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Jan. 11, 2013

GWAEA Blood Drive

1:30-5:30 p.m.

Revere, Stone rooms


May 2, 2013

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


May 13, 2013

GWAEA Innovation Day



In this issue:

Organizational Leadership Applications due by March 15
Math Apps
The PEP Library is Cleaning House
GWAEA College for Kids
Brain Injury Webinars
Gmail Transition Almost Complete
Our condolences...
iPad Update
Wanted: Small Plastic Containers
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Past Issues

Jan. 3, 2013

Dec. 20, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012

Dec. 6, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012

Nov. 15, 2012

Nov. 9, 2012

Nov. 2, 2012

Oct. 26, 2012

Oct. 19, 2012

Oct. 13, 2012

Oct. 5, 2012

Sept. 28, 2012

Sept. 21, 2012

Sept. 14, 2012

Sept. 7, 2012

Aug. 31, 2012

Aug. 24, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

Aug. 3, 2012

July 20, 2012

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board





Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 15

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff interested in applying for the 2013-2014 Organizational Leadership program. 


Participants will spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory.  Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job.  Participants also participate in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work. 


A small cohort of participants is selected each year through an application process. Participants completing their second year in the cohort include Megan Burke-Brunscheen, Lindsay Copp, Ronda Hilbert and Melva Starr.  This year Carrie Manternach, Kim Novotny and Melissa Tandy began their first year of leadership development. 


Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must complete an application and send it, along with other requested documents, to Lisa Fry by March 15, 2013. Applications for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the GWAEA website at the following address:


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Fry at

Math Apps

The Math Team at Grant Wood AEA reviews math apps to be used by students K-12.GWAEA consultants can access these apps in the Google domain:


Teachers and parents can access these same apps on Pinterest:

The PEP Library is Cleaning House!

Come by the PEP library anytime from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 1, or Feb. 4 and select free books and VHS videos on parenting, disabilities, resources for children, parents, families, and educators. Bring bags and boxes, you can’t take too many!


Special offer-Take a video/Take a cookie! There must be SOMEBODY who still has access to a VHS player. Call or E-mail Liz Hooley for more information.


Save the Date!

2013 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids

Programs, Dates & Locations:          





June 10-21

College for Kids - Session A

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

July 8-19

College for Kids – Session B

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

collegefor kids


See flyer for details or visit our website.

Series of free brain injury webinars for schools from the Iowa Governor's Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and IDPH


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently working with a federal grant for Traumatic Brain Injury. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and partners at the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education have put together a series of free webinars for teachers, school staff, school coaches and AEA staff. We are very fortunate to have well-known brain injury experts to provide these sessions.

GotoWebinar links will be provided for the dates below when available. The webinars will be about an hour in length and are scheduled right after the school day ends. Below is a list of dates, times and topics for the remaining webinars.







3:45 p.m.

Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury

Nova Adams, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital


3:45 p.m.

Common Challenges after Brain Injury

Tasha Retz, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

March 2013 (TBD)




Gmail Transition Almost Complete!

We will be making the cut over to the new email server today (Friday, January 11, 2013). All Grant Wood email will be sent and received through your Grant Wood Google Account after Friday.


What does this mean?

  1. You must log into your Grant Wood Google Account to send and receive email.

  2. You will no longer be able to use Outlook or Webmail to send/receive email.

  3. You will NOT be able to access any email or contacts that are stored in webmail.

  4. Make sure all needed email you have in webmail is forwarded to yourself, so you can access it after the cutover is complete. There will be NO WAY to get the email after we have switched over.

Do I Need to Panic?

  1. No, if you have made the transition through a webinar or workshop and are currently accessing your email after logging into your GWAEA Google Account, you will not notice a change.  

  2. Yes, but just a little!  if you did not contact instructional tech support or attend a workshop or webinar you will not have access to your email after Friday, January 11, 2013. If you forward your GWAEA email to a district account you still need to go to the new system and add that forward or you will not receive new emails. If you need to set up the forward or need to get switched over please contact Matt Doane or Stacy Behmer to help get you transitioned.

Thank you to everyone for working with us to try to make this as smooth as possible! We will continue to have support materials on GWAEA Gmail Transition Site as well as workshops to help users. These workshops and Creative Commons Help Desk sessions will be posted in the upcoming Bulletin Board issues.

Our condolences...

  • to John Berning, GWAEA Curriculum Specialist/Special Education Behavior Team, whose father-in-law passed away. John would like to express how grateful he is to work with such outstanding people and thank you all for your support.

  • to Jayne Hardy Kamberling, GWAEA Media/Technology Support Technician, whose sister, Pamela Lynn Colley, died suddenly on Friday evening, January 4, in Leeds, England.

iPad Update

Get Your Agency iPad App Order in Starting Monday!
The order form will be open for agency purchased iPad apps beginning Monday, January 14, 2013. Orders need to be placed by January 23, 2013. We are asking you to choose no more than ten apps total from the Tier 1 or Tier 2 list.


The apps on the Tier 2 list generally cost significantly more than those on the Tier 1 list, so you will be required to provide additional information on how you hope to use these apps. We will also pass these requests to RAs or other management staff for approval so that we can ensure that the right people are getting the right apps.

