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Bulletin Board


November 9, 2011 at 5:00 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:

Annual Charity Campaign Begins Monday
New Video Promotes AEA System
iPad Update
CBS 60 Minutes Shows How iPads
New PEP Library Resources
October is Cyber Security Month
Welcome New GWAEA Staff!
Iowa Core: Alignment Learning and Collaboration
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Agency Craft Show Nov. 11
Thank you
Travel to UK
TQ Proposal Application Date - Nov. 7
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Oct. 28, 2011


Past Issues

October 21, 2011

October 14, 2011

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




Annual Charity Campaign Begins Monday

Starting next week, all staff will receive copies of pledge cards for the United Way and for the Community Health Charities and Iowa Shares. At the request of members of the Advisory Council, we have added the latter two charities as part of our fall fund-raising effort.


So many people think they know all about the United Way. The truth is, not many do! The United Way that our grandparents supported is NOT the same as the United Way today!


The United Way of East Central Iowa is taking a new approach to its charity contributions. In the past, the agency assigned fixed amounts to each of its agencies, regardless of what those agencies did in the community. Now, based on research in the community and an extensive examination of various community indicators, the agency has established goals and has targeted funding to various agencies they believe can help to achieve those goals. To see a graphic of the East Central agency’s goals and how much of the organization’s focus is on education, please click on the following link and the video below.


United Way of Johnson County works each day to develop lasting solutions to critical issues within our community. Issues such as poverty, barriers to learning, homelessness, hunger, families in crisis, barriers to earning a living wage, social injustice, discrimination, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and access to health care. Working with volunteers across all sectors of the community, the 2020 Vision Goals for the Common Good were created to drive change in community conditions and measurably improve lives by the year 2020. Our donations to the United Way Campaign for the Common Good will help reach these goals in the areas of education, income and health.


The Johnson County goals are:
Education: Improve success for children and youth by decreasing the preparation gaps by 1/3 for school, post high-school education and work
Income: Increase by 20% households in Johnson County that are financially stable
Health: Increase by 1/3 the number of children and adults who are healthy and avoiding risk behavior


To learn more about the 2020 Vision Goals for the Common Good, take a look at this 4 minute video:


By partnering with either of the United Way organizations, we can build a stronger, safer, healthier, more financially stable community. Please consider supporting this important work by participating in our workplace campaign!


Community Health Charities includes a wide assortment of health organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association, American Lung, Diabetes, Heart, Easter Seals, etc. It also supports organizations such as The Arc of Iowa, Camp Tanager and Tanager Place. Iowa Shares is based in Iowa City and includes both statewide as well as regional and local charities such as several area Habitat for Humanity programs, Trees Forever, Englert Civic Theatre, Amnesty International and Linn County United Nations Association. Brochures for both organizations will be provided along with the pledge cards.


If you receive a pledge card for Johnson County and you actually would prefer to have one for East Central Iowa United Way (or vice versa), please contact George Held in the communications office and we’ll get you the correct pledge card. For those who wish to give to Community Health Charities or Iowa Shares, both organizations’ have put their pledge information on one sheet. The only payroll deduction program we are offering this year is for United Way contributions. For those who decide to contribute to one or more of these charities, we ask you to return your completed pledge card to the communications office.


New Video Promotes AEA System in Iowa

Although Iowa's AEAs have been helping kids, families and educators for over 35 years, this comment remains, "People still don't know what we do at the AEA."


A new video and advocacy campaign is preparing to launch within the next few weeks. The stories in this video are shared by people who have first-hand experience with the services offered by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.



Click for Iowa AEA video

As an AEA staff member, you have an opportunity for a sneak peek at the new video. It can viewed online at (The public launch with educators and other partners will occur on Monday, Nov. 14, which is the start of American Education Week.)

Feel free to share this site with others. When you do share it, you help to ensure that Iowa’s AEAs will be there to help kids like Zach and all of Iowa’s kids in the coming years.

