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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

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


GWAEA Board meeting

Grant Wood AEA Leadership Series provides support for the Iowa Core Curriculum

Grant Wood AEA is offering a series of learning sessions for educators and community members designed to create conversations and share information about the Iowa Core Curriculum and preparing students for the 21st century.

The Iowa Core Leadership Series for the 21st Century is a series of four daytime presentations that provides district teams the opportunity to engage in learning and planning. Featured speakers provide participants with a view of education improvements and progress beyond and in Iowa.

The four evening sessions, titled, 21st Century Learning for Community and School Leaders, are held from 5-8 p.m. on the same day as the leadership series and feature the keynote speakers. Participants include teachers, administrators, board members, parents, and community leaders. The session fee is $10 and a light meal is provided.

Both day and evening sessions are designed to offer support for district leadership teams as they continue learning and developing their plans for implementing the Iowa Core Curriculum.



Session 1: Globalization and American Education, Oct. 1, 2009

Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Michigan State University, emphasized the importance of providing opportunities for students to engage in problem solving and encouraged participants to celebrate and enhance students’ opportunities to explore and develop their creativity. Joining Dr. Zhao was Jack Harris, a local business leader with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, who encouraged participants to provide students with opportunities to engage in math, science, and technology projects, areas of anticipated future labor market shortages.

Yong Zaho, Ph.D.


Session 2: Redesigning High Schools, Nov. 9, 2009

Fred Bramante, past chairman and member of New Hampshire’s State Board of Education and instruction combined with community resources to provide anytime/anywhere student-learning experiences. Joining Mr. Bramante were educators and students from the Sigourney Community Schools, who shared information about the eSigourney Entrepreneurial Academy for Leadership. eSEAL incorporates community resources in the learning process through student entrepreneurial businesses and internships.



Fred Bramante



Session 3: Technology and 21st Century Skills, Jan. 28, 2010
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., Iowa State University, discussed the expansion of technology as a tool to enhance student learning. Joining Dr. McLeod was Jeff Dicks, superintendent/high school principal of the Newell-Fonda Community Schools, who presented a model of providing quality technology experiences for students through a 1:1 laptop project. This project permits students to interact with students in other school districts and other countries such as Brazil.  Teachers are also using some on-line resources to support assessment of students.  One of the on-line assessment tools may reached by entering Kubbu on Google.  Individuals may acquire further information about Dr. McLeod’s presentation by entering

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.


Session 4: Formative Assessment, April 21, 2010
This session will focus on assessment for learning with a presentation by Margaret Heritage, assistant director for Professional Development at the National Center for Research and Evaluation, UCLA. Dr. Heritage will share the purpose and importance of formative assessment. AEA 10’s Assessment for Learning Team will share how they have used formative assessment to improve teaching and learning.

The evening session on April 21, 5-8 p.m is titled Assessment for Learning. Margaret Heritage will describe the purpose and elements of formative assessment, or assessment for learning. Cost is $10, which includes a light meal. To register, visit the Professional Development section of the Grant Wood AEA website and click on Leadership and School Administration, Assessment for Learning, Course Number: 9544-09-01. Margaret Heritage will describe the purpose and elements of formative assessment, or assessment for learning. This continuous assessment for learning provides frequent feedback to teachers and students to guide instruction to help close the gap between current and expected achievement and to guide new learning for students. Local educators will share examples and experiences with formative assessment practices in their classrooms.

Session: 5: June 10, 2010
Leadership Teams will engage in analysis of Iowa Core Curriculum Self Study and system data to prioritize actions and develop initial Iowa Core Implementation Plans.

For more information about the 21st Century Learning series, visit the Professional Development section of the Grant Wood AEA website at

For information about the Iowa Core Curriculum, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s Iowa Core Curriculum website at or the Grant Wood AEA website at and click on Iowa Core Curriculum.

From the Payroll/Benefits Desk . . .

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 2009 were mailed to employees on January 22, 2010. 

Now is a good time to review your tax withholding status.  If you’ve had a family change (marriage, divorce, birth of child, child no longer a dependent) you may want to update your W-4 tax withholding forms.

For questions regarding your W-2 statement or W-4 tax withholdings, contact Cathy Kearns, Business Services, ext. 6706 or e-mail

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Social Hour:


Thursday, April 22, 2010
Old Brick meeting hall, Iowa City
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Please plan on joining us for this special event! In preparation for the banquet, we invite you to nominate individuals for recognition. Click here for a list of previous award winners. Please e-mail nominations to George or Val in the Communications Office or contact us at x6824 or x6714 with questions.

Nominations are due by Friday, February 26.

Iowa TeenScreen Program

In 2007, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) received a SAMHSA grant to address youth suicide by providing statewide mental health screening.  Dale Chell, the Division’s Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, selected the TeenScreen Schools and Communities program, already in use in many Iowa communities, to fulfill the goals of the grant.
Iowa now has 65 TeenScreen sites, the 3rd largest number in the United States.  Grant Wood AEA was awarded a TeenScreen grant by IDPH in the summer of 2009.  Teresa Grider-Baker, School Social Worker, is facilitating the TeenScreen Program Mobile Mental Health Screening Program. She can travel to school districts with screening questionnaires loaded on laptop computers. With the focus on prevention, Teresa can also provide in-services to students, building staff, and parents on mental health and suicide prevention.
Grant Wood Area Education Agency has the ability to offer Columbia University TeenScreen mental health screenings to high schools in six of the seven counties served by GWAEA. This includes 19 high schools in Benton County, Cedar County, Iowa County, Jones County, Johnson County, and Washington County.  Middle school students may also be screened in some circumstances.
School districts in Linn County are currently being served by through Mercy Hospital’s TeenScreen grant, facilitated by Sharon Yearous.  The Iowa City Community School District is being served by TeenScreen, facilitated by Susie Poulton, through their Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.

The TeenScreen program will be discussed in depth at a conference at GWAEA on April 12, Suicide Prevention / Intervention / Postvention.  To read the description of the conference and to register, go to:

For more information about TeenScreen, please contact Teresa Grider-Baker at

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.

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.)



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

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

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are $10. To schedule a time, please e-mail Stacy Murphy, at

Only 2 spaces left on England, Scotland and Ireland trip

Join GWAEA colleagues June 17-27 on an exciting 11 day tour organized by School Psychologist Nancy Dearborn. Reserve NOW to avoid higher prices Feb. 1. Travel with other adults from across the U.S. as well as GWAEA employees. For more information, see Nancy can be reached at or 319-573-5877.

Vacancies, January 29, 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