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Bulletin Board


May 9, 2012
GWAEA Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.


All-Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012 (morning)


In this issue:

Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 6-12, 2012
2012 GWAEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet
Banquet survey
Board policies distributed annually
iPad Update
What is AEA PD Online?
Contemporary School Leadership
Focus on Bullying
Our Condolences
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Summer 2012 Iowa Core Teacher Quality Learning Opportunity for AEA Staff
Iowa Core
GWAEA Webinars
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues


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




Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 6-12, 2012
"Sowing the Seeds for Success"

Volunteer school board members serve thousands of hours each year working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education.


Grant Wood Area Education Agency is joining with Iowa communities this spring to honor its elected board members during Iowa School Board Recognition Week,
May 6-12.




This year’s theme —“Sowing the Seeds for Success”—recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are prepared to “grow and prosper” when they graduate.


A nine-member board of directors elected by area school boards governs Grant Wood AEA. Board members represent designated segments of the agency’s service area called director districts. They are elected for four-year rotating terms by the school district board members in their director districts. The board is responsible for approving AEA policies, programs and budget.


"Education is the foundation of unlimited possibilities for students," said GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier. "School board members volunteer their time because they care about students, schools and the communities they serve. We count on school board members for their leadership in providing educational programs in which all students perform at high levels. Thank you for your service to the students in the Grant Wood Area Education Agency service area."


We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication.


Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009

Lynne Cannon,

Director District 3
Joined 1980

Sue Gates
Director District 4
Joined 2003

Marlene L. Hill
Director District 5
Joined 2002

Robert Schneider

Director District 6
Joined 2002

Jim Green, President
Director District 7
Joined 1995

Morris Greenfield
Director District 8
Joined 2000

Mary Meisterling
Director District 9
Joined 2005

2012 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet, Thursday, May 3


Congratulations to the honorees and Grant Wood AEA staff recognized during the
2012 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, May 3, at the Ponderosa Hall & Ballroom in Walford.



Iowa City's Wickham Elementary School was the recipient of an Educational Partner award.


Among those honored were 16 Grant Wood AEA retirees with a total of 270 years of service to the agency.





Banquet Survey

Please complete a survey about the annual recognition event at

Board policies distributed annually

Policies related to 1) equity in employment, programs and services, 2) harassment and bullying, and 3) substance-free workplace are distributed on an annual basis. Click on links below to access each policy and administrative regulation.


Policy # 4119 – Equity in Employment, Programs and Services
Administrative Regulation # 4119A - Equity in Employment Programs and Services Complaint Procedure


Policy # 4123 Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying
Administrative Regulation # 4123A - Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying


Policy # 4175 Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace
Administrative Regulation # 4175A - Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Martin, Board Secretary. For additional policy information, refer to on-line policy manual accessible from GWAEA Staff page on the Grant Wood AEA website.

iPad Update 5/4/12

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

IMPORTANT- iPad Usage Data Collection Time

The iPads have been in our hands for most of the year and our Board is interested in how we are using the devices. We need to get some initial baseline data about if and how they are helping us meet our agency goals.


  • develop and use data systems that measure the impact of your decisions and actions

  • utilize resources efficiently and effectively

  • advance learning, innovation and creativity

  • develop integrated, customized solutions for the schools you work with

  • implement effective service delivery

We are also asking ALL staff who received an iPad to complete the survey and those who have received agency purchased apps to give us some additional information about what apps they received and how they are using them.


Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey to provide us with this information and share any stories about how you are using the device in your work. The link to the survey is on the GWAEA iPad website or can be found here:


Please complete the survey by Friday, May 11, 2012. Thank you and contact Stacy Behmer, if you have any questions.

iPad User Group
There has been a lot of great information about free apps and what apps people have been using and how they have been using them on the user group lately. If you are not signed up, I’d suggest you take a look and consider at least signing up and getting one email a day to keep you in the loop and further your own learning!
GWAEA User Group: How are you using your iPad? Share your success stories and find out about new apps to use. We will post announcements and information to this user group, so get signed up today!

Backing Up/ Locating Your Device- iCloud
We will be helping everyone set up iCloud when we see you at various meetings, but in order to set it up you NEED to have an Apple ID to backup your device. You may either use your agency Apple ID or you may use your personal account.

To turn on iCloud- Go to Settings > iCloud and type in your Apple ID and Sign in.
Then please turn on FIND MY iPAD. You may also turn on Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Documents & Data.

Doing this will let you:
1. Back up the data on your device
2. Let you log in to and locate your device

Professional Development
On May 23, 2012 there will be another chance for you to brush up on your iPad skills because we will be running a full day workshop called iPad Basics: Essential Skills for Educators. The course description is as follows:

“Are you a new iPad user? Are you looking to learn more about how to use the iPad in education? This iPad basics class will show you how to navigate the App Store like a pro! It will explore the features you need to know in the Settings menu, teach you how to master the core apps, and reveal how to make the iPad accessible to all learners.”

If you are interested in attending, registration details will be on the GWAEA PD site early next week. This workshop is open to AEA and LEA staff, so please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.

Another Reminder No More “”
We have removed access to the Apple Account. This means that you will not be able to update any apps that were downloaded on this account, or be able to sign in with this account to download any future apps. We have had some issues with people installing apps on that account and making purchases instead of using their agency Apple ID or personal Apple ID. This means the original apps that came on your device won’t be able to be updated. We are recommending you remove those apps and reinstall the ones you like on either your personal or agency account. Here are directions on how to transfer apps to another account.

