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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Update on Search for New Agency Chief
Staff Update
I-Plan Server Will Be Down Monday Morning
Google Apps Update
Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 11

You’re invited to the Grant Wood AEA Chili Cookoff
Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge - update
Sustaining System Change for the Iowa Core
Our condolences
Bouquets and Kudos...
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. 25, 2011

Mark your calendars!

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

Update on Search for New Agency Chief

After interviewing three search firms, at a special meeting on February 10 the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors voted unanimously to select G. Tryon and Associates as the search firm to assist the Board with the process to select a Chief Administrator.

G. Tryon & Associates worked with the Board to set up a timeline for the search process. Key dates in the process are:

March 1    


Consultants meet with focus groups and the Board to discuss desired leadership characteristics and current issues impacting the Agency.

March 25


Application deadline for candidates

April 21  


Board will select individuals for initial interviews

April 25 


Consultants meet with the focus groups

April 26 


Candidates will interview with the Board of Directors, and the Board will narrow the field to two finalists.

April 28, 29 


The two finalists will interview with focus groups and the Board of Directors

April 30     


The Board intends to select the new Chief by this date, completing the selection process.

July 1, 2011 


The selected individual will begin his/her role as the new Chief Administrator for the Agency.

The five focus groups will be comprised of a variety of stakeholders including, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and every GWAEA employee group.  Every member of the Agency's Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from all regions and all employee groups, received an invitation to participate in a focus group.

Staff may find the job posting information on the Tryon and Associates website at:

Staff Update

A videocast will be released later next week with an update on the agency’s staffing situation. In the meantime, we are pleased to report that recall procedures have been initiated for five employees since February 11.

I-Plan Server Will Be Down Monday Morning

On Monday, February 28 from 8:00 – approximately noon, the Iowa I-Plan application will be unavailable while the application is moved to a different server.  During the changing of the servers, the URL for the Iowa I-Plan will change.  If consumers go to the “old” URL or address, they will be redirected to the new URL or address. Please encourage your customers to bookmark this new URL.
This planned outage will not impact any other applications such as web IEP, IMS, Gen Ed Intervention Plan or web IFSP.  Therefore, notice of this outage will not be posted on

Google Apps Update
by Andy Crozier, GWAEA coordinator of digital technology

We are now six weeks into our Google Apps transition. The technology team would like to thank all of our staff for being flexible and patient with us during this time! So far, the transition has gone extremely well and our staff deserve the credit! I wanted to send a quick update on some things Google Apps related. 


Google Apps

A few common misconceptions....

#1. You can't share anything within our Google Apps domain with individuals outside of our domain. False. You are more than welcome to share calendars, docs, and even Sites with individuals outside of Grant Wood AEA. The only hiccup is Sites, which requires a very minor extra step for individuals to access your Site inside the domain. Please consult a tech consultant on sharing Google Sites in our domain to external clients. 

#2. Your docs and calendars automatically transferred from your aea10 or gmail account to your new account. False. We worked hard to bring Sites into our domain, but it was done manually not through an automated process. Docs and calendars are done the same way. Problem is, it would take us a ton of time to do this for every staff member. Luckily, we have given you some resources at the bottom of this update to help you with this process. 

#3. Since moving to our Apps domain using the email, your aea10 email is no longer active. False. The email is actually just an account name in Google Apps. Google Apps has no effect on our email system as we still continue to use the IPSwitch server for email. Both and emails point to the same place and will not be effected by our Google Apps domain. Please remember when logging in to your Grant Wood AEA Google Apps domain, you will need to use your email.

Transitioning Docs/Calendars


Exporting calendars

Importing calendars


Exporting docs

Importing docs

Changing owners

Sharing docs

Sharing folders

Best practice: Put your docs you need transfered over to your account into a folder (or collection). Then share that folder (or collection) to your account. 

Remember, we have a great resource set up for staff, check it out today! Gone Google Support Site at

If you didn't get a chance to catch a Google workshop this winter, no worries, we will be adding more in April & May.

Previous articles in The Bulletin Board:
Going Google - Upcoming Training Sessions (Dec. 3, 2010)
Going Google - New Features in Google Sites
(Nov. 5, 2010)
Grant Wood AEA moving to Google Apps Domain
(Oct. 29, 2010)
Grant Wood AEA - Going Google Apps (Oct. 1, 2010)

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



You’re invited to the Grant Wood AEA
Chili Cookoff

Date:  March 7, 2011 - Northern Facility Conference Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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).

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Friday, March 11, 2011
8:00 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and some new materials. Take a look at our interactive globe..

See attached flyer for information.



The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge - update

Dates of Challenge: Jan. 20 – April 29, 2011

Grant Wood AEA has six teams/58 participants in the Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge. The challenge started January 20 and ends April 29. The combined total stats of what these teams have accomplished since January 20 includes:

128 total lbs lost
727 hrs 40 min. total activity
2,910 total miles walked


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.

Our condolences

Our sympathy goes out to Mary Beth Ross, NE Region school psychologist. Mary Beth’s father, Fredric Lee Vail, passed away on February 13, in Iowa City, just two weeks after his 98th birthday. Services will be held at
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City on March 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Bouquets and Kudos...

  • to Andy Crozier, GWAEA coordinator of digital learning technology, who was quoted in the article, "Google Apps Taking Commercial Vendors to School," in The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24, 2011, available at

  • to Eric Cleveland and Lisa Twedt, Grant Wood AEA's graphic designers, who served as judges for the State Leadership Conference Competitive Events of Business Professionals of America. In doing so, they helped to strengthen partnerships between business and industry leaders and students preparing for the dynamic business world. The competitive events program gives students an exciting opportunity to explore business careers. Business Professionals of America is one of the 10 Career and Technical Student Organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

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.

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. 25, 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