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May 9, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


All-Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012 (morning)


In this issue:

2012 GWAEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet
iPad Update
Autism Walk 2012
IEC Catalog Online
Thank you!
Agency Vehicles
Linn Area Credit Union Board Elections
Exchange program looking for area host families
Cardinal, Cub game
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Summer 2012 Iowa Core Teacher Quality Learning Opportunity for AEA Staff
Iowa Core
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Proposal Application Date - April 18
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


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2012 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet, Thursday, May 3

Nine individuals and one school will be honored at this year’s recognition banquet. Recipients of the agency’s Caring Colleague awards will be Lisa Twedt (graphics), Jonathan Wylie (technology team) and Julie Freed (SLP and assistive technology). Individuals who will be recognized for Educational Partners will be Joan Young, principal at Monticello High School; Traci Fryhauf, school nurse for the West Branch district; Shannon Guyer, a special education teacher at Monticello; and Iowa City’s Wickham School staff.
A single recipient for the Friends of Education is Tracy Klees a team leader from the north side Cedar Rapids Target Store.  The agency occasionally recognizes individuals who have contributed extensively to education in the area and often even more broadly. This year, we will honor two people – retiring superintendent of College Community school district and long-time AEA10 partner, Dick Whitehead, and Chuck Peters, head of Source Media, the holding company of KCRG-TV and The Gazette.


Also honored will be employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service awards.


Ponderosa Hall & Ballroom
195 1st Street S.

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


Click to access the banquet invitation.

iPad Update 4/20/12

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology



iPad MIA
We have an iPad that is missing! It was last seen at the 6th Street facility on Monday, April 16th. This iPad is in a larger lime green big grip case. If you see it please return it to Stacy Behmer.

Important Software Update
I’ve noticed that there are some devices out there that are still not updated and it is easy to do!
Make sure you update the software on your iPad!  To update to iOS 5.1 go to Settings > General > Software Update. You may need to plug in to do this update if your battery is below 50%.
Once the update is done, you will find updates for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and Garageband, but you need the latest software update for these apps. Update these in the usual manner, but be aware that you will have to agree to the new iTunes terms and conditions.


Backing Up/ Locating Your Device- iCloud
We will be helping everyone set up iCloud when we see you at various meetings, but in order to set it up you NEED to have an Apple ID to backup your device. You may either use your agency Apple ID or you may use your personal account.

To turn on iCloud- Go to Settings > iCloud and type in your Apple ID and Sign in.
Then please turn on FIND MY iPAD. You may also turn on Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Documents & Data.

Doing this will let you:
1. Back up the data on your device
2. Let you log in to and locate your device

Professional Development
On May 23, 2012 there will be another chance for you to brush up on your iPad skills because we will be running a full day workshop called iPad Basics: Essential Skills for Educators. The course description is as follows:

“Are you a new iPad user? Are you looking to learn more about how to use the iPad in education? This iPad basics class will show you how to navigate the App Store like a pro! It will explore the features you need to know in the Settings menu, teach you how to master the core apps, and reveal how to make the iPad accessible to all learners.”

If you are interested in attending, registration details will be on the GWAEA PD site early next week. This workshop is open to AEA and LEA staff, so please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.

Another Reminder 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 want to see a list of the apps that were on the account, stop by the help desk and pick up a sheet with them listed.

Green Hills AEA Center in Creston Badly Damaged by Tornado

The Green Hills AEA office in Creston received extensive damage during last weekend’s tornado. This YouTube video gives us a glimpse of the destruction. Area school districts and other partners have reached out to provide office space and other assistance. We’re glad that no one was injured!

East Central Iowa Autism Society presents...

Autism Walk 2012


Saturday, April 28
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Westdale Mall, Cedar Rapids


See website for details.


Members of the GWAEA Autism Team will be at the event sharing information with parents about agency services. They are also accepting donations for ECIAS.



Spring 2012 AV Co-op Catalog is online


The Iowa Educators Consortium (IEC) is pleased to announce that the Spring 2012 AV Co-op Catalog is now online! Spring pricing is valid through July 27, 2012.
To view the products available from our awarded vendors, access the catalog online at The newly redesigned IEC’s website ( features all AV co-op items in the ‘Technology’ section. Within that area there are several sub-sections to help you find the products you are looking for – ‘Hardware’, ‘Software’, ‘Furniture’, ‘Supplies’, ‘Websites’ and ‘Special Buys’.
For more information on product specs and catalog navigation, contact:
Bud Carruthers
Iowa Educators Consortium, AV Co-op
319.753.6561 X1157


• to Jim Green, Grant Wood AEA Board President an an IASB Board member, who was inducted recently by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. For eight years (four as chairman), Jim has been an active member of the Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers, a group based in Cedar Rapids that uses their creative abilities, talents and experiences to benefit many community agencies and the people those agencies serve. Members design, build and modify devices to aid persons with disabilities. They design and build ramps for people of any age on a low-income. Through Rockwell Collins’ K-12 program, they help with science-based projects ranging from kindergarten science and a 4th-grade rocketry program to high school robotics and building equipment to help schools teach about science. The group has grown to 236 volunteers who have donated nearly 100,000 hours during the past two years. Congratulations, Jim!

