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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 11
What does the public think about AEA services?
Nominations due Feb. 18 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Summer van delivery moves to every other week
11th Annual Blues 'N Buffett Chili Challenge
Open house planned at Springville Secondary School
Sustaining System Change for the Iowa Core
Special Webinar series: Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Basics
Buy, Sell and Trade
Lost and Found
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Feb. 18, 2011

Mark your calendars!

Feb. 18, 2011


Nominations due to Communications Office for Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

March 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


GWAEA Chili Cookoff

March 10, 2011


GWAEA Board Meeting

April 14, 2011


Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids

Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.


All Agency Inservice, The Concert Hall at College Community

Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 11

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff interested in applying for the 2011-2012 Organizational Leadership program. 

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 Tammy Beener, Katy Lee, Tracy Liebermann, David Maiers and Jill Ries. This year Mary Crandall, Barb Hunt, Mark Hartung and Kay Schieffer began their first year of leadership development. 

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must complete an application and send it, along with other requested documents, to Dr. Ron Fielder, Chief Administrator, by March 11, 2011.  Applications for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the GWAEA website at the following address:

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Fry at

What does the public think about AEA services?

Recently, the AEA Communications Committee conducted a communications audit to gather perception data from a variety of audiences about AEA services. Legislators, higher education officials, educators and parents were all surveyed. Here’s a summary of what the data showed:

  • Contrary to the common belief that “people don’t know what the AEA does,” a theme across every audience was a high level of awareness about the AEA system and its purpose. This should be celebrated! Each audience indicated a high level of agreement with knowing the purpose of the AEA and an awareness of key services provided such as special education and teacher professional development. A total of 356 parents from within the bounds of Grant Wood AEA responded to the survey. A total of 16.4% of parent respondents from across the state identified themselves as parents of children receiving special education services.

  • Data from the AEA Customer Feedback Survey revealed that an extremely low percentage of respondents did not use AEA services because they were “unaware” that services existed. Of those that said they were “unaware,” many of these respondents represent areas where AEA services have been more lightly focused (fine arts, PE, etc.).

  • Fewer respondents agreed that the AEAs were cost-efficient or could make the connection between AEA services and student achievement. This is a critical finding and key to focusing our communications efforts.

We need to continue to educate people about the role we play in boosting student achievement and the value of our services. We need “success stories” to share! Contact George Held today with your ideas.

Finally, if you have an opportunity to speak to a public group about agency services, please be aware that resources are available to help tell the AEA story. Contact the Communications Office for information.

Nominations due Friday, Feb. 18 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile” with children, youth or schools in Area 10. The categories you may nominate individuals for are:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.

Contact George Held (ext 6714) or Valerie Taylor Hill (6824) or email us your nomination formNominations are due by February 18 in the Communications Office.

The awards will be presented at the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, which will be held at the Longbranch Convention Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, April 14.

You’re invited to the Grant Wood AEA Chili Cookoff

Date:  March 7, 2011
Northern Facility Conference Center
11:30 – 1:00
Bring a pot of your favorite chili or just stop by for a taste and the opportunity to vote for your favorite recipe. Fun prizes for all participants!
For more details, contact Kim Martin (399-6710) or George Held (399-6714).

Summer van delivery moves to every other week

Van delivery is provided to schools in the Grant Wood AEA service area twice a week during the school year.

Beginning in June, 2011 summer delivery will be made on an every other week schedule to one building in each district.  Cedar Rapids schools receive daily delivery.

Visit the Media Center section of the website for the summer schedule.

11th Annual Blues 'N Buffett Chili Challenge

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, 2-5 p.m.
Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
For ticket information and details, visit
Proceeds benefit the Community Health Free Clinic and H.D. Youth Center
See attached for information

Open house planned at Springville Secondary School

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
Join the staff at Sprigville Secondary School for tours of the remodeling and new practice gym. For information, contact Shauna Dennison, PK-12 principal.
See attached for information

Sustaining System Change for the Iowa Core

Presenter: Dr. Susan Leddick
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Please note location change: Hills Bank, 3905 Blairsferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
Number: 9649-10-1
See attached flyer for details.

Please visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Program for details.

Special Webinar series:
Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Basics

Community Health Charities partners with member agency American Diabetes Association to offer this informative webinar on blood pressure and cholesterol basics where you will learn about the numbers, how they affect your health and what you can do to improve them.

WHO: Employees interested in the topic of Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
WHAT: Free webinar on Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Via webinar
To register, visit


  • to Kay Graber, who was recognized as one of KCRG-TV 's 9 Who Care 2010 award winners. During the banquet held on January 29, it was announced that Kay was chosen as the finalist who will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Eastern Iowa in the national competition for a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.

The “9 Who Care” Awards special will be featured on KCRG-TV 9 on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Kay was the supervisor of communications at Grant Wood AEA, retiring from the agency in 2001.

Buy, Sell and Trade:

HOUSE FOR SALE: Charming, 984 sq. ft. ranch home with attached garage. Has a large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, 2 nice sized bedrooms, and 1 bath.  All appliances included.  Fenced back yard and a great location in SE Cedar Rapids.  $96,000. If interested, please contact Arlene Brant, 319-360-8355.

Lost and Found:

Found:  Stone from an earring or ring was found in one of the meeting rooms on second floor.  Found February 3rd. Contact Mike Kiely to claim. (319) 399-6521.

At the front desk: Contact Cathy Nelson to claim any of the following:

  • An envelope with earrings was found in the Revere/Stone Room. The earrings included little barns, boy and girl heads, and stick figure boy and girl. Also a circle of children pin and a “five giant steps” pin.

  • Various earrings.

  • A white three-ring notebook containing part of a PODD book left in the Autumn Room.

  • A key ring flashlight along with an ID card for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center found in the parking lot at Grant Wood AEA.

  • Several water bottles and two lunch bags, one pink and the other black and gray.

  • A bag with two books "Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome" and " Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising An Exceptional Son," along with a DVD called "Signing Time."

  • A copper and green pot that used to contain candy corn left by someone who had used it for a meeting.

  • Black frame prescription glasses

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission
dates for the 2010-2011 school year:

- April 28, 2011

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

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

A schedule of current and archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Feb. 18, 2011

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