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April 6, 2012
Agency closes at 3 p.m.


April 11, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


All Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012 (morning)


In this issue:

How Did The Agency’s Conference Rooms Get Their Names?
Grant Wood AEA's Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) receives recognition
All-Agency Inservice, Aug. 13
2012 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet
Your Child's Future...The Possibilities are Endless
Linn-Mar Success Center Forum
Teacher Movie Night
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Lace Up For Learning
Iowa Core
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Proposal Application Date - April 18
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found
Vacancies, April 6, 2012


Past Issues


March 30, 2012

March 23, 2012

March 16, 2012

March 9, 2012

March 2, 2012

February 24, 2012

February 17, 2012

February 10, 2012

February 3, 2012

January 27, 2012

January 20, 2012

January 13, 2012

January 6, 2012

December 16, 2011

December 9, 2011

December 2, 2011

November 18, 2011

November 11, 2011

November 4, 2011

October 28, 2011

October 21, 2011

October 14, 2011

October 7, 2011
September 30, 2011

September 23, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 2, 2011

August 26, 2011

August 19, 2011

August 12, 2011

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board




How Did The Agency’s Conference Rooms Get Their Names?

Did you know in addition to the conference center rooms, we now have 5 small conference rooms located on the 1st floor?  A new small conference room (seats 8) was recently added in the Administration area across the hallway from the Observation Rooms.  All of these conference rooms may be reserved using the Room Scheduler.


While trying to name the new conference room, we learned the conference rooms on the 1st floor were named in honor of paintings created by the artist, Grant Wood.  The original conference rooms on the 2nd floor were named after counties in our service area – Benton, Johnson, Linn, Cedar, Iowa, and Jones.


Grant Wood Room – conference room across from receptionist
Grant Wood – artist (1981-1942) – Grant Wood was an American Regionalist painter born in 1891 to Quaker parents, Hattie Weaver and Francis Maryville Wood, on a farm near Anamosa, Iowa.  Wood's father moved his family to Cedar Rapids in 1901.  Immediately after he graduated from high school, Wood left Cedar Rapids for Minneapolis, where he attended art school. Wood returned to Cedar Rapids in 1911 and was a teacher in a one room school house in the country.


GWAEA Gothic room is the first conference room in the conference center.  This room is currently used for equipment storage.
painting - American Gothic (1930) – This painting is Grant Wood’s most famous painting.
In 1930, Grant Wood noticed the Dibble House, a small white house built in the Carpenter Gothic architectural style in Eldon, Iowa. Wood decided to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house."  His sister Nan (1899–1990) is the model for the woman, dressing her in a colonial print apron mimicking 19th century Americana. The man is modeled on Wood's dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby (1867–1950).  The image soon began to be reproduced in newspapers.  Wood received a backlash when the image finally appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Iowans were furious at their depiction as "pinched, grim-faced, puritanical Bible-thumpers".  One farmwife threatened to bite Wood's ear off. Wood protested that he had not painted a caricature of Iowans but a depiction of Americans.  Nan, apparently embarrassed at being depicted as the wife of someone twice her age, began telling people that the painting was of a man and his daughter.


GWAEA Winter Room / large conference room in conference center
painting - Winter (1928)


GWAEA Spring Room / large conference room in conference center
paintings - Spring Plowing (1931), Spring in the Country (1941) & Spring Turning (1936)


GWAEA Autumn Room / large conference room in conference center
paintings - Autumn Landscape (1926-1927) & Autumn Oaks (1933)


GWAEA Stone Room / medium size conference room in conference center 
Stone Barn (1919) & Stone City, Iowa (1930) - During the summers of 1932 and 1933, Grant Wood created the Stone City Colony and Art School. The Colony was headquartered in the large, limestone mansion of the Green Estate, overlooking Stone City.


GWAEA Revere Room / medium size conference room in conference center
painting -The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1931)


GWAEA Hoover Room / small conference room next to Joe Crozier’s office
painting - Birthplace of Herbert Hoover (1931)


GWAEA Arbor Room / small conference room next to Maria Cashman’s office
painting - Arbor Day (1932)

GWAEA Indian Creek Room / small conference room next to Maria Cashman’s office
painting - Peter Funcke at Indian Creek (1910-1920)
Who was Peter J. Funcke?  Peter J. Funcke resided in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lived to be 100 years old. In his teens he was painted by the artist, Grant Wood.   Peter retired from the Cedar Rapids Police Dept. in 1952 and from Collins Radio in 1966.


GWAEA Turner Room - small conference room in the administration hallway
No. 5 Turner Alley - Grant’s friend David Turner hired Grant to redecorate an old mansion in Cedar Rapids to be Turner’s Funeral Home.  Mr. Turner realized that Grant was interested in the brick barn behind the Funeral Home, so he offered the hayloft to Grant as a studio space. Grant fixed up the property at his own expense, but Mr. Turner did not charge him any rent. This hayloft would soon become home for Grant and his family, and it was known as No. 5 Turner Alley. They lived there from 1924 to 1934.


painting - Portrait of John B. Turner, Pioneer (1928-1930) – John B. Turner was the father of Wood’s main patron in Cedar Rapids.


