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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Flood wall update October 29, 2010
Grant Wood AEA moving to Google Apps Domain
Grant Wood AEA among schools selected by PE4Life for New Adopt-A-School Challenge
Are You an Influencer?
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Mandatory Training certificates of completion to Professional Development by Oct. 29

Our condolences...
First Book fundraiser planned at Sycamore Mall on Nov. 5

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 29, 2010

Mark your calendars!

Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board Meeting

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 29, 2010

Work continues to progress steadily on the flood wall project. The foundation for the wall on the east side was poured, the hole filled and the brick layers will have the cinder block core water proofed and ready to accept the brick face early next week.  The SW and west entrances have been closed while construction progresses in those areas.  The trench for the curved wall on the west side was dug, and framing for the footings constructed.  Contractor anticipates this should be poured possibly late Friday or over the weekend. Once the footing has been poured, the framing for the wall will begin and hopefully this will be poured by the end of next week.  The north side of the building has been power washed prior to the water proof membrane being attached.
November 2nd is Election Day and we will have many guests visiting our building.  Please be considerate in your choice of parking.  We will mark out reserved parking spaces for voters, but would anticipate a large turnout. 

Grant Wood AEA moving to Google Apps Domain

Earlier this fall, we made the announcement that Grant Wood AEA was officially moving to a Google Apps Domain. What does this mean? Well, without getting into all the technical details, here is what it means:

- Grant Wood AEA will be able to manage/create/delete google apps accounts for current/new/retiring staff.
- Grant Wood AEA will own the data even though it's hosted by Google
- A google apps domain will make sharing of calendars, docs, and sites much easier for Grant Wood AEA staff.


Google Apps

We have chosen to use the address for our Google Apps domain. This means, when we create all of our users accounts, everyone will use their email address to log in. Currently, many of our staff have created their own Google accounts using their  email. We need these users to switch their accounts over to to keep us from creating any duplicate accounts and overwriting data.

Each of the technology consultants have been assigned various discipline teams to ease the transition to an Apps Domain. Each discipline has been assigned a tech consultant to provide support and assistance during the transition. If you are wondering who your "go to" person is, contact your discipline lead.

In the mean time, here are instructions for staff on how to change their account from  to Instructions are attached. Here is a YouTube video that also describes why this is a conflict for organizations moving to Google Apps. The video is two minutes long and we strongly encourage that you watch it. (

Please take 30 seconds and fill out our survey to help us with our planning.

Grant Wood AEA Google Apps Transitioning Accounts.pdf

Grant Wood AEA among schools selected by PE4Life for New Adopt-A-School Challenge

Grant Wood Area Education Agency is one of 10 Iowa schools selected to receive physical education professional development and funding support through the Iowa Business Council/PE4life Adopt-A-School Challenge, a statewide program created to enhance the quality of physical education for elementary and secondary students in Iowa schools.

The Grant Wood AEA Off-Site Programs Life Skills, Adolescents with Autism Regional Education (AWARE), and Social-Emotional and Autism Disorders (S.E.A.D.) are currently in a partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital Child Specialty Clinics to provide unique educational offerings for students with significant needs.  All of these programs will be the focus of the Adopt-A-School Challenge grant.

PE4life, a national non-profit organization will manage the Iowa Business Council/PE4life Adopt-A-School Challenge and also provide the training for educators and administrators, while the Iowa Business Council, Hy-Vee, The Wellmark Foundation and Iowa Health System are taking the lead in providing initial funding for the program. The overall goal of this partnership is to “adopt” and provide direct training and funding support to 50 different schools statewide over the next five years.

As a result of an application process that began last April, Grant Wood Area Education Agency was selected to be a part of the first 10 locations to receive hands-on support through this program. In addition to Grant Wood AEA, the list includes the following schools in the agency’s service area:

Francis Marion Intermediate (Grades 4-5) – Marion
Iowa City West High School (Grades 9-12) – Iowa City
Williamsburg Jr/Sr High School (Grades 7-12) – Williamsburg

Also selected were the following Iowa schools:
Audubon Community Schools (Grades K-12) – Audubon
John Cline Elementary/Carrie Lee Elementary (Grades K-4) – Decorah
Kingsley Elementary (Grades K-5) – Waterloo
North Polk West Elementary (Grades Pre-K-5) – Polk City
Van Meter Schools (K-12) – Van Meter
Wilson Middle School (Grades 6-8) – Council Bluffs

Starting in October, representatives from the above schools, along with other key stakeholders in their respective communities, received training on the PE4life principles and approach to physical education; and each school will receive grant money to purchase physical education-related technology and equipment for the classroom. In addition, PE4life will provide onsite consultation and program support over a two-year period for each school, all while working closely with physical education teachers and administrators to enhance the quality, and quantity, of physical education and of physical activity in classrooms throughout the school.

Ann Griffin, GWAEA adapted physical education consultant, said, ”This is an enormous opportunity for students and teachers in a unique facility and we are delighted and honored to be in partnership with PE4Life and the Iowa Business Council. We are looking forward to the challenge of developing and providing quality physical education programming for students with significant behavior disabilities helping them to develop healthy and active lifestyles for life.  Researchers have identified a link between physical activity and improved academic performance and we are hoping to capitalize on this by both learning to move and moving to learn!”

The next 10 schools (round two) for the Iowa Business Council/PE4life Adopt-A-School Challenge will be selected later this year, with training set to begin in January 2011.

For more information, contact Griffin at ext. 6858 or

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

Archive copies of The Bulletin Board

Did you know that a listing of archive copies of The Bulletin Board is available? Click to access and bookmark.

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.

Our condolences...

... to Keith Stamp, regional administrator, whose father Leon Stamp (82) passed away on October 9. Keith’s parents farmed in the Garwin area all their married life. Vickie Bone, special education consultant, whose mother, Thelma Kuriger, passed away on Oct. 27. Condolences can be sent to Vickie at 15956 Rock Road, Monticello 52310.

First Book fundraiser planned at Sycamore Mall on Nov. 5

Myra Hall, GWAEA Iowa Core facilitator, will participate in the First Book Johnson County Speed Read Fundraiser planned on Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., at Sycamore Mall, 1660 Sycamore St., in Iowa City. Grant Wood AEA was a recipient of books from First Book during 2010. Click for event information and pledge form.

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: 1995 Toyota Camry, manual transmission, 2-door coupe. Well maintained, runs great
$1,000 or best offer. E-mail Liz Hooley at about your interest.

Available at the Switchboard - Sixth St.: Coupons for Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks. Please see Cathy Nelson.

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 29, 2010

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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.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404