Grant Wood AEA logo
Bulletin Board


March 14, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


In this issue:

Announcing the GWAEA Innovation Grants Recipients
AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey to launch on March 5
March is National Social Work Month
Nominations due for Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
IEC Update
Photo Contest Winners
Your Child's Future...The Possibilities are Endless
Halibut! America's Favorite!
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Thank you
iPad Update
Autism Speaks awards iPad2
Contracted Staff - Assignment Change Procedures
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
Health Screen Blood Profile
Iowa Core
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Proposal Application Date - April 18
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found
Vacancies, March 2, 2012



Past Issues

February 17, 2012

February 10, 2012

February 3, 2012

January 27, 2012

January 20, 2012

January 13, 2012

January 6, 2012

December 16, 2011

December 9, 2011

December 2, 2011

November 18, 2011

November 11, 2011

November 4, 2011

October 28, 2011

October 21, 2011

October 14, 2011

October 7, 2011
September 30, 2011

September 23, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 2, 2011

August 26, 2011

August 19, 2011

August 12, 2011

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board




Announcing the GWAEA Innovation Grant Recipients


Eight applications were selected this week to receive funding for the Grant Wood AEA Innovation Grants. Staff submitted 17 applications. All but $145 of the total $25,000 that we had indicated would be awarded for the projects have been assigned.


Join us on April 2 to learn more about these grant activities and other GWAEA initiatives at our Second Annual Innovation Fair on April 2 at the Sixth Street office.


The titles of the eight programs are:

  • Supporting Our Rural LEAs in Serving Students with ASD Using 21st Century Tools

  • Inquiry Cycle with Special Education Tools to Close the Achievement Gap

  • Tech Connections in Emergent Literacy

  • Blended Learning: Innovating Delivery

  • Instructional Strategies Video Coaching Tool

  • Turning Materials into ePubs/eBooks

  • Flip a Classroom

  • Using Social Networking to Share GWAEA Resources

All of the grant applications were reviewed twice – by members of the current agency’s Organization Leadership cohorts and by the agency’s administrative team. The Organization Leadership cohorts used a rubric to review and recommend grant recipients. The filters they used to evaluate the applications were:

  • connection to agency priorities

  • level of innovation

  • benefits to LEA/students

  • the size of impact

The administrative team used three additional filters in their review of all applications:

  • products that can be sustained and replicated

  • projects that are cutting edge

  • projects that had lasting impact over time.

AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey will launch Monday, March 5

The 2011-12 AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey will be available on Monday, March 5 through Friday, April 6. The Iowa Department of Education conducts this annual statewide survey. The survey provides us with insight on what the AEA is doing right and what we can do to improve our services.

Educators are invited by email to participate in the AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey. We ask that you encourage the teachers you work with to participate so that we can gain valuable input about our programs and services.

March is National Social Work Month

Grant Wood AEA’s school social workers are celebrating March as National Social Work Month.


Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the theme for this year's campaign is “Social Work Matters.” The theme invites people to start with social workers when seeking help. It also reinforces the point that social workers can connect people to a variety of resources in their community.


Grant Wood AEA’s school social workers are actively involved in helping expand the agency’s mission, “To ensure success for all learners.” The agency’s school social workers provide evaluation, counseling and consultation to students, parents and families to help solve social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with a student's education and development. School Social Workers also support the agencies mission through leadership, facilitation, and active involvement in many AEA/LEA initiatives.


For more information about National Social Work Month, contact any of the Grant Wood AEA school social workers. Congratulations!


Nominations due March 9 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

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 Grant Wood AEA 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 March 9 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 Ponderosa Ballroom in Walford on May 3, 2012.

IEC Update

The first IEC lawsuit received a ruling from the Supreme Court on Friday, February 24.  A little history, District Court first dismissed the suit without trial, Appeal to the Appeals Court overturned the ruling and said the District Court should hear the case, Appealed to the Supreme Court, they ruled that it should be sent back to District Court for trial.  So it looks like a trial will be held on whether the AEAs had legal authority to establish a food coop for Iowa schools.

