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Shannon Bisgard
Regional Administrator
- Literacy Consultants


Carla Coleman
Reading Recovery
Teacher Leader




Reading/Language Arts Professional Development

Consultants provide building-wide professional development, assistance with curriculum development, support for selecting materials, models of instructional approaches, and ongoing consultation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening for K-12 students. These efforts are designed to build a school-wide learning community engaged in studying and promoting growth in literacy while focusing on improving student achievement in literacy. Schools participating in these activities will use a continuous data-based decision model as they study internal student performance and implementation data as well as study the external knowledge base.


Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short-term, one-to-one early intervention program for first-grade students who are potentially at-risk in reading. Teacher training is provided through Grant Wood AEA, the Iowa City School District and The University of Iowa. School districts pay a fee to participate in the training.


Reading Seminars

Reading Team members provide agency-wide seminars for K-12 school teams composed of administrators, teachers, and AEA staff. The purpose of these seminars is to continue the inquiry into the areas of research-based reading instruction, professional development, and data-based continuous improvement. Teams are encouraged to collect and analyze data plus study research to determine collective actions to raise student achievement. Technical assistance includes additional information in using data, planning professional development, and monitoring for implementation.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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