In this issue:
Mark your calendars!
March 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 10, 2011
March 15, 2011
5:30 - GWAEA Board of Directors Work Session
7:00 – GWAEA Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting
April 14, 2011
Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.
Special Education Curriculum Specialist Position
The agency has created a new job category. Associate Administrator Maria Cashman recorded a video with information about this position. (Note: This is the same video that was sent to all staff on Thursday afternoon.) http://tinyurl.com/gwaea-newrole.
23 individuals have submitted requests to participate in the Agency’s separation plan. All of these individuals' separations have been approved by the Board of Directors. The breakout of this group is as follows:
Classified - 2
Contracted - 17
Management - 1
Management Support - 1
Salaried - 2
In addition to the separations above, five additional individuals (including Dr. Fielder) have notified us of their plans to retire from Grant Wood AEA. The breakout of this group is:
Classified - 1
Contracted - 2
Management - 2
The Agency continues to make diligent efforts to initiate recall procedures as promptly as possible as opportunities become available:
Two weeks ago (the week ending Fri, 2/18), the Agency initiated recall for five people. These recall opportunities were available due to retirements approved at the Feb. 16 Board meeting.
Last week (the week ending Fri, 2/25), the Agency initiated recall for ten people. These recall opportunities became available due to re-structuring of the Inclusion Resource Specialist job category to Special Education Consultant and the creation of a new category, Special Education Curriculum Specialist.
This week (ending Fri, 3/4) the Agency initiated recall for six people. These recall opportunities became available due to separations approved at the March 1 Board meeting and other resignations.
AEA Board Tours Agency’s VAST Center
In February, the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors started their meeting with a tour of the Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST Center). Jeanne Bancroft provided the Board an overview of the program, showing them where the science kits are being used in AEA10 and other AEAs as well. She then walked the group through the work area where the kits are assembled and refurbished. To view a video of this tour, click on the triangle on the above controls.
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: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/leadership/ldrshipdev.html.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Fry at email@example.com.
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.
Iowa AEA Online resources for 2011-2012
Start date: August 1, 2011
Iowa’s Area Education Agencies are pleased to announce the Iowa AEA Online resources for 2011-2012. These resources continue to be provided at no cost to accredited public and non-public PreK-12 schools.
The resources include:
• 21st Century Skills Professional Development and Tech Integration
• Assistive Technology
Britannica Digital Learning
• Britannica Online School Edition
• 21st-Century Explorer
• Student News Net
• World Data Analyst
• Global Reference Center
• Academic OneFile with InfoTrac Collections
• General OneFile with InfoTrac Collections
• General Business File ASAP
• Health and Wellness Resource Center
• Health Reference Center Academic
• InfoTrac Newsstand
• InfoTrac Junior Edition
• InfoTrac Student Edition
• Educator’s Reference Complete
• Kids InfoBits
iCLIPART for Schools
SIRS Issues Researcher
Teen Health & Wellness
For a listing of all resources, including a brief description and grade levels, click on the link below.
For detailed downloadable information on each resource go to:
For information, contact Jerry Cochrane, technology systems facilitator, ext. 6741.
You’re invited to the Grant Wood AEA
Date: Monday, 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
Grant Wood AEA Media Center
Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and some new materials. Take a look at our interactive globe..
Earth Hour event - March 26
An international event to build awareness for the need to improve environmental sustainability will be celebrated this month. Earth Hour is an international effort coordinated by World Wildlife Fund to draw attention to the need for conservation. Participants are asked to turn off all non-essential lights (excluding security and safety lights) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., local time, on Saturday, March 26, and to make some further commitment beyond that hour to reduce their impact on the environment. Last year, 128 countries and territories participated, and lights were turned off on thousands of iconic landmarks – the Coliseum in Rome, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, and Golden Gate Bridge among others (see www.earthhour.org for more information). Some ways individuals can make a difference are to turn off computers when not in use, turn off lights and electronic equipment in rooms when no one is in the room.
Health Screen Blood Profile planned during April
Grant Wood AEA will be facilitating a Health Screen Blood Profile in April. The cost of the blood profile is $19 – 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 28th if you plan to participate.
Sixth Street Facility-Grant Wood Room
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737
Coralville Facility-Room A-B
Thursday, April 7, 2011
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211
Be sure to fast at least 12 hours before the test. A light snack will be available after the blood draw.
Witwer Senior Center Fundraiser
To assure that "No Linn County Senior Goes Hungry," the Witwer Senior Center is hosting a special performance of the Doug Gabriel Show on Sunday, March 6, at Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids. Two performances are planned at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit the Theatre Cedar Rapids website.
Diana Beeson, Public Information Specialist at Grant Wood AEA from 1979 to 1981, passed away Feb. 11.
She was living in Victoria, British Columbia at the time of her passing.
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.
For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.
A schedule of current and archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.
Webinars featuring information about the online resources.
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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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