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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

June 20 - Aug. 12, 2011
Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

 

In this issue:

New agency website
A Note from the Business Office
The Bulletin Board enters summer publication schedule
Grant Wood AEA Summer Van Delivery Schedule
9th Annual Quota Charity Golf Tournament
Horizons night at the Ballpark
Curriculum Mapper Alignment Workshop
Professional Development for AEA staff members only
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
GWAEA Online Resources Webinars
Refrigerator cleaning planned on June 10
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found
Vacancies, June 3, 2011

 

Past Issues

May 27, 2011

May 20, 2011

May 13, 2011

May 6, 2011

April 29, 2011

April 22, 2011

April 15, 2011


New agency website to launch in August

The new look for The Bulletin Board is just the beginning of a revised Grant Wood AEA website scheduled to launch in August.

 

In response to staff feedback, the new site will feature condensed menu items on the home page as well as an enhanced Search feature. The current Google Translate feature will also be included allowing the text to display in different languages.

 

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A website committee has been involved during the last year in the design and development of the new site, including Stacy Behmer, Dave Brousard, Andy Crozier, Eric Cleveland, George Held, Valerie Taylor Hill, Trace Pickering, and Lisa Twedt.

 

Many areas within the agency have created and are using Google Sites for internal documents that previously were contained in the Grant Wood AEA Staff Information Portal. As part of the new website, the information that currently appears in the Region, Team, School Improvement, and General Information Portals will be removed as of Aug. 1. If information in the current Portal needs to remain, please contact Valerie Taylor Hill,
ext. 6824.

 

Navigation of the revised site will be consistent with that of the agency's current website. For more information, contact the Communications Office, Exts. 6714 or 6824.


A Note from the Business Office

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.

  • June 10, 2011  -  Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year (July 2010 – June 2011) invoicing requests.

  • June 30, 2011  -  Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2010 – June 2011).

  • June 30, 2011  -  Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2010 – June 2011).

Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

 

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The Bulletin Board...

...is entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next issue on Friday, June 17.


Grant Wood AEA Summer Van Delivery Schedule
June 13 - Aug. 12, 2011


The Southern Facility is on the summer delivery schedule for delivery on Tuesday of each week during the summer. We will not be making any deliveries to the Southern Facility on Wednesday – Friday.  If there is something that needs to be delivered that cannot wait for van delivery, please contact Char Haddy at ext. 6750.
 
Please note there will be no deliveries during the week of July 4.  


9th Annual Quota International of Cedar Rapids Charity Golf Tournament - Registration deadline is Aug. 6

 


It’s that time of year again and the GWAEA Hearing Dept. is participating in the Quota Club Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20.

 

We are actively searching for Team(s) Grant Wood AEA and any interested golfers for the charity tournament.

 

Registration deadline is
Aug. 6
. Click here for information.

 

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Horizons Night at the Ballpark

Saturday, June 18, 2011
6:35 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Cedar Rapids Kernels
See attached flier for ticket information.


Curriculum Mapper Alignment Workshop

 

June 27, 2011
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Marion ISD Board Room
777 South 15th Street
Marion, Iowa

 

Course Number:
19014-10-01
Registration Deadline:
June 25, 2011
Registration is available on the Grant Wood AEA
Professional Development website
.

 

Questions?
Myra Hall, GWAEA Iowa Core
319-399-6820 or
Keith Stamp, GWAEA Regional Administrator
319-399-6850

 

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See attached for information.

 


Professional Development for AEA staff members only

 

Registration Now Available! Formative Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning 4504-10-01

2 recertification credit hours  Begins June 15, 2011!!!  https://www.gwaea.org/apps/profdev/user/signon.cfm
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.

 

This course will provide educators opportunities to learn about and apply the assessment for learning / formative assessment practices as identified in the Iowa Core Characteristics of Effective Instruction professional development plan.  Participation in this course supports Iowa Core professional learning goals, as participants will use their learning to reflect on current instructional practices, add to their repertoire of approaches and develop a deeper understanding of monitoring students' response to instruction and making changes to improve teaching and learning for all learners. Participants will engage in collaborative learning and planning for application of their learning in real settings with students.   Another application of this course content is for lead learning teams to engage in the learning in order to develop their skills to guide / provide the professional learning with colleagues and staff members.  Participants will work collaboratively with team members to learn about and practice effective formative assessment to inform instruction, reflect on practice and engage in collaborative learning conversation.   Optimally, participants will engage in on site and authentic demonstration and practice and receive feedback on students' response to instruction and dat collected in inform next steps.  This professional development opportunity will follow the Iowa Professional Development Model.   Participants will learn about current best practices and will deepen their learning by attending to and monitoring application of learning and monitoring student response.   Implementation of learning, reflection on practice, analysis of data, and collaborative planning and learning sessions are integral components of this course.