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Over 140 photographs were submitted by 14 different staff members for our agency-wide first annual photo contest. A group of agency employees were selected to help review and select the top photographs. Some of these photos may be used in various print materials or other possible ways in coming months. Thank you to all of the individuals who participated.
The second annual photo contest will have a more narrow focus for entries. The subject matters needs to be pictures of historical or unique places within AEA10. This could include buildings that are on the national register of historic places, tourist sites such as the Amana colonies or the Amish area around Kalona, or your favorite hang-out places such as the ped mall in Iowa City, hiking/biking trails in AEA10, Kinnick Stadium, area schools, college/university sites, etc. The higher the resolution of the photos, the better! The deadline for the second contest entries will be October 30, 2012, which gives people lots of time to get some wonderful spring, summer and colorful autumn foliage pictures.


View the photo contest winners.

"Your Child's Future...
The Possibilities are Endless"

April 10, 2012
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids

Mark your calendars now for the first annual transition conference, "Your Child's Future…The Possibilities are Endless." This workshop will provide valuable information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services. There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and informational booths for parents and professionals to learn a wide variety of services in the area of living, learning and working.



See flyer for information

To register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development website and click on course number 19052-11-01.

Iowa AEA Online resources and the Iowa Core



See attached flyer for dates and registration information.

Please bring your laptop!

Halibut! America's Favorite!

The next session is planned April 5

Three workshops for AEA staff on the Iowa AEA Online resources and Iowa Core:

  • Support Reading

  • Concept Learning and Research

  • Increase Opportunities to Learn

Open the GWAEA website, click on PD, scroll to learning for GWAEA staff - and that is where the workshops are posted. Log in and sign up.

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.

Thank you

Thank you to all my Grant Wood friends and family for all the kind words, hugs, calls, cards, flowers, memorials, and support through this difficult time of my mother’s illness and passing.  Your kindness will always be remembered.
Jan Baburek

iPad Update 3/2/12

by Jonathan Wylie, Technology Consultant


Get Registered for iPad Workshops!
Our first round of iPad Workshops are under way and have been well received so far. Here is a list of the remaining workshops with course descriptions. They are open to LEA staff as well, so if you know a teacher or administrator who would benefit from them let them know! You can go to the PD site to get signed up, but be aware that some are filling up fast!  More will follow soon. Remember to bring your iPads to the workshop!

No more “”
We have removed access to the Apple Account. This means that you will not be able to update any apps that were downloaded on this account, or be able to sign in with this account to download any future apps. We have had some issues with people installing apps on that account and making purchases instead of using their agency Apple ID or personal Apple ID. This means the original apps that came on your device won’t be able to be updated. We are recommending you remove those apps and reinstall the ones you like on either your personal or agency account. Here are directions on how to transfer apps to another account.


If you did not order apps and need your agency Apple ID please let us know and we can set up a time to finish the set up for you or you can create a personal Apple ID, you can get one for free by following the instructions here.



This week's App of the Week is School Psychology Tools and it was written by Robyn Robbins - one of our own school psychologists. Robyn loves the flexibility that this tool offers her as she collects data about the students she works with. Find out more about it on the GWAEA iPad Site. If you are interested in writing App of the Week, we would love to hear from you. Email us at


Saving to Dropbox with Pages, Keynote and Numbers
Recently I came across a free solution that will allow you to save documents from Pages, Keynote and Numbers to Dropbox or another cloud account. I will be going through those steps at the upcoming iPad workshop on Pages & Keynote, but if you would like to try this for yourself, click here to learn how to do it. If you want help setting this up, send an email to

Registration is open for GWAEA's College for Kids


Registration for GWAEA's College for Kids opened on March 1. Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is a summer program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible talented and gifted students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered advanced or specialized curricula, and have the opportunity to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.


To learn more, visit the College for Kids section of the agency's website or contact Susie Green, student programs specialist, at ext. 6775.

Autism Speaks to award iPad 2s

Autism Speaks just announced that they will be awarding 160 iPad 2 devices to individuals with autism. There are some parameters for applying. ACT QUICKLY in getting this out to families, as the deadline will be March 7th.


For more information on the details of the grant and who is eligible, please click on this link:

Please share this with anyone who may be interested/eligible for this grant opportunity! :)


Kelli J. Robertson, Autism Consultant

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 under HR & Business Services in the general info, contacts, forms area, or by following this link: The procedures may also be found on the Human Resources & Business Services Google site.
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 are 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 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.

