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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Sept. 7, 2009

Agency Closed in observance of Labor Day

Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting, Sixth Street Office

Iowa AEA Online offers educational resources for students, teachers

Iowa AEA Online is a statewide collaborative project that provides no-cost access to high-quality, web-based resources for all Iowa students and teachers. These electronic, across-the-curriculum resources allow all schools, regardless of financial or geographic constraints, to offer a "library without walls" that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any Internet-accessible computer.

Iowa AEA Online

Iowa AEA Online

Iowa AEA Online is funded by Iowa's Area Education Agencies. The resources include:

  • AccuWeather provides current weather information to enhance science curriculum for projects, research, and presentations.
  • AP Images is the database of the Associated Press Archives offering teachers and students access to AP articles, audio clips, charts, graphs, tables, maps, and photos from the 1840s to moments ago.
  • Atomic Learning is an electronic help desk and training system for computer applications. New for 2009-2010 - Assistive Technology Collection focused on helping educators, students and parents use and apply assistive technology.
  • iCLIPART for SCHOOLS is new for 2009-2010 and is a collection of more than 7.8 million photos, clipart, fonts, animations, sounds, and HD video backgrounds.
  • DE streaming is a web-based digital video delivery system from Discovery Education, which provides more than 6,600 full-length videos and more than 68,000 video clips searchable by keyword, subject area and grade level. New for 2009-2010 - Games, skill builders, math tutorials, and more.
  • EBSCO is the largest school subscription agency of full-text periodicals, newspapers and reference tools for elementary, middle, and high school students, and offering teachers access to more than 500 education journals.
  • Learn360 is new for 2009-2010 and is a web-based digital delivery system for streaming and downloading full videos, video clips, images, audio, digital files, and podcasts.
  • SIRS Researcher offers thousands of relevant full-text articles and analysis on today's social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. New for 2009-2010 - New interface and expanded coverage.
  • World Book Web includes continuously updated articles from the 22-volume print set plus thousands of additional articles, pictures, maps, videos, animations, primary source documents and links to other websites. New for 2009-2010 - French and Spanish encyclopedias, World Book Discover for differentiated instruction, and three new World Book Digital Libraries.

Iowa AEA Online supports the content standards for the Iowa Core Curriculum by bringing a wealth of information to teachers and students. These online resources offer students and teachers carefully selected resources to enhance classroom learning, featuring content that is continuously updated, often within hours of an event.

By contracting for online resources for all school districts statewide, Iowa AEA Online provides equity of information for all learners and educators in Iowa.

For password assistance with the online resources, call Ext. 6754. For product demonstration, contact Debbie Crane, Ext. 6455.

Corridor STEM Initiative grants

Grant Wood Area Education Agency, in collaboration with school districts, business partners, colleges/universities and community organizations in the I-80/I-380 "Corridor" has participated in a community-wide effort to make STEM a priority in our schools. Over the past two years, our consortium has been collaborating to enhance student learning in the critical STEM areas.
As part of this collaboration, we successfully obtained a state grant in the 2007-08 school year and we worked with six area schools to develop model after-school STEM programs. The program was coordinated through Grant Wood AEA.

Grant Wood AEA, its business, community and higher education partners has received a third year of funding for out-of-school programs. With these funds we have the ability to continue to partially fund the original pilot sites, continue to fund the three sites from the second semester of the 2008-09 school year, AND fund two new sites for the 2009-10 school year. We will be able to provide $8,000 to fund their before/after-school program.

We would encourage your district elementary and middle level schools to apply for this unique opportunity. We plan to fund two separate sites, including upper elementary students (3-5 grades) and middle level students (6-8 grades) based on the strength of their RFP's. Project staff and GWAEA math and science consultants will also be available to assist pilot sites in planning and carrying out the outside-of-school school enrichment programs.

For additional details please access the cover letter and grant application at the link below:

The 2009-2010 Area 10 Education Directory is online

Click here to access a portable document (PDF) version of the directory. Printed copies will be available soon.

H1N1 Containment

The following link leads to a poster you may wish to share with families and/or to follow yourself when out in public this fall. Health authorities predict H1N1 may be back this fall with a high number of people affected. The advice included on this link is the best way to avoid catching the flu (or spreading it).

