Curriculum & Instruction

Grant Wood Area Education Agency strives to improve teaching and learning by providing quality educational programs and services that not only meet the current and emerging needs of students and educators, but also make a measurable difference in student learning.

Our curriculum, instruction and assessment services for schools address, at a minimum, reading, language arts, mathematics and science. They include support in establishing standards, collecting and analyzing student achievement and learning climate data, and using this information to improve student learning.

Adapted Physical Education

All students who receive special education services must receive instruction in physical education. Great physical education teachers, using curricula tied to national standards, employing appropriate and evidenced-based instructional practices, is foundational to adapting physical education for ALL learners.

Access Adapted PE Resources


Access resources to support students with and IEPs to help support individuals in the autism spectrum and the staff working with them.

Access Autism Resources

Blended & Personalized Learning

GWAEA supports districts with designing, implementing and sustaining a blended practice in the classroom to meet the specific instructional needs of every student.

Dig Deeper into Blended Learning

Career & Technical Education

The Career and Technical Education program connects careers with education. CTE broadly encompasses six service areas: agriculture, food and natural resources; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing; business, finance, marketing and management; health science; human services; and information solutions.

Career & Technical Education

Computer Science

Ƶ has an interdisciplinary computer science team committed to supporting area schools in addressing computer science standards. The Iowa State Board of Education adopted voluntary in June 2018.  The standards include five concept areas and seven practices. To learn more go to our Computer Science page.

Computer Science

Digital Learning

Ƶ staff can help enhance classroom teaching and student learning with the use of technology.

Digital Learning

English Language Learners

The GWAEA English Learners resource team is available to support school districts and teachers in serving the students and families of this growing population. We currently serve over 3,000 students speaking more than 80 languages. As this population grows, the EL Resource Team is here to support you!

ELL Services

Future Ready

Future Ready Iowa is an initiative to build Iowa’s talent pipeline, led by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Future Ready Alliance.

Future Ready Resources


GWAEA has reading and language arts consultants who can provide building-wide professional development, assistance with curriculum development, support for selecting materials, models of instructional approaches and ongoing consultant in reading, writing, speaking and listening for K-12 students.

Literacy Resources


Ƶ Math team provides ongoing support to schools and districts in the area of Mathematics through positive collaborative relationships, with the belief that every student can learn, and a focus on improvement in the area of Math.

Mathematics Resources


GWAEA’s science consultants partners with educators to create high-quality science learning environments through well-designed curriculum, professional development for teachers and administrators, classroom materials, assessment strategies, and development of multiple networks of support.

Science Resources

Section 504 Guidance

The Iowa Department of Education has a helpful guide to understanding Section 504 for parents, and GWAEA provides resources for educators related to Section 504 that also may be helpful for parents as well.

Access Section 504 Information

Social Studies

A GWAEA consultant provides support and links for social studies education.

Social Studies Resources

Social Emotional Behavior Health

Social, emotional, behavioral and mental health affects how we think, feel, communicate, act and learn. Ƶ has a continuum of SEBH support systems to help students and educators.

Special Education

Our staff are experts in a variety of fields that can help educators reach all learners of varying abilities.

Special Education Services and Resources