GWAEA Sunlit Studio - small conference room in the administration hallway (with a window!)
painting - Sunlit Studio (1925-1926)


(Thanks to Kim Martin, GWAEA Board Secretary, for compiling the information The text has been added to the "About GWAEA" section of the website.)

Grant Wood AEA's Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) receives recognition

The Brain Injury Association of Iowa's East Central Chapter held its annual Awards and Recognition Celebration March 27 at the Hallagan Center, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Grant Wood AEA's BIRT Team was recognized for all it does for children with brain injuries that evening.


Members of the team include:  Victoria Klein-Girard, Patrick Lussenhop, Kelley Martin, Megan Matthews, Renee Moravec, Jack Rainey, and Pam Watkins.  If you are interested in becoming a BIRT team member, please contact Kelley Martin at 399-6801 or


Mark your calendars for the All-Agency Inservice planned the morning of Aug. 13, 2012.

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



All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

Ponderosa Hall & Ballroom
195 1st Street S.

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


Click to access the banquet invitation. Printed copies are available if needed. See Cathy at the front desk for a registration form.

GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $5

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $20 per person


Reservations: Due April 18, 2011


Groups may reserve a table. Please submit all reservation requests to Cathy Nelson at Sixth Street, ext. 6544.


Parent Transition Night

"Your Child's Future...The Possibilities are Endless"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

6:00-8:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids

Mark your calendars now for the first annual transition conference, "Your Child's Future…The Possibilities are Endless." This workshop will provide valuable information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services.


The keynote speaker will be Michael Kutcher, twin brother of actor Ashton Kutcher. Michael is an effective national cerebral palsy advocate and a passionate motivational speaker. His personal story of living with CP and his journey to overcome challenges in order to live a typical life is inspirational. Michael graduated from Mount Mercy University with a degree in Business Management and Finance and lives in Cedar Rapids with his son.


There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and informational booths for parents and professionals to learn a wide variety of services in the area of living, learning and working. Door prizes will be presented.


To register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development website and click on course number 19052-11-01.



See flyer for information




Session information

Linn-Mar Success Center Annual Transition Topics and Agencies Open Forum

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Linn-Mar Success Center, 1055 Linden Dr. Suite B, Marion, Iowa



Options of Linn County      




U of IA (REACH Program)

Discovery Living



Systems Unlimited

Additional Agency Representation

Abbe Center    




Big Brothers/Big Sisters  


Drop In Program

Autism Society

Camp Courageous


For information, contact Patricia Chalupsky, Program Coordinating Teacher,
Linn-Mar Success Center, 319-373-4847.


Sponsored by Pearson and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Join us for a free screening of Mitchell 20—an inspiring documentary about teacher quality—and a panel discussion with area educators.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Registration: 5 p.m.

Movie Time: 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Conference Center


Registration is available at


See flyer for details.


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.

5th Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday May 12

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 12 at Kingston Stadium. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation. For race information, visit

Iowa Core Learning Opportunities for AEA Staff

The following learning opportunities are available for AEA 10 staff members. Compensation for time beyond contract day will be provided through Iowa Core Teacher Quality funds.  If you have any questions, requests, suggestions… please contact Myra Hall: 319-350-5464 (cell), 319-399-6820 (VM), Contact Jan Baburek to sign up: 319-399- 6851,
Online Modules for Instructional Coaching: Introduction and exploration of state-developed resources for individual or collaborative team learning:
April 9, 2012   3:30 - 5:30

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

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is April 18

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link. Please use the updated proposal template from the web.


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, January 2012

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – March 2012

  • Beacons of Best Practice: Sound Articulation Treatment by Jennifer Taps, May 4, 2012, 8:30 – 4  Workshop number: 19040-11-01

  • Response to Intervention Overview
    The Iowa Department of Education RtI Team will present information about Iowa's plan for Response to Intervention.
    April 20, 2012
    Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street SW
    Audience:  K-6 teachers, K-6 District Leaders (Superintendents, Principals, Building Leadership Teams, Special Education Directors, Curriculum Directors, and AEA Personnel
    19076-11-01 8:30 - 11:30
    19076-11-02 12:30 - 3:30
    Registration: Complete registration form or register electronically at least two weeks in advance
    Presenters:  Iowa Department of Education’s RtI Transformation Team

Technology Integration Opportunities:


Technology Tools Team with Teaching Literacy Webinar  



3:45 PM-4:45 PM 


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:



Social Work Ethics  



12:45 PM-4PM 


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.


Containers such as empty plastic coffee cans, empty oatmeal canisters, etc to be collected and sent to Ann Kessler.  Requested by the Early ACCESS Autism Team members.


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.


Lost and Found:

Lost: 20-30 professional books. Many have Mike Ostlund’s name on the inside cover. Please contact him if you have seen any of these books:

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo April 6, 2012


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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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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