Thank you!

Mary Crandall wants to thank all of the many people who helped make GWAEA’s first annual Parent Transition Conference, “The Possibilities are Endless…Your Child’s Future” a huge success. She says in her message, “I have been absolutely blown away by the teamwork and hard work of so many…” (to read her complete thank you to the many staff who were involved, please click here).

Agency Vehicles

To reserve an agency vehicle and to check the vehicle guidelines go to Google sites and look for “Agency Vehicles” or go to this link:

It will take you to the form to fill out a vehicle request and check the guidelines. When your information is entered and submitted, Google will send your request to Cathy Nelson. She will check the calendar and send you back an email letting you know if it was available. Keys and gas card can be picked up and returned at the 6th Street front desk. Any question call or email Cathy at 6544,

Linn Area Credit Union Board Elections

Elections for the Linn Area Credit Union (LCCU) Board of Directors will be held on
Monday, April 23 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you are an LACU member, you may ask for a ballot at any of the credit union’s locations. Ballots will also be available at the 77th annual meeting, which will be held at the Hotel at Kirkwood on Monday, April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Former GWAEA staff member, Anne Taylor, is one of the candidates for the LACU board.

Exchange program looking for area host families

PAX--Program for Academic Exchange is looking for host families in the Cedar Rapids area for the 2012-2013 academic year. Jeff Schmatt is a local community coordinator for PAX and is looking for host families in Jefferson, Kennedy, Washington and Linn-Mar school districts and school districts surrounding the Cedar Rapids area.


PAX students arrive in August and typically stay the academic year, but some stay for just a semester. PAX students have a minimum of three (3) years of English experience, are good students, have medical insurance and have their own spending money.  Host families provide meals, a place to sleep and study, and a warm, supportive environment. Single parents, couples without children and retirees are welcome to apply as hosts.

Jeff Schmatt is the PAX community coordinator and can be contacted at,  319-895-8776. Or visit the PAX website at to learn more about this international exchange program.

Cardinal - Cub Game at Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Date: July 22, 2012

Departure time: 6 a.m. from the North Liberty Rec Center

Return time: 10:30 or 11 p.m.

Cost: $75 per person (covers transportation and game tickets)

For details, contact the North Liberty Rec Center, 319-626-5716 or visit their website.

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.

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 May 2: Technology Tools Team with Teaching Literacy, 19033-11-01

Summer 2012 Iowa Core Teacher Quality Learning Opportunity for AEA Staff

Assessment for Learning Course facilitated in collaboration with the Iowa DE Assessment Team

GWAEA staff members are invited to participate in this learning. Compensation will be provided through Iowa Core TQ.  


Purpose: Provide facilitated learning through the Assessment for Learning PD modules posted on the Iowa Core PD Moodle site.  AEA 10 staff members will engage in valuable learning to increase effectiveness of data-driven instructional decision making.  Participants will be prepared to support AEA and LEA teams/colleagues in applying a formative assessment process.  Formative assessment implementation holds significant potential for improving teaching and learning for all students - especially students who struggle. Participants will provide specific feedback to the DE team, too, as part of their monitoring and evaluation plan regarding the AfL materials and implementation.
Soon to be finalized: Course 30 hours total contact time/2 credits
Registration information and details will be provided soon.
Please contact
Julie Foltz (Instructor on Record) or Myra Hall with questions.
Five full days in June 2012
Monday, June 4
Thursday, June 7
Thursday, June 14
Monday, June 18
Thursday, June 21

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements –April 2012

Technology Integration Opportunities:


Technology Tools Team with Teaching Literacy Webinar  



3:45 PM-4:45 PM 


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:



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





For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


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


The Autism team would like to thank everyone for their contributions of lidded containers.  Thanks to our great supportive staff, they have enough. They do however have another request: Metal frozen juice can lids. Please forward to Ann Kessler.


Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Sears Craftsman Snow Thrower: 5.0 horsepower, 21”, single-stage, auger propelled, electric start.  It didn’t get much of a workout this winter but it works great.  We’re moving south and won’t need it! Call 398-4932 (W), 319-551-3764 (cell) or email


For Sale: 56” SAMSUNG DLP HDTV 1080P, Model # HLS5687WX/XAA. See attached for details.


For Sale:  Wheelchair in good condition.  Approximate weight – 30 lbs. Best offer.  Call 319-389-2293.


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