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Mark your calendars!

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

Information for Contracted Staff

Contracted Staff – Assignment Change Procedures
As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures are found on the portal page of our website under HR & Business Services in the general info, contacts, forms are, or by following  this link: The procedures will appear as the second item on the list.

Please note:  These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category.  These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in being employed under a different job category.
Assignment information is updated each Monday morning.  To access this information, please dial voice mail number 6555, Ext. 6302.  Ext. 6302 is used for announcements only. Please do not leave voice mail messages on this extension because the message may not be retrieved.  If you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures, please contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 6748.  Thank you.

Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms to the Program/Service Administrator’s office before registering for classes.  (These forms are available upon request from the Human Resources Office.)  Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.

Negotiations Update, March 12, 2010

Joint Insurance Committee Update

This update includes renewal information about health, dental and vision insurance for 2010-11 and an overview of the health insurance consortium.

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:

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Iowa presents "Grandparenting the Child with Disabilities" Adobe PDF logo

Autism Awareness Day with the Cedar Rapids Kernels

Saturday, April 10, 2010 (Game starts at 2:05 p.m; gates open at 1 p.m.)
Purchase tickets and sign up to participate in pre-game activities on the field! $1.50 from each ticket goes back to support the East Central Iowa Autism Society! Click here for information.

Thank you

GWAEA friends,

Thank you so very much for all the kind words, hugs, cards, memorial gifts and other thoughtful support you have shared while my family and I have been coping with the death of my mother. The loss of this special woman has left a huge hole in our hearts and this has been a terribly difficult time, but the kind thoughts and well wishes of so many caring people means a lot and has provided great comfort to us.

Thanks again for everything,

Jackie Schreder & family

Retreat for parents

Rest and Retreat for parents of children with special needs, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20-noon Sunday, March 21. $50/person includes all meals and lodging. Scholarships available. Held at Prairiewoods Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha. Respite care available at the ARC. Contact Dawn at

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on April 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m,. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. There will be a drawing after the appointments on April 15 for a free hour table massage at Terri’s shop, “Main Street Massages” in Solon. The winning entry will be drawn from those who schedule appointments during March and April.  E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

Half Price Books seeks donations for annual children's book drive

Half Price Book Stores are creating Half Pint Libraries.  They are accepting new or gently used books for theHalf Pint libraries at their stores through March 31, 2010.  These books will be donated to organizations working with families who have no books of their own.  I would like to encourage our staff to donate books to half price books to help the families our AEA staff works with. We could especially use board books appropriate for infants and toddlers.

Emily Thomson

Sam's Club membership/renewal information Adobe PDF logo

Signed Art Tour for the Hearing Impaired

Join a special guided tour of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) on Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. Not only will this tour be free and open to the public, but it will also be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

“This is the first of its kind here at the CRMA,” said Education Director, Erin Thomas. “I knew there was a need for it, but we initially had difficulty finding someone to translate the docent’s information.”

Thomas said she finally found success when she contacted Kirkwood Community College’s Sign Language Interpreter Training Program coordinator Linda Krog. "This is an exceptional opportunity for practicum students,” said Krog. “We were very anxious to be involved. The Kirkwood students are very excited! Thank you CRMA."

And no, you don’t have to be hearing impaired to enjoy this tour. “You can listen to the docent or watch the interpreter, or both,” said Thomas, “but it is above all about enjoying art.”

For more information, please contact Erin Thomas at 319.366.7503 or Find out about more free events at the CRMA at

Do you recognize this photograph?



We have a photo album and CD that was turned into lost and found at the front desk. The album documents the building of someone’s new home. If you know who the owner is of this album (or it it’s yours), please contact Cathy Nelson at the front desk at Ext. 6544. Thanks!

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, Adobe PDF logo March 12, 2010

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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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