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Mark your calendars!

April 21, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board meeting

April 22


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Ms. Susan's Catering and Reception Hall, North Liberty

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Rules Have Changed for Videotaping of Students

Recently, the agency had its attorney conduct a legal review of its policies, procedures and permission forms related to videotaping of students. If you videotape any students to show progress monitoring, the schools’ video release forms are not sufficient. You will need to use the agency’s video release form. This can be found on the staff portal site under the heading "Other Forms."

Also, if you have videotaped any students to show their progress, you must upload that video within two business days from the date you recorded it. Click here for a link to PowerPoint presentation explaining how to do that. The videos will be uploaded to: under the link “File Storage.” You must then immediately delete the video from the computer or recording device you used. There must never be more than one stored copy of the recorded file on any agency equipment.

If a parent/guardian requests access to their child’s recordings, employees should contact their supervisor immediately. Supervisors will then work with Dave Brousard, Director of Technology, to get the requested recordings loaded to a DVD/CD for the parent/guardian to have. Violations should be reported to the immediate supervisor or the Associate Administrator without delay.

There are several resources available for staff:

If you are recording students as part of a promotional video in collaboration with the communications department, the parent releases must be filed with the communications office.

For further reference regarding videos, see administrative regulation AR7245B.

New video update from Dr. Fielder

Ron Fielder has recorded a new staff message. Click here for the latest update.

Get Involved!  GWAEA’s Brain Injury Resource Team…

Did you know that 5.3 million Americans have experienced a brain injury?  Someone has a traumatic brain injury every 23 seconds in the United States.  This information comes from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

The Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) provides consultation and information to Building Level Teams working with students with brain injuries.  We are always looking for additional members for our team.  Please consider being a BIRT Team member!

Join us at our next team meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 3-4 p.m. to see what we are all about or just to acquire further information about our team.  The meeting will be held at the Grant Wood AEA Life Skills location at 4050 River Ridge Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. Please RSVP to Kelley Martin at or 399-6801 by April 30. Popcorn will be provided, please bring your own beverage during our viewing of the DVD, “Pieces of the Puzzle: An Introduction to Brain Injury.” 

Reservations deadline changed to Monday, April 19, at noon for the
2010 Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet

Congratulations to the following Grant Wood AEA 2009-2010 retirees who will be honored during the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet on April 22:

Jan Ahlberg
Physical Therapist

Judy Bailey
Special Education Consultant

Stephen Blomme
Transition Consultant

Jennie Davis
Library Associate

Nancy Dearborn
School Psychologist

Nancy Fesenmeyer
Speech-Language Pathologist

Bruce Frana
Curriculum Consultant, Science

Julie Frana
Speech-Language Pathologist


Jean Goemaat
Speech-Language Pathologist

Gretchen Humiston
Vision Screener

Mike Macklin
School Improvement Consultant

Diane Peters
Curriculum Consultant, Literacy

Merla Rosekrans
Preschool Screener

Glenda Hutton Stejskal
School Social Worker

Careece Thompson
Media/Technology Support Technician


Ms. Susan's Reception Hall
1215 Jordan St., North Liberty

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Entertainment: The GWAEA Band

Cost: Grant Wood AEA Board members and employees: $5

Spouses and friends: $20 per person

Honorees and retirees will be our guests

Reservations: Tables will seat 10 people. Groups may reserve a table for themselves. Please submit all reservations to Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street Office, Ext. 6544.


All 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 will be honored.

Banquet invitation

Click above to access the banquet invitation.

Click for a list of honorees. Click for a list of the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 Years of Service Awards.

21st Century Learning



21st Century Learning Institute registration available for Grant Wood AEA staff

Registration is now open for next year's 21st Century Learning Institute. Once again, we will have two cohorts for GWAEA staff only. If you are a GWAEA staff member you do not need to apply, you simply need to register via Professional Development. We ask that if you sign up that you commit to all days of the institute. If you have any questions about the 21st Century Learning Institute, you can check out the overview webinar or email Andy Crozier.

4356-10-04 – Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23 – AEA Staff Only, Computer Lab, 6th Street

4356-10-05 – Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24 – AEA Staff Only, Computer Lab, 6th Street


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Jars wanted

The VAST Center is in need of large,
peanut butter jars,
especially the 40 oz. size.  
Contributions can be sent to:
VAST Center, 33rd Ave.
Thank you!”

Carol Mann
VAST Science Center Assistant

Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club “Spring Fling Event,” Sunday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.

Click for details.


Kris Baldwin (PT) and her husband Carter welcomed a new addition to their family.  Carson Kristopher was born Saturday, April 3rd at 12:05 a.m.  He weighed 7 lb 14 oz and was 21 inches long.  His brothers, Corey and Cale, and sister Kayli welcomed him to the family.  

Educational Technology ARRA Grant

Over the past few months, the AEA Media Directors and UENs from across the state have been working collaboratively to write a proposal for the Educational Technology ARRA Grant from the Department of Education. When the ARRA funds were released last summer, there was a small pot designated for educational technology. Rather than each AEA and UEN spending these funds on separate projects, we have collaborated statewide to focus on one area: K-12 Online Learning.

The purpose of this grant is to provide online learning opportunities for students, professional development for K-12 teachers to learn to teach online, and online credit recovery options for high school students. We are beginning the process of advertising for an Ed Tech ARRA Grant Specialist to manage this project and coordinate the efforts of the AEAs and UENs. This position is a 16 month position that will end in September of 2011.

Grant Wood AEA is serving as the fiscal agent of this grant and will therefore chair the hiring process and oversee the employment of this individual.  A joint selection committee with AEA and UEN representatives will be established to interview and select the best candidate for this position. We hope to have the selection made by May 18.

For questions about this position, please review the job description or contact Andy Crozier.

Lost and Found:

For more information on these items, contact Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard, Ext. 6544:

  • Black Sweater, (Rayon, Nylon) Brand: ATL Studio, size M found two or three weeks ago in the conference center.

  • Black striped jacket, light weight, Brand: Norton McNaughton, size 8, found in Winter-Spring Room on 3/30/10

  • A wire post earring with a mystical dusty blue stone in a silver Marquise setting with a small “diamond” above it.

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 April 16, 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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