Day 1

6/15/2011

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 2

8/22/2011

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 3

9/15/2011

03:00 PM

04:30 PM

Day 4

11/15/2011

03:00 PM

04:30 PM

Day 5

1/16/2012

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 6

2/16/2012

03:00 PM

04:30 PM

Day 7

4/16/2012

03:00 PM

04:30 PM

Day 8

6/7/2012

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

If you have any questions, please contact Myra Hall, 319-399-6820 or mhall@gwaea.org



Using SMART (Interactive White) Boards to Increase Student Engagement and Instructional Effectiveness

 
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 an ARRA Project Learning Team.

 

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.


Save the Date! Iowa Core Content and Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

 

Professional learning for AEA 10 staff members: special and general educators as well as administrators who work with learners (students and teachers) across the Pk-12 range.

 

Time and Dates:
August 18, 2011  (6 hours) 8:30 – 3:30

 CLT Work: (90 minute sessions)

    • September 15, 2011

    • November 15, 2011

(Exact time, date, location for CLT sessions TBD by teams)

January 16, 2012  ( 6 hours) 8:30 – 3:30

CLT Work: (90 minute sessions)

    • February 15, 2012

    • April 16, 2012

(Exact time, date, location for CLT sessions TBD by teams)

 

June 11, 2012 (6 hours) 8:3 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Iowa Core Outcomes:  # 4 (Iowa Core Content), #5 (IPDM), #6 (Effective Instruction)

  • Effective instructional approaches to improve teaching and learning

  • Instruction focused on essential concepts and skills in the Iowa Core

  • Instructional Coaching content and skill development

Structure:

Whole group content delivery and facilitated learning
Collaborative learning teams between whole group sessions


Course Description

This course will provide educators with an opportunity to learn about and to apply effective instructional practices as identified in the Iowa Core Characteristics of Effective Instruction. Participation in this course supports Iowa Core professional learning goals. 

 

Participants will:

  • use their learning to reflect on current instructional practices designed to improve teaching and learning for all

  • develop and engage in collaborative learning teams that will be used to plan for application in real settings with students

  • use lead learning teams to develop their skills to guide/provide professional learning with colleagues and staff members.  

  • work collaboratively to learn about core content, effective instruction, and instructional coaching.

  • reflect on practice and engage in collaborative learning conversations

  • have opportunities to engage in on-site and authentic practice of skills following the Iowa Professional Development Model. 

Instructional Coaching content learning and skill development are embedded in this learning.  Instructional Coaching materials will emphasize partnership principles, learning structures, and coaching components.  Additional resources on effective coaching, collaboration, and consultation will be utilized: IPDM Technical Assistance Manual, Bruce Wellman’s Miravia and Mentoring Matters, New Teacher Center resources, as well as the work of other experts in this area.

 

Registration link will be on the professional development site soon — posted for Grant Wood Staff.

 

Iowa Core TQ money will be used to compensate AEA staff members’ time beyond the contract day. License renewal credit is available.

 

If you have questions, please contact:
Susan Parker (sparker@gwaea.org, 399-6507) or Myra Hall (mhall@gwaea.org, 399-6820)

 

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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.


Refrigerator cleaning planned on June 10

The refrigerator and FREEZER in the break room across from the Staff Conference Room in the Cedar Rapids facility will be cleaned out on Friday, June 10, at 3 p.m. Anything without a name on it will be tossed. There are lots of frozen meals in the freezer. Questions? Contact Theresa Stevens, ext. 6763.

 

Buy, Sell or Trade:

Moving Garage Sale! Saturday, June 4, 8-Noon. Furniture, kitchenware, tools, wall art, pictures, exercise equipment, miscellaneous galore.  LESAN, 1635 Apache Dr., Solon.
Rain or shine!

 

For Sale: 2 tickets to Michael Buble', Row 18 - Main Floor, Thursday, June 23, 2011,
7:00 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa. $95 each. Call Bart Mason, 319-930-2833.

 

Lost and Found:

A power cord found by the back door on 5/31/11. Call or see Cathy at the front desk,
399-6544.


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo June 3, 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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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