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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m


GWAEA Board meeting

Legislative Session Under Way – Do’s and Don'ts for Lobbying

Please remember that Iowa law prohibits agency staff from using agency stationery or agency email to lobby legislators. Send correspondence to your lawmakers on your own stationery, note cards or plain paper, and don’t use agency envelopes to mail them. If you don’t have a personal email account, you can set up a Google or Hotmail account. To call a legislator, please use your personal cell phone or home phone. In times such as these, it’s especially important that we do not violate this law. Thanks.

Staff Directory by District and Building Now Available

Following a request from the Agency Advisory Council, we now have a staff list showing the regional administrator, the region secretary and all staff serving each district and each school building in the Grant Wood AEA service area. The list also includes staff who work with accredited nonpublic schools.

Teacher Quality Professional Development proposals due February 3

 The applications and directions for completing applications can be found under the TQ portal on the GWAEA website.

PODD Open House, Jan. 25

Come join your GWAEA PODD Pilot Project Speech/Language Pathologists as they share about their efforts to introduce the Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Display Communication Books to students in our area.

Monday, Jan. 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Grant Wood AEA Conference Center

For more information, contact Julie Freed, Ext. 6546 or

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 manual found on the Grant Wood AEA website.

New resources in the PEP Library

The Grant Wood AEA PEP Resource library has several new books on Borderline Personality Disorder. The PEP Resource Library now has the newest Mental Health Resource Guide from NAMI-The National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is the most up-to-date IOWA guide for mental health resources for families, educators, and others in need of mental health resources.

The new mental health materials are:


NAMI IOWA Children’s Mental Health Resources: An Introduction to Mental Health Services, Resources, And Support For Families Of Children And Teens In Iowa

Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder-Paul T. Mason And Randi Kreger

Get Me Out Of Here: My Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder-Rachel Reiland

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Living With BPD-Alexander L. Chapman, Ph. D. And Kim L. Gratz, Ph. D.

Lost In The Mirror: An Inside Look At Borderline Personality Disorder-Richard A. Moskovitz, M.D.

The PEP Resouce Library also has Success 4 Resource Kits which include books, videos, handouts, and research and resources. There are Success 4 Resource Kits on these disorders:
Serious Emotional Disorder-Including Self-Mutilation  (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Attachment Disorder
Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Severely Disruptive Behavior in Children
Severely Disruptive Behavior in Adolescence
Bipolar Disorder

To checkout any materials from the PEP Library, call Liz Hooley at 319-399-6719 or e-mail to make your request . Materials will be sent to you via GWAEA Van Mail to your local school.

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American Red Cross


Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999

The American Red Cross has committed significant financial support to the relief operation in Haiti releasing supplies that will meet the immediate needs of 5,000 families. Priority needs now are food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. People who want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund at or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. The Red Cross is also receiving donations to support international disaster response through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities.

For more information on any of these listings, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Information about Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Using Google Docs and Sites

We have had an overwhelming amount of requests for assistance with Google Docs & Sites. We have opened up two full day learning sessions (same content both days) for staff to sign up and have hands on training on the two applications. Please see the information below for registration.

Using Google Docs and Sites
This workshop will cover how you can use Google Docs to increase collaboration writing, spreadsheets, presentations, and assessment/data collection. We will also explore Google Sites as a way of publishing information and even creating a controlled online learning experience for your staff and learning community! The day will be broken up by doing Goodle Docs in the morning and Google Sites in the afternoon. Participants are asked to bring their laptops.
Number: 9510-09-01
Dates/Time: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Number: 9510-09-02
Dates/Time: Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids
Format: Hands-On
Target Audience: All
Registration: Complete registration form or register electronically at least two weeks in advance.
Fees: None
Credit: None
Instructor(s): Stacy Behmer, Technology Consultant, Grant Wood AEA

Welcome, New Staff!

Angela Ayres has joined the agency as a paraeducator. Welcome, Angela!


Thank you

Thank you to everyone for all of the kind thoughts, cards, emails, well-wishes, and beautiful flowers to boost my recovery from recent knee replacement surgery.  It’s nice to back to the routine of working at the agency instead of the routine trips to physical therapy!   (Even though the daily exercises will continue at home forever).  

Thank you again,

 Marsha Reitzler

Vacancies, January 15, 2010

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

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