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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Staff Update Information
Two finalists announced for Grant Wood AEA chief position
Agency DREAM Event Occurring Next Monday
Employee Insurance Benefits
Contracted Staff – Assignment Change Procedures
Introducing AEA PD Online!
Rose Care Lunch and Learn planned May 2
IEC UPDATE: Notice to School Employees Regarding US Cellular Discount (Personal Use)
Applications due for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program

4th Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 7, Kingston Stadium
Donations for garage sale fundraiser - Vinton Fairgrounds, June 18
New Dex phone books are available at the front desk
The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge
2012 Trip to the U. K.
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
Save the Dates!
Professional Development for AEA staff members only
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found
Vacancies, April 29, 2011

Mark your calendars!

May 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Rose care lunch and learn with Dr. Fielder

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


The Grant Wood AEA DREAM Event

May 3, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Open Q & A Session - Insurance, Staff Conference Room

May 5, 10 a.m.


Tornado Drill

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


GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting - May Regular Meeting

May 13


Deadline for insurance changes to the Business Office

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


All Agency Inservice, Concert Hall at College Community

Staff Update Information

As opportunities become available, the Agency has continued to make concerted efforts to initiate recall procedures as promptly as possible and at this point the majority of staff who were notified of reduction have now received recall opportunities.  As of today (4/29/11), 5 contracted staff and 2 classified staff who were previously notified of reduction remain eligible for recall.
Regrettably, due to the uncertainty related to Empowerment funding there was a need this week to notify an additional 6 contracted staff that their positions are being reduced.  The required timelines for notifying contracted staff of layoff is April 30 and continued funding through Empowerment will not be confirmed until mid-May or later. Therefore, the Agency needed to proceed under the potential scenario that this funding will be reduced or eliminated.
Based on current financial projections, the decision was made to restore a limited amount of FTE to support Agency needs and priorities (recalls associated with this decision have been included in the numbers provided in this update).  Once legislative action is finalized, Agency administration will re-evaluate staffing levels to determine whether it may be fiscally appropriate for any additional FTE to be restored.    

Two finalists announced for Grant Wood AEA chief position

The Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA10) Board of Directors has announced their two finalists for the position of chief administrator with the agency. David VanHorn and Joe Crozier were chosen from a field of 10 applicants to be interviewed this week by focus groups of Grant Wood AEA staff, local school administrators and by the Grant Wood AEA Board.

David VanHorn is currently the Associate Administrator at Green Hills Area Education Agency.  He has previously held positions as the Interim Chief Administrator and the Associate Administrator at Green Valley Area Education Agency.

Joe Crozier is currently the Chief Administrator at Great Prairie Area Education Agency.  He has previously held positions as the Chief Administrator for Great River Area Education Agency and Southern Prairie Area Education Agency.

How staff will know who has been selected as our new chief:
The Grant Wood AEA board will meet tonight (Friday, April 29, 2011) to discuss and vote on a new Chief Administrator for the agency. If more time is required for any reason, the board may meet on Saturday afternoon. As soon as (1) a decision has been reached, (2) the candidates have both been notified of the decision, and (3) the candidate has accepted the position, we will send out an all call message and an email to all staff. We will also post the information to Twitter and to the home page of the agency’s Website.


Agency DREAM Event Occurring Next Monday (May 2)

Mark your calendar! On the afternoon of May 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., the agency will hold an informal event featuring various innovative projects or work agency employees have initiated. All agency staff are invited.

Over a dozen different presentations will be set up covering such activities as autism, literacy, technology, science, mentoring, etc. School administrators, legislators, news media and other members of the public will also be invited to come and see what innovative work Grant Wood AEA staff are involved in. 

Severe Weather Preparations at GWAEA
Tornado Drill planned Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m.

On Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m., the agency will have a tornado drill to prepare staff for possible severe weather situations we might have this spring.

The agency no longer uses the fire alarms to alert staff of tornados. Instead, you will hear an announcement over the speakers in the new the phone system throughout the building.

During a drill or during an actual tornado alert, when you hear we are under Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you.  See maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the route suggested.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

ATornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.

Employee Insurance Benefits

Employees have been provided a packet of insurance materials explaining the health plan changes, premium costs, comparison of plans and dental / vision information.  May 13, 2011 is the deadline for making changes to your existing insurance elections.

An open Q & A session is being offered to employees Tuesday, May 3rd from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Staff Conference Room of the Sixth Street Facility.

Questions regarding this annual insurance open enrollment / open choice period should be directed to Cathy Kearns in Business Services at or (319) 399-6706.

Contracted Staff – Assignment Change Procedures

As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures are found on the portal page of our website under HR & Business Services in the general info, contacts, forms area, or by following  this link:

Please note:  These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category.  These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in being employed under a different job category.
Assignment information is updated each Monday morning. To access this information, please dial voice mail number 6555, ext. 6302.  Ext. 6302 is used for announcements only. Please do not leave voice mail messages on this extension because the message may not be retrieved.  Job vacancies for anyone outside of Grant Wood AEA are listed on Ext. 6312. If you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6748.  

AEA PD Online



For the first time, all of the AEAs are putting their online courses in one place.  The result is AEA PD Online, and it is up and running, available for registration.

Educators across the state have taken advantage of online courses.  Online courses fit better in busy schedules, as instructors can choose when during the day it works for them to log in.  They provide a 21st century learning experience, embedded with digital resources and self-directed activity, mixed with digital collaboration with classmates.  And it saves on the costs of gas!

Currently we are offering summer courses on Google Apps, project-based learning, integration of web 2.0 tools, and much more.  To register for courses, check out our registration system at
For more information, check out our website at, and click on the AEA PD Online link.

