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Bulletin Board


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


Dec. 22, 3 p.m.

The agency closes for winter break and will reopen on Monday,
Jan. 2, 2012, at 7:30 a.m.


Jan. 4, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


In this issue:

GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
iPad Update
Student Voice Video Show
Agency Photo Contest
December Edition of “Impacting Lives” Newsletter
Upcoming dates
GWAEA publications online
Welcome, New Staff
Live Healthy Iowa registration
Halibut! America's Favorite
PD launches new website
TQ Proposal Application Date - Feb. 15
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Dec. 16, 2011


Past Issues

December 9, 2011

December 2, 2011

November 18, 2011

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




Grant Wood AEA is on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Do you follow Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, with postings about agency information and upcoming events completed daily.


This week, the agency's Facebook postings have included:

  • Grant Wood AEA's The Yellow Pages Directory of Services available online

  • Reminder: Education Dialogue, Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • GWAEA collaborates to offer on-site/online programs leading to educator endorsements

  • "Local legislators get educator feedback on reform blueprint"

  • Grant Wood AEA is hosting Doug Fisher 4/11/12: Purposeful Classrooms: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind.

  • Savings, student improvement, teacher leaders & technology - 4 ways Iowa's AEAs are Impacting Lives

  • Orders for IEC bulk paper are due Jan. 6, 2012. Save big!

Join us! The agency currently has 93 followers on Facebook and 544 followers on Twitter. Encourage educators and friends to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
For questions, contact George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office.

iPad Update 12/16/11

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning


Agency Purchased Apps Next Step
Those people who submitted an app order should check your email for a sign up form, so you can come in and pick up your Agency iTunes Account username and password and get some of your requested apps.

Once you have all of your Agency iTunes Accounts you will be given redeem codes to install your apps under that account. We will be offering times next week and then after the holiday break. If you attended the SLP or OT/COTA meetings recently and already have your account, please complete the form, but you do NOT need to sign up for a time to come in. We will email you when we have codes ready for you.


We are starting with the purchase of Tier 1 apps and are in the process of evaluating the Tier 2 requests. If you didn’t have a chance to order apps this time around we will have another ordering window in a few weeks.

iPad Site and User Group
There are some great things being shared on the user group, so you may want to sign up ASAP! There have been free apps, discounts on accessories, and success stories! Go take a look at it on our iPad support site:


App of the Week


Zite is the featured app of the week! Take some time to read the review of this free app that lets you build your own personalized magazine and easily share what you are reading with others. This free app was on everyone’s iPad, so go take a look as you try to build your PLN.

Do you have an app that you would like to feature as our app of the week? Email to tell us which one it is, and why you like it so much!  If you submit a review that gets posted, you will be rewarded with a redeem code for an app from the Tier 1 list!

Thank you!
I want to thank everyone for their patience, questions and sharing!  These devices are already having a positive impact on student learning and I know it is only going to get better. iPad professional development opportunities are coming. Please check the Bulletin Board in January for more information.

The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
Happy Holidays!

Student Voice Video show on KCRG Ch 9 at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Dec. 17


Please set your DVR’s for tomorrow night (Saturday 12/17) for the airing of the Student Voice Video Contest to air right after the Channel 9 news at 6:30. I’ve seen the final product and it is very good – our students have great things to say!!  It will be re-broadcast periodically on 9.2.

Trace Pickering, Director of Community Building
SourceMedia Group

We Want YOUR Pictures!

We know you’re busy, but we REALLY would like to have you submit some pictures for our photo contest. We know you probably have a few favorite pictures of places, people or events occurring in the Grant Wood AEA service area. We have some very nice pictures that some brave souls have submitted, but we would like to see a lot more! Please submit them in an email to Valerie Taylor Hill or to George Held. Thanks!


See attached flyer
Entries by email are due Dec. 23, 2011



December Edition of “Impacting Lives” Newsletter

Go to to read the latest edition of "Impacting Lives." The blog newsletter is a statewide effort to communicate AEA success stories and services across the state. The newsletter is sent to all school administrators, legislators (in-session) and AEA staff in Iowa. This issue includes:

  • Discover the Savings through the Iowa Educators Consortium

  • Twin Rivers Makes SMART Use of Technology

  • Student Improvement Through Relationship Building

  • New Teacher Center: Developing Teacher Leaders and Instructional Coaches

Upcoming dates

Capitol Girls - Submissions due Jan. 13, 2012

You are invited to be a part of Capitol Girls on February 8, 2012. High school girls from across Iowa will convene in Des Moines to learn about the workings of the Iowa General Assembly and have an opportunity to shadow women legislators and learn about how state laws and budgets are developed and passed.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with an inside look at the Iowa General Assembly. Girls will be introduced in both the Iowa Senate and Iowa House of Representatives, and then paired with legislators.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be involved in the 3rd annual Capitol Girls! Space is limited to 30 girls. Please complete application at and submit to or by fax to 515- 242-6119 by January 13, 2012 to be considered.

