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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 8-13, 2011 -
"School Boards - Making a World of Difference"
iEvaluate courses start May 16
Tornado Drill Comments and Answers
Recycling at Grant Wood AEA
Applications available for 2011-2012 Contemporary School Leadership Program
Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
4th Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 7, Kingston Stadium
You are invited to an Open House reception honoring...
Best wishes!
IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar
Donations for garage sale fundraiser - Vinton Fairgrounds, June 18
2012 Trip to the U. K.
Literacy Intervention Fair, June 7
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
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found
Vacancies, May 6, 2011

Mark your calendars!

May 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting - May Regular Meeting

May 13


Deadline for insurance changes to the Business Office

Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.


All Agency Inservice, Concert Hall at College Community

Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 8-13, 2011
"School Boards - Making a World of Difference"

Volunteer school board members serve thousands of hours each year working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education. School Board Recognition Week, May 8-13, 2011, is an opportunity to say thanks to the more than 2,000 men and women who govern Iowa's public education system.

This year's theme, "School Boards - Making a World of Difference," recognizes that locally elected school board members are providing leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum so all students have a bright, vibrant future ahead of them.

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





Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009

Lynne Cannon, Vice-President
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

iEvaluate courses start May 16

The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with AEA PD Online, is now offering Evaluator 1 & 2 online, packaged together in a 2-credit course entitled iEvaluate.  Because of the high demand for the courses, the Iowa Department of Education is selecting participants on the basis of need (that is, whose license is up for renewal first).  This spring, they have created a waiting list for the course, and will begin to notify those who are at the top of the list on how to register.  Once every person on the waiting list has had a chance to take the iEvaluate course, the course will then be available for open registration on AEA PD Online's registration catalog.

How do I know if I'm on the waiting list?

If you have not done so, or if you would like to check to make sure, please contact Matt Ludwig at the Iowa Department of Education (515-281-3750, or  You will need to provide him with 1) your name, 2) your email address, 3) your license folder number, and 4) when your administrative license expires.

How many credits is the course?

The course is 2 license renewal credits.  It is not available for graduate credit at this time. 

How many different iEvaluate courses are there?

iEvaluate replaces both Evaluator 1 & 2, which are no longer being offered.  However, there are 2 different iEvaluate courses, one for the evaluation of teachers, and one for the evaluation of administrators.  Just like before, you need to complete one of those to meet the BoEE requirements for administrative licensure.  Multiple sections of both courses will begin on May 16.

How long does the course take?

The course is designed to take 5-6 weeks.  There is a final assignment requiring the recording of a teacher/administrator conference and reflections, and there will be additional time afforded for this final assignment.

Is the course all online?  What is the format for the course?

Yes, the course is entirely online.  It also is entirely asynchronous, meaning the participants won't meet at the same time (as opposed to via the ICN, for example).  Participants can select when in the day to participate in the course.  

What technical requirements do I need for the course?

Each participant needs a computer with internet access.  The course is accessed through AEA PD Online's Moodle system via a standard web browser.  Each participant will also need access to either Microsoft Office or compatible software, as there are Microsoft Word and Power Point documents used in the course.  And finally, participants will need to have the ability to record digitally their teacher/administrator conferences.  There will be an online dropbox for participants to submit their digital video file.  Participants needing assistance with technology may contact their instructor to find alternative methods.

What work is involved in the course?

In addition to recorded teacher/administrator conferences, there are a variety of activities in the course. There are reflection forums (= discussion threads), quizzes for checks of understanding, as well as individual writing assignments.

If you have additional questions, please contact Matt Ludwig at the Iowa Department of Education, 515-281-3750, or

Tornado Drill Comments and Answers

Several people have asked why we don't use the alarm system like we used to for tornado alerts. We wish we could. Turns out, it's against the law for us to use the fire alarm system for anything except fires. So, our only option is to use the phone paging system and to rely on zone leaders as our best option for alerting guests and staff.

Keep in mind that if a real tornado were to hit, the outdoor alarms would most likely be sounding, too, which would cause staff to be more aware of the need to seek shelter ASAP.

