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June 13, 2012
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In this issue:

Grant Wood Area Education Agency receives recommendation for full accreditation from the Department of Education
Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids planned during June and July
Recycling with Rick
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
GWAEA Webinars
Added Days Available for June Professional Development
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency receives recommendation for full accreditation from the Department of Education

Following a review of the services provided by Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA), a review team from the Iowa Department of Education has recommended full accreditation for the agency, which serves 32 school districts in the east central Iowa area.

The Department of Education uses the accreditation process to ensure that schools served by the AEA receive quality services, which are aligned and compliant with both state and national laws as well as additional identified requirements. In the report, the accreditation team noted, “Iowa’s AEAs are a critical part of the support structure for schools and ultimately for children. With so much at stake, maintaining high standards or quality in programs and services is a top priority.” It is a high stakes evaluation to determine if the AEA qualifies for ongoing accreditation.


The accreditation process involves extensive written and oral documentation, which provides evidence the AEA is meeting all the performance requirements mandated by state law. The AEAs are required to fulfill nine “standards”, which cover

  • Support for diverse learners, which includes special education

  • Media (library) services

  • School leadership development

  • Support for school management

  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment support services

  • Professional development opportunities for educators

  • School-community planning support for school boards

  • School technology support

  • Multicultural, Gender-Fair support, which includes anti-bullying work

The team reviewed the agency’s documentation, interviewed agency staff and administration and held focus group sessions with area teachers, administrators and parents of special education students. The team sought assurances that the agency was

  • Providing its services equitably among all districts and nonpublic schools

  • Properly monitoring implementation of its services

  • Measuring the effectiveness of its services

  • Measures the efficiency of its services, and

  • Routinely assesses its services in relationship to how they affect its agency-wide goals.

The accreditation team identified a number of strengths of the agency in its report, which included:

  • “Multiple LEA [a term the DE uses to describe local schools] and parent interviewees reported that agency staff are professional, respectful and responsive to their needs,”

  • Local schools “appreciate the thoroughness and responsiveness of RAs [Grant Wood AEA regional administrators] to local needs,”

  • The agency “promotes innovation through various initiatives”

  • “Helping LEAs [local schools] identify and analyze student performance gaps”

  • “Assisting administrators and teachers in analyzing multiple assessments and student work to improve instruction.”

The overall report identifies strengths the agency has exhibited in each of the standards for which the AEA is evaluated. It also makes recommendations for possible improvements the agency may wish to implement. In response to the overall report, Joe Crozier, Chief Administrator for the agency said, “We are pleased with the accreditation report. We have made a concerted effort to align our work with the defined needs and objectives of the Department of Education, and that is evident in their findings.”


The accreditation review occurs every five years for each of the state’s nine AEAs. The accreditation team includes a team of individuals from the Iowa Department of Education, plus a few area school administrators and representatives from AEAs that will undergo accreditation review next year.


Grant Wood AEA provides educational services for 32 public school districts and 22 approved nonpublic schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.

Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids planned during June and July    



Nearly 700 students will participate in the 2012 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids and C4K STEM Academy sessions planned during June and July.


Classes will be held Monday through Friday per the following schedule and locations:


2012 Programs, Dates & Locations:          





June 11-22

College for Kids - Session A
(Enrichment and Art)

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

June 25-29

C4K STEM Academy

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mount Mercy University

July 9-20

College for Kids – Session B
(Enrichment and Art)

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is in its 26th year of offering summer advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible students in gifted & talented programs who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade.


Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered advanced or specialized curricula, and have the opportunity to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.


For the second year, the C4K STEM Academy, engages students in the exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas of study.


Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, explained that students who are eligible have the opportunity to participate in College for Kids. “It is very exciting to watch the students grow during their time at College for Kids.  And Coe College and Mount Mercy University are wonderful backdrops for this educational opportunity.”


Green estimates that more than 12,500 students in Area 10 have participated in approximately 600 different College for Kids classes since the program began in 1987.


“Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids has experienced a long history of success due to the ongoing interest of students and parents, as well as support from teachers, and the course instructors,” Green commented.


For more information about 2012 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids and C4K STEM Academy, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, at Ext. 6775 or e-mail to

The next issue of The Bulletin Board will publish on June 22.

Recycling with Rick

Hello everyone:


Extra three-ring binders are available in the math area, second floor, Sixth St. facility. Help yourself!





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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.

Added Days Available for June Professional Development

6910-11-01 iPad Basics, June 18, 8:30-11:30am Full, waiting list only
6909-11-01 iPad Beyond Basics, June 18, 12:30-3:30pm Full, waiting list only

19101-11-01 Behavior Management Software in PowerSchool, June 21, 8:30-11:30 am (contracted staff only)

6909-11-03 iPad Beyond the Basics, June 21, 12:30-3:30 pm
6910-11-02 iPad Basics, June 22, 8:30-11:30am Full, waiting list only
6909-11-02 iPad Beyond Basics, June 22, 12:30-3:30pm Full, waiting list only
19092-11-01 Decision-Making for Results, June 26-27, 9:00-3:00 (contracted staff only)

Eligible staff to be paid through added days include CONTRACTED staff that managers believe would benefit from the training. CLASSIFIED staff may attend the iPad training through added.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – June 2012



Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry-Based Learning: An Introduction to the Project Approach, August 8 and 9, 2012 9:00 – 4:00
See flyer for additional information


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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 1944 Haddorff Vertichord studio PIANO. $200 OBO. Would consider donating it to a care center or church. Holds tuning for years and has lovely tone. QUEEN SIZE BED w frame: Lebeda Extra Firm "Backbracer" mattress and box springs. Very clean with original cloth cover on mattress. $200 OBO.  Mount Vernon.


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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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