If you want to see a list of the apps that were on the account, stop by the help desk and pick up a sheet with them listed.

What is AEA PD Online?

AEA PD Online offers facilitated online courses for license renewal or graduate credit, through our partnering institutions Drake, Morningside, and Viterbo. It also offer self-paced trainings and modules for on-demand professional development. This upcoming year, we will be supporting online communities of practice and innovation for Iowa’s K-12 educators.  


If you are considering teaching a course in a blended environment (part online and part face to face) and eventually maybe teaching a course entirely online AEA PD Online offers a series of courses to assist you in becoming an online instructor. Courses included in the OLLIE sequence are:

  • Introduction to the Online Learner (1 hr. credit)

  • Technology for Online Instruction (2 hr. credits)

  • Online Learning: Instructional Design (2 hr. credits)

  • Online Facilitation (2 hr. credits)

  • Online Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation (2 hr. credits)

We are highly recommending anyone who is utilizing an online format for a course complete as many of these courses as possible to gain expertise in teaching online. Technology for Online Instruction, Online Learning: Instructional Design and Online Facilitation are the essential courses for teaching online.

Completing the entire OLLIE sequence would make you eligible to become an instructor for AEA PD Online. Here is a link with more information about the OLLIE courses for AEA Staff only and becoming an instructor for AEA PD Online.  There will be an AEA OLLIE Cohort beginning in the September! Use this link for for more information about the online learning opportunities.

If you have any questions about AED PD Online or enrolling in the OLLIE courses to learn how to teach online please contact Stacy Behmer ( or Sherry Sines (

Grant Wood AEA's Contemporary School Leadership Program

Applications for 2012-2013 due June 1

Grant Wood AEA's Contemporary School Leadership Program will enter its 16th year during the 2012-2013 school year.


The Contemporary School Leadership (CSL) program is based on a common core of learnings about contemporary leadership designed for the 21st century context of education. As a part of CSL, participants will meet monthly at Grant Wood AEA; complete application assignments between sessions to deepen their learning; and, present a final project to synthesize their learning. 


See flyer for details.


CSL provides support for schools to develop and equip organizational leaders to understand the effects of transformational change in education and other industries. CSL leverages local resources and expertise to effectively position and advance districts in their efforts to create the Next Generation of schooling.


Participants have the opportunity to spend seven full days with Dr. Susan Leddick - one of the most respected and admired national leaders in educational design and transformation. CSL consistently produces teachers and administrators ready and able to effectively engage in and lead school change and improvement efforts. Over 500 area educators representing 33 school districts have participated in CSL.


Registrations for CSL must be completed by June 1, 2012. Online registration is available at
For more information, contact:

Susie Green
Professional Development
2012-2013 CSL Coordinator
Ext. 6775

Focus on Bullying

Anthony Brown with Diversity Focus is putting together a forum to take advantage of this week’s showing of the movie “Bully” in Cedar Rapids. The forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. We believe the event will be held at the Linn Mar HS. (If that changes, we’ll send out an all-agency email.) Please share this information with friends and your contacts at the schools.  Also, the movie “Bully” is showing right now at the  Carmike Wynnsong 12 theatre in Cedar Rapids. It is playing today through May 10 at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. To view a trailer about this movie, go to

Our Condolences...

  • to GWAEA Media Specialist Melva Starr on the death of her mother, Marian Ondler, on Friday, April 27. The funeral service was held on May 1 at the United Methodist Church in Strawberry Point.

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. Compensation will be provided through Iowa Core TQ.  


Purpose: Provide facilitated learning through the Assessment for Learning PD modules posted on the Iowa Core PD Moodle site.  AEA 10 staff members will engage in valuable learning to increase effectiveness of data-driven instructional decision making.  Participants will be prepared to support AEA and LEA teams/colleagues in applying a formative assessment process.  Formative assessment implementation holds significant potential for improving teaching and learning for all students - especially students who struggle. Participants will provide specific feedback to the DE team, too, as part of their monitoring and evaluation plan regarding the AfL materials and implementation.
Soon to be finalized: Course 30 hours total contact time/2 credits
Registration information and details will be provided soon.
Please contact
Julie Foltz (Instructor on Record) or Myra Hall with questions.
Five full days in June 2012
Monday, June 4
Thursday, June 7
Thursday, June 14
Monday, June 18
Thursday, June 21

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – May 2012


iPad Basics: Essential Skills for Educators



8:30 AM-3:30 PM 


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.


The Autism team would like to thank everyone for their contributions of lidded containers.  Thanks to our great supportive staff, they have enough. They do however have another request: Metal frozen juice can lids. Please forward to Ann Kessler.


Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 2002 Honda Odyssey for sale.  It has  200,000 miles on it but has had regular service throughout.  Good  working condition. Leather seats, DVD player. $4,000.00 or best offer. Contact Sara Kane at 929-3786.


For Sale: Spectrum electric guitar, comes with guitar case, amp & wires, guitar stand, instructional CD & music books.  Excellent condition - rarely used.  $100.00 but will negotiate.  Call Heather 563-920-9059,


For Sale:  Wheelchair in good condition.  Approximate weight – 30 lbs. Best offer.  Call 319-389-2293.

For Sale: 2000 John Deere garden tractor. 15 hp. 42" cut. GT225. Contact Myra Hall, 319-350-5464, or ext. 6820.


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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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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