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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4, 2:30-7:00 p.m.
Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

GWAEA Board meeting
Open House, Sixth St. Facility
Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

United Way Campaign Begins

Within the next few days you should receive a United Way pledge card. If you don'tt receive one and would like to participate, please contact George Held ( right away.

Governor's Budget Cut

The administrative team will need some time to process and respond to the governor's announcement to reduce the current fiscal year budget by 10 percent. Dr. Fielder will provide a video update for staff sometime next week after the group has had time to review the situation.

Brent Siegrist, Executive Director of the AEAs, co-signed an email from ISEA, IASB, SAI, UEN and IASBO which the group sent to all school administrators yesterday. That email concluded with the following words:

"It is imperative that all educators work together in these challenging times to find solutions that will maintain the quality of all of Iowa's excellent public schools. Education leaders should evaluate all of their options carefully and take a measured, long-term approach to solutions. Options available to districts that ensure students' educations are not interrupted include using cash reserves or other resources, ISCAP funds or future cash reserve levies."

"Iowa's future depends on vibrant public schools, world-class teachers and high-quality instruction. We must all work together to keep education a top priority and to emerge from this economic downturn stronger than before."

Did you know?

  • We provide more than 85,000 students with the PowerSchool student information management system and we offer 10 different classes to our users comprising over 100 contact days of training each year!
  • Did you know? The Print Shop made 1,751,785 prints on our Xerox equipment the first quarter of this school year. (July, August, September). That equates to 19,041 copies per day, every day, 7 days a week. They also made 76,603 digitalcolor prints on the two color laser printers during that same time period.
  • Graphics setup and printed over 400 large format poster during the 08-09 school year.
  • The Teacher Work Center has the equipment to take an 8.5x11 original that you have printed from your computer and enlarge it to either 23"x31" or 36"x48" for you to use in front of large groups, in the classroom or meetings.
  • Many helpful tips and "How to's" are found under the Atomic Learning link on the Grant Wood home page: then click on the Atomic Learning link.

  • Applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook etc along with numerous other applications are available for staff learning. Watch the Technology Support web page as it is under construction for helpful hints and useful information based on questions we have been asked or you would like answered. Suggestions can be directed to the Technology Support Department or by emailing Connie Dvorak, Technology Center Technician, at

Facilities Update

  • The V.A.S.T. Center is currently making plans to test and implement a new procedure for preparing science kits. They have been working with the Iowa Quality Center to learn and implement lean processes to improve the efficiency of people's time, efforts, and to streamline costs.
  • We lost our round tables in the flood and have replaced them with a different brand - they are still light and portable but provide a sturdier feel and a surface that is better for writing on.
  • Part of our on-going work is to ensure that we provide a safe, secure workplace for staff. Fortunately or unfortunately, this often means minor inconveniences for us as well. Over the next few months you will see increased focus on and measures towards some security issues that we must address given the context we live in today. We hope you understand the larger benefit as you adjust to the increased security.
  • Our fitness room is being re-equipped with a good quality, commercial treadmill and elliptical machine to replace what was lost in the flood. We anticipate these new pieces of equipment will arrive in the near future.
  • We haven't forgotten about the ice machine but we have had some difficulty in getting a new one. We are pleased to announce that this is scheduled to be installed on Thursday, October 8th!
  • New recycling containers for the Conference Center for paper and cans/bottles arrived this week. Please help keep the planet greener by participating in recycling.

Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls planned Oct. 13

Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for middle school girls on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. - noon. The event will be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Approximately 500 girls in 6-8th grades will participate in the conference, which encourages girls to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Professional women from the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor will conduct the hands-on workshops and breakout sessions.

Anne Michael Langguth, Miss Iowa 2009 and an alumna of "Open Minds, Open Doors," will welcome participants. As Miss Iowa, Anne Michael travels throughout the state promoting healthy lifestyles with her community service platform of "Good for You! - Promoting and Supporting Wellness Initiatives." Langguth is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government, and is deferring her entry to The University of Iowa College of Medicine as she embarks on her year of service to the state.

Also featured will be the "Rockwell Collins Roadshow," a fast paced, interactive presentation on engineering. Rockwell Collins engineers show students that math and science can lead to exciting and interesting careers. The Roadshow brings real examples into the classroom of how technology helps them in everyday life. Students may see the inner workings of a high frequency radio for airplanes, how to protect a balloon from hazardous environments or how a banana can be used as a hammer.

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

Open House for Sixth Street Office

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 4. The agency will be hosting an open house to celebrate the facility's restoration from last year's devastating flood. The open house will run from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Feel free to invite friends or family to come tour the building. Light refreshments will be available in one of the conference center rooms.

21st Century Learning Institute - cohorts for Grant Wood AEA staff

We have opened three additional cohorts of our 21st Century Learning Institute. This is the same technology program that has been extremely popular with teachers in our schools. These cohorts are for Grant Wood AEA staff only. Click here for additional information.

The registration deadline is Oct. 23.

For information, contact Andy Crozier, Ext. 6866.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities for October.

For more information on any of these listings, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Agency Craft Show

If you would be interested in participating in an Agency Craft Show, please contact Erlene at Ext. 6489. A tentative date of Thursday, October 22, is planned.

Vacancies, October 9, 2009


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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