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May 28, 2012

Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day


June 13, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


Summer Hours:

June 18 - Aug. 10, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


All-Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012 (morning)

The Concert Hall at
College Community


In this issue:

Added days available for June Professional Development
iPad Update
Org Leadership Team Celebrated Its Graduation
A Note from the Business Office
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Summer 2012 Iowa Core Teacher Quality Learning Opportunity for AEA Staff
Iowa Core
TQ Proposal Due Date is June 8
GWAEA Webinars
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues


May 25, 2012

May 18, 2012

May 11, 2012

May 4, 2012

April 27, 2012

April 20, 2012

April 13, 2012

April 6, 2012

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




Added Days Available for June Professional Development

6910-11-01  iPad Basics, June 18, 8:30-11:30am
6909-11-01  iPad Beyond Basics, June 18, 12:30-3:30pm

19101-11-01 Behavior Management Software in PowerSchool, June 21, 8:30-11:30 am (contracted staff only)
6910-11-02  iPad Basics, June 22, 8:30-11:30am
6909-11-02  iPad Beyond Basics, June 22, 12:30-3:30pm
19092-11-01  Decision-Making for Results, June 26-27, 9:00-3:00 (contracted staff only)
Eligible staff to be paid through added days include CONTRACTED staff that managers believe would benefit from the training.  CLASSIFIED staff may attend the iPad training through added days ONLY if they have an agency-issued iPad.  SUB/TEMP staff are not eligible for added days.
Staff must register for the session(s) via our Professional Development website (GWAEA Staff Training) by noon June 13th to be eligible for added days.  Professional Development will notify Kelley Martin of registrants who will be included in the added days requests to be approved at the Board meeting June 13.  Due to this special one-time process, managers do not need to submit an added days request.  
Once added days are Board approved, staff will receive an added days calendar and time card.  These are delivered to staff region inboxes.  Staff should make special arrangements with their secretary if the added days paperwork is to be sent elsewhere.


Staff should attach a copy of their professional development certificate of attendance along with their completed time card.


If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,, 399-6517.

The Bulletin Board will resume publication on June 8.

iPad Update 5/25/12

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

If you are leaving the agency, please make an appointment with either Jonathan Wylie (  or
Stacy Behmer ( to turn in your device.

Please DO NOT van mail it back or just drop it off. We need to check everything in. The appointment will only take a few minutes. You will need to turn in: iPad, case, and charger.


iPad Professional Development
We will be offering workshops for AEA staff only this summer on June 18th and June 22nd. There will be two sessions each day. The morning session will be iPad Basics: Getting to Know Your iPad and the afternoon will be a more advanced session Beyond the Basics: iPad Essentials. See the professional development site to sign up.

This summer we will be preparing more iPad professional development opportunities for our staff. We need to know what your wants and needs are as we prepare these sessions. Please take 5 minutes to fill out an GWAEA Staff iPad PD Needs Assessment, so we can try to address your specific needs.



This week’s App of the Week - Touch and Write - comes from Ying Liu, one of our Grant Wood AEA Speech- Language Pathologists. This colorful and highly interactive app is ideal for early writing skills, but, as you will read in her review, Ying also uses it to help reinforce some of the speech and language goals she has for her students. Read more about Touch and Write on the GWAEA iPad Project site.


Final App Order of the Year & Complete the Data Collection Survey
We are opening the Agency iPad App Order one more time this year.  There are 3 different kinds of people who could be ordering apps, read carefully, so you know who you are and how many apps you may order at this time. We will be placing another order when people return in August. If you don’t know how many apps you have previously ordered you may go to Google Docs and search for your doc with iPad Redeem Codes and that will tell you how many and what apps you have already been given. NO APP ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNLESS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE DATA COLLECTION SURVEY.   You need to be logged into your Agency Google Account to access these surveys.

1. If you have completed the data collection survey and have previously ordered 10 apps then you may order 3 additional apps.
2. If you have completed the data collection survey and have previously ordered fewer than 10 apps then you may order 5 additional apps.
3. If you have completed the data collection survey and have not previously ordered any apps you may order up to 10. (You will need to attend a session to activate your Agency Apple ID and get your codes for the first time)

Orders are due Friday, May 25, 2012 at 4pm. No exceptions!
May Agency App Order

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 8, 2012  -  Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year (July 2011 – June 2012) invoicing requests.

  • June 30, 2012  -  Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2011 – June 2012).

  • June 30, 2012  -  Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2011 – June 2012).

Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Org Leadership Team Celebrated Its Graduation

Wednesday, the Organization Leadership Cadre of Mark Hartung, Barb Hunt,
Mary Crandall
, and Kay Schieffer celebrated the culmination of their learning program by presenting to a group of agency managers and past and present Organization Leadership members.


The team shared some of the activities they were involved with and what they had learned through participation in the Organization Leadership program.


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.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for archives of the Grant Wood AEA webinars.

Summer 2012 Iowa Core Teacher Quality Learning Opportunity for AEA Staff

Assessment for Learning Course facilitated in collaboration with the Iowa DE Assessment Team

GWAEA staff members are invited to participate in this learning this June. Compensation will be provided through Iowa Core TQ.  


Registration for this learning must be submitted by May 29. For more details, see article in the May 11 issue of The Bulletin Board. Questions? Contact Julie Foltz (Instructor on Record) or Myra Hall.


4575-11-01 Using the Iowa Assessment for Learning Modules with District Collaborative Learning Teams
Five full days in June 2012
Monday, June 4
Thursday, June 7
Thursday, June 14
Monday, June 18
Thursday, June 21

TQ Proposal Due Date is June 8

Please submit proposals for agency, region, discipline, program or individual professional development by June 8.  Use the new TQ proposal form that is from the Teacher Quality link on the staff portal. 


Questions? Contact: Lisa Haverkamp, Paul Kiburz, Susan Parker, Priscilla Polehna, Hillary Prall, and Sherry Sines.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – May 2012

Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:


For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 1944 Haddorff Vertichord studio PIANO. $200 OBO. Would consider donating it to a care center or church. Holds tuning for years and has lovely tone. QUEEN SIZE BED w frame: Lebeda Extra Firm "Backbracer" mattress and box springs. Very clean with original cloth cover on mattress. $200 OBO.  Mount Vernon.


For sale: Haier window air conditioner. 5,200 BTU, 5.0 amps, 3- mode cooling settings. Model: HWFO5XCB. Asking $50.00. Contact Kim at 399-6838.


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