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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Educators Appreciate a Wide Variety of Agency Services
Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 8-13, 2011

Students to showcase STEM learning

Staff Update
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

KCRG TV-9 to broadcast series on "Bullying"
Reminder to schedule conference rooms prior to use
Thank you
Applications available for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program
Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
You are invited to an Open House reception honoring...
IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar
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
Vacancies, May 13, 2011

Mark your calendars!

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

Educators Appreciate a Wide Variety of Agency Services

In the recent customer satisfaction survey, which was completed in April, educators were asked, "Please list in rank order three AEA services you valued most during the last 12 months." Out of 2,124 survey respondents, 1403 provided one or more responses to this question.

Of course, comments covered a wide variety of people and things, including specific staff members or specific aspects of agency services such as PowerSchool, van delivery, videos or classes for relicensure. We categorized these remarks under broader headings to get a sense of what services are frequently mentioned.

Media services and Professional Development were the most universally appreciated. Below are all of the services that garnered one percent or more of all the responses:

































Curriculum, Instruction
and Asessment








Computer Services








School Psych
























Named a Staff Member




Iowa Core




Bullying & Multicultural




Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 8-13, 2011
"School Boards - Making a World of Difference"


We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication.Thank you!
(front row, left to right: Mary Meisterling, Dr. Lynne Cannon, Marlene L. Hill. Back row, left to right: Morris Greenfield, Marilyn Wirtz, Pamela Jacobs, and Robert Schneider. President Jim Green could not participate in the picture since he was attending an IA-SB board meeting out of town. Sue Gates was also unable to attend the board meeting.

Students to showcase STEM learning

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning will be the focus of the Corridor STEM Initiative Afterschool Grant Program Showcase planned for Thursday, May 19, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union, Second Floor Ballroom, Room 243, in Iowa City.

The showcase will feature presentations by students from the following schools demonstrating their STEM learning: Clear Creek Amana Middle School, Clear Creek Amana School District; Lemme and Grant Wood Elementaries in the Iowa City School District; Lincoln Elementary, Washington School District; Mount Vernon Middle School, Mount Vernon School District; Prairie Creek Intermediate and Prairie Point Middle School, College Community School District; Hiawatha Elementary, Cedar Rapids School District, Vernon Middle School, Marion Independent School District; and HLV Elementary, HLV School District.

Brief remarks will be delivered by Trace Pickering, Coordinator of Innovation and Organizational Effectiveness, Grant Wood Area Education Agency; and Dick Whitehead, Superintendent, College Community Schools. The keynote speaker will be Jenny Becker, Sr. Community Relations Specialist, Rockwell Collins.

For more information about the showcase, contact Nannette Gunn, GWAEA Teacher in Residence at ext. 6471 or

Staff Update

While staff have appreciated hearing the good news that nearly all those employees previously notified of reduction have now been provided recall opportunities, this has raised questions about how the budget has been affected due to recalling these staff. A review of the reductions and clarifying points about the recalls are provided below, and this summary may help to clear up some of the confusion.

  1. In February 2011, GWAEA delivered Reduction in Force (RIF) notices to affected staff. This initial reduction was the equivalent of 50 contracted FTE. Ten (10) of these reductions, however, were for re-structuring purposes (the job category of Inclusion Resource Specialist) rather than budgetary reasons, so the reduced FTE for budget purposes was the equivalent of 40 contracted FTE.

  2. Some decisions announced to the management team on 04/29/11 included:

    a) restoring 2.0 FTE back into the equity formula (region FTE),
    b) adding 1.0 FTE to PBIS (Agency-wide FTE), and
    c) adding .8 to 1.0 FTE with the new job category of Behavior Consultant (Agency-wide FTE).

    Consequently, up to four recall opportunities became available through this additional FTE; however the overall net reduction to this point is still 36 contracted FTE.

  3. The Agency has since reduced 6 additional contracted staff due to the potential reduction or elimination of empowerment funding, so the net reduction for budget reasons has now increased to 42 contracted FTE.

  4. The new FTE in PBIS and Behavior Consultant is designed to meet the growing needs expressed by Agency clients and stakeholders for assistance in the area of behavior. These positions/assignments are new and will expand two current programs that have been extremely successful in our AEA.

  5. There were a number of additional resignation/retirement notices after the RIF notices were provided in mid-February. Each resignation/retirement received after the RIF date created a recall opportunity in the contracted or classified employee groups. Consequently, the majority of recalls to date were not ‘adding back’ FTE, but instead were filling new openings that became available through resignations or retirements after staff reductions had been made.

  6. The latest actions that were shared on 04/29/11 (to restore up to 4.0 FTE) were not triggered by an overall change in funding expectations. A couple of unknowns that have become clearer since mid-February are the compensation packages and additional grant funding in the areas of learning supports and behavior.

  7. It is hoped the legislature will decide allowable growth in the coming days and, at that point, more decisions regarding FTE and staffing may be made. The latest reports from Des Moines, however, indicate this is not likely. Regrettably, talks about major cuts to the AEAs (in the $10-$20 million range) have resumed. No further staff reductions will be made at this point in the year if the proposed cuts do pass. Employees are welcome to contact their legislators regarding these proposed funding reductions and the potential implications for services that may result from these cuts. Please remember that any employee lobbying efforts to state legislators must not be done on agency stationery, agency email, agency telephones or during agency work hours (unless you are off contract when you do your correspondence or calling).

  8. As the Agency continues to adjust to the impact of budget constraints, all staff are encouraged to engage in the earnest conversations taking place to help influence and implement the necessary changes in service delivery that must occur to meet the needs of children, schools and families on an ongoing basis.

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.

