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Sept. 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting


In this issue:

Katy Lee Honored as School Social Worker of the Year
Increased Support for Technology Integration and Digital Learning
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
School Board Elections and Kirkwood Levy Vote
10th Annual Keeping Kids Safe Iowa Child and Youth Injury Prevention Conference
GWAEA Team - Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer
Our Condolences
TQ Proposal Application Date - Sept. 14
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Aug. 26, 2011


Past Issues

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




Katy Lee Honored as School Social Worker of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Katy Lee has been chosen as School Social Worker of the Year-2011 by the Iowa School Social Workers Association (ISSWA). She will be recognized at the Midwest Council for School Social Workers in September and will receive her award at the ISSWA Fall Conference in Des Moines on November 18th!
We are very proud that our colleague's work and dedication to children, families, schools and to the field of School Social Work, is being recognized at the state and regional level!  More details will be made available for anyone who would like to attend the awards luncheon on November 18.
Congratulations Katy!

Increased Support for Technology Integration and Digital Learning


The message sent by Governor Branstad to the State Director of Education, Jason Glass, is to do what it takes to return Iowa to first in the nation, if not in the world, in educational quality. In Glass’s report released in July, Rising to Greatness: An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools, the message is clear: education in Iowa must make dramatic improvement as Iowa’s students are not where they need to be in mathematics and reading competency, putting their future at risk.  To regain Iowa’s position as a top education system in the nation, one of the pathways identified by Glass is through innovative learning environments enriched by technology.


As GWAEA continues to provide support and leadership in the area of technology integration and digital learning, we recognize the need to ensure that our staff has access to current technology and are provided with appropriate training to support our area schools.  We also recognize the need to provide more opportunities for online professional development, to increase our capacity to assist schools in identifying interventions for struggling students, and to provide support to districts as they expand their use of technology and opportunities for student online learning.


To support the increased demands in the area of digital learning and technology integration, we will be hiring a Technology Consultant to allow more support, training and assistance to our GWAEA staff.  This position will be posted on August 26. In the very near future we plan to purchase 200 new iPads to improve learning for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The distribution and roll-out plan for this is being developed and will be communicated when finalized, so watch for more details as they are developed.


As was stated in the budget update from Joe on August 18th, our fiscal responsibility as an agency is to have an adequate reserve and use the remaining funds to provide for staff and resources that support the work.  Staffing this position from our remaining funds is a way to ensure that staff are provided the resources to perform their work with schools and students. 


Any questions regarding this can be directed to Lisa Fry at or Stacy Behmer at

Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes

As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms to your RA before registering for classes.  (These forms are available upon request from the Human Resources Office.)  Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.

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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.

School Board Elections and Kirkwood Levy Vote

The elections for these two important items will be Tuesday, Sept. 13. We encourage you to cast your ballot for the candidates in the school district where you live. If you would like to vote via absentee ballot, it’s easy to do! If you need an absentee ballot, download one here, print it out, and mail it to your county of residence. See the Aug. 19 issue of The Bulletin Board for the complete article.

10th Annual Keeping Kids Safe

Iowa Child and Youth Injury Prevention Conference


Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines

For the low cost of $25 attendees will hear from a variety of nationally recognized speakers and get the opportunity to learn about successful Iowa based injury prevention programs.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Grant Baldwin, Director of the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
• Angela Mikalide, Director of the Safe Kids Worldwide Programs and Research
• Geoffry Lauer, Executive Director of the Brain injury Association of Iowa

For more information about the conference and to register please visit:

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer, Oct. 2, 2011

Today, (Friday, Aug. 26), is the final day to register, however, if you want to register as part of the Grant Wood AEA team, send a reply email to kmartin@gwaea or leave a voicemail at
ext. 6710. The registration fee is $25. We have over 20 people who have registered for the walk.

Our Condolences... Kelly Jones, whose father, Norman Corcran, passed away on Aug. 17, 2011. Kelly is a school improvement consultant.

The first TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Sept. 14

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.


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.

Buy, Sell and Trade

Lost and Found:

- A car key found in the ladies room upstairs. It is an automatic type that will lock/unlock and open three separate entrances along with a panic button.


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Aug. 26, 2011


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