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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

Negotiations Update

Bargaining sessions were held Tuesday, April 6, and the Agency and Association are pleased to announce that tentative agreements have been reached for 2010-11 for both Contracted and Classified Staff.
Information on the tentative agreements will be provided to staff at a ratification meeting.  It’s anticipated this meeting will be held sometime the week of April 12, with participation available at both the 6th Street and Coralville facilities.  Once final arrangements have been made, the Association will be communicating further details about the meeting.  The tentative agreements are scheduled for presentation to the Agency Board of Directors at their next regular meeting on Wed, April 21.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

The national Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s.

The month of April is recognized as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Members of the Grant Wood AEA Autism Core Team are available to provide consultation, information and coordination of plans for students with autism and related disorders, and their families. Contact any of the staff members pictured for information.

Watch next week's issue of The Bulletin Board as information about the Autisum Core Team continues



Physical education, specially designed if necessary is required by federal law for ALL students with disabilities.  Many students with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty in physical education classes. Resources to address student and teacher need in this area have been amassed through a special ARRA project.  Check out the GWAEA Adapted Physical Education website for more information at

Customized support for physical educators, special educators, or building teams is available on request.  Materials, instructional practices, equipment and training are readily available.  Contact Ann Griffin at

Front row, left to right: Margo Grolmus, Michelle Sunner. Back row, left to right: Jessica Beem, Kelly Trier, and Elizabeth Delsandro.



Ann Griffin, adapted physical education consultant and member of the Autism Core Team. 

"Impacting Lives for 35 Years"
2010 Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet, Thursday, April 22, 2010

Congratulations to the honorees and Grant Wood AEA staff who will be honored during the 2010 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet on April 22.

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

Reservations are due Friday, April 16 to Cathy Nelson, Ext. 6544.

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: Due April 16, 2010.
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.

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

Health Screen Blood Profile planned during April

Grant Wood AEA will be facilitating a Health Screen Blood Profile in April. The cost of the blood profile is $19.00 – the same as last year.  Spouses of employees may also participate at this cost.  Please bring a check made out to Grant Wood AEA that morning.

You do not need an appointment; just leave your name, by phone or e-mail, with the location secretary listed below.  Please let Barb or Nancy know by April 15 if you plan to participate.

6th Street Facility-Staff Conference Room
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737


Coralville Facility-Room B
Thursday, April 29, 20010
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211

Be sure to fast at least 12 hours before the test.  A light snack will be available after the blood draw.

Assessment for Learning, April 21, 2010, 5-8 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA

Dr. Margaret Heritage will describe the purpose and elements of formative assessment, or assessment for learning. Matt Townsley will present formative assessment practices that he has been using in his secondary math class.

Audience: Superintendents, School Board Members, Community Members, Educators, Parents

Registration Deadline: April 16, 2010 - Workshop fees: $10 (includes a light meal)
Click here for a link to a printable flyer for more information [136 KB]

AEA 267 names new chief administrator

Roark Horn, currently the superintendent at Hudson Community School District, has been selected as the new chief administrator for AEA 267. Prior to being hired as the superintendent at Hudson, Horn held positions as superintendent at Northeast Hamilton Community Schools, principal at Jesup High School and language arts teacher at Jesup. He is in the process of completing his doctorate in education from UNI.

Current administrator Dr. Dean Meier will retire in June.

Distribution of The Linker, Summer 2010

The Summer 2010 issue of Grant Wood AEA's The Linker has been distributed. Please contact Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office, Ext. 6824, for a copy or click on the following link to access a portable document format copy (PDF):

In the Fall of 2010, The Linker will celebrate 30 years of publication, providing how-to articles and practical information to educators. With a quarterly distribution of 9,000 copies, The Linker reaches area educators, school board members, legislators, libraries, and professors of education, as well as AEA staff.

Watch for more information in the fall.


The Linker


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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

2010 MoneySmart Conference, Saturday, April 24

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeanne Hogarth with the Federal Reserve Bank. This conference offers a wealth of financial education, without sales pitches or pressure. Enjoy a continental breakfast and attend a variety of sessions on saving and investing your money.

The conference is Saturday morning, April 24 at Kirkwood Community College. Doors open for registration at 7:45 a.m. The conference ends with door prizes at 12:15 p.m.

To register and view the program, go to There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited.

Bookshare 101 for Parents Webinar
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Noon - CDT

Join Bookshare and the Iowa Department of Education to learn about free reading resources for qualified Iowa students.  Students who struggle with reading due to a print disability like blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, and severe learning disabilities like dyslexia qualify for free access to Bookshare, a nonprofit online library with over 68,000 digital books and free assistive reading software that can be installed at home.  In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What is Bookshare?

  • How does Bookshare help students with print disabilities?

  • Who is eligible for Bookshare and how do students sign up?

  • How can parents help their children?

Click here for a registration link.


  • to Jayne Berglund, daughter of Cathie Stutsman, GWAEA school social worker, on being named to the All Iowa Academic Team and a 2010 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar.

  • to Lori and Chad Brown on the birth of their son, Ethan Chad Brown, on March 25. Ethan weighed 9 lb. 7 oz., and 20 inches long. Chad is a former GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

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

Click here for details.

Items wanted for Friends of the Shelter Garage Sale

Payton Frank (Todd Frank’s daughter) is helping collect items/monetary donations for the Friends of the Shelter Garage Sale now through May 5. The proceeds (100%) will be used to help fund the Vinton Animal Shelter.  Any items that can be sold would greatly be appreciated.  A box for items is located in Ann Kessler/Jan Baburek’s area and Stacy Murphy has an envelope for monetary donations. Perfect timing for spring cleaning. Any donation would be appreciated!

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 9, 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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