If you are new to the Agency, or have not ordered apps before, please click here to read about the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 apps. Descriptions of each app and a link to the iTunes Store can be found on the GWAEA iPad Project Site.


The order form will be operational on Monday, Jan. 14 by clicking here or by visiting the GWAEA iPad Project Site. Please note, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU ORDER.  The current window for app orders will be open until January 23, 2013, at which point no further orders will be accepted. Please submit your orders in a timely manner to ensure that you receive the apps you think you will need.

Wanted - Small Plastic Containers

The Early ACCESS AutismTeam is collecting quart size plastic containers with lids. The containers can be given to Lisa Becker or dropped off at the autism paraeducator's desk, which is near the Linn/Johnson room. Questions? Contact Julie Sigwarth, ext. 6558.

"Like" Us on Facebook Earns Possibility of $20 Off GWAEA PD

For every 20 people who like us, we will hold a drawing and give out one $20 coupon applicable toward any Grant Wood AEA professional development class offered at GWAEA (online classes do not qualify for the discount.)


For every 20 people who like us, we will hold a drawing and give out one $20 coupon applicable toward any Grant Wood AEA professional development class offered at GWAEA (online classes do not qualify for the discount.)

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.

The 2012-2013 TQ Professional Development proposal application dates are:

Feb. 27
May 29

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

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities


Information for Professional Development National Speakers for 2012-2013 is now on the Professional Development Google Site.  To access Google site, log into your Google account, click on Sites, and browse sites. 




iPad Professional Development

There are a series of iPad workshops being offered. See the GWAEA Pofessional Development site to register.



Professional Development Announcements – January 2013


Simplifying Response to Intervention, May 6-7, 2013

Mike Mattos, Solution Tree Consultant, will be presenting "Simplifying Response to Intervention" at Grant Wood AEA on May 6-7, 2013. Superintendents have received a flyer about this event and registration information. 


We anticipate strong interest in this event. We are working to maximize capacity and provide an equitable opportunity for districts to attend. Therefore, we are developing a staggered registration process for this event.

  • We are encouraging LEA team registration and will accept team registrations through Feb. 28. 

  • After Feb. 28, individuals may register for this event.

To provide customized content specifically for our AEA staff, we are providing a series of two webinars with Mike Mattos.  This will allow you to have background information and support district teams.

The interactive webinar dates with Mike Mattos specifically for AEA staff are scheduled for the mornings of April 1 and April 18.  Please watch The Bulletin Board for additional information regarding specific times and registration for the webinars.





1/18/2013 9 AM -4:30 PM


1/19/2013 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM


4/26/2013 1-4:00 PM



See flyer for details

Coaching in Early Childhood

This workshop will assist participants in developing the skills necessary to use a coaching interaction style in home, community, and early childhood settings to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other adults in the life of infants, toddlers, and preschool age children with developmental delays and disabilities. The presenters will describe the characteristics of coaching and natural learning environment practices, present the evidence supporting the use of coaching and everyday learning opportunities, and provide tools and techniques for practitioners to use to evaluate their own coaching skills. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the instructors role play various coaching scenarios, analyze videotapes of others using coaching using instruments from the coaching toolkit, and then practice and analyze their own coaching through role play and videotape review.


Standards, Assessment and Grading: Teaching Practices to Support Student Learning


Session 1, January 14, 2013
Keys to Implementing Common Core State Standards

Registration #: 19153-12-01


Session 2, February 26, 2013
Assessment Practices that Support Common Core

Registration #: 19154-12-01


Session 3, April 1, 2013
Quality Grading Practices
Registration #: 19155-12-01


Target Audience: K-12 teachers, administrators and AEA staff




1/31/2013 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM





See flyer for details

Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills in Students with Planning, Organization, Emotional Control, Working Memory and Attention Needs  

Recent research suggests a strong correlation between students' executive functioning and their academic success. It also has been noted that deficits in executive functioning results in difficulty with organization, time management and task completion, problem solving, on-task behaviors and social interactions. Participants in the workshop will explore the impact of Executive Functioning on student learning and social interaction. Participants will learn about the five domains of cognitive skills and will be given resource ideas and strategies that are designed to support strong cognitive skills in students. The strategies presented will focus on skills that promote effective organization and time management, task completion, independent work, student goal setting and accountability. Additionally, the intervention ideas also provide a foundation to assist with student self-monitoring, impulse control and emotional management.




3/1/2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM




See flyer for details

Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, LD, Sensory Processing, Dysgraphia)  

This workshop will discuss the criteria for diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and will include an in depth description of all the symptomology. It will also deal with the most common neurological disorders associated with TS, in particular, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dysgraphia, Executive Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities and the impact of all of these disorders on social emotional well-being, classroom performance and behavior. It will include some specific classroom strategies and techniques for working with these children in a variety of settings as well as introduce participants to a Functional Behavior Assessment created for children with all these disorders.

Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits.  The course options include Assessing Academic Rigor and iEvaluate. A letter from the DE/BOEE is attached for additional information. Please contact the PD office if you have further questions.


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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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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