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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Promoting the Need for Innovation
Training webinars planned for the Iowa Financial Literacy Program
We Need Your Nominations!

PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12
Lunch and Learn planned Feb. 16, 2011

2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA
American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Singing Valentines
Lost and Found
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Feb. 4, 2011

Mark your calendars!

Feb. 8, 2011


Orders due to Kim Martin for Horizons - Meals on Wheels lunch

Feb. 11, 2011


Horizons - Meals on Wheels lunch

Feb. 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board Meeting

Feb. 18, 2011


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

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

Promoting the Need for Innovation

A new reality is beginning to sweep across Iowa and the nation.

There's a growing understanding that big changes are going to be needed in education for Iowa students to be successful learners, earners and citizens in the 21st Century.

"It's not just the rest of the nation that Iowa's kids have to compete with now. It's the rest of the world," said Iowa's incoming director of education, Jason Glass, when Governor Terry Branstad introduced him to the state recently.

To keep Iowa's education stakeholders up to date with this new reality a new website is here to help. It's Iowa Future at

Iowa Future is promoting the need for innovation — a willingness to abandon some of the ways of the past and try new things to provide a 21st Century education Iowa students need.

The site is a forum for sharing ideas from across the state and nation, and highlighting work underway to prepare students for the future — the Iowa Future. The website will provide videos, discussion guides, presentation templates, testimonials, links to great resources and more. In addition visitors can offer fresh ideas of their own.

Five state education groups are collaborators on the site. They are Iowa Area Education Agencies, Iowa Association of School Boards, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa State Education Association and School Administrators of Iowa. The work is supported by a grant from The Wallace Foundation.



Training webinars planned for the Iowa Financial Literacy Program

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) would like to announce an exciting new online financial literacy platform that will complement current curriculum. Iowa College Aid has partnered with EverFi, Inc., the industry leader in web-based financial literacy programs, to bring financial education to every high school in Iowa. The Iowa Financial Literacy Program is the latest enhancement to the statewide community web portal,
The EverFi program is an award-winning 3D learning platform that teaches students over 600 core concepts of financial literacy. The six-hour, performance-based course is both interactive and engaging to students and aligns with Iowa Core. The program allows students to work at their own speed while teachers have the ability to track their progress on an individual basis. The curriculum, which is best suited for students in the 11th or 12th grade, is a great capstone for a comprehensive K-12 program in financial literacy as outlined in the essential concepts and skills in Iowa Core. Although participation is voluntary, we urge you to take full advantage of this resource in your school.
Iowa College Aid and EverFi will be hosting four training webinars on February 8th, 9th, and 10th to demonstrate how teachers can begin using the Iowa Financial Literacy Program in the classroom.  Register now at  
For more information, please contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456 or visit our financial literacy information page at
If you have trouble viewing the links above, please copy and paste these URLs in your browser:


We Need Your Nominations!

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 GWAEA 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.


PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12

Learn about assistive technology tookits for reading, writing, and organization and high tech and low tech tools and web based tools. The presenter will be Jane Faley-Smith, GWAEA assistive technology consultant.

Parents and educators of students who may benefit from assistive technology in the general or special education classroom are invited to attend.

Check in will be 8:45 a.m. with the workshop from 9-11 a.m. To register, contact Deb Johnson, at or ext. 6777.

See attached flyer for information.

Lunch and Learn planned
Feb. 16, 2011

Be A Smart Credit Card Consumer
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility

To register, sign-in to the online Grant Wood AEA Professional Development and register for course 5563-10-01.



Seating is limited to 20. Free pizza and beverages will be served. See attached flyer for information.

"Be A Smart Credit Card Consumer" is offered as a community outreach program by Linn Area Credit Union. Participants are not charged anything, and there is no requirement for participants to be a member of LACU or to join the credit union as a result of this class.

2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA

You may have read the January 14, 2011 article in The Bulletin Board announcing the 2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser planned for the week of Feb. 7-11.  
We would like to offer an opportunity for GWAEA staff to participate in this worthy cause. The Lunchbox costs $10, $5 of which will feed you, while the other $5 benefits Horizons Meals On Wheels as the organization continues to help older adults and persons with disabilities meet their daily nutritional needs.

Lunchbox choices:

1) Italian Ciabatta - spicy Italian Copacallo ham/provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll with asiago artichoke dressing;
2) Turkey Club Focaccia – smoked turkey, bacon & sun dried tomato basil mayonnaise on foccacia bread; or
3) California Veggie Focaccia – havarti cheese, red peppers, onions, broccoli, kalamata olives, banana peppers with basil vinaigrette on focaccia bread;

plus kettle chips, clementine, and a cookie.

We will place a group order for lunches to be delivered to GWAEA Northern facility on Friday, February 11, 2011. Send your choice of sandwich and $10 to the attention of Kim Martin no later than Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

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

The options, with a couple of new choices are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch
  • Vase & a Bunch: $15
  • Dainty Daffodils: $15 Replantable miniature daffoodils in a container.
  • Bear Hugs for Hope: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with their very own limited edition Boyd’s Bear (given anonymously.)
  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.
  • Bear and a Bunch: $25. This is a Boyd’s Bear and a bunch of daffodils, specially designed for American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day.s
  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.
  • Half case: $250
  • Case of daffodils: $500

Pictures of these are at the front desk.

Orders will be taken from now until February 8, 2011. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 9, 2011. (Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.)

Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or call Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.




LeAnn Trana's daughter Heather and her husband, Donny, welcomed Kamden Andrew on January 5.
Kamden weighed 7 lb. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.  He has a big brother Keegan, 2 1/2 years old.  They live in Centerville, Georgia. LeAnn is a GWAEA occupational therapist. Congratulations, LeAnn!

Singing Valentines

Ryan Ask, the son of Chris Ask, is a member of the Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus in Cedar Rapids. They are offering Singing Valentines, with Ryan singing in one of the quartets. The cost is $45 or $60 for delivery within a specific 20 minute window. If you would like to give a memory that will last a lifetime, please call 294-5378.



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.

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

- February 10, 2011
- 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. 4, 2011

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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.

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