Write Women Back Into History Essay Contest - Deadline is Jan. 27, 2012

To give students a deeper and more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history and celebrate March as Women’s History Month, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Iowa Department of Education, and the State Historical Society of Iowa invite teachers to encourage their students to enter the 28th Annual Write Women Back Into History Essay Contest.

2012 Theme: Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment
A student’s own thoughts on the significance of the woman’s contributions are important. Essays should identify 1) why the woman should be written into history (i.e., what meaningful contributions has she made to her community, the state, nation, or world?), and 2) why she is important to the student. Students should consider what people would learn about us from this essay 50 years from now. A successful essay will discuss why the student researched, read about or interviewed, and found the subject to be a role model; it should not merely be a biographical sketch.
The guidelines and entry form can be found here.

Please pass on to other leaders and students who may want to enter. Please feel free to contact Lori SchraderBachar at (515) 281-4470 or with any questions.


Nominate A History Teacher - Nominations due Feb. 1, 2012

Do you know an outstanding K-12 teacher passionate about teaching American history? Full-time educators who teach American history are welcome to apply for the Gilder Lehrman Institute Preserve America History Teacher of the Year award.

The National History Teacher of the Year Award gives $10,000 to the best American history teacher. The national winner is chosen from outstanding teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America, and HISTORY (The History Channel). Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other education professional familiar with the teacher’s work. Candidates must have at least three years’ experience teaching American history and plan to teach for at least one year following the award year.

Elementary teachers (K-6) and middle/high school teachers (7-12) are honored in separate categories in alternate years. Middle and high school teachers will be considered for the 2012 award, and nominations are due by February 1, 2012. (Elementary teachers will be considered for the 2013 award.) All nominations  must be submitted on the Gilder Lehrman Web site: . For more information contact

Grant Wood AEA publications now available online







Grant Wood AEA's The Yellow Pages - A Directory of Services and Staff is available online in portable document format (PDF). Click on the above link to access.




The PEP News Bulletin, December 2011 features information about the "Road to Discovery: Transition to Adult Living, Learning and Working" free workshop, scheduled during January/February 2012.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!

Annette Renaud
SEMS Technician

Annette worked at Grant Wood AEA from 2000-2004, and most recently was a first-grade teacher in Plano, Texas, 2004-2011. Welcome back, Annette.

The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge


Dates of Challenge: Jan. 23 – May 1, 2011



Registration for the The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge is available as part of the agency's Google Site under the Category "Agency Wide" and "Wellness."


Live Healthy Iowa is a fun, easy and affordable way to engage Iowans in healthy behaviors. This team-based physical activity, nutrition and weight loss program is designed to promote positive changes leading to a healthier lifestyle.


For more information and an FAQ, visit or contact Connie Dvorak or Stacy Murphy.

Halibut! America's Favorite!

Three workshops for AEA staff on the

Iowa AEA Online resources and Iowa Core:

  • Support Reading

  • Concept Learning and Research

  • Increase Opportunities to Learn

Open the GWAEA website, click on PD, scroll to learning for GWAEA staff - and that is where the workshops are posted. Log in and sign up.  And that is all that is needed to be hooked!



See attached flyer for dates and registration information.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for a current schedule, registration information, and archives of the
Grant Wood AEA webinars.

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. Please use the updated proposal template from the web.


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, September, 2011

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – December, 2011

For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.


Looking for a reliable and responsible babysitter for a 12, 9 and 3 year old for occassional evening "sitting" opportunities. Excellent opportunity for a responsible teenager or college student looking for some extra cash periodically. Call Kim at ext. 6553 for more information.


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 are available in the break rooms of the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities or contact Stacy, ext. 6888.


Lost and Found:

An Apple VGA Adapter was found in a conference room. Check at the 6th St. front desk to see if it is yours.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Dec. 16, 2011


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