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Mark your calendars!
ShoreTel Phone System Upgrade
Applications due May 31 for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program
You are invited to an Open House reception honoring..
Farewell get-together for Debbie Crane and Don Sievers

A retirement reception for...
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
Grant Wood AEA Summer Speech Institute 2011
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
Core Fitness coupon
Vacancies, May 27, 2011
Archive issues of The Bulletin Board

Mark your calendars!

May 30, 2011


Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day

June 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board of Directors - Work Session

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

ShoreTel Phone System Upgrade

On June 2, 2011 after 2:00 p.m. there will be a software upgrade on the Grant Wood AEA phone system main server and switches.  This upgrade could create disruptions in phone services on June 2nd throughout the evening. Check voicemail messages prior to this time in case messages are lost during the upgrade.
Please contact Technology Support at x6738 if you have any question regarding this upgrade.    

Applications due May 31 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

Thank you

Thank you to my fellow Grant Wood AEA staff members for the generous contributions of clothing, small toys and cash donations. Your kindness and compassion have touched my heart. I will be heading to Joplin, Missouri on Friday with a full vehicle!

A number of people have inquired about making monetary donations. I do know that these types of donations are desperately needed as well. If you are interested, my sister's church (South Joplin Christian Church) has partnered with another church in Joplin (First Christian Church) to set up a fund for the victims of this tragedy.



I am willing to take donations to pass on to them or you can send checks directly to:

First Christian Church
409 W. 4th Street
Joplin, Missouri 64801

Thanks again,
Amy Cameron






Congratulations to
Rachel Elson-Canfield,
Kris Larson, Mary Lukas, Jeannie Mueller, and
Sandy Show
who were honored for their years of service during a reception held on May 17.


An Appreciation Reception was held for
Dr. Ron Fielder on Thursday, May 26.

Dr. Fielder is departing as Grant Wood AEA
chief administrator after 24 years with the agency.



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.

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.

Grant Wood AEA Summer Speech Institute 2011:

Intervention Strategies to Enhance Social Communication, Self Regulation, and Learning for Individuals Across the Autism Spectrum

June 13 and 14, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids

This course will present evidence based practices blending developmental, social, and behavioral intervention approaches to enhance social communication and interaction, self regulation and learning for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the age span. Topics will include:

  • Current Research Regarding Etiology and Assessment in ASD

  • Social Communication, Intentionality, Play, Language, Discourse, and Self Regulation

  • Developing symbolic thought and active reasoning

  • Addressing echolalia

  • Developing social pragmatic communication

  • Addressing needs of children preverbal, emerging language and higher functioning communicators

The instructor is Lisa R. Audet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Kent State University. Dr. Audet has over 25 years experience working in the fields for speech-language pathology and special education.  Dr. Audet uses Evidence Based Practices blending developmental, social, and behavioral approaches to address the core features of autism, specifically joint attention, and social interaction and play in natural settings.

All are professionals and parents are welcome to enroll in this informative class. You do not need to be an SLP to attend. Register electronically for this class through the Professional Development section of the Grant Wood AEA website for course number 4488-10-01.

Total for non-credit = $170    Total for renewal credit = $195     Total for Drake EDEX graduate credit = $270 Lunch will be provided on both days.

See attached flyer 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.

Core Fitness coupon

Core Fitness, 1555 S. 1st Avenue, Iowa City and 1395 Jordan St., North Liberty offers a one week free trial.
Click here for the coupon and information.

Lost and Found:

Contact Cathy Nelson at the switchboard for any of the following items:

  • A silver hoop earring, about 1 inch in size

  • A Samsung cell phone, blue color. Battery is no longer charged to access name or phone.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo May 27, 2011

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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.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404