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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Sept. 7, 2009

Agency Closed in observance of Labor Day

Sept. 8, 2009

School board elections

Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting, Sixth Street Office

Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

Phone System Update

By now, you should have your new voicemail box set up, been into one of the Grant Wood AEA facilites to use a new phone and now it's time for the next step. That would be the installation of the Shoretel Call Manager software. Please use the link below for instructions on the installation. This software will allow you to view the staff phone directory, view your calls whether they are unheard, saved or deleted, forward your calls and listen to voicemail messages all on your computer.

There are also some helpful online training videos at

Please contact Connie Dvorak, Ext 6720, with any questions.

PD360 Online Resource to be discontinued

PD360 will no longer be available through Grant Wood AEA after Monday, October 14, 2009.

A decision was made to no longer support this resource due to low usage. Individual districts and schools may choose to purchase access to PD360 by contacting the company directly.

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.

Sign Language Classes for 2009-10

The ICN Sign Language Classes offered from the originating site of the Iowa School for the Deaf campus and site-funded via Grant Wood AEA are structured differently this year. For more information, the brochure advertising workshops and registration may be accessed at (locate the pull down menu for community and professional resources - sign language).

Session dates are Thursday evenings from September 17 - December 10. Sign Language I will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will target individuals who are new to signing or wish to review and relearn sign again. Sign Language II will be held from 7:30 - 9 p.m. and will target adding sign vocabulary with contextual clues. Required book: A Basic Course in American Sign Language - ISBN: 0932666426

There will be mini workshop days. On these days, Sign Language I will be held 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., workshops will be 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Sign Language II will be 7:30-9 p.m. Sessions will include Talk Can be Cheap, Avoiding Autism, Expressing Emotion, and It's a Culture Thing.

Questions specific to registrations for and sites used in the Grant Wood AEA service area may be directed to Kim Lestina, Ext. 6282 in the Coralville facility, 319-358-6282.

Kids on the Block puppeteers wanted

Grant Wood AEA needs puppeteers for "The Kids on the Block." The Kids on the Block is a troop of six puppets representing handicapped and non-handicapped children. The puppets and their operators go into the schools to provide awareness with different disabilities. This is the 25th year this project is being made available to third grade students within our AEA.

Click here to learn more about the Kids on the Block or to share your interest in becoming a puppeteer.

Grant Wood AEA featured in City Revealed magazine

Grant Wood AEA's Child Find and Early ACCESS program is featured in this month's issue of City Revealed magazine. The article provides additional information about the CART program, agency consultants and other information about how the agency serves children and families. Jeanie Wade Nagle and George Held were interviewed by writer Sally Danaher Welsh to produce the article. The magazine is currently available in many locations around the Cedar Rapids area.

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

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

Acoustic guitar concert to benefit Dollars for Scholars
September 12, 7 p.m., Tilford Elementary Auditorium, Vinton

An acoustic guitar player in Minnesota meets another player from Wisconsin, who introduces him to yet another from Indiana. That person introduces them to people from Mississippi and Arizona, and the web grows until a network of people spans the United States, then Canada, then eventually across the globe. These musicians keep in touch through the internet, but also gather in various areas to visit face-to-face. This is the fifth year 15-20 of these people will gather in Vinton and put on a concert, sponsored by Dollars for Scholars, which supports college bound seniors in the Vinton-Shellsburg school district.

The concert will be held at the Tilford Elementary School auditorium in Vinton. This event was highlighted by Dave Rasdall of the Cedar Rapids Gazette last year, and the event drew a full house. Attendance is free, and Dollars for Scholars accepts a free-will offering. A Grant Wood AEA affiliate, Todd Frank, heads up this event. He promises a good time to anyone who enjoys acoustic music.

During the show, each musician, either in groups or as solos, will perform two songs. Even though the music centers on the acoustic guitar, the genres vary among folk, bluegrass, jazz, old time country and Hawaiian. There might be a couple of fiddles, mandolins or harmonicas spicing up the sounds of the evening. This is a rare opportunity to hear a wide array of very talented acoustic guitar players.

Circle of Care Conference, Sept. 26

A Circle of Care conference will be held on Sept 26 at the new Kirkwood conference center across from Prairie High School. Focus of the conference will be on why one out of every 95 individuals is diagnosed with digestive problems, autoimmune dysfunction, mitochondrial disorders, cancers, mental health disorders, seizures, learning disabilities, diabetes, ADD, ADHD or autism.

Registrations are being accepted online by PayPal or by check through Sept 21. Continuing Education options for many professionals are available through Kirkwood, just sign up that day for the certification to be registered. Lunch is included in the fee. For more information, go to or call 319-361-8185.

Memorial Walk, Sept. 27

A memorial walk to remember children lost through pregnancy and infant death, childhood and young adult deaths will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Noelridge Park, 4900 Council Street in Cedar Rapids. The event will begin with registration at 1:00 p.m. followed by a brief memorial service and musical program at 1:30 p.m. Parents and supporters will be invited to write a message of remembrance to be placed in a fire pit, allowing words of love to rise to the heavens. Refreshments will be served in the lagoon pavilion afterwards.The event is sponsored by Cedar Memorial Memorial Funeral Homes, Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

Iowa Braille School's Fall Vision Conference

October 5 & 6, 2009
Renaissance Savory Hotel, Des Moines

Keynote Speaker: Christine Roman on Cortical Visual Impairment
All professionals invited to attend There is no cost to attend this event. For more information visit

Thank You

Where has the time gone? Over a year ago, we had the Flood of 2008. There are days it seems like only yesterday. We are so much further along than so many people and for that we are very blessed. We cannot express our gratitude enough for all of the long hours you may have spent away from your own family to help mine. For bringing food, taking care of dogs, donations of supplies, financial support, and even wiping away a tear or two. I could go on and on. Most importantly I want you all to know that we would never have made it this far without my Grant Wood AEA friends, administration, and colleagues and I just want you to know that we have not forgotten and we "thank you" from the bottom of our hearts.

Dawn, Nick and Lyndsey Hrabak


The Arc of East Central Iowa is need of 40-50 paper towel "tubes" for a project. Please drop off at the switchboard in the Sixth St. facility by Friday, Sept. 11.

Vacancies, September 4, 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