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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:

Iowa Healthiest State Initiative - GWAEA Employee Walk
iPad Update
GWAEA Especially For You Team
GWAEA Assistive Technology
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Agency Craft Show planned
Nov. 11
TQ Proposal Application Date - Nov. 7
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Oct. 7, 2011


Past Issues

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





Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk held Oct. 7

The Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk was held today, Friday, Oct. 7 at noon. A total of 111 participants completed the 12-minute, one kilometer walking routes (.62 miles) held at the three agency facilities and at Life Skills - River Ridge. Below are just a few photos from the day. More to follow in next week's issue of The Bulletin Board.

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The walkers at the 33rd Avenue Facility took time for a group photo at the half-way point before before resuming their return walk on Oct. 7.

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Sixty-six staff participated in the walk at the Sixth St. Facility.

The attached flyer from the Healthiest State Initiative lists possible next steps.
For information about the GWAEA Start Somewhere Wallk, contact George Held, ext. 6714, Kim Martin, ext. 6710 or Jerry Cochrane, ext. 6741.

iPad Update

It was announced at the All Agency meeting in August that iPads would be provided for agency staff to support student learning.  We are pleased to announce that the iPads have arrived, and plans are being made for a systematic roll-out.  Staff in the following job categories will each receive one at this time:  Curriculum and School Improvement Consultants, Adaptive PE, Autism Consultants and Paras, Special Ed Consultants, Special Ed Specialists, Itinerant Preschool Teachers, Itinerant Teachers, OTs, Parent Child Educators, PTs, COTAs, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, SLPs and SLP Paras, Off-Site Teachers, CART Service Providers, PEP, Technology Consultants, and Managers.


Information will be provided at upcoming Region and Discipline meetings explaining how these will be distributed.  At that time, training will be provided along with information regarding  App management, expectations for use,  data usage collection, access to resources, and additional professional development opportunities.


A new Tech Consultant has been hired to provide additional support to this exciting and extensive project.  An email communication will be coming soon to provide a link to a Google site that will have detailed information about the rollout. Questions at this time can be directed to Lisa Fry, Programs/ Services Administrator for Media and Technology ( or Stacy Behmer, Coordinator for Digital Learning (

GWAEA Team - Especially for You - Race Against Breast Cancer

The 21st annual Especially for You - Race Against Breast Cancer was held on Sunday, October 2, 2011. The Grant Wood AEA team was 34 persons strong and included three youth, two men, and one breast cancer survivor. The fastest finisher on the GWAEA Team was Jacob Green, son of Susie Green, GWAEA student program specialist. Jacob finished the 5K run in a time of 23:40.


The agency's team raised $880.00 for the Especially for You Fund. All proceeds will be used locally to provide breast cancer screening and other support services for individuals in need. Congratulations!



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The GWAEA Assistive Technology Team presents…

"Building Bridges" - Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference

April 10, 2012
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility


Audience: K-12 Special Education Teachers, K-12 General Education Teachers, AEA Support Staff, Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Iowa Core Lead Team Members, Parents

Registration: apps/ProfDev/user/signon.cfm
Workshop Number: 19018-11-01
Registration Deadline: March 27, 2012
Workshop Fees: $20 (includes lunch)




See attached flyer for information

Breakfast with Santa

The 21st Annual Breakfast with Santa is planned on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Marriott - Cedar Rapids. Students in special education from the Cedar Rapids metro and surrounding
areas are invited to join the annual celebration. Sponsored by Variety - The Children's Charity. Please 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.

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.


Needed ASAP: Large boxes for packing items for the Open Minds, Open Doors conference. Please call Susie Green, ext. 6775, if you have any available.  

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 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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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