Child Check screening schedule available online

Child Check screenings will be held on Sept. 9-10 at Grant Wood AEA's Coralville facility and Sept. 17-18 at Grant Wood AEA's Sixth St. facility. The 2009-2010 Child Check Developmental Screening schedule is available on the Grant Wood AEA website at

Iowa SAT Scores Top in the Nation

Iowa students continue to perform well on the SAT, the college entrance exam administered by the College Board. With three percent of 2009 graduating seniors taking the exam, the SAT is less predominant in Iowa than the ACT test. Iowa students who take the SAT perform well, however, with the highest composite scores in the nation for reading, math and writing.

Iowa students posted SAT mean scores of:

  • 610 in critical reading, compared to a national mean score of 501;

  • 615 in math, compared to a national mean score of 515;

  • 588 in writing, compared to a national mean score of 493.

The 10-year change shows a 16-point increase in reading and 17-point increase in math. Decade information is not available for the writing test, which has been administered since 2006.

Of the 2009 graduating class in Iowa, 1,105 students took the SAT. Complete results are available on the College Board's website at

Coming Soon...New look to agency website

A newly revised Grant Wood AEA website will launch soon. In response to staff feedback, the new site will feature pull-down menus on the home page as well as a Google Search feature. Also added will be a Google Translate feature, allowing the text to display in different languages.

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


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information on any of the following, contact Professional Development, Ext. 6767.

Complete Listing -

GWAEA Staff Trainings -

National Workshops

New workshops for GWAEA staff added:

CBE Training Reading, Michele Pettit and Deanna Thursby
Sept. 28 & 29, 8:30-4, 5518-09-01

Integrating Assistive Technology Tools for Writing into General Education
Jane Faley Smith
Sept. 10, 12-1, 9484-09-01

Corrections to the PD Listing distributed at the All Agency Inservice

  • Correct dates for If They Only Knew workshop are Dec. 4 & 5.
  • Updated titles for IEP Basics for AEA Support Staff and Strategies for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Correct dates for Overview of the Creative Curriculum for Preschool for AEA Staff are Sept. 17, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19

Teacher Quality Funding periods

  • September 2, 2009
  • November 4, 2009
  • February 3, 2010
  • April 7, 2010
  • June 2, 2010

The proposals are due to Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator, by 4:30 pm on these dates to be considered for that funding period. Teacher Quality proposal directions and application forms can be found on the GWAEA website under the staff link.

St. Luke's EAP has moved

St. Luke's Employee Assistance Program has moved. Effective August 31, 2009, EAP offices will be open at the Counseling Center on St. Luke's Children's Campus in Hiawatha.

St. Luke's Employee Assistance Program
1077 North Center Point Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Phone: 319-369-8152
NEW Fax: 319-368-5643

Directions to New Office:
Traveling North on Interstate 380
Take Exit 25/Boyson Road. Turn right onto Boyson Road and take first left onto Center Point Road.

Traveling South on Interstate 380
Take exit 25/ Boyson Road. Turn Left onto Boyson and take the first left onto Center Point Road.

St. Luke's EAP / St. Luke's Counseling Center is located on the back side of Hiawatha Pediatrics.

A Few Koozies Are Still Available

Linn Area Credit Union ran out of water bottles and koozies at the All Agency meeting last week. They have dropped off a very limited number of these koozies. If you did not get one at the event and would like to have one, please contact Cathy Nelson at the front desk. First come first served.

Food Bank Donations Still Possible

If you didn't bring any food items to the All Agency event and would still like to contribute, please drop off items at the front desk of the Sixth Street office or with the secretaries at the Coralville office. We'll continue to gather items up through Labor Day.

Atomic Learning offers free Assistive Technology Webinars starting mid-September

Sumi-e Art classes to begin at the CRMA

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) will be the location of Karen Kurka Jensen’s new art class The Spirit of Sumi-e: Introduction to East Asian Brush Painting beginning on Saturday, September 5. Visit the museum's website for registration information.


Maggie Slaymaker and her husband, Brock,welcomed Reagan Jane Slaymaker on Wednesday, August 19, at 8:10 a.m. Reagan weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz's and was 21 inches long. Maggie is a new SLP in the Central Region. Mom and baby are at home and doing well.

Vacancies, August 28, 2009


The Bulletin Board is published and distributed weekly to all GWAEA staff and Board members. Buy, Sell or Trade items are run for 2 consecutive issues, unless we are notified to remove an item. If you wish to submit items, please do so by Wednesday of the week you wish the item to be posted. Send items via email to George Held in the Communications office (

Please note: The Bulletin Board is also posted on the agency's Web site and is publicly accessible. We recommend you use your office or voice mail phone number instead of your home telephone number for any items listed in this newsletter.

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.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404