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Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Staff Recognition Banquet a success

Approximately 200 agency staff, Board members and honorees enjoyed the 2010 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet last night held at Ms. Susan's Reception Hall in North Liberty.

Individuals honored included the following:

Friend of Education
Pam Burmeister, Volunteer
Solon Community Schools

Jack Harris
Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Applications
Rockwell International

Heidi Soethout
Community Treatment Coordinator
Department of Corrections

Tom Walz
U of I School of Social Work Director Emeritus
Extend the Dream Foundation

Vern Wakeman
Northland Square Kohl's
Educational Partner
Lana Michelson, Bureau Chief
Student & Family Support Services
Iowa Department of Education

James Mims, Youth Program Coordinator
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County

Nancy Lacey, Guidance Counselor
Anamosa Community Schools

Dr. Mary Skopec, Geo Sciences Professor
University of Iowa

Paula Vincent, Superintendent
Clear Creek Amana Schools

Laurie Worden and Mary Lou Erlacher
Workplace Learning Connection 


Caring Colleague
Jan Baburek

Transition Team:
Pamela Adams
Judy Bailey
Steve Blomme
Wendy Bouslog
Megan Burke-Brunscheen
Lindsay Copp
Mary Crandall
Kally DeYoung
Kathy Dolinaj
Jenny Fitzpatrick
Su Groff-VanArendonk
Karen Harper
Chuck Hatz
Lisa Haverkamp
Barb Hunt
Lauri Jennisch
Sara Kane
Sandy Lyons
Jill Ries
Johanna Rundlett
Pam Watkins

Leadership for Learning
Judy Jeffrey, Director
Iowa Department of Education

Eighty-two agency staff and Board members with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of service to the agency were honored. During his comments, Dr. Fielder noted that the combined years of service for this year's 15 agency retirees totals over 300 years of service to Grant Wood AEA.

Entertainment was provide by the Grant Wood AEA band, "The Agency." Below are just a few photos from the evening.

educationalpartners   Friends of Education

Recognition of Educational Partners


Recognition of Friends of Education

Caring Colleague


Caring Colleagues

Recognition of Caring Colleagues


Recognition of Caring Colleagues

jeffrey   GWAEA Retirees

Judy Jeffrey receives Leadership for Learning award


Grant Wood AEA Retirees

"The Agency" performs

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.” 

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

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.

3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 8, Kingston Stadium

An Olympic style finish on the track at Kingston Stadium is one of the unique features of Lace Up For Learning 5K, 10K and mile fun run. Runners and walkers enter the stadium to the sound of the cheers from the crowd and the announcer calling out participant names.

Lace Up for Learning will be held on Saturday, May 8, at Kingston Stadium. The 5K and 10K begin and end at Kingston with the route running through the neighborhoods between the stadium and Jefferson High School.

5K and 10K begin at 9:00 am. The Fun Run begins at 10:30 am.  Awards ceremony and door prizes at 11:00.

Post race food, refreshments and massages will be available!

All levels of runners and walkers are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation.

For additional race information and application go to or call 558-2400.

Vinton Dog-A-Fair, Saturday, May 8

Hosted by the Friends of the Shelter, Inc. Location: Benton County Fair Grounds, South 2nd Ave., Vinton.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Humans are free...dogs are $2. Click here for details.


Gently used baby items (boy or unisex), crib. Also, kitchen table and chairs and family room seating.  
Call Kim at Ext 6553.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on May 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at or call Ext. 6888 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.

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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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