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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

College for Kids enters 24th year
Registrations closed for 2010


College for Kids

Since 1987, Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids has provided summer enrichment opportunities for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students in Area 10.

Nearly 1,000 students will participate in the 2010 College for Kids sessions planned June 14-25 and July 12-23. Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:50 a.m. at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Registration for both 2010 sessions is now closed.

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids is a summer enrichment program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to talented and gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

New courses for the 2010 includes The Holocaust, various engineering focused classes, Weather, Scandal Rocks the 1920s, Environmental Art, and Broadway Musicals.

Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, explained that students who are eligible have the opportunity to participate in College for Kids. “ Students are identified for either the College for Kids Academic Enrichment strand or the Art/Fine Art strand by their school,” Green explained. 

“Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered an introduction to advanced curricula more commonly found at the high school and college level,” she continued. “Students can also select classes to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.”

Green estimates that more than 11,900 students in Area 10 have participated in approximately 600 different College for Kids classes since the program began in 1987. “College for Kids has experienced a long history of success due to the ongoing support of students, parents, teachers, and the course instructors,” Green commented.

For more information about College for Kids, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, at Ext. 6775, or e-mail to

IPERS Contribution Rates are Changing

Below is a table of the current IPERS contribution rates and rates for the next two years.  Beginning with the July 9, 2010 paychecks, Grant Wood AEA employees will have a 0.20% increase in their IPERS withholding.  To access your IPERS account, review the member handbook or other benefit information go to

IPERS Regular Members – Contribution Rate Schedule




July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010  




July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011  




*July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012  




* IPERS legislation in the 2010 session HF 2518 (some rounding may occur)

DIBELS Next (7th edition) release Adobe PDF logo

The Dynamic Measurement Group has recently released DIBELS Next (7th edition). The attached document provides an overview and some of the changes in the assessment. GWAEA will transition to the new edition for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year and will support districts to make the transition as well. Due to the changes within the assessments materials and some of the scoring procedures, the GWAEA norms for the K – 6 reading will not be valid to use with the new edition. Normative information will be available on the DIBELS website in August. Efforts to support AEA and LEA are underway.

AEA staff

  • The website offers the bench marking and progress monitoring assessment probes for free down load.

  • A group will be providing training information at August region meetings to explain changes and answer questions.

  • Please plan to take the DIBELS section out of the CBM binder with you to the August region meeting to receive printed DIBELS Next benchmarking materials as replacement.

  • Please plan to return the progress monitoring binder to the SDC, a reminder notice will go out next week.

  • Staff can request the progress monitoring assessment materials on a CD, can access them through the GW intranet, or can download them to a zip drive.

  • All DIBELS Next materials are being loaded to the GW intranet and will be available to staff in early June.


  • Please communicate with districts that we are supporting the new edition – DIBELS Next. Information about the new edition will be going out to Superintendents and other administrative staff soon.

  • Training information provided at the August region meeting will also be available to districts through a webinar on our home page.

  • The print shop will continue to provide printing of the scoring booklets to meet district requests. These will now require legal size paper.

  • Remind district staff that they will not be able to use the GW norms for K – 6 for reading to compare data. They will need to refer to the DIBELS website for normative data.

If you have questions, please contact your RA.

Web IEP Link Added to Grant Wood AEA Website

Some of our clients use the Web IEP site extensively. To accommodate their usage, we have placed a link on the Grant Wood AEA home page titled “Web IEP.” When users click on that link, they will see multiple links for support information related to special education and to IEPs. At the top of the list is the link for logging into the Web IEP system. This will allow those who use the Web IEP system to access it quickly with only two clicks. If your work involves Web IEPs or working with those who have to do the inputting, please share this with them.

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!

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.  


Molly Hopp, GWAEA school psychologist, and husband, Aaron, are the proud parents of Benjamin Martin Hopp, born on May 25. Benjamin is 7 lbs. 5 oz. and is welcomed by big brother, Henry.  

Thank you!

Dear Ron and AEA 10 Staff,

Thank you for the honor of the Leadership and Learning award. Not only is the award beautiful, but the meaning is even more so.

Iowa eduation has been my joy. I hope it will continue to be yours.


Judy Jeffrey

Thank you... everyone for all your help, support, cards, flowers, calls, gift certificates, wonderful meals and all work that you’ve so graciously done for me during my time off.  
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all you’ve done.  I am truly blessed to be part of such a great group of people.
Thank you.

Ann Kessler

Thank you...

Thank you to all who donated glasses (Lions Club) and cell phones for the Domestic shelter.
It is greatly appreciated
Mary Van Voltenburg

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

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.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo May 28, 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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