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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Feb. 26


Nominations due for the GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

March 17, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board meeting

April 22


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

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

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:

Does this book belong to you?

The Media Center has several professional book titles as of the week of Feb. 15 that do not belong in their collection and may belong to a Grant Wood AEA staff member. Please contact the Media Center, Ext. 6754, if you feel these materials might belong to you.

Nominations due Friday, February 26, for Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

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 Ext. 6824 or Ext. 6714 with questions.

Social Hour:


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

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.)



Bouquets and Kudos...

... to Emily Thomson, GWAEA physical therapist, whose article, "Can e-mentoring help reduce dropout rate?" appeared in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on Feb. 7 and is available on Gazette Online.

Volunteer ushers needed

Theatre Cedar Rapids is in need of volunteer ushers for "The Producers" at its newly renovated downtown location. Dates needed include March 3, 4, 7, 11, 12-14, and 19. Contact Kate at TCR 319-366-8592.

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.

Vacancies, Feb. 19, 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