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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Please share your innovative IDEAS!
2011 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet held Thursday, April 14

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar
Thank you!
Retirement Reception
Quota Club of Cedar Rapids Spring 2011 Flower Sale
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Lost and Found
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, April 15, 2011

Mark your calendars!

April 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board of Directors - April Regular Meeting

April 22, 2011


Agency closes at 3 p.m.

May 2, 2011, 2-5 p.m.


The Grant Wood AEA DREAM Event

May 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting - May Regular Meeting

Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.


All Agency Inservice, The Concert Hall at College Community

Please share your innovative IDEAS!

On the afternoon of May 2, the agency will hold an informal event featuring various innovative projects or work agency employees have initiated. The event will be much like a science fair with individuals hosting a table at which they will talk about what they have been doing.

We invite staff to participate in the event. If you have an idea or practice you would like to share, please contact George Held in the communications office by no later than April 18.

The table presentations may include flip cam video you have taken, posters, sample workbooks, materials – whatever you want to use to show what you have done or are doing. Visitors will be invited to wander among the tables to talk with staff and learn about what innovations our staff has introduced in the schools.

We will invite school administrators, teachers, legislators, members of the public, and news media to come and see what's happening. Among the showcase participants, we hope to see such things as adaptive PE, autism work, 21st Century Learning, VREP, the VAST Center, EduVision, etc.

The event will be promoted as:
The Grant Wood AEA DREAM Event
Inspiring the transformation of education through innovation: A Showcase of Talents

2011 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet held
Thursday, April 14

Congratulations to the honorees and Grant Wood AEA staff recognized during the 2011 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, April 14.

Among those honored were 33 Grant Wood AEA retirees with a total of 746 years of service to the agency.









Congratulations to Sid Lutz and
Trish Schultz who were honored for their years of service during the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) meeting held April 15.

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar


See attached for information.


Presented by: Leverentz Insurance & Financial Executives and your AEA

A service for AEA employees and spouses only

April 18 or 21, 2011, 6-8 p.m. Cost: free.

April 18 - Coralville Facility
April 21 - Sixth St. Facility

Topics will include:

- Understanding changes in IPERS
- Planning your retirement to maximize your IPERS
- Increasing the efficiency of your retirement plan
- Social Security and Healthcare as they pertain to
retired educators

SPACE IS LIMITED to 30 people. Call 319-248-3546 or email at to reserve your space today. The deadline for registration is April 15. Private consultations may be scheduled after the seminar.

Thank you!

It has been my pleasure to work with and assist my Grant Wood AEA colleagues for 22 years (20 years as executive assistant). I take pride in sharing information about resources and services that GWAEA provides kids (and their families). I look forward to attending school activities with the three Des Moines grandkids without completing a leave form, community service with the Cedar Rapids grandkids this summer, Grandma Jane Day Camp, and playing with my friends. I sincerely wish the agency the best in 2011-2012.  

Jane Yock 

A retirement reception for GWAEA Early ACCESS/Early Childhood Staff

Dianne Garber, Mary Lukas, Bonnie Locker, and Peg Maher

Please join with the GWAEA EA/EC staff in honoring our colleagues on their retirement.
 A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the Winter and Spring Rooms.

Quota Club of Cedar Rapids Spring 2011 Flower Sale

Quota Club of Cedar Rapids hosts the Spring 2011 Flower Sale as a fundraiser. Please see the attached for information. The Hearing Dept has been very appreciative of the agency's support in the past and Quota Club has been very generous to our families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as in area schools.  
For information, contact Sandy Pereboom, ext. 6458.

Quote Club 2011 Flower Sale
Order Form

Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA Conference Center
Course: 19008-10-01
Registration deadline: May 25, 2011

Please plan to come at your convenience. For special areas of interest, contact
Deanna Thursby at
for information about presentation time.

This workshop is designed to provide participants the chance to view and interact with reading intervention materials for struggling readers. Publishing companies
will each have a booth to display their materials. They will also each provide a 30-45 minute presentation highlighting the target for the interventions, how data is gathered and monitored, and research based results.

literacyfairSee attached flyer for information.

Lost and Found:

Is anyone missing a Mary Kay Lip Gloss found at the Recognition Banquet? If it might be yours and you want it back, call Cathy at the front desk, 399-6544.

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.

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 April 15, 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.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404