Questions? Please contact George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in Communications.

iPad Update 10/28/11

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning

I believe we have distributed about 100 iPads this week and have staff hitting the ground running! The talk about how we are going to utilize these tools in a variety of ways to perform their job duties is very exciting!  All of the iPads should be out in the next couple of weeks. Please check on your orientation time and if you need to sign up for an open orientation you may still do so. iPad Orientation Schedule Google Doc


Things to remember:

  1. The GWAEA iPad support site is:

  2. Sign up for the GWAEA iPad user group to get information about getting apps and how to use apps

  3. Once all the iPads have been distributed we will have information about getting additional apps and a survey will go out to find out what your PD needs are for using the device

  4. Information will be in The Bulletin Board each week, so stay tuned!

  5. Check out our featured app of the week!

    Thank you for your patience and feedback as we get going. There have been wonderful things shared!  Please continue to share and let us know how we can support you using these tools.  Email me or with questions!

CBS 60 Minutes Shows How iPads Are Used to Help Students with Autism

Last Sunday, the news show 60 Minutes featured a segment about how the iPad has become an effective tool for working with children who have autism. Our AEA10 autism team also spoke about this at the idea fair last spring. The end of the news story included a link to an autism support site with a list of various apps. Here’s the site they link to:

In case you missed the 60 Minutes story, here’s a link to the story, which you can view online:

New Resources for Parents and Educators in the PEP Library

The PEP Resource Library has new resources for parents and educators.
PEP now has the SKI HI Total Communication DVD program, which includes from the older tape series lessons 1-30 on three DVDs. 


Disk #1 Chapters:
Lesson 1. Indentifying Members of the Family
Lesson 2. Getting Along With the Family
Lesson 3. More Family Survival Signs
Lesson 4. Getting up
Lesson 5.  Getting Dress
Lesson 6.  Brushing teeth & combing hair
Lesson 7. Changing Diapers
Lesson 8. Getting a drink
Lesson 9. Going to the Bathroom


Disk #2 Chapters:
Lesson 10. Getting Dressed for Bed
Lesson 11. Storytime (Introduction to animals)
Lesson 12. Little Rhymes, Songs, & Prayers
Lesson 13. Foods
Lesson 14. More Foods & Eating Meals
Lesson 15. Preparing Meals
Lesson 16. Body Parts
Lesson 17. Getting Hurt and Being Sick
Lesson 18. Expressing Feelings


Disk #3 Chapters:
Lesson 19. Things in the House & Doing Housework
Lesson 20. Taking Care of Clothes
Lesson 21. Setting & Clearing the Table & Doing Dishes
Lesson 22. Toys & Playthings
Lesson 23. Playing Outside the House
Lesson 24. Playing Inside the House (coloring, counting, etc.)
Lesson 25. Traveling
Lesson 26. Visiting Places
Lesson 27. Going to School
Lesson 28.  Manual Alphabet
Lesson 29. Question Words & Connecting Words
Lesson 30. Prepositions & Affixes

Lessons 31-60 are available on video tape only at this time. The PEP Resource Library continues to offer the complete video tape series, Lessons 1-60.


To check out any PEP Resource Library materials, call Liz Hooley 319-399-6719 or email Materiasl will be sent by Grant Wood AEA van mail to schools in the GWAEA service area or you can make alternative delivery arrangements with PEP.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The State of Iowa - Information Security Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is working to promote information security awareness in Iowa.


The State of Iowa - Information Security offers the following materials:

2012 Cyber Security calendar
Cyber security bookmarks
Copier Data Security booklet
Peer-To-Peer File Sharing booklet
Stop Think Click booklet
Protecting Personal Information booklet, and NET CETERA Outreach toolkit.

Contact the Communications Office for copies of any of the above.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!

Sandra Busta
CART Service Provider
Upper Iowa University

Before joining Grant Wood AEA, Sandra served as a Center Manager, Disabilities and Mental Health Specialist, Family & Community Specialist with Head Start/Early Head Start and as a Home Visitor with Parent Share & Support.


Kevin Link
Van Driver

Kevin joins Grant Wood AEA as a van driver. He is a retired USPS Letter Carrier.


Jonathan Wylie
Technology Consultant
University of Huddersfield, U.K.