Recycling at Grant Wood AEA

The advisory council asked if more recycling bins could be provided throughout our agency facilities. As it turns out, we have lots of them throughout the building. The large grey recycling bins that are NOT locked ARE recycling bins for ALL recyclable materials EXCEPT glass. Feel free to put clean, empty tin cans or clean, recyclable plastic items in any of these bins. The locked bins are for paper documents that must be shredded. Please don’t insert plastics into them.

Applications available 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. The Contemporary School Leadership (CSL) program is based on a common core of learnings about contemporary leadership that are designed for the 21st century context of education. Participants will complete application assignments between sessions to deepen their learning. They will also work closely with their nominating administrators to design a final application project to synthesize their learning and to benefit their buildings and districts.

Registrations must be completed by May 31. Please click on the following link for information: To apply, visit

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Friday, March 20, 2011
8:00 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and new materials.

See attached flyer for information.


4th Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 7, Kingston Stadium

An Olympic style finish on the track at Kingston Stadium is one of the unique features of Lace Up For Learning 5K, 10K and mile fun run, Saturday, May 7 at Kingston Stadium. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation.

The 5K and 10K begin and end at Kingston with the route running through the neighborhoods between the stadium and Jefferson High School. The 5K and 10K races begin at 9:00 am. The one-mile run begins at 10:30 am.  Awards ceremony and door prize drawing at 11:00 a.m.

For additional race information or to register, visit or call 558-2400.

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. 

Best wishes!





Congratulations to Barbara Roberts, Mary Lukas, Dianne Garber, and
Peg Maher
who were honored for their years of service during a reception held on April 28.


  • to Allie Andersen, NE Region SLP, and her husband Jerad, who became first-time parents on April 21.  Lucy Mae was born at 3:04 a.m. and weighed 7 lb 6 oz and was 19 inches long.  Allie says Lucy is a happy baby and all are doing well.

  • to Ann Kessler, Secretary, on the birth of a grandson. Miller Joseph Deutsch was born to Ann's daughter, Sarah and husband Matt, on April 25. Miller weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz, 20 3/4 inches long. He joins big brother, Jackson, and big sister, Jensen.

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar


See attached for information.


Presented by: Leverentz Insurance & Financial Executives and your AEA

A service for AEA employees and spouses only

May 23 or 26 2011, 6-8 p.m. Cost: free

May 23 - Coralville Facility
May 26 - Sixth St. Facility

Topics will include:

- Understanding changes in IPERS
- Planning your retirement to maximize your IPERS
- Increasing the efficiency of your retirement plan
- Social Security and Healthcare as they pertain to
retired educators

SPACE IS LIMITED to 30 people. Call 319-248-3546 or email at to reserve your space today. Private consultations may be scheduled after the seminar.

Donations for garage sale fundraiser - Vinton Fairgrounds, June 18

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Benton County Friends of the Shelter (Vinton Animal Shelter).
See attached for information. The collection box will be upstairs in the area between central file and Ann Kessler/Jan Baburek area. For additional information, contact Stacy Murphy ext. 6888.

2012 Trip to the U. K.  

Join retired School Psychologist Nancy Dearborn on a 12 day trip to England, Scotland and Ireland July 19-30, 2012.  Nancy is a Group Coordinator with Go Ahead Tours.  For details, see or contact Nancy at or 319-573-5877.

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.

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 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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 5 tickets to 2 Cubs games.....Friday, July 22 (1:20 start), and Saturday, July 23 (12:05 start). They are face value plus the "convenience fee" and City of Chicago/Cook Co. amusement and sales tax. The tickets are $60 for each ticket, so $600 for all 10 tickets to the 2 games. I am willing to sell the 2 games separately ($300 for 5) , but will be first come first serve if someone wants the weekend package. Call Jana Albers at 319-521-4224 or send an email at

Lost and Found:

A silver toned water pitcher was found in one of the meeting rooms last week. It can be picked up from the front desk.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo May 6, 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.

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