June 10, 2011


Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year
(July 2010 – June 2011) invoicing requests.

June 30, 2011


Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year
(July 2010 – June 2011).

June 30, 2011


Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2010 – June 2011).

Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

KCRG TV-9 to broadcast series on "Bullying"

KCRG has recently produced seven segments on the topic of bullying, and four of them (highlighted in red) were taped in schools in AEA 10.  The dates and times are listed below.  The segments will be aired in their entirety on KCRG 9.2 (the digital sub-channel) on May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The first segment deals with the derogatory term that is sometimes directed towards students in special education.

I hope that you will find the information in the special report interesting, and relevant to the work that we do with students and staff in area schools.

·        May 16 at 6 p.m. “R-Word” (Prairie HS)

·        May 17 at 6 p.m. “Cyber Bullying” (UNI)

·        May 18 at 6 p.m. “Waterloo Hotline” (Waterloo East HS)

·        May 19 at 6 p.m. “Bullying Laws” (Kennedy HS, Cedar Rapids Police Department)

·        May 19 at 10 p.m. “Mean Girls” (Wickham Elementary School)

·        May 20 at 6 p.m. “Teenage Stories” (Kennedy HS)

·        May 21 at 6:30 p.m. “The Bully Project” (Waitt Institute, UNI)

For information, contact Anne Taylor, GWAEA school improvement consultant, ext. 6895.

Reminder to schedule conference rooms prior to use

Please remember to schedule the upstairs conference rooms in the Sixth St. office with a secretary to ensure the room has not previously been reserved by a colleague. The room schedules are printed and displayed outside the rooms; however, if a room is reserved AFTER the schedule is printed it will not appear. Thank you!

Thank you

Thank you to all for the hugs, phone calls, e-mails, texts, kind words, cards, and contributions to my brother Bill’s memorial.  It never ceases to amaze me what a compassionate, supportive, and caring group of people I’m fortunate enough to work with. Thanks to each one of you.  You made a very difficult time much easier to bear.

Jan Baburek

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. Despite economic challenges, CSL remains a strong and viable option for schools to develop and equip leaders throughout their organizations to both understand the effects of transformational change in education and other industries and how to leverage local resources and expertise to effectively position and advance schools in their efforts to create the Next Generation of schooling. CSL provides educators with the opportunity to spend six full days with Dr. Susan Leddick – one of the most respected and admired national leaders in educational design and transformation, as well as other educational leaders to engage and be immersed in learning about how to design their classroom and schools to maximize learning, improvement, and student learning. CSL consistently produces teachers and administrators ready and able to effectively engage in and lead change and improvement efforts in their schools.
When thinking about how to effectively deploy resources for maximum impact, CSL is a product that consistently delivers a strong value for our schools. We look forward to your participation by sending an individual or team to this cost effective, high-impact opportunity!
Trace Pickering

Registrations must be completed by May 31. Please click on the following link for information: To apply, visit

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Friday, March 20, 2011
8:00 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and new materials.

See attached flyer for information.


You are invited to an Open House reception honoring...

Kris Larson and Janean Pennington

Friday, May 27, 2011
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2603 Glen Elm Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids

Please join us to celebrate with Kris and Janean as they retire and move on to other adventures!  During the time that Kris and Janean have worked for Grant Wood Area Education Agency, they have worked primarily in the
Cedar Rapids School District. 

Reception for our retiring SLP's...

Rachel Elson-Canfield, Kris Larson, Mary Lukas, Jeannie Mueller, Sandy Show

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
3:00 p.m. - Program
Open House/Reception - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring Rooms

Appreciation Reception for Dr. Ron Fielder...

Thursday, May 26, 2011
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA Conference Center

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar


See attached for information.


Presented by: Leverentz Insurance & Financial Executives and your AEA

A service for AEA employees and spouses only

May 23 or 26 2011, 6-8 p.m. Cost: free

May 23 - Coralville Facility
May 26 - Sixth St. Facility

Topics will include:

- Understanding changes in IPERS
- Planning your retirement to maximize your IPERS
- Increasing the efficiency of your retirement plan
- Social Security and Healthcare as they pertain to
retired educators

SPACE IS LIMITED to 30 people. Call 319-248-3546 or email at to reserve your space today. Private consultations may be scheduled after the seminar.


2011 Run, Walk & Roll! to benefit the
Brain Injury Association of Iowa

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Lower City Park, Iowa City

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Race begins at 11:00 a.m.

For registration information, visit the Brain Injury of Iowa website.


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

Thank you to staff members who have expressed interest in this learning opportunity. The PD office is in the process of approving the course proposal and recertification credit option.  The registration link should be available soon.

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 Staff Members,

If interested, please plan to attend a learning session on Friday, June 10, 2011, Winter Room, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. facilitated by:
ARRA Project Learning Team:
Using SMART (Interactive White) Boards to Increase Student Engagement and Instructional Effectiveness
Participants will learn…
How to operate the GWAEA interactive white board equipment

Iowa Core 21st Century Skills, Technology Literacy and Literacy in Technical Subjects

How to apply this and other technologies in ways that are commensurate with characteristics of effective instruction
·       Student-centered classrooms

·       Teaching for learner differences

·       Assessment for learning

·       Rigorous and relevant content and tasks

·       Teaching for understanding

If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact Jan Baburek, ext. 6851.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

The webinars have concluded for this year. Visit the link above for 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: Schwinn 10-speed bicycle. Color: pink. $35. Contact George at 399-6714.

Wanted: Desperately seeking softball equipment, 13-13 1/2 glove, helmet with detachable face guard, aluminum bat. Call Dawn at 981-6371.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo May 13, 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.

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