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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting, Sixth Street Office

Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

How to Cope with H1N1 Outbreaks

U.S. Health authorities anticipate a higher number of H1N1 flu outbreaks this year compared to last year. The individuals most at risk for catching it are children through the age of 21, because they have fewer acquired immunities to it compared to healthy adults and older individuals. Most of the county health authorities are collaborating on information being provided to the public about how to deal with any outbreaks. Below is a link to the Johnson County H1N1 update for area schools. If the health departments issue new advisory updates, we will include them in future issues of The Bulletin Board.

Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Fact Sheet - Schools [106.3 KB]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Notice-Furniture Sale, Sept. 22, 2009

On Tuesday, September 22, the agency will offer for sale the following surplus office furniture:

  • Storage cabinets
  • Files, bookcases
  • Chairs

All items will be out in the East parking lot of the Sixth Street office. Items will be available first to AEA 10 school districts 8 a.m. - Noon. Remaining items will be sold to the general public Noon - 6 p.m. All items are cash-and-carry and must be removed by 6:30 p.m. on September 22, 2009.

Breaking News from A-V Checkout

A-V checkout is now located at the 6th Street facility. Contact Connie Dvorak, Ext 6720, to pick up your equipment needs, she is temporarily located in Administration.

Call Manager phone trainings

Here are the dates and times.

Tuesday, Oct 6 - 6th Street Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct 7 - 6th Street Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, Oct 9 - Coralville Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.

To sign up for a training, check your secretary's counter for a sign up sheet or contact Connie Dvorak, Ext 6720 or

Please bring your laptop to the training. To install the Call Manager software prior to the training, go to:

Directories added to agency website

The Area 10 Education Directoryand The Yellow Pages Directory of Services and Staff for Grant Wood AEA have been added to the agency's website. Click on the previous links to access.

The Linker, Fall 2009 was distributed to staff mailboxes. Printed copies of The Area 10 Education Directory will be available soon. Contact the Communications Office, Ext. 6714, for information.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

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

Complete Listing -

GWAEA Staff Trainings -

October Learning Opportunities

National Workshops

CBE Training: Social/Emotional/Behavioral, Tracy Lieberman and Tammy Beener, $0
Oct. 22, 8:30-4, 5532-09-01

CBE Training: Math, Jill Ries, $0
Jan. 5 8:30-4, 5521-09-01

Blue Ribbon Recognition for Cedar Rapids School

Congratulations to Cedar Rapids Community Schools' Nixon Elementary on being identified by the U. S. Department of Education as a 2009 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School. Nixon is one of five Iowa schools achieving this designation this year.

The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. The schools are selected based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests; and 2) Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.

Free Program on Middle School Female Bullying Offered

Parents of girls in grades 6-8 are invited to attend a free program that will teach them how to help their daughters handle difficult friendships and female bullying. "When Girls Hurt Girls: 5 Effective Ways to Guide Your Daughter Through Hurtful Friendships" is a program for adults geared toward parents. Speakers will be Blair Wagner CPCC ACC and Jane Balvanz MA RPT, both female friendship experts with A Way Through, LLC.

The free program will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at Coe College in Cherry Auditorium (in Peterson Hall). Through the program, adults will learn simple tips, powerful tools and practical advice on coaching girls grades 6-8 through hurtful friendships or female bullying. Specific strategies will be taught that can be implemented immediately with girls. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • What Relational Aggression is and why girls use it
  • The 5 common Friendship Weapons™ girls use against each other
  • 13 effective strategies your daughter can learn
  • To role play female bullying scenarios with your daughter
  • How to listen so your daughter will really talk

To teach your daughter to be independent and solve her own friendship problems. There will be a question and answer session. The program is for adults only and is geared toward parents. Cedar Rapids City PTA is sponsoring the program through a grant from Iowa Gender Specific Task Force.

For more information about the program, contact Betsy Huston (319) 558-1516 or

Flu Shots

Grant Wood AEA wellness program is again offering flu shots. Please let Barb Aanonson know by October 5 if you would like to participate at the Coralville Facility. Let Nancy Lochner know by October 5 if you would like to participate at the 6th Street Facility. The cost for Grant Wood AEA employees is $15.00. The cost for spouses of employees is $20.00. Checks will be collected that day and need to be made payable to Grant Wood AEA.

6th Street Facility
October 13, 2009
7:00-9:00 a.m.
Staff Conference Room

Coralville Facility
October 14, 2009
7:00-9:00 a.m.
Room A-B



Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737

Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211

Please Note: This vaccination program is not for H1N1 flu.

Vacancies, September 18, 2009


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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 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