Health Screen Blood Profile in April

Grant Wood AEA will be facilitating a Health Screen Blood Profile in April.  The cost of the blood profile is $19.00 – the same as last year.  Spouses of employees may also participate at this cost.  Please bring a check made out to Grant Wood AEA that morning.


You do not need an appointment; just leave your name, by phone or e-mail, with the location secretary listed below.  

Please let Barb or Nancy know by March 28 if you plan to participate.


Coralville Facility-Room B
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211

Sixth Street Facility-Grant Wood Room
Thursday, April 5, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737

Be sure to fast at least 12 hours before the test.  A light snack will be available after the blood draw.

Iowa Core Learning Opportunities for AEA Staff

The following learning opportunities are available for AEA 10 staff members. Compensation for time beyond contract day will be provided through Iowa Core Teacher Quality funds.  If you have any questions, requests, suggestions… please contact Myra Hall: 319-350-5464 (cell), 319-399-6820 (VM), Contact Jan Baburek to sign up: 319-399- 6851,

Iowa Core Office Hours: Individualized or small group Q and A and exploration of resources:  
March 5, 2012,  3:30 - 5:30
Iowa Core Office Hours: Individualized or small group Q and A and exploration of resources:  
March 13, 2012,  3:30 - 5:30
Iowa Core Support for Teachers of Students who Struggle - workshop
March 13, 2012, 8:30 - 11:30
Iowa Core in Practice: facilitated 1/2 day learning experience focused on Iowa Core content and implementation of characteristics of effective instruction.
March 23, 2012   8:30 - 11:30
Iowa Core: Alignment of Content-Instruction-Assessment Professional Development - workshop
April 5, 2012   3:30 - 5:30
Iowa Core in Practice: facilitated 1/2 day learning experience focused on Iowa Core content and implementation of characteristics of effective instruction.
April 6, 2012   12:30 – 3:30
Online Modules for Instructional Coaching: Introduction and exploration of state-developed resources for individual or collaborative team learning:
April 9, 2012   3:30 - 5:30

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for a current schedule, registration information, and archives of the
Grant Wood AEA webinars.


The next webinar is March 7: Technology Tools Team with Teaching Science, 19030-11-01.

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is April 18

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link. Please use the updated proposal template from the web.


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, January 2012

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – February 2012

Technology Integration Opportunities:


Using Your iPad for Expanding Your PLN  



10:30 AM-12PM 


Using Pages and Keynote on Your iPad  



8:30 AM-10AM 


Google Apps and Beyond  



8:30 AM-3:30 PM 


The Best Free iPad Productivity Apps for Educators  



12:30 PM-2PM 


Core iPad Apps: Using the Safari, Calendar, Mail, Camera apps and more  



2:30 PM-4PM 


iPad 101 - Let's get this thing set up and ready to use!  



10:30 AM-12PM 


Accessibility Features: I didn't know my iPad could do that!  



8:30 AM-10AM 


Using Your iPad for Expanding Your PLN  



10:30 AM-12PM 


Free Online Audio and Video Resources Webinar  



3:45 PM-4:45 PM 


Technology Tools Team with Teaching Literacy Webinar  



3:45 PM-4:45 PM 


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:



Master Your Money  





Using Iowa AEA Online Resources and Iowa Core to Increase Opportunities to Learn  



8:30 AM-10:30 AM 


Using Iowa AEA Online Resources and Iowa Core to Increase Opportunities to Learn  



3:30 PM-5:30 PM 


Social Work Ethics  



12:45 PM-4PM 


How to Support Teachers in Early Childhood Classrooms with Speech and Language Concerns  





All weather related cancellations of workshops and courses will be posted on the Grant Wood AEA webpage and KCRG.

For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.

Lost and Found:

Look over the pictures; if you recognize anything stop at the front desk and claim them from Cathy Nelson. After two weeks they will be available for give-a-way, and then after one more week, they will be disposed.


containers containers2
containers3 jewelry

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo March 2, 2012


back to top



GW logoAEA logo

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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

rss feed logo