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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Grant Wood AEA to Present Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year
Going Google - New Features in Google Sites
AEA Blog Shares Message with School Administrators, Legislators and the Public
Charity Wheelchair Basketball Game at Oak Ridge Middle School

Our condolences...
Thank you
Lunch and Learn planned Nov. 16

Recycle Used Phones and Eye Glasses
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Mandatory Training Certificates of Completion to Professional Development by Oct 29
Buy, Sell or Trade

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Nov. 5, 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

Grant Wood AEA to Present
Sarah Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year



Grant Wood Area Education Agency will host Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, on Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the agency’s facility located at 4401 Sixth St. S.W. in Cedar Rapids.

Wessling is a high school English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston. She was recognized as Iowa’s Teacher of the Year and is the recipient of the 2010 National Teacher of the Year award. Wessling accepted the award from President Barack Obama during a ceremony held at the White House on April 29, 2010.

The evening session is planned as learning and conversation with Wessling for community members, area educators and administrators, school board members, and others who are interested in learning more about the Iowa Core and exemplary instruction.

The vision for the Iowa Core is to ensure the success of each and every student by providing a world-class curriculum. The core is designed to improve achievement of all students, preparing them for the world of work and lifelong learning.

The 2008 legislative session, through Senate File 2216, requires all school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to implement the Iowa Core by July 1, 2012 for grades 9 through 12 and 2014-15 for kindergarten through 8th grade.

The evening session will provide information to deepen the understanding of the intentions of the Iowa Core. Participants will have the opportunity to better understand and appreciate how the Iowa Core looks when implemented, and the possibilities for improving teaching and learning for all.

Registration information:

To register for Iowa Core with National Teacher of the Year on Dec. 14, visit the Professional Development section of the Grant Wood AEA website at and register for course number 9728-10-01. There is a $10 fee for the workshop, which includes a light dinner. The registration deadline is Dec. 10, 2010.

On Dec. 15, Ensuring Success: Iowa Core in Action is a full-day professional development session planned for educators, administrators, and Iowa Core team members. To register, visit the Professional Development section of the Grant Wood AEA website at and register for course number 9726-10-01. The cost of the workshop is $25. The registration deadline is Dec. 8, 2010.

Going Google - New Features in Google Sites



When we fully transition to Google Apps (January 1, 2011), we will have some new features that were not available to use by using standard public Google accounts. For the next several weeks, we will be informing you with what these new features and changes will be. This week we are focusing on three new features within Google Sites.

Using Google Sites in Google Apps

1. With public Google Sites, you get 100 MB for various files and images you add to your sites. As an apps domain we will get 100 GB of space for the entire domain. Now, you won't need to go back and delete files to free up space to continue working in your Google Site!

2. Easily share your site with the entire staff at Grant Wood AEA. The sharing process has changed a bit and is now similar to Google Docs but you will notice that you have two additional options in Google Apps. You can now share the link with anyone in Grant Wood Area Education Agency or just share with the entire agency. It will be just a click away!


3. When creating templates in the public domain, you had no choice but to share your template with the entire world. With an apps domain, we can now share templates with just our employees and no one else. We can now easily share portfolio, team, and project templates that employees can easily access making their site creation very easy!

Those are just a few features! Next week we will look at another application in Google Apps. Don't forget about last week's directions about changing your Google account. Remember, we will not be deploying Google Apps until January 1.

Questions? Contact Andy Crozier, coordinator of digital learning technology, (

Previous articles in The Bulletin Board:
Grant Wood AEA moving to Google Apps Domain (Oct. 29, 2010)
Grant Wood AEA - Going Google Apps (Oct. 1, 2010)

AEA Blog Shares Message with School Administrators, Legislators and the Public


Iowa AEA

The AEAs statewide are working to communicate positive aspects about the AEA system to legislators and school administrators. As part of this public relations effort, the AEAs have developed a blog titled" "Impacting Lives." These blogs will be posted on a monthly basis throughout the year.

As they are posted, we'll include a link to them in The Bulletin Board. Please feel free to share the blog link with family, friends, clients - whoever you think would benefit from knowing more about what the AEAs do.

The newest topic: "Physical therapists assist students in educational settings."

Charity Wheelchair Basketball Game at Oak Ridge Middle School

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, 5-8 p.m.
Linn-Mar's Oak Ridge Middle School, 4901 Alburnett Rd., Marion

Watch the Iowa Chariots take on local competitors:

1st Quarter - Linn-Mar & Marion High School
2nd Quarter - Army & Navy
3rd Quarter - Marion Police & Fire
4th Quarter - Surprise Team

Proceeds will support the YMCA Chair Fund, UNI Adapted Sports Camp and Wounded Warriors.

For information, contact Ginger Halverson, 319-270-6790 or


Congratulations to Sharon Clark and her husband on the birth of their first child. Oliver Brandon was born on Sunday, October 31, at 2:48 a.m.  He weighed 7 lb. 2 oz. and is 20” long. Mom and baby are doing well. Sharon is a school psychologist in the NE Region.

Our Condolences...

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the death of Don Claussen on Oct. 15. Don was a school social worker at Grant Wood AEA for 21 years, retiring June 1999. Services were held on Oct. 18 at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marion.

Thank you

I would like to thank everyone for their calls, cards, and support at the time of my father’s death.  All your support has been very much appreciated.  

Keith Stamp

Lunch and Learn Planned Nov. 16

Getting Ready for Retirement
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility
Stone Room

To register, sign-in to the online Grant Wood AEA Professional Development section of the website and register for course 5561-10-01.

Seating is limited to 20. Lunch and beverages will be provided. See attached flier for information.


Getting Ready for Retirement

Getting Ready for Retirement is offered as a community outreach program by Linn Area Credit Union. Participants are not charged anything, and there is no requirement for participants to be a member of LACU or to join the credit union as a result of this class.

Recycle Used Phones and Eye Glasses

The social concerns committee at St. Patrick’s Church in Cedar Rapids is collecting used cell phones and eye glasses. The phones will go to the domestic violence shelter and the eye glasses will go to the Lions Club. If you have either items you’d care to donate, please bring or send them to Mary Van Voltenburg in the agency media center.

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 as soon as possible.  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

Upcoming TQ Professional Development Proposals Submission Dates for the 2010-2011 School Year

- February 10, 2011
- April 28, 2011

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

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.

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 November 5, 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