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Nov. 23, 3 p.m.

Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving


GWAEA Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
5:00 p.m.


Holiday Potluck Lunch – Coralville Office Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
11:30 to 1 p.m.


Holiday Potluck Lunch – Sixth Street Office – Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
11:30 to 1 p.m.

In this issue:

iPad Update
Travel Reminder
Welcome New GWAEA Staff!
EER Support Workshop
Health Matters newsletter
Approaches to Service Learning in the Classroom
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
TQ Proposal Application Date - Feb. 15
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Nov. 11, 2011


Past Issues

November 11, 2011

November 4, 2011

October 28, 2011

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





iPad Update 11/11/11

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning

Our App of the Week is Puppet Pals HD. Julie King, a School Social Worker, wrote a great review of this highly motivating animation app, so I would encourage you to check it out and see why she likes it so much. We have included a video with it that gives a brief overview of how to use it. Read Julie’s review of Puppet Pals HD here and email us at if you would like to submit your own review for App of the Week.


In other news, our GWAEA iPad site has had a minor makeover. It is now much easier to read on an iPad screen. We have also changed the password for the iTunes account. Make sure you visit the GWAEA iPad User Group to find out what it has changed to. There has been some great discussions and feedback on the iPad User Group so if you haven’t yet signed up, now is the time to do so. It is a great resource for all GWAEA staff.

To download your own apps you need to create your own Apple IDs, even if they are free. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can set up your own free account without adding a credit card. The account is ONLY to be used for updating existing apps, and SHOULD NOT be used for downloading additional apps.  DO NOT put GIFT CARDS or PERSONAL CREDIT CARDS in the account. This will give everyone in the agency access to your funds.  Please remember these are for professional use!  

Also, if you are using Facetime, please don’t use as your Apple ID. Several people have done this just to try out the feature, but it means that if you try to Facetime someone at that email address, you could end up calling a whole bunch of people you did not want to contact. Think about what it would be like if we all had the same phone number. This is what Facetime is like if we all use! :) So, to limit the confusion, please use your own Apple ID or create one if you don’t have one.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories on how they have used their iPads so far. We love to hear feedback on how you are using them or would like to use them. Remember to email if you have questions, or check our iPad calendar for help desk times.

Travel Reminder

As a reminder for staff who travel on Agency or personal business, please remember precautions you can take to prevent bed bug problems when you use hotel accommodations.

Hotels make conscientious efforts and work hard to provide clean and safe facilities, however bed bugs are not caused by dirty living conditions and anyone or any facility can get bed bugs.


Employees are encouraged to use appropriate preventive and protective measures to enjoy safe and pleasant travel. It’s important to be aware there is no Agency-provided insurance that extends to an employee’s personal property and an employee’s personal insurance would be the coverage that applies for bed bug situations.  


Last Fall 2010, the Agency disseminated bed bug information provided by the Healthy Homes Branch of Linn County, and those links are provided again for your reference below.  For additional information, contact Linn County Public Health, 319-892-6000.
Bed Bugs Inspection Prevention Control.pdf
Bed Bugs poster.pdf

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Terry Gorman
Special Education Consultant
Drake University

Before joining Grant Wood AEA, Terry served as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, instructional coach, and elementary school principal.


EER Support Workshop

November 18 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at either  the 6th Street or Coralville facilities

The Polycom service will be used. Staff can join for part of the time or the whole session.
See the attached flyer for information.

GWAEA Media Center announces the addition of TrueFlix© eBooks for grades 3 – 5


Included are 61 True Book titles in 10 categories: American Indians, Ancient Civilitzations, Continents. U.S. Government, Westward Expansion, Disasters, Ecosystems, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space.


For more information access with username/password, please contact Charlotte Haddy, or Kathleen Goslinga, in the GWAEA Media Center.

Health Matters at Work e News, November 2011

Visit the November 2011 issue for monthly health tips and health awareness news.

New UI Graduate Level Course for Spring - Approaches to Service Learning in the Classroom

A new course for graduate students who are interested in expanding their teaching repertoire by taking a service learning approach in their classroom is being offered at the University of Iowa. The course is designed to appeal to both new instructors who are still developing their teaching and more advanced graduate students who are considering ways to bolster their professional marketability.


For information, visit the following:
 10:550 : Special Project for Graduate Students: Approaches to service learning in the classroom

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.

Theatre Cedar Rapids to present "A Christmas Carol"

Kim Novotny, GWAEA Team Leader Media Center, will perform in “A Christmas Carol," the traditional Dicken’s story of Scrooge and visit’s from three ghosts. Tickets are on sale now at Theatre Cedar Rapids. The show runs November 25 – December 17, 2011. Order tickets online or call the box office at 319-366-8591.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Feb. 15

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.

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.


Meeting room supplies are missing from the Johnson Room. Thanks in advance for returning.


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

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Nov. 11, 2011


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