Rose Care Lunch and Learn planned May 2

If you were one of the people who got one of Dr. Fielder’s roses last fall and/or if you’d like to know more about the care for your rose bush(es), Ron has agreed to hold a brown bag lunch learning event next Monday, May 2 in the staff conference room of the Sixth Street office. Bring a sack lunch and learn more about what to do to help your rose plants thrive. Rose care lunch and learn with Dr. Fielder. Please mark your calendar for 11:30- 12:30 p.m. for Monday, May 2.

IEC UPDATE: Notice to School Employees Regarding US Cellular Discount (Personal Use)

It has been brought to our attention that any State of Iowa employee (teachers, administrators and school support staff) taking advantage of the discount on personal cell phone plans with U.S. Cellular may need to renew or ‘re-apply’ for the discount (PED1008) every two years. In other words, the discount automatically falls off the customer’s account after two years from the original sign-up date. At that time, anyone wishing to continue receiving the discount will need to follow the same application procedure as they did originally, via the website or calling US Cellular’s customer service line at 800-819-9373.

Below is an excerpt of the terms and conditions for the PED program, as provided by US Cellular:
“Terms and Conditions:
Consumer Single Line Plans of $49.95 and higher and Family Plans of $69.95 and higher are eligible. New 2-year agreement required for customers on new lines of service or not on Belief Plans. Discount will only be applied to the monthly charge for your chosen plan. Discount not available on Wireless Modem, Data or any other service plans. Discount not available on equipment or accessories. U.S. Cellular may require that you provide proof of your employment. If you are no longer an employee of the eligible organization or if the organization is no longer a business customer of U.S. Cellular, U.S. Cellular reserves the right to remove any discount that has been applied to your account without notice. Customer must re-apply or verify employment every two years. All terms and conditions of the U.S. Cellular Customer Service Agreement apply to your participation in this program. The discount will be applied to your account within 1-2 billing cycles.”

At this time, we would also like to remind you that this specific discount is brought to you by the State of Iowa’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The program is in no part obtained via the Iowa Educators Consortium. Our role with this is to simply make schools aware of the fact that the discount exists and that they are eligible to take advantage of it. The IEC has no control whatsoever over the terms and conditions of the discount and agreement.

Applications available for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program

We are pleased to announce the 15th year of Contemporary School Leadership is set for the 2011-2012 school year. The Contemporary School Leadership (CSL) program is based on a common core of learnings about contemporary leadership that are designed for the 21st century context of education. Participants will complete application assignments between sessions to deepen their learning. They will also work closely with their nominating administrators to design a final application project to synthesize their learning and to benefit their buildings and districts.

Please click on the following link for information: To apply, visit

4th Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 7, 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, Saturday, May 7 at Kingston Stadium. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation.

The 5K and 10K begin and end at Kingston with the route running through the neighborhoods between the stadium and Jefferson High School. The 5K and 10K races begin at 9:00 am. The one-mile run begins at 10:30 am.  Awards ceremony and door prize drawing at 11:00 a.m.

For additional race information or to register, visit or call 558-2400.

Donations for garage sale fundraiser - Vinton Fairgrounds, June 18

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Benton County Friends of the Shelter (Vinton Animal Shelter).
See attached for information. The collection box will be upstairs in the area between central file and Ann Kessler/Jan Baburek area. For additional information, contact Stacy Murphy ext. 6888.

New Dex phone books are available at the front desk

See Cathy Nelson to obtain a copy.

The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge

Dates of Challenge: June 16 - July 28, 2011


The Live Healty Iowa "Burst Your Thirst" challenge is planned June 16-July 28, 2011. See attached flyer. For additional information, contact Stacy Murphy, ext. 6888.

2012 Trip to the U. K.  

Join retired School Psychologist Nancy Dearborn on a 12 day trip to England, Scotland and Ireland July 19-30, 2012.  Nancy is a Group Coordinator with Go Ahead Tours.  For details, see or contact Nancy at or 319-573-5877.

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 flier for information.

Save the Dates! Professional Development for AEA staff members only

Professional Learning for AEA 10 building-based staff members and consultants. Iowa Core Teacher Quality funds will provide compensation for this learning off contract time.

Formative Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning

Whole Group:  June 15, 2011 (6 Hours 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – 1 hour lunch)  
Whole Group:  August 22, 2011 (6 hours 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. - 1 hour lunch)

Collaborative Learning Team Sessions: 90 minutes each (minimum) 3:00 – 4:30 (location determined by team)
·         9-15-11
·         11-15-11
·         1-16-12  
·         4-16-12

Whole Group:  June 7, 2012  (6 hours 8:30 – 3:30 1 hour lunch)

Outcomes:  Iowa Core #5 (IPDM), #6 (CEI)

  • Improved teaching and learning through effective use of formative assessment/assessment for learning.

  • Understand and apply Iowa Core Assessment for Learning online content

  • Instructional Coaching learning and practices embedded in content and skill development.

Whole group content delivery and facilitated learning
Collaborative Learning Teams will be developed for on-going learning

Credit information and Professional Development Registration link will be available soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Myra Hall, 319-399-6820 or

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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 5 tickets to 2 Cubs games.....Friday, July 22 (1:20 start), and Saturday, July 23 (12:05 start). They are face value plus the "convenience fee" and City of Chicago/Cook Co. amusement and sales tax. The tickets are $60 for each ticket, so $600 for all 10 tickets to the 2 games. I am willing to sell the 2 games separately ($300 for 5) , but will be first come first serve if someone wants the weekend package. Call Jana Albers at 319-521-4224 or send an email at

Lost and Found:

A silver toned water pitcher was found in one of the meeting rooms last week. It can be picked up from the front desk.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo April 29, 2011

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