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Dec. 13, 2011

Holiday Potluck Lunch – Coralville Office
11:30 to 1 p.m.


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

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


In this issue:

Policy Update - Separation Plan
Education Blueprint Discussion
iPad Update
Starr Books planned Dec. 15
EER Support Workshop
Live Healthy Iowa registration
Halibut! America's Favorite
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
PD launches new website
TQ Proposal Application Date - Feb. 15
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Summer travel...
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Dec. 9, 2011


Past Issues

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




Policy Update – Separation Plan

Under recent Board policy, the Board was to make a decision each November about the availability of a separation plan for the following year.  In accordance with this policy, the Board determined in November 2010 there would be no separation plan available for this year (2011-12).  This policy is to be reviewed annually and at the most recent Board meetings on Oct 19 and Nov 9 the Board considered and approved a language change regarding the November timeline.  Since the separation plan is intended to be used as part of a fiscal management plan, the language change provides for the Board to make a more timely decision regarding the availability of a plan.
Under the new policy language, the Board will make a decision about offering a separation plan in the year that they review the plan, rather than a year in advance.  There was no change in the Board’s decision regarding a separation plan for this year – no plan is available for 2011-12.  The Board will determine no later than November 2012 whether a separation plan will be available for the 2012-13 work year.  The Policy Committee plans to review the policy language more thoroughly in Spring 2012 to consider whether other changes may be appropriate for supporting the Agency’s planning needs.
To view the early separation policy, go to the following link: Separation Policy.
If there are questions about this policy, please feel free to contact any of the following Policy Committee members:


Joe Crozier, Chief Administrator (ext. 6710 or
Kim Martin, Board Secretary (ext. 6711 or
George Held, Communications Supervisor (ext. 6714 or
Jackie Schreder, HR Coordinator (ext. 6731 or

Education Blueprint Discussion with Legislators

An Education Blueprint discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 13, in the Grant Wood AEA conference center, 4401 Sixth St. SW, in Cedar Rapids from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The purpose of the event is to allow constituents to visit with area legislators – state senators and state representatives – about the Governor’s blueprint. Quite a few area legislators will be attending.  This will not be an evening of speeches and presentations. Instead, it will be breakout discussions about various aspects of the plan and what you think of the ideas, with legislators asking questions and taking notes.
We encourage you to attend and/or to tell others who might want to attend. Your input may help guide legislators in how to make Iowa’s education system the best it can possibly be.  

iPad Update 12/9/11

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning


iPad Professional Development

If you haven’t yet let us know what your professional development needs are please fill out this form and let us know. PD sessions will begin in January!
iPad Professional Development Needs Survey


Getting Agency Purchased Apps- ORDER BY DECEMBER 12th!
Please fill out your order form for agency purchased apps. We will extend the deadline through this weekend, so you may place your order until Sunday, December 12th.  We need to close the ordering window, so we can get the apps ordered and codes out to folks before the holiday break. We have two tiers of apps you may select from, prior to placing your order please read about the two tiers and the differences on the GWAEA iPad Site. The order form is on this site.



Agency iTunes Account/Apple ID
After your agency apps order has been placed we will be providing each person with an agency iTunes Account/Apple ID to install the apps. You will be getting an email next week to sign up for a time to get your account and we will walk you through how to install apps in that account and answer any questions you may have

App of the Week


Today's App of the Week - the Splashtop Desktop Remote - is one that has caused quite a stir with everyone that has seen it. This apps allows you to view, and control, your computer with an iPad. It lets you do anything you can do on your computer, with your iPad. Learn more by visiting the GWAEA iPad site.


A Few Other Things
Sign up for the iPad user group! Lots of great information is being shared on this group from success stories to free apps! GWAEA iPad User Group

Check out the Help Desk/iPad PD Calendar on the site if you have questions Jonathan will be there to help. We will also have accessories for you to look at and some apps for you to try.

If you are adding any apps to your device you should add them on your personal iTunes account. Do NOT add apps or gift card on the account.

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Open at 8:00 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, treats, and some new materials.


See attached flyer for information.



EER Support Workshop

December 15 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 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.


All staff are welcome to join in discussions on Child Find and the New EER. The Child Find support team will be available at each site to assist questions, comments, and cases you are working on.  These meetings will be held monthly.  This is a forum to discuss issues that are impacting the rigor of your evaluations, and to provide ongoing support.


See attached flyer for information.

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

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 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.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

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

Professional Development launches new website


The Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Program launched a new website this week.


To learn more, visit


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.

Summer travel to England, Scotland and Ireland

Former GWAEA School Psychologist Nancy Dearborn is organizing a group to travel to England, Scotland and Ireland, Juy 19-30, 2012 with Go Ahead Tours in Boston.


Only five spots remain on this trip, so contact Nancy ASAP if interested. Click on for a complete itinerary.  To sign up, call 1-800-438-7672 and reference trip number 57499925.  For more information, contact Nancy at 319-573-5877 or


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 will be 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. 9, 2011


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