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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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

"Impacting Lives for 35 Years"

Iowa AEA’s celebrate 35 years of service to schools and communities


AEA anniversary logo

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are celebrating 35 years of service to children, families, educators, and communities.

In 1974, the passage of Senate File 1163 established 15 area education agencies (AEAs) with the same service areas as community colleges. The AEAs began operation on July 1, 1975.

Through voluntary mergers in recent years, Iowa’s AEAs currently total 10, and will become a total of nine with the merger of Green Valley and Loess Hills AEAs on July 1, 2010.

With the establishment of the area education agency system, Iowa became a national leader in providing regional, intermediate educational services. The Iowa system continues to be among the most comprehensive and highly respected in the country.

Over the years, various legislative initiatives have added new and changing roles for AEAs. In 1996, the legislature approved an accreditation process under which AEAs must demonstrate they meet the standards as defined by the Iowa Department of Education. The scope of services of Iowa’s area education agencies expanded to
Include, “leadership and services in school improvement to schools and school districts so every learner may perform at higher education levels.”

Iowa AEAs are supporting the Iowa Department of Education and local school districts with implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum.

Theme emphasizes partnership, a unified system
The theme of this year-long recognition is “Impacting Lives for 35 Years.” Members of the AEA Communications Committee have developed a unified brand (see above) that all AEAs will use throughout 2010 to recognize the system-wide 35th anniversary.

Watch for updates to be posted throughout the year on the Iowa AEA website at

Customer Survey Starts Monday

Beginning Monday, March 8 and closing on, Friday, April 9, the Iowa Department of Education will be conducting its annual statewide AEA customer survey. Educators will be invited by email to participate in the AEA Customer Survey. We ask that you encourage the teachers you work with to participate in this survey so that we can gain valuable input about our programs and services.

Teacher Quality Update 3/5/10

Click here for a Teacher Quality Update.

Mark your calendars!
Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet 2010

Social Hour:


Thursday, April 22, 2010
Old Brick meeting hall, Iowa City
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of employment with Grant Wood AEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff as Caring Colleague, Educational Partner and Friend of Education will be honored. Watch for reservation information in an upcoming issue of The Bulletin Board.

Does this book belong to you?

The GWAEA Media Center has several professional book titles as of the week of Feb. 15 that do not belong in their collection and may belong to a Grant Wood AEA staff member. Please contact the Media Center, Ext. 6754, if you feel these materials might belong to you.

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:

Laugh Yourself Blue for Cerebral Palsy featuring Comedian Josh Blue

Plus a Live and Silent Auction, Appetizers/Desserts, and Wine Tasting
Saturday, April 24, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Clarion Hotel, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Click here for ticket and event information.

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.

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, March 5, 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