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Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

Iowa School Board Recognition Week, May 9-15, 2010
"Leading Students to a Brighter Future!"

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 9-15, 2010, is an opportunity to say thanks to the more than 2,000 men and women who govern Iowa's public education system. Locally elected school board members provide leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to ensure that 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

ARRA Initiative for AEA 10 Requires New Thinking

Please click on the following link to see a presentation by Maria Cashman regarding plans for next year.

AEA Collaborative Special Education Professional Development Consultant

The AEA’s are moving towards a statewide system of professional development for special education and will be selecting current AEA employees to fill four FTE in moving this work forward.  For more specifics regarding these positions, please see the linked materials included in this announcement.  If interested in this opportunity, AEA employees are to submit an online application through Heartland AEA at the following link: Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 18.  If there are questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Bell, HR Specialist at Heartland AEA, 515-270-9030 x14625.  If GWAEA staff have questions about these statewide positions, please contact Maria Cashman, Associate Administrator, at x6847.

Collaborative PD Consultant Job Description.doc
Collaborative PD Consultant Revision 5.6.doc

Contracted Staff - Assignment Change Procedures

As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures are found on the portal page of our website under HR & Business Services in the general info, contacts, forms are, or by following  this link: procedures will appear as the second item on the list.

Please note:  These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category.  These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in being employed under a different job category.
Assignment information is updated each Monday morning.  To access this information, please dial voice mail number 6555, Ext. 6302.  Ext. 6302 is used for announcements only. Please do not leave voice mail messages on this extension because the message may not be retrieved.  If you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures, please contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 6748.  Thank you.

Employee Insurance Benefits

Every year, employees have the opportunity to make certain types of changes or open enroll in the health, dental and vision insurance plans. 

Employees have been provided a packet of materials explaining the options, premium costs, comparison of health care plans, etc.  There are important timelines for making changes, so employees are encouraged to review this information immediately upon receipt. 

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Kearns in the business office at 399-6706 or 1-800-332-8488, Ext. 6706 or email

Final date for 09-10 Teacher Quality Professional Development Proposals - 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.  

Work Experience Coordinator Endorsement
Classes begin this fall via the ICN in Area 10

For more information or to apply for the program, visit

GWAEA Early ACCESS Autism Team

The Early ACCESS Autism Team provides one on one play based intensive instruction to children age birth to three who have or who are at risk for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.  In addition, the team provides modeling of appropriate strategies to parents, daycare providers, and other care givers.  The Early ACCESS Autism Team can also provide consultation to other Grant Wood AEA team members without becoming intensively involved, when appropriate. To make a referral, contact Wendi Kaiser at 399-6445.


Left to right: Wendi Kaiser, Sarah Gwinnup, Kelly Behnke. Not pictured:  Julie Sigwarth

3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning, Saturday, May 8, 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. Runners and walkers enter the stadium to the sound of the cheers from the crowd and the announcer calling out participant names.

Lace Up for Learning will be held on Saturday, May 8, at Kingston Stadium. The 5K and 10K begin and end at Kingston with the route running through the neighborhoods between the stadium and Jefferson High School.

5K and 10K begin at 9:00 am. The Fun Run begins at 10:30 am.  Awards ceremony and door prizes at 11:00.

Post race food, refreshments and massages will be available!

All levels of runners and walkers are invited to join us for the 3rd Annual Lace Up for Learning. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation.

For additional race information and application go to or call 558-2400.

Vinton Dog-A-Fair, Saturday, May 8

Hosted by the Friends of the Shelter, Inc. Location: Benton County Fair Grounds, South 2nd Ave., Vinton.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Humans are free...dogs are $2. Click here for details.

Dwight Dash 2010, Saturday, June 19

5K and One Mile Fun Run benefitting the Tim Dwight Foundation
Saturday, June 19, 8:30 a.m., Ashton Cross Country Course, University of Iowa

Founded in 2002, the Tim Dwight Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping children and young people. With over $75,000 donated, funds benefit the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and the Tim Dwight Foundation Scholarship, Inc.

For additional race information and application, visit

Retirement Celebrations...

...for Nancy Fesenmeyer and Jan Ahlberg
May 13, 2010
Southern Facility; Room C
2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Please join the Nixon Staff as they honor...

Jeri McGillicuddy
Dawn Uelze
Barb Osgood
Barb Owenson
at their retirement Open House on Friday, June 4th, 4:30- 6:30 p.m., Edgewood Road Hy-Vee, Community Room, 5050 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.


Cindy Seehusen, Inclusion Resource Specialist, is a grandma again! Calan Ray Seehusen was born to Cindy’s son Sean and his wife Carol on May 4th at 1:43 p.m.. He was 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 20 inches long. Calan is also welcomed by his big brother, Kaiden.


Used computer cameras, MP3 players/iPods  - once top of the model but now stored in the bottom of the drawer and not being used - donations welcome to wire kids for view and/or sound. Send donated items to
Kim Lestina, Coralville/Ext. 6282. Thanks!

For Sale:

Beautiful town home on large, wooded, private lot. 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 living areas, patio, deck, 2 stall attached garage, gas fireplace, freshly painted. Linn-Mar Schools, located near Boyson and Council, Cedar Rapids, mid 140's. Nancy Dearborn 319-573-5877 or

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 7, 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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