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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA and Kirkwood CC Joint meeting

Feb. 26


Nominations due for the Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

April 22


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Old Brick meeting hall, Iowa City

Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 12

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff interested in applying for the 2010-2011 Organizational Leadership program. 

The Organizational Leadership program is for staff who are actively preparing for future formal leadership positions. Participants will spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. 

Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job.  Participants also participate in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work.  A small cohort of participants is selected each year through an application process.

Participants completing their second year in the cohort include Elizabeth Delsandro, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Mary Lukas, Loretta Mitvalsky and Melanie Reese.  This year Tammy Beener, Katy Lee, Tracy Liebermann, David Maiers and Jill Ries began their first year of leadership development. 

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must complete an application by March 12, 2010.  Click here for a link to the application or contact Lisa Fry at

Additional information regarding the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the GWAEA website at the following address:

State Library of Iowa Databases

The State Library of Iowa provides free online access to The Des Moines Register and the Press-Citizen of Iowa City, as well as many other databases, to any Iowa citizen who has a State Library of Iowa card.  

You may request a free library card at:   

After you receive your library card number, access these newspapers and other online resources through the State Library of Iowa online resources website:

For additional information contact:
Karon King, Library Resource Technician
Iowa State Library
515-281-4102 or 800-248-4483

Dr. Fielder Budget Update Video

Click here for a link to Dr. Fielder's Budget Update #6 video.

Revised Superintendents' Fingertip Phone Guide

Click here to access a revised Superintendents' Fingertip Phone Guide.

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Social Hour:


Thursday, April 22, 2010
Old Brick meeting hall, Iowa City
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Please plan on joining us for this special event! In preparation for the banquet, we invite you to nominate individuals for recognition. Click here for a list of previous award winners. Please e-mail nominations to George or Val in the Communications Office or contact us at x6824 or x6714 with questions.

Nominations are due by Friday, February 26.

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution towards the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the 6th Street Facility front desk.

Orders will be taken from now until February 19, 2010. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 17, 2010. (Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.)



Money Smart Women Conference planned April 24

The Money Smart Women Conference is planned in Cedar Rapids on April 24 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and will be held at Kirkwood Community College. The registration is free. Seating is limited. Visit their website at for registration information.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities.

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

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Information about Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Using Google Docs and Sites

We have had an overwhelming amount of requests for assistance with Google Docs & Sites. We have opened up two full day learning sessions (same content both days) for staff to sign up and have hands on training on the two applications. Please see the information below for registration.

Using Google Docs and Sites
This workshop will cover how you can use Google Docs to increase collaboration writing, spreadsheets, presentations, and assessment/data collection. We will also explore Google Sites as a way of publishing information and even creating a controlled online learning experience for your staff and learning community! The day will be broken up by doing Goodle Docs in the morning and Google Sites in the afternoon. Participants are asked to bring their laptops.
Number: 9510-09-02
Dates/Time: Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids
Format: Hands-On
Target Audience: All
Registration: Complete registration form or register electronically at least two weeks in advance.
Fees: None
Credit: None
Instructor(s): Stacy Behmer, Technology Consultant, Grant Wood AEA


Brynley Mae O'Rourke was born at 3:53 pm on December 31st. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Parents are School Psychologist Lori O'Rourke and husband Justin. Brynley is welcomed home by big sister Kaylin.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are $10. To schedule a time, please e-mail Stacy Murphy, at

Vacancies, Feb. 12, 2010

The Bulletin Board is published and distributed weekly to all GWAEA staff and Board members. Buy, Sell or Trade items are run for 2 consecutive issues, unless we are notified to remove an item. If you wish to submit items, please do so by Wednesday of the week you wish the item to be posted. Send items via email to George Held in the Communications office (

Please note: The Bulletin Board is also posted on the agency's Web site and is publicly accessible. We recommend you use your office or voice mail phone number instead of your home telephone number for any items listed in this newsletter.

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