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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

Board policies distributed annually

Policies related to 1) equity in employment, programs and services, 2) harassment and bullying, and 3) substance-free workplace are distributed on an annual basis. Click on links below to access each policy and administrative regulation.

  1. Policy # 4119Equity in Employment, Programs and Services
    Administrative Regulation # 4119A - Equity in Employment Programs and Services Complaint Procedure

  2. Policy # 4123 Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying
    Administrative Regulation # 4123A - Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying

  3. Policy # 4175 Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace
    Administrative Regulation # 4175A - Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Martin, Board Secretary. For additional policy information, refer to on-line policy manual accessible from GWAEA Staff page on the Grant Wood AEA website.

Coffee at the Sixth Street Office

The front desk receptionist at the Sixth Street office is now the contact for your coffee service needs.  If you would like coffee for a meeting or wish to order a box of Keurig K-cups (24 K-cups per box), contact Cathy at extension 6544. (Dialing “O” no longer gets Cathy. It actually rings to the switchboard hunt group.)

Coffee is available at the following prices:

  • Packets for the commercial brewers cost $2.00 per packet. Each filter packet makes a 10-12 cup pot of coffee. The coffee is brewed into a thermal carafe which will keep the coffee hot for up to six hours. We no longer provide “free coffee” for agency meetings. There are no exceptions for this. If you wish to brew a pot of coffee for a meeting, please include instructions in your room reservation, and handle payment prior to the meeting. IOUs will not be accepted.  You are also responsible for cleaning the thermal pot and returning it to the break room.

  • Coffee cups and condiments for the coffee are available in each of the conference room cupboards. The agency receptionist has a key to these cupboards. Please contact Cathy for additional supplies.

  • A box (24 K-cups) of Keurig K-cups may be purchased by individuals.  The receptionist will collect the orders and money ($14.00 per box) and coordinate the distribution. Orders and payment are due to Cathy ( by 8:00 am each Wednesday morning.

  • If you prefer, you may email your K-cup order directly to the GWAEA coffee vendor at  Cathy will collect payment.

  • The following link will provide you with the most current listing of coffee, tea, and miscellaneous beverages offered through the U.S. Coffee and Tea Co.

Nominations due today for Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Nominations are due today for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet planned on Thursday, April 22. 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.

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:

U of I to host presentation by Margaret Crocco on March 4

The UI Center for Teaching, College of Education, and Center for Human Rights are hosting a presentation by Margaret Crocco, a professor at Columbia University Teachers College, speaking on “Lessons from the Levees:  From Democratic Dialogue to Civic Responsibility," Thursday, March 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m. The presentation will be held in University Capitol Centre 2520-D (in Old Capitol Mall, second floor, right above Express).  
Dr. Crocco directs the critically acclaimed Teaching the Levees Project, which provides inspiration and resources for educators who seek to incorporate democratic dialogues into their courses.  The project and curriculum were shaped around Spike Lee’s award-winning HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke.  In her address to campus and community members, Dr. Crocco will describe the history, goals, and development of the Levees project, as well as its importance for instructors who seek to enhance students’ understanding of democracy and civic responsibility.

For more information and to register, please go to:

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.

Our condolences to…

Jackie Schreder, whose mother (Janice Pitz) passed away on Wednesday morning. Janice had been fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and was surrounded by family when she passed. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vinton with interment being held at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in LaMotte. Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. Sixth Street, Vinton. Cards may be mailed to: 501 Scobey Rd, Mt Vernon IA 52314

Vacancies, Feb. 26, 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