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


In this issue:

Offsite and Central Region Changes
Update from GWAEA SLPs
Innovation Day videos
The 2011-2012 Education Directory is online
The Linker, Fall 2011
Flu Shots
Become a Kid on the Block
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
School Board Elections and Kirkwood Levy Vote
Agency Craft Show planned
Nov. 11
Not Going Back to School Party
An Update
TQ Proposal Application Date - Sept. 14
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Sept. 9, 2011


Past Issues

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




Offsite and Central Region Changes

Janine Wahl, Regional Administrator for the Central Region schools of Linn-Mar and Marion has been offered and has accepted a position with Bemidji State University. At the August Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors meeting, Janine asked the Board to allow her to end her contract with the agency. The Board agreed, pending the agency’s finding a suitable replacement.
We have finalized changes for the 2011-12 school year, which will allow Janine to fulfill her dream of teaching at the college level while providing strong leadership for the schools we serve. Effective on Monday, September 12, 2011, Jill Weigel will become the Regional Administrator for the Linn-Mar and Marion school districts. Her responsibilities for the agency’s off-site programs will be assumed by two people - Bob Lehman and Jim Barth.  Bob is a former School Psychologist, Principal and Superintendent, and Jim is a former AEA Regional Administrator and School Social Worker.   
Jim will have primary responsibilities for Linn County Detention, Foundation 2, Youth Emergency Shelter, Corrections and VITAL.  Bob will have primary responsibilities for Life Skills, SEAD, AWARE and the BLC.  Jim and Bob are developing a schedule which will ensure complete administrative coverage of these programs.

Update from Grant Wood AEA Speech-Language Pathologists

Over the past two years, federal law has changed on how SLPs can work with students. The Speech-Language Pathology Department at Grant Wood AEA has developed materials to help update building staffs regarding these services. A short, seven-minute video about SLP services has been created along with an accompanying brochure. (The video may be viewed publicly through the Eduvision site on the Grant Wood AEA home page.)


SLP's serving schools are scheduling times to meet with building staff to share the video and brochure, lead discussions and answer questions.


All of the information provided comes from resources such as the Department of Education and the American Speech and Hearing Association. The Grant Wood AEA SLP department hopes that this video and brochure can create a common understanding of current practices, give credence to some of those difficult decisions in team work, and help reduce misunderstandings among parents and staff.


For information, contact Marsha Reitzler, GWAEA regional administrator, ext .6214.

Innovation Day videos

Some of the videos from the Innovation Day held last spring are now available as part of the Staff Website through the "A Showcase of Talent" link. In order to access this site, you must be logged in to your GWAEA Google account. If you are not logged in, the page will prompt you to do so.


For questions about the videos, contact George Held in the Communications Office, ext. 6714.

The 2011-2012 Area 10 Education Directory is online

Area 10 Education Directory


A revised copy of the 2011-2012 Area 10 Education Directory is available on the Grant Wood AEA website in PDF format.


As with last year, only staff who request a printed copy of the Area 10 Education Directory will receive a copy. Please click here to request a printed copy of the publication.

The Linker, Fall 2011



The Fall 2011 issue of Grant Wood AEA's quarterly newspaper, The Linker, is available for viewing and download at along with archival copies. Printed copies will be available at each building's front desk.


The focus of the cover article, "Summer STEM learning," is the "Hot Fun in the Summertime!" summer camp held during July at Marion High School. The camp was a collaborative effort between Grant Wood AEA and the Marion Independent School District. Thirty students in grades 4-9 enjoyed two weeks of the integrated science and literacy camp.


This is the 31st year of publication for
The Linker
, which is distributed quarterly to all area educators, school board members, legislators, libraries, and professors of education. For information or to suggest an article, contact Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office, ext. 6824.

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

Become a Kid on the Block

For 27 years, our AEA has supported a Kids on the Block puppetry program, which helps elementary students understand many of the daily living problems children with disabilities often face. We encourage you to become part of the Kids troupe. It’s a modest commitment, and it can be a lot of fun. For more information and a volunteer’s form, click here.

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.

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.

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.

Not going back to school party

Celebration honoring recent retirees – Saturday, Sept. 17 at Palisades Park, shelter #2, next to the boat ramp. Potluck, drum circle, hiking, and general fun. The shelter is reserved all day; so come early if you wish. Please bring something to grill for yourself plus a dish to share. Table settings and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided. RSVP by noon on Friday 9/16 to Andreya 319-337-4489.

An Update and Thanks to my friendly & supportive colleagues-
I have 2 jobs!

I am happy to report that I have 2 jobs in the ICCSD. I will be a health para in an Early Childhood Special Ed classroom at Twain from 8-2:45 and then I will be a computer coach in a lab for an afterschool program for low achieving, low income students from 3:15-5:45 at Kirkwood in Coralville. It will be great to continue doing work that matters for some important kids.
Miss most of you!
Jane Faley Smith

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

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

Buy, Sell and Trade

Lost and Found:

- Problem Solving Process laminated poster

- Rimmel lipgloss

- 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.

- 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 9, 2011


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