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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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Mark your calendars!

May 31


Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day

June 21- Aug. 13


GWAEA summer hours

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Agency wireless network upgrade planned May 26
Ethernet will be needed for Internet access

On Wednesday, May 26, an upgrade of the wireless network in the Conference Center / Lab is planned. This upgrade will provide better access for guests in the Conference Center and Lab.

Due to installation of the new equipment, GWAEA staff and guests should plan on the wireless being down in the entire building for the day.  Anyone working in the Sixth St. facility on May 26 should use an Ethernet cable for Internet access while the upgrade is completed.

Grant Wood AEA receives award as IOWATER Classroom of the Year

Grant Wood AEA was honored as the IOWATER Classroom of the Year for the IGISST Project during the organization's 10-year Water Monitoring Conference & IOWATER Open Forum, held April 9-10, 2010 at Iowa State University in Ames.

Christopher Soldat, GWAEA curriculum consultant (left) accepted the award on behalf of the agency, the consultant team, and partners from the University of Iowa and IOWATER. The IGISST Project (Inquiry: Geographic Information Systems in Science Teaching) is a three-year math and science partnership aimed at improving science education in grades 6-12. The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grant is a professional development grant awarded by the Department of Education and the Board of Regents.

Since the program's inception three years ago, approximately 40 science teachers have been trained in IOWATER methods, and more than 1,000 students have participated in IOWATER classroom activities. IGISST helps teachers meet the Iowa Core's goals of problem-based learning in the classroom by using real-world examples of water quality in the student's environment. Congratulations!



Christopher Soldat

Technology Survey of All GWAEA Staff

Over the past few months, we have had a team of representatives from multiple disciplines come together to discuss how to move the agency forward with technology for the 21st Century. Part of this team’s responsibilities is to create an action plan for the 2010-2011 school year that will begin the process of improving all staff members’ technology skills. These skills include, but are not limited to, Microsoft Office tools, Google Apps, Agency web tools, and other web 2.0/innovative technologies.
Please fill out this year's staff technology skills survey. The survey is intended to give us data that will allow our agency to create professional development around technology that better meets your needs and skill areas. The survey should take you 10-15 minutes. All data received is anonymous. We do ask that you identify your region and discipline area. By doing this, we will be able to share your discipline and region data with you to help your leads/links plan a customized professional development program rather than a one size fits all. For example: The data could show that the math team is highly skilled in video conferencing tools (Skype); so training on those tools would be counter productive. Instead they may instead need training on collaborative tools such as Google Docs.
We plan to give this survey again next spring to help our agency measure our growth in technology. It will also allow to us to make correlations with the support we are giving schools in 21st Century Skills as well.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey!

Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 21-Aug. 13, 2010

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the third Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.

Final date for 09-10 Teacher Quality Professional Development Proposals is June 2, 2010

Applications are available on the TQ portal on the AEA website. Please contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator, if you have questions.  

Retirement Celebrations




A Retirement Party for Nancy Dearborn, GWAEA school psychologist, will be held Thursday, June 10 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.on the patio at Mulligan's Pub, 1060 Old Marion Rd., Cedar Rapids. Live Music by Jason Ray Brown, The One Man Band.


A retirement reception was held for Nancy Fesenmeyer, GWAEA speech-language pathologist, and Jan Ahlberg, GWAEA physical therapist (right) on May 13 at the Coralville Facility.



Thank you!

Thank you, Early Childhood collegues, for the kind words and the ceramic mug I received for my retirement. I will have fond memories of our department whenever I use it. I will miss each and every one of you!

 Thank you,

Merla Rosekrans, Early Childhood Screener

Book donations wanted

Van Buren Elementary is having book bonanzas so that children in poverty have access to print materials in their homes.  They would like to send every child preK-5th grades home with five high interest books for the summer.  If you have gently used or would be willing to purchase or donate money for this effort, please contact Emily Thomson at Ext. 6567 or Books will be chosen on the last day of school, June 10, 2010.  Please have books or money to Emily by June 3, 2010.  High interest books are nonfiction books, chapter books for 5th graders, Goose Bump books and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Community Baby Shower/Resource Fair planned June 2

I am helping out with the Community Baby Shower/Resource Fair, which is being held on June 2 at Hawkeye Downs.  This is sponsored by HACAP, Head Start, WIC, Parent Education Consortium, Young Parents Network, and Salvation Army. We are currently registering families and hope to have around 400 families registered by the time of the event.  The families that attend the Baby Shower will have an opportunity to have their young children screened for hearing, vision and developmental. This baby shower will also include information about WIC services, Head Start and many other fmily services in our community. Many of these families are low income or without work.

Your donation would be very important this year because in the past we have had some big sponsors that no longer have the funds to support us. The following are items that could be donated:

Baby diapers (all sizes)
Baby wipes
Baby shampoo
Baby soap
Baby onesies
Newborn baby receiving blankets

Please bring your donation to Grant Wood AEA (Northern facility) and drop it in the box upstairs outside of Central FIle. Thank you so much for helping to support these young families in our community!

Donna Matthews, Child Support Specialist

Sam's Club Trial Membership Offer, May 28-June 6 - 15 weeks for $15

Dex Phone Books Now Available

The Cedar Rapids Dex phone books have arrived. If you need one, please stop by the front desk and ask the receptionist for a copy. If you work out of the Coralville office or mostly off-site and want one sent to you via agency van, send an email request to Cathy Nelson (

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

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Free to a good home:

SIx-year old female cat. Payton is a very loving orange tiger cat. She is spayed and declawed in front. Call Angela at 329-3816.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo May 21, 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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