second Street NW
Elkader, IA

AEA 267-Conference Center-Room A
3712 Cedar Heights Drive
Cedar Falls, IA

Prairie Lakes-Suite C Storm Lake Center
824 Flindt Drive
Storm Lake, IA

Mississippi Bend
Attend virtually at

Grantwood-Room C
Coralville Facility
200 Holiday Rd.
Coralville, IA

Heartland-Rooms 3 & 4
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA

NWAEA-Attend virtually at 
Attend virtually at

Green Hills-Red Oak Office-Victory Room
212 East Coolbaugh St.
Red Oak, IA

Great Prairie-Ottumwa Office Auditorium
2814 N. Court Street
Ottumwa, IA

Attend via Adobe Connect Pro

Follow the conversation at #iacopi.

For additional information about this event contact Nancy Movall at

The CoPI Agora

Available Now!
The Iowa Communities of Practice (CoPI) Agora is a virtual collaborative meeting space for CoPI participants. In the Agora, participants can connect with educators from across Iowa to discuss innovative ideas related to online/blended learning and the implementation of the Iowa Core. In the Agora, participants can also share e-curriculum to use with k-12 students.

Enter into the Agora here. If you do not have a Moodle account, the link will take you to a page that will guide you through creating an account.

CoPI: View from the Field

Sharon Padget has been a science teacher for the past 19 years and is currently and ESL teacher at Ottumwa High School. Below Sharon shares her CoPI experiences.

I became involved in the Iowa CoPi (#iacopi) in April of  2012.  I specifically worked on the development and design of the chemical properties e-curriculum and also contributed to the development of several other physical science modules. In the summer of 2012, I was asked to be a part of the CoPI Science Steering Committee.  I have been working most recently to bring #iacopi and its resources to more teachers across Iowa.

Through CoPI, I gained access to Resource Iowa. Resource Iowa is an online Moodle space where I can locate AEA K-12 Online’s shared e-curriculum and/or create new e-curriculum for my students to use in my classes. I am also able to share my e-curriculum with other Iowa educators.

Blended learning has been a wonderful addition to my teaching.  The blended learning environment gives my students access to content not found in a regular general education curriculum. Over time my students have also become more responsible for their learning, and I have become a resource for learning and not the keeper of all knowledge.  It allows for creativity, growth and self-motivation for students.

Through Iowa CoPI, I have also enjoyed the connections, collaborations, and conversations I have with other students and teachers from around the state of Iowa. I knew there were wonderful educators out there to connect with, but I did not know how to connect with them.  This gives me and my students the opportunity to participate in a flat classroom, not learn in a silo.