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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Community Forum planned for Jan. 18
Reminder for Contracted Staff: Professional Leave Reimbursements
Legislative Forum planned Saturday, Jan. 15
Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12
New Mercy EAP location
2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser planned Feb. 7-11
New Login to Professional Development Registration
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Jan. 14, 2011


Mark your calendars!

Jan. 19, 2011

 

GWAEA Board Meeting

April 14, 2011

 

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


Community forum planned Jan. 18

A community forum to discuss the future of the community and education is planned Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the Grant Wood AEA Conference Center.

"Framing our Future: Building an Innovative Learning Community" will be hosted by the United Way of East Central Iowa, Diversity Focus, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, and the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Participants will include:

Dr. David Benson, Superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Dr. Ron Fielder, Chief Administrator Grant Wood Area Education Ageny
Dr. Katie Mulholland, UWECI Education Champion and Superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District
Chuck Peters, President and CEO, SourceMedia Group
Dr. Mick Starcevich, President, Kirkwood Community College
Tammy Wawro, ISEA Vice President and CREA President
Dr. Ruth White, retired educator and founder of the The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success,

and special guest, Jason Glass, Iowa’s New Director of Education.

Registration and social time is from 5:30-6:00 p.m. The community forum will be held from 6-8 p.m.

RSVP for the event by email to rsvp@uweci.org or call the United Way at 319-398-5372, ext. 10.

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See attached flyer for information.


Reminder for Contracted Staff: Professional Leave Reimbursements

As a reminder, the timelines for submitting professional leave reimbursement forms are:

  • Equipment and materials – no later than March 1, or at least three months prior to leaving the Agency, whichever is first.

  • Other expenses (including conferences, license fees and professional dues) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis – again the March 1 timeline is an indication for determining an expense is job-related.

These timelines, which apply to all contracted staff, help establish the job-related connection of the expense and improve the likelihood an eligible reimbursement request will be granted.
 
For additional details on Professional Leave Reimbursement, see the Grant Wood AEA Business Services and Human Resources Procedure Manual found on the Grant Wood AEA website.


Legislative Forum planned Saturday, Jan. 15

A legislative forum is planned on Saurday, Jan. 15, at Mercy Medial Center, Hallagan Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Friday, January 28, 2011
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and some new materials. Take a look at the new iPad and flip camera.

See attached flyer for information.

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PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12

Learn about assistive technology tookits for reading, writing, and organization and high tech and low tech tools and web based tools. The presenter will be Jane Faley-Smith, GWAEA assistive technology consultant.

Parents and educators of students who may benefit from assistive technology in the general or special education classroom are invited to attend.

Check in will be 8:45 a.m. with the workshop from 9-11 a.m. To register, contact Deb Johnson, at dejohnson@gwaea.org or ext. 6777.

See attached flyer for information.


New Mercy EAP location

Mercy Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will move Jan. 21 from the Mercy Health Plaza to 1340 Blairs Ferry Rd., Suite A, Hiawatha, IA 52233.

Patient appointments will begin Jan. 24 at the new location.

The Mercy EAP office and referral line will continue to be (319) 398-6694 or toll free at 800-383-6694.  Please call with any questions you may have regarding this move or the services available.


2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser planned Feb. 7-11

Horizons Meals On Wheels is pleased to introduce a new fundraising campaign, delivering lunches throughout Cedar Rapids the week of Feb. 7-11 as part of the 2011 Meals On Wheels Lunchbox.

The Lunchbox costs $10, $5 of which will feed you, while the other $5 benefits Horizons Meals On Wheels as the organization continues to help older adults and persons with disabilities meet their daily nutritional needs.

Meals include Italian Ciabatta, Turkey Club Focaccia, and California Veggie Focaccia; plus kettle chips, clementine, and a cookie. Visit the website for details or order information: http://www.horizonsfamily.org


New Login to Professional Development Registration

Beginning January 4, the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development registration system has a new login screen for user ease.  If you have not logged into your account since January 4, you will log in the first time using your first and last name and your driver’s license or social security number – whichever you have used in the past.  If you have previously had an account, you will NOT need to create a new profile. The first time you access the system through this new log in screen, you will need to create a username and password. 

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This can be whatever is convenient for you to remember.  You will not need to log in with your driver's license number or your social security number in the future unless you use these as your password. You will log in with the username and password that you create.  You will also be asked to update your user profile.  This will provide us with up-to-date demographic information, agency of employment, and current emails.  Then, confirm this information by clicking on the “update profile” button.

If you have inadvertently created accounts under both your social security number and your driver’s license number in the past, the system will indicate that it cannot find your account because it will see two people with your name.  You will need to contact either Connie Russell at 399-6767 or Tammy Carolan at 399- 6771.

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission
dates for the 2010-2011 school year:

- February 10, 2011
- April 28, 2011

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.


Buy, Sell or Trade

For sale:  Ninetendo Wii system with Wii Fit board.  Also includes Wii fit game, Biggest Loser game, and Wii sports game.  Still have boxes, all paperwork and has a year left on the extended warranty which covers almost anything from Best Buy.  Not used much, so needs to go!  $200. Please call ext. 6888 for more info.


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

A schedule of current and archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Jan. 14, 2011


The Bulletin Board is published and distributed weekly to all GWAEA staff and Board members. Buy, Sell or Trade items are run for 2 consecutive issues, unless we are notified to remove an item. If you wish to submit items, please do so by Wednesday of the week you wish the item to be posted. Send items via email to George Held in the Communications office (gheld@gwaea.org).

Please note: The Bulletin Board is also posted on the agency's Web site and is publicly accessible. We recommend you use your office or voice mail phone number instead of your home telephone number for any items listed in this newsletter.

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 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404