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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m (1st Thur)


GWAEA Board meeting

Say “Thank You” to Those Who Make a Difference

The Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet is set for Thursday, April 22, at the Old Brick meeting hall in Iowa City. Please plan on joining us for this special event! In preparation for the banquet, we invite you to nominate individuals for recognition.

Your co-workers, educators with whom you work, and members of the community can have a tremendous impact on all that we do as an agency. Saying thank you to these individuals is not only uplifting to them, it can be emotionally rewarding to you as the person who recognizes their efforts.

For over 20 years, the agency has recognized special individuals who have made a difference in our work. We invite you to nominate one or more persons with whom you have worked or individuals you have observed as “going the extra mile” with children, youth or schools in Area 10. We offer a variety of categories to recognize people in various walks of life:

  • Friend of Education – for individuals from the private sector who contribute time, money or ideas to influence the quality of education students receive in our area

  • Caring Colleague – for co-workers who make your work life better, happier, more collaborate, interesting and quite possibly even fun

  • Educational Partner – for educators who we feel are exceptional partners with the AEA in helping students improve and succeed

The agency’s administration also infrequently selects individuals to receive the Leadership in Learning award, which is usually given to outstanding individuals who have had a major impact on the AEA system and education statewide.

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards. A randomly chosen group of Grant Wood AEA staff members are selected annually to review and determine the awards recipients.
The Nomination Form is attached to this issue of The Bulletin Board. Also attached is a list of previous award winners. Please e-mail nominations to or send them to George or Val in the Communications Office. Contact us at x6824 or x6714 with questions.
Nominations are due by Friday, February 26.

Clarification on Employee Name Badges
January 19, 2010

With the recent changes to the security measures in the building we have made some changes with the way in which employee badges are handled.

Each new employee receives a photo ID badge upon their initial employment with the agency, and employees may update their ID badges periodically throughout their career at Grant Wood AEA at no cost.

To that end:

  •  All staff will continue to receive a free ID badge upon initial employment.

  • Any staff member may request a new ID badge at any time at no charge to the employee every three (3) years by contacting Creative Services at the 6th street facility.

  • Broken or badly damaged ID badges may also be replaced at no charge.

  •  Any staff member wishing to have additional badges or who loses their badge and are not yet eligible for a free replacement may purchase an ID badge for $10.00 at any time.

We hope this clarifies any confusion as to the ID badges and any associated fees.

PODD Open House rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 27 (updated 1/25/10)

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Grant Wood AEA Conference Center (snow date)

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

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution towards the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the 6th Street Facility front desk.

The options, with a couple of new choices are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch
  • Vase & a Bunch: $15
  • Dainty Daffodils: $15
  • Bear Hugs for Hope: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with their very own limited edition Boyd’s Bear (given anonymously.)
  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients
  • Bear and a Bunch: $25. This is a Boyd’s Bear and a bunch of daffodils, specially designed for American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days
  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church
  • Half case: $250
  • Case of daffodils: $500

Pictures of these are at the front desk.

Orders will be taken from now until February 19, 2010. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 17, 2010. (Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.)

Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or call Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.



NE Region Special Event, Thursday, Feb. 11 PDF logo

The GWAEA Media Center, Creative Services, and Technology is hosting a special event on Thursday, Feb. 11, 3-7 p.m for PreK-12 staff in NE Region districts. Explore resources in the Professional Library and Classroom Collection, make and take items in the Teacher Work Center (fee), receive assistance with the Online Resources, and tour the Media Center.

For more information, contact Keith Stamp, Ext 6850 or or  Myra Hall, Ext 6820 or

Thirty Years of Motivational, Practical Gems:

Kirkwood Beyond Rubies Women’s Conference set to inform, inspire and encourage, March 18-19

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: 9510-09-02
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

Dear Colleagues,

For those of you who do not already know, long-time (and now retired) GWAEA School Psychologist, Shirley Pike was recently diagnosed with Ig A Lamba Multiple Myeloma. She is having surgery at St. Luke's on Friday, Jan. 22 to repair two collapsed vertebrae. Please keep Shirley and her family in your thoughts and prayers. If you'd like to send a card, her address is 3925 Willowbrook Dr., Marion, IA 52302. Shirley can be reached at 319-373-2434.

Nancy Dearborn

Vacancies, January 22, 2010

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 (

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