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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
TransformED. Education. With a future.
Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
Applications available for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program
AEA PD Online Needs Instructors
Reception celebrating the career of Karen Thorpe, College Community Schools
Appreciation Reception for Dr. Ron Fielder...
You are invited to an Open House reception honoring..
Farewell get-together for Debbie Crane and Don Sievers

A retirement reception for...
IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar
2011 Run, Walk & Roll! to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Iowa
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
Autism expert Scott Bellini to present at Grant Wood AEA on Aug. 4
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 20, 2011

Mark your calendars!

May 30, 2011


Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day

June 22, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting

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


All Agency Inservice, Concert Hall at College Community


TransformED. Education. With a future.

TransformED is a new initiative launched on May 19 by SourceMedia Group (formerly Gazette Communications).

A goal of the new initiative is to create a community conversation focusing on the importance of educational transformation.

The initiative began with the launch of a new website and a five-minute video. Trace Pickering, GWAEA coordinator of innovation/organizational effectiveness, appears in the video. Trace explained that the video and website hopes to create a community conversation on the critical need for educational transformation.

"The TransformED site begins with a five-minute video that talks about the need for transformative change to the educational system and how we deliver learning to students. This site hopes to become a central focal point for discussion, debate, and action around education in the Corridor."

To learn more, visit TransformED.

Starr Books held in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

The Media Center hosted Starr Books on
Friday, May 20.

On display were new materials in the
Media Center.

For more information, contact Melva Starr, ext. 6454 or Char Haddy, ext. 6750.


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

AEA PD Online Needs Instructors



Have you been interested in delivering professional development courses and teaching online? The AEAs,
through their joint initiative AEA PD Online, are looking for experienced online instructors or those that are
interested in learning how. We are assisting current professional development provider with modifying their
face-to-face courses for an online setting, and helping new instructors develop an online course.

For more information on where to start, visit our website at, click on "AEA PD Online"
from the left, and then select the "Instructor Toolbox" link down below. Also, feel free to contact Evan Abbey ( with your questions.

You are cordially invited to a reception celebrating the career of...

Karen Thorpe at College Community Schools

Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prairie High School, Study Hall Rooms


Appreciation Reception for
Dr. Ron Fielder...

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


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. 

Farewell get-together for Debbie Crane and Don Sievers

Staff of the Media Center will be hosting a farewell get-together on Wednesday, June 1 for Debbie Crane
and Don Sievers. Stop by some time during the day and see Debbie and Don.  

A retirement reception for....

Mike Kiely, Technology Support Supervisor and
Jerry Cochrane, Technology Facilitator

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 3:30 p.m.
Sixth Street Conference Center, Spring Room

Please stop by to wish Mike and Jerry well on their retirement.

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.

Autism expert Scott Bellini to present at Grant Wood AEA on Aug. 4

This workshop will provide an overview of a social skill instructional model developed by Dr. Scott Bellini.

The workshop integrates research on social-emotional functioning with effective strategies for teaching social skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The five-step model provides a systematic and comprehensive framework to guide parents and practitioners in the development and
implementation of social skills programming.

Dr. Bellini is currently the research and clinical director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University, an assistant professor with the IUB School Psychology program, and the director of the Social Skills Research Center. He is also the author of the book “Building Social Relationships,” which was recognized as the 2007 Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America. He has spoken nationally on the topic of social emotional functioning for children with ASD, particularly social skills programming and video self-modeling.


See attached flier for information.

Co-sponsored by Grant Wood AEA and East Central Iowa Autism Society.

Registration is available at
Workshop #: 19010-11-01
Registration Deadline: July 27, 2011 | Workshop Fees: $40
Refund Date: July 27, 2011

Additional information, see the attached flier.

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: Women's 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 20, 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 (

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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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