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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:

GWAEA Innovation Grants application date extended
GWAEA Innovation Day
AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update
Resources from the Transition Cadre
GWAEA Video Updates
Organizational Leadership Applications due by March 15
The PEP Library is Cleaning House
Gmail Transition Complete
iPad Update
Digital Learning Day
American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
Thank you
Live Healthy Iowa
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found


Past Issues






Application deadline extended:
Grant Wood AEA Innovation Grant
s due Friday, Feb. 15

In the Nov. 29 issue of The Bulletin Board, we announced the availability of of $25,000 for innovation grants to keep the agency on the path of excellence and creativity.


The previous application deadline was the week prior to winter break. The revised date for applications is Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.


As a reminder, any Grant Wood AEA staff member may apply for funds to be used for added work days and materials and resources.


Information and the application form can be found at


Selected applicants will be expected to present their innovation plans at the next Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day, which will be held the afternoon of May 13, 2013.


Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day, May 13, 2013

Inspiring the transformation of education through innovation: A Showcase of Talents

Please join us for an afternoon of exploring new ideas, innovations and teaching techniques being explored and developed by Grant Wood AEA staff.


This special event will be open to agency staff, school administrators, curriculum directors, elected public officials, etc.


Monday, May 13, 2013
2 - 5 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Conference Center


This event will function like an open house or science fair with Grant Wood AEA staff posted at various tables and sharing new ideas and practices they are using in the schools. Learn what's on the horizon for enhancing K-12 education.

AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update

The AEA Special Education Procedures Manual (aka "red book") has been updated as of January 15.  Please refer to this link for the Special Education Procedures Release Notes - January 15, 2013 (Special Education Forms page in our GWAEA site).  These updates specifically refer to open enrollment of eligible individuals and sample EERs.  You can also access the updated AEA Special Education Procedures Manual through this link to our website.  You may want to add this as a favorite for easy access in the future.

Resources from the
Transition Cadre

The Grant Wood AEA Transition Cadre would like to update staff of two great resources available to support teachers, students, and families with the transition process.


1. Members of cadre have developed transition folders (right) that have now been sent out to districts in the GWAEA area. The transition folders contain important information for parents and families related to the transition process that starts the year a student turns 14 and continues to graduation. Each of the 32 districts received a copy for every 8th and 9th in special education in their district!  


The plan is for the special education teachers to give parents/families the Transition folders at the
IEP meeting and to use the folder to foster meaningful conversations to plan for a successful transition for students.  District may order additional copies of the folder to be used with other special education student/parent in their district.  The cost is $1 per folder and order requests should be directed to Sara Kane, Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP), ext. 6702.

2. The other major project completed by the Transition Cadre is the release of the updated
Best Practice Guidelines for Secondary IEPs.  It is now available on the Transition website. The B13 indicators on the IEP file review were revised in the fall of 2012 and the new Best Practice Guidelines is available to assist staff with writing quality secondary IEPs that match the new B13 indicators.  

Grant Wood AEA Video Updates

The videos below can also be accessed via the Grant Wood AEA channel as part of the Eduvision link from the GWAEA homepage.


FollettShelf is a virtual bookshelf that provides an online environment to search for eBooks, which are exact copies of the physical book and have the advantage of being available 24/7. To learn more, click on the GWAEA Online Resources link on the homepage.



Got a project for Creative Services? Eric Cleveland, GWAEA graphic designer, shares some ideas with you in a fast-paced, 90-second video about what our agency can do for you or your schools.


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. 


See the Jan. 10 issue of The Bulletin Board for more information.

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.


Gmail iPad App

Make your email experience more like the on your computer with this Gmail iPad App. Go take a look. Get the App Here!



Gmail Transition Complete!

Thank you everyone for your patience as we have completed the switch over to the Google Apps email system. Here is a list of the upcoming Gmail Workshops.


You Don't Just Have Mail, You Have Gmail!
This workshop will cover some functionality beyond sending and replying to email: how to create and manage labels and filters, communicating with talk, searching mail, managing contacts, using browser extensions and customizing your email experience.

January 24, 2013 12:30-3:30pm (Staff Conference Room)
January 31, 2013 8:30am-12:30pm (Autumn Room)
February 4, 2013 8:30am-12:30pm (Staff Conference Room)
February 5, 2013 8:30am-12:30pm (Staff Conference Room)
March 5, 2013 8:30am-12:30pm (Coralville)
March 18, 2013 12:30pm-3:30pm (Winter Room)

The GWAEA Gone Google Support Site has undergone a facelift. We are still working on the site, but Gmail resources are now located there and we will be adding more information very soon. Take a look and bookmark it!


There will be additional Google Apps workshops coming! Currently, these two are posted.
Chrome in the Classroom
February 8, 2013 8:30-11:30am
I didn't know my web browser could do that! Let's look at how we can beef up the Google Chrome to make you more productive and efficient. There are apps and extensions out there for instructional uses and will help differentiate instruction for students. I'll go through a list of my personal favorite extensions and apps and show you how to go get a few more!

Let's Get Cooking with GAFE Even More
April 23, 2013 12:30-3:30pm
Let's take a look at some of the other ingredients that Google provides and how those can be used in the K-12 setting. Some of the tools that you can put on your plate will include: Voice, Alerts, Scholar, Custom Search, Reader, Picasa and Translate! We will go through how these tools are being used by educators and can be put together to spice things up!


Digital Learning Day is February 6, 2013

Grant Wood AEA and AEA 267 are Teaming Up for Digital Learning Day!
In recognition of Digital Learning Day Grant Wood AEA and AEA 267, technology integration consultants will be teaming up to provide a series of mini-webinars all day long! These Google Hangouts on Air will be held on the top and bottom half of each hour starting at 8am with the last one being held at 4pm. Topics range from Google Apps, to iPad Apps to great web tools! Check out the hangout topics and times and stop back on February 6, 2013 to participate. You can pop in for just one or all! The Hangouts will last from 15-20 minutes and will be recorded and posted on the site in case you miss one. Please register for hangouts you plan on attending and resources and a reminder will be sent to you!
Hangouts will be streamed live and archived from the session's page!
Bookmark this page - - (for AEA Digital Learning Day)

iPad Update
Get Your Agency iPad App Order in ASAP!

The order form is open for agency purchased apps. 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.

You can access the order form 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.


American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution towards the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the 6th Street Facility front desk.


The options, with a couple of new choices are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch

  • Vase & a Bunch: $15

  • Dainty Daffodils: $15. Replantable miniature daffodil bulbs in a container.

  • Bear Hugs for Hope:$25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with their very own limited edition Boyd’s Bear (given anonymously.)

  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.

  • Bear and a Bunch: $25. This is a Boyd’s Bear and a bunch of daffodils, specially designed for American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days

  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.

Pictures of these are at the front desk. Orders will be taken from now until February 11, 2013. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 13, 2013. (Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.)


Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call Cathy at
Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.

Thank you

Thanks to everyone for