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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Flood Wall Update - October 22
Ensuring Success: Iowa Core in Action: A Day of Learning on Dec. 14 with Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year
First Responders Identified for Agency Facilities
Access Resources for Technology Training
Roses at Sixth Street Office to Be Removed
Are You an Influencer?
Update from Rob
Barnes & Noble Book Fair to benefit the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Mandatory Training certificates of completion to Professional Development by Oct. 29
Grant Wood AEA Holiday Craft Show 2010
Chair Massages
Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids
Buy, Sell or Trade

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, October 22, 2010

Mark your calendars!

Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


GWAEA Holiday Craft Show 2010

Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Holiday Potluck - Sixth St.

Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Holiday Potluck - Coralville

Flood Wall Update - October 22

This past week, the footings and concrete were poured for the east side wall. An exhaust fan was removed from the area that was LONG ago a dark room in preparation for water proofing the north wall.
Next week work will begin on the southwest entrance near the board room and receptionist. This entrance will be unavailable for a period of about two weeks, once construction starts. The receptionist will remain in the usual place with signage to direct visitors to the front desk. We will add a monitor to display schedule and room assignments on the wall near the southeast entrance.
Work was to begin on the southeast entry first but concerns about having this available in time for the general election on November 2 made us change to completing the southwest entrance first. We should see digging begin on the west side of the building late next week and some digging on the north side to clear the way to water-proof the north wall. Contractors have been moving dirt to the north side of the building instead of hauling it away. This will allow us to fill many of the low spots in this area.

Ensuring Success: Iowa Core in Action
A Day of Learning on Dec. 14 with
Sarah Brown Wessling
National Teacher of the Year




This full day workshop on Dec. 14 will provide AEA 10 staff members with an opportunity to experience learning facilitated by Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year and Iowa’s Teacher of the Year.

Iowa Core Outcomes 4 and 6 are the focus of this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own roles and practices and consider how they might integrate Sarah’s approach and philosophy to improve teaching and learning leading to higher levels of student achievement.

See the attached flyer for registration information.

First Responders Identified for Agency Facilities

The following individuals are now certified for first responder help if someone at an agency facility is hurt or suffers a heart attack:

Sixth Street Office:
·        George Held (6714)
·        Karen Michalec (6821)
·        Myka Peterson (6478)
·        Paul Kiburz (6765)
·        Stacy Murphy (6888)

33rd Avenue Office:

·        Laura Swiser (VAST Center)

Coralville Office:

·        Barb Aanonson (6211)
·        Johanna Rundlett (6212)
·        Elizabeth Steffensmeier (6210)

Also, all three offices have AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and emergency first aid kits in cases of an emergency. All of the first responders have been trained to use the AEDs.

If you need a first responder, you can page them by pressing the intercom button on any desk phone in the agency and then dial 1895. State your emergency and the building where you are located.

To ensure that the first responders know where to go, stay on the line and repeat at least twice what building you are in and the location within the building. If it appears that a defibrillator is needed, be sure to say that, too.

Access Resources for Technology Training



Are you looking for a more sophisticated training on a certain technology application? We now provide access to for staff to use. is a robust online tutorial service that covers applications from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Adobe, and much more. has a similar interface and style as,  but their videos go much more in depth on certain topics within applications.

If you would like to try, you can do it in a few ways. If you are at Sixth Street, Coralviile, or 33rd Avenue locations, simply go to No username or password is needed. Two users can access at one time. If you are off campus, you will need a username and password. We have a few of these to give out to users temporarily. If you need a username and password, please contact Andy Crozier.

Roses at Sixth Street Office to Be Removed

The agency will no longer have roses at the Sixth Street office as part of its landscaping. Though many of the staff members have enjoyed the beauty of the roses, this decision came about due to numerous reasons including time, cost, and increasing insect challenges. The rose bushes at the facility will be available for adoption by agency staff only and will be available at no charge.

If you are interested in "adopting" one of these roses, please contact George Held (x6714) or Kim Martin (x 6710). We will assign numbers to the roses, and individuals who have expressed an interest in adopting the plants will be assigned a rose/s randomly. Official rose adoption day will be the morning of Saturday, Nov. 13. Staff who are adopting the roses will be given instructions for best practice for how to remove the bushes from the agency grounds and replanting them.

Dr. Fielder, the agency's rose expert, says November is the ideal time of year to replant roses. It is a time when the roses have gone dormant, but it is before the ground has frozen for the winter.

If interest in the rose adoptions exceeds the number of plants available, we will determine who will receive the roses based on when staff contact Kim or George.

Are You an Influencer?

Are you facing challenges in your work that have you stumped?  Have you said to yourself, “I give up!”  Are you someone who wants to make a difference?  Do you wish you had more influence on others?

Please join us in the opportunity to explore and learn from influence experts about the skills and strategies of influence as shared in the book, Influencer.  We will examine the six sources of influence as described by the authors and through conversation with each other, share and grow the practice of influence strategies in our own work!

We will be meeting on the following dates from 3:30– 4:30 p.m.: 
12/1/10 – Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
1/24/11 – Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
2/15/11- Staff Conference Room, 6th St.
4/6/11 – Room 221, 33rd Ave.

Please RSVP to Kelley Martin by November 8.   Please indicate if you plan to attend all of the dates or which dates you think you will be attending; and if you need an Influencer book.  Also indicate if you have an interest participating via Skype from the Coralville office.

Kelley Martin
319-399-6801 or 800-332-8488 ext 6801

We look forward to this opportunity to learn together as a community of influencers!

Maria Cashman, Associate Administrator & Kelly Jones, School Improvement Consultant

Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?
               - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Update from Rob

Many of you have asked about Rob Mitchell, one of the lead printers in Creative Services, who was deployed for military service. Tara Johannsen, Creative Services supervisor, heard from Rob recently. He is checking his agency email account, and would welcome greetings to

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art - Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
Barnes & Noble, Cedar Rapids


2010_Bookfair "Save the Date"
2010_Bookfair flyer with vouchers.pdf

• Sign-up for your chance to win a CRMA Family Membership
• Color your own American Gothic picture
• Complete an American Gothic maze
• Learn about all that is happening at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art!

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year:

- November 4, 2010
- February 10, 2011
- April 28, 2011

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

Mandatory Training certificates of completion to
Professional Development by Oct. 29

If you received a notice about completing mandatory training such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Child and Dependent Abuse Mandatory Reporter or Seclusion and Restraint Chapter 103 Rules Overview as a condition of employment and/or licensure, please submit the certificate of completion to the Professional Development office by Oct. 29.  If you have any questions or need assistance to access the training site, please contact the Professional Development office: Sherry Sines, ext. 6517; Tammy Carolan, ext. 6771; or Connie Russell ext. 6767.

Grant Wood AEA Holiday Craft Show 2010


Friday, October 29

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


If you would like to participate as a vendor, call or email Erlene Spicer (ext. 6746)
before October 25.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Thursday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Jones Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

Wanted: 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. A collection container will be available in the break room of the Sixth St. facility. Staff may also send the labels to Stacy or contact her at ext. 6888.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Bell and Snare Kit for beginning percussion students. Orginally purchased from West Music - all original parts included and in excellent condition. Also includes a 12" practice pad and a set of metal mallets. $350.00 or best offer. Call Heather Marolf 563-920-9059,

For Sale: Spectrum Electic Guitar including amplifier, guitar stand & case, instruction manual, learn to play book with unopened CD. $150.00 or best offer. Call Heather Marolf 563-920-9059,

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

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

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars are also available.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo October 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 (

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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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