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Bulletin Board


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

Sept. 29, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Fire Drill


In this issue:

Reminder to update emergency contact information and beneficiaries
Starr Books planned in the Media Center, Sept. 28
America Reads
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative - GWAEA Employee Walk
Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools
Gone Google
Iowa AEA Online, Iowa Core webinars
Consider Participating in Our Innovation Day Showcase
Flu Shots
Thank you from the Child Find Leadership Team
ITEC Registration
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Agency Craft Show planned
Nov. 11
TQ Proposal Application Date - Nov. 7
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Sept. 16, 2011


Past Issues

September 9, 2011

September 2, 2011

August 26, 2011

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




Reminder to update emergency contact information and beneficiaries

In the event of an emergency, we want to be sure to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information on file for employees.  To ensure that this information is current, employees are asked to review this information annually.  As a reminder, in an emergency situation, we will always try to contact a spouse first, if identified, then Contact 1 or Contact 2.


To update:
1)    Go to GWAEA home page, click on Staff Website, click on HR & Business Office, then Employee Information. (
2)     Enter your first and last names and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
3)     Click on Contact List (found under Navigational Links).
4)     Click on the text under either ‘relationship’ or ‘name’ to update the record.
5)     Click on Save Changes or Delete this Contact.


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6703.  Thank you for keeping this information current.


Please also remember to update beneficiary information as family changes occur.  Employees designate beneficiaries for the group life and IPERS benefits.  Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, at ext. 6706, to make any beneficiary changes.

Starr Books planned in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
8:00-10:30 a.m.
Grant Wood AEA Media Center

Stop by for coffee, homemade treats, and some new materials. Take a look at new FollettShelf for eBooks

See attached flyer for information.


Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk is planned Oct. 7
(33rd, Sixth and Coralville facilities)

Iowa is kicking off the Healthiest State Initiative with a statewide Start Somewhere Walk on Friday, October 7. At noon that day, all Iowans are asked to walk for one kilometer, wherever they are. Everyone is invited to get Iowa started on the path to becoming the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.


Grant Wood AEA will hold walks at each of the agency's three facilities on October 7. The walking routes will be mapped. To register online, visit this link and please note on the registration if special assistance is needed. Additional walks at schools or in the community area planned. Check the Healthiest State Initiative website for walk details and a list of planned walks.


Organizers of the Iowa Start Somewhere Walk have announced a goal of breaking a world record by having 250,000 Iowans participate in simultaneous one-kilometer walks on Friday, October 7, at noon. The current world record is claimed by Canada, which had 231,635 participants in simultaneous one-kilometer walks throughout the country in 2007.


For information about the Grant Wood AEA Start Somewhere Walk, contact
George Held, ext. 6714 or Kim Martin, ext. 6710.

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools

An announcement of the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools grants will take place on Monday, Sept. 19.


In October of 2010, Iowa was one of 11 states to be awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education to measure and improve statewide conditions for learning, which include school safety, attendance, student engagement in school, and the overall school environment.

Gone Google

by Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

Our Grant Wood AEA Gone Google Support Site has a lot of resources and links that will help you navigate around our Google domain. I will be posting some quick Google Apps Tips from time to time to help us utilize the features and make us more efficient. I want to thank you all for your patience and eagerness to use these tools to collaborate. This week's quick tip has to do with the new look of a popular app, Google Calendar!  Take a look!


America Reads: Reading is Contagious

America Reads is a national challenge to improve literacy in elementary school age children. Metro area school districts will celebrate the importance of reading October 20 & 21, 2011.


America Reads invites parents, other family members, young adults, community citizens, and business representatives to visit a local elementary school to share a story with a classroom of children. Visit the website for registration information.


Iowa AEA Online presents a series of webinars
“Immerse Yourself in Iowa AEA Online and the Iowa Core”

The focus of these webinars is on integration of Iowa AEA Online resources into curriculum; they are not intended to be introductory or “how to” navigate sessions.

Please register for these sessions at least one week in advance as webinar instructions will be sent out via e-mail to those registered.

October 20, 2011 - Literacy K-12 
Link to register for this session

December 7, 2011 - Social Studies K-12
Link to register for this session

February 23, 2012 - Science K-12
Link to register for this session

April 19, 2012 - 21st Century Skills
Link to register for this session






Please register for these sessions at least one week in advance. Webinars will be held at two different times on each day - 11:30-12:45 and 3:45-5:00.

Consider Participating in Our Innovation Day Showcase

Last May, the agency held its first ever innovation day event where staff members shared innovations they had been developing or using. A second one is now set for April 2. If you have a new innovation you’d like to share with agency staff, educators and area news people, please start thinking about what you might want to showcase and how you could present it. The event will be in the afternoon with set-up from 12:30 to 1:30. The showcase will start at 2 p.m. and run to 5 p.m. For examples of what some of last spring’s presentations included, click on the What If button on our staff home page.

Flu Shots

Grant Wood AEA wellness program is offering flu shots again.  The cost will be $22.00 per person if we have at least 75 people participating.  Contact Barb Aanonson if you plan to participate at the Southern Facility and Nancy Lochner if you plan to participate at the Sixth Street Facility.  Checks will be collected that day and need to be made payable to
Grant Wood AEA.

6th Street Facility
Thursday, October 6, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Nancy Lochner, ext. 6737


Coralville Facility
Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Barb Aanonson, ext. 6211

Thank you from the Child Find Leadership Team

Robyn, Tracy, Austin, and the Child Find Leadership Team would like to thank everyone for your participation, input, and endurance this fall during the Child Find Progress Deeper Learning days.  We appreciated all of the positive feedback we received and the input to modify and improve the content to meet your needs.  We have been processing the parking lot questions as a team and will provide further guidance in the near future to clarify issues that will help improve practice and procedures at the Agency.  During the training many of you asked for access to the Progress Power Point.  We have made the Power Point available through Google Docs.  If you would like to access the Power Point please open your google docs account and search the Grantwood Area Education Agency Docs for the file called Child Find Progress and EER.ppt.

Iowa Technology Education Connection Conference (ITEC) - Early Bird Deadline Extended!

The early registration deadlne for the ITEC Conference has been extended to Oct. 3.The 2011 conference will be held Oct. 16-18, 2011 at the Polk County Convention Center. For information, visit


Marsha and Jim Reitzler are proud grandparents of a new granddaughter.  Klyne Anne Reitzler was born Friday, Sept. 9, 2011,  the daughter of Ryan and Kayla Reitzler of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  Klyne weighed 6 lb. 13 oz.  She was also welcomed home by her 15 month old brother, Rex. Marsha is a regional administrator in the Southwest region.  

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

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.

Agency Craft Show planned Nov. 11

The Agency Craft Show is planned on Friday, November 11. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please call or email Erlene Spicer, ext. 6746, before November 4 to receive more information.

The next TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Nov. 7

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


Teacher Quality Update – Professional Development Dollar, September, 2011


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator, Ext. 6517.


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for a current schedule, registration information, and archives of the
Grant Wood AEA webinars.

Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids

Stacy Murphy, IMS operator, is collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids to support the annual "Save Lids to Save Lives" drive for breast cancer research. Collection containers will be available in the break rooms of the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities or contact Stacy, Ext. 6888.

Buy, Sell and Trade

Lost and Found:

- Problem Solving Process laminated poster

- Rimmel lipgloss

- A small earring, wreath shaped with black beads surrounding it. Found upstairs in NE corner of the building.

- Blue flip-top water jug, about 35 or 45 ounces

Contact Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard, 399-6544.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo September 16, 2011


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