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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Protecting Your (and the Agency's) Email Accounts
Flood Gates Being Fitted
EdInsight: Iowa's Data Warehouse
Agency Measurements Google Site
Vending Machine Provider Changing
Lunch and Learn planned Jan. 12, 2011
Our Sympathy

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Thank you!
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Jan. 7, 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

Protecting Your (and the Agency's) Email Accounts

A high number of emails continue to slip through our spam filtering system that supposedly come from tech support or the "help desk." In each case, no one's name is listed on the document as the contact person, and the email ALWAYS asks the individual to send a reply email with their address and email password. The message routinely includes some veiled threat that the user's account may be terminated if they don't comply.

Please DO NOT RESPOND to these emails. If the agency contacts you about your email account, such a message will come from Mike Hauer or George Held. In no situation will we send a request for you to submit your email address and password. Please ignore the phishing messages and delete them.

If you have not yet changed your password for your emails, please do so. For more information about how to create a stronger password, please refer to our Sept. 10, 2010 issue of The Bulletin Board where we shared some tips about how to do this.


Flood Gates Being Fitted

The photo (left) shows the first of the gates being fitted for the flood wall. Should the devices ever need to be put in place, the gates have a rubber base to seal the gap between the walkway and the gate. Each flood gate will have tension screws on the top of each side, which will be secured to hold the floodgate firmly down against the ground.


EdInsight: Iowa's Data Warehouse


For the past several years, the Iowa Department of Education has been building a data warehouse, a collection of data from a variety of sources and organized so that reporting and analysis of those data are straightforward. The name of Iowa’s data warehouse is EdInsight.  
The data currently in EdInsight are:

  • Assessment Data.  These student level information come from ITBS and ITED.

  • Special Education.  These selected student level data come from IMS.

  • Enrollment and Curriculum Data.  These selected student level data come from the Fall, Winter and Spring Project EASIER collections.

At the present time, a number of pre-formatted reports have been developed in EdInsight.  In addition to the pre-formatted reports, another analytical tool, the data cube, is part of EdInsight.  It is anticipated that the data cube will be offered to people who use powerful analytical tools such as SAS (Statistical Analysis Software), SQL (Structured Query Language) or pivot tables in Excel.
The AEAs and the DE are partnering in the statewide training rollout.  The goal is to have at least one user in each district trained by the end of the 2010-11 school year and to have at least one user in each building trained by the end of the 2011-12 school year.
Kelly Jones, Gregory Dunn and Michelle Tressel are leading the training rollout of EdInsight in Area 10. Further information on training will be forthcoming.
To learn more about EdInsight, go to:

Agency Measurements Google Site

The Agency’s Strategic Priorities Measurements and Metrics are now available via a Google site:

This site provides all staff with information about the key activities under each Agency priority, and will be the location where periodic updates are posted. The first round of updates are being completed now through January and will be viewable in red text at the bottom of each priority page. Please take a few moments to get familiar with the site. Thanks!

For questions, contact Trace Pickering, ext. 6550.

Vending Machine Provider Changing

In compliance with a legislative rule, the agency will be changing from its current supplier for the agency's vending machines. Beginning this month, the vending will be provided by the Iowa Department for the Blind.

The current pop machines will remain in place, and the ownership of the machines will be transferred to the DOB. The food vending machines will be switched.  Pricing for pop and water will be $1.25. A new coffee machine will be installed in the East break room of the Sixth Street office.

Lunch and Learn planned
Jan. 12, 2011

Identity Theft Protection
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility

To register, sign-in to the online Grant Wood AEA Professional Development and register for course 5562-10-01.



Seating is limited to 20. Free pizza and beverages will be served. See attached flyer for information.

"Identity Theft Protection" is offered as a community outreach program by Linn Area Credit Union. Participants are not charged anything, and there is no requirement for participants to be a member of LACU or to join the credit union as a result of this class.

Our Sympathy

Our condolences are with the family and friends of Keith Black. Keith passed away on Monday, Jan. 3, in North Carolina. He was a Grant Wood AEA special education consultant for 25 years, retiring on June 30, 1997. Keith also served as coordinator of the Special Olympics for 14 years. Services were held on Friday, Jan. 7, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Morganton, North Carolina.

A memorial service is planned on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 155 Boyson Rd., in Marion.

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.

Thank you!

Thank you everyone for saving the Yoplait pink lids for me!  I sent in exactly 700 on Christmas Eve and am thrilled with the amount we saved and helped contribute for breast cancer research.  
I would also like to thank everyone for all of the donations for the Vinton Animal Shelter tree!  We actually delivered it on Christmas day and were able to spend a little time with all the cats and give rawhides to all the dogs.  Every animal should be loved everyday, especially on Christmas day and they were. It is wonderful to work with such a caring group of people.  Thank you again!

Stacy Murphy

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. 7, 2011

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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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