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Oct. 19, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting


Holiday Potluck Lunch – Coralville Office Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 to 1 p.m.


Holiday Potluck Lunch – Sixth Street Office – Tuesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 to 1 p.m.

In this issue:

Eastern Iowa Compact seeks to improve area schools
Town Meeting
Open Minds, Open Doors Conference, Oct. 18
Prairie Lights to host Jamie Vollmer on Nov. 1
Iowa Youth Survey online
Gone Google
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Thank you
Agency Craft Show Nov. 11
TQ Proposal Application Date - Nov. 7
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Oct. 14, 2011


Past Issues

October 7, 2011
September 30, 2011

September 23, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 2, 2011

August 26, 2011

August 19, 2011

August 12, 2011

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board




Eastern Iowa Compact seeks to improve area schools

Last week, a group of local superintendents unveiled the Eastern Iowa Compact to develop systems for Educating for the Innovation Age. Last week, we also had Dr. Jamie Vollmer speak to the superintendents as well as to community groups and to school board members about how to engage our communities in understanding both the need for change and the “from what/to what.”

Many of the superintendents in our area have signed the Compact. Now we’re asking agency staff to also join in and sign the compact. The intent of the Compact is to collect and publicly display the well-rounded and large number of supporters in our communities who pledge to promote and support significant change in our schools – thus providing some “cover” for our educational leaders.
More information about this initiative can be found at:
We ask you to do the following:

  1. Read the Compact, review the website, and consider signing it either professionally or as a private citizen to support this effort.  

  2. Promote and encourage student participation in the Student Voice Video Contest

  3. Promote it with your professional and personal networks as you see fit.

  4. Promote it with your schools and ensure that all in the schools are aware of this work.

  5. Share this information – especially the Student Voice Video Contest - with your co-workers, families and friends and ask that they become active agents in the work of the Compact and in encouraging students they know to submit videos.The goal is to have at least one video submitted from each AEA10 high school and get 200 video submissions. Details and some great promo videos by area students are at:

For information, see the Educating for the Innovation Age - Ways that You Can Help brochure.Questions? Contact Trace Pickering, ext. 6550 or

Town meeting on the Governor’s school reform proposal

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 1 p.m.
Linda Fandel and Jason Glass
Iowa City West High School - Auditorium
2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City

Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 18
15th year for STEM conference for middle school girls


Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. The event will be held at
Coe College in Cedar Rapids.


Approximately 550 girls in 6-8th grades representing 31 schools will participate in the conference, which encourages girls to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Anne Michael Langguth, Miss Iowa 2009 and an alumna of “Open Minds, Open Doors,” will welcome participants. Langguth is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government, and is currently attending The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.


Over 80 professional women working in STEM-related careers will participate as volunteer presenters. These women represent the following corridor businesses and organizations:

Back In Line Family Chiropractic
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Cedar Rapids Fire Department

Coe College
Cornell College
Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center
F&M Bank

General Mills
Horizons, A Family Service Alliance


Indian Creek Nature Center


Iowa DNR

Iowa State University

Kennedy High School, CR Schools
Linn County Public Health

Mercy Care Community Physicians



Mercy Fitness Center

Mercy Medical Center

Mount Mercy University
Performance Therapies

Rockwell Collins

Science Station

St. Luke's Hospital

University of Iowa
- College of Dentistry

- College of Engineering
- Office - State Archaeologist

- State Hygienic Lab


University of Iowa Health Care

Upper Iowa University
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Vernon Research
Workplace Learning Connection


Also featured will be presentations by the Rockwell Collins Roadshow and the University of Iowa Gross Anatomy.


The Open Minds, Open Doors Conference originated in 1996 as an initiative of the Cedar Rapids Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) with support from Coe College. To learn more about the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference, contact
Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, Ext. 6775 or e-mail

Prairie Lights to host Jamie Vollmer on Nov. 1

On Tuesday, November 1st at 7 p.m., Jamie Vollmer, a nationally known champion of public education and author of the book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone will read from his book and take audience questions at Prairie Lights bookstore on Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City. Schools Cannot Do It Alone has been hailed by the American School Board Journal as one of the “top ten” education books of 2010.
Once a harsh critic, Jamie is now recognized across North America as a friend of public education. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with hundreds of school districts, chambers of commerce, education associations, and foundations to increase student success. His speeches and workshops have been praised as both practical and energizing. He combines statistics, logic, and humor to encourage people work together to create schools that unfold the full potential of every child.
If you didn’t get a chance to hear him when he was in Cedar Rapids recently, please consider attending his reading on Nov. 1.

Iowa Youth Survey available online

The AEA Iowa Youth Survey report can be found on the following web-site:


We encourage you to view these data and to share it with your colleagues and other community stakeholders.

Gone Google

Google Calendar - Quick Add

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

Did you know you can get an event added to your Google calendar in just seconds?  All you need to do is add a few details using the Quick Add button and it will add the event in your primary calendar. Works great when you are working on the fly and don't have time to jump to the specific date and enter all specific details. Quick add will recognize the what and the when and fill those in for you!


Visit the Grant Wood AEA Gone Google Support Site for resources and links that will help you navigate around our Google domain.

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.


Joe and Tammy Carolan are the proud grandparents of a new grandson. Isaac Joseph Kostuck was born to their daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Matt Kostuck, on Oct. 12 . Isaac weighed 8 lbs. 4 1/2 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. He joins big brother, Aiden. Tammy is a secretary/registrar in Professional Development.

Thank you

To: My Grant Wood AEA Family


Thank you for your get well and birthday wishes during my brain surgery recovery. Thank you also for your prayers, flowers, meals, the Nadas T-shirt, gift cards, visits and encouraging words and support. Thank you to the CarePage followers at


A brain tumor...who would have thought. To God be the glory.



Jane Yock


Agency Craft Show Planned Nov. 11

The Agency Craft Show is planned on Friday, November 11. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please call or email Erlene Spicer, ext. 6746, before November 4 to receive more information.

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Nov. 7

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


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, September, 2011

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

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


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for a current schedule, registration information, and archives of the
Grant Wood AEA webinars.


Altoid tins. Priscilla Polehna is collecting tins for a literacy project. Please send to Priscilla or
Dawn Hrabak.


Pink Yoplait yogurt lids. Stacy Murphy, IMS operator, is collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids to support the annual "Save Lids to Save Lives" drive for breast cancer research. Collection containers will be available in the break rooms of the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities or contact Stacy, Ext. 6888.

Buy, Sell and Trade

48” upright Kawai piano in walnut. Excellent condition. $3000 OBO. Kally DeYoung  319-398-4932 (w) or 319-455-2119 (H)

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo October 14, 2011


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