Jonathan joins Grant Wood AEA after five years of teaching fourth grade at North-Linn CSD. Before that, he taught for five years in England and Scotland.



Congratulations to Mike Ostlund, school social worker/ author, for the recent release of the second edition of Find 'Em Chase 'Em Sink 'Em: The Mysterious Loss of the WW II Submarine USS Gudgeon (The Lyons Press).  It is the revised, updated and expanded version of the book by the same title, which was published in August, 2006.

Iowa Core: Alignment Learning and Collaboration

December 12, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.course #: 19049-11-01

Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids

District leaders supporting Iowa Core alignment efforts are encouraged to participate in this session. Presenters will be AEA Team Members including Myra Hall and Keith Stamp.
See the attached flyer for details.

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.

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.

Thank you...

Amy Cameron, GWAEA accounts payable technician, shared the following greetings from her sister, the Rev. Jill Cameron Michel of South Joplin Christian Church, Joplin, Missouri. After the May 22 tornado, Amy delivered donations gathered from staff at Grant Wood AEA to the church.

The congregation is returning to their building, so severely damaged in the tornado, and is celebrating a rededication ceremony on Nov. 20, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.


"On May 22nd, Joplin was forever changed. Winds in excess of 200 miles per hour tore the city apart in ways we could have never imagined. Homes, businesses, schools, and churches (our included) were damaged and destroyed. Lives were lost. Places previously well known were unrecognizable.


On May 22nd and in the months since, something else happened. We here in Joplin became forever connected with people and communities around the United States...many of whom we might otherwise have never known.


You are receiving this letter because you have reached out to our church and community in this time of loss. Some of you sent encouraging notes. Some of you sent financial assistance. Some of you came from places near and far to lend a helping hand. Some of you prayed fervently for Joplin. We want you to know that your donations, your prayers, and your time have made a difference and continue to make a difference. ..."



Rev. Jill Cameron Michel

“Who Ya Gonna Serve?” performance planned at
St. Jude Church, Dec. 6

On Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m., St. Jude Church, 50 Edgewood Road NW in Cedar Rapids will host a performance of “Who Ya Gonna Serve?” by Anita Gutschick from “Women of the Bible” (  This  powerful, dynamic performance  opens with delightful characters (Elizabeth and Puah) but closes on a somber, poignant note (Herodias). This show is great for men and women but is not recommended for young children.
A pork loin dinner, catered by Connie’s Catering, will be served prior to the performance, at 5:45 PM.  Attendees may attend the dinner and/or the performance.  Dinner tickets are $8.50 each and tickets for the performance are $10.00 each.  
Starting in November, dinner and/or performance tickets may be purchased through
Michelle Tressel
(319-431-5647) or directly from the St. Jude Parish Church Office located on 50 Edgewood Road NW in Cedar Rapids.  Parish office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Interested in traveling to the U.K.?

Retired School Psychologist Nancy Dearborn is organizing a group to travel to England, Scotland and Ireland July 19-30, 2012.  Led by an experienced tour director with Go Ahead Tours, this trip covers three countries in 12 days.  


See for a complete itinerary.  To sign up, call 1-800-438-7672 and reference trip number 57499925.  For more information, contact or 319-573-5877.

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.



If you have received a notice that you are required to complete Bloodborne Pathogens and/or Mandatory Reporter training, please do so at your earliest convenience.  After completing the training, you will need to submit your certificate of completion to the Professional Development office.  The Bloodborne Pathogen certificate can be printed.  The Mandatory Reporter certificate will be mailed to you by AEA PD Online.  If you have questions, please contact Tammy Carolan, ext. 6771, Connie Russell, ext. 6767, or Sherry Sines, ext. 6517 in the Professional Development office.


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

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

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, provides chair massages at the Sixth St. Facility on a monthly basis. Terri would be willing to expand to two monthly visits if there is enough interest. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and the cost is $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at with your interest in one or two days per month.

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)



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.


Black fleece North Face jacket on Oct. 18 at the Sixth Street office. If you accidentally picked it up or have seen it, please contact Cathy Nelson at the front desk so it can be returned to its owner. Thanks!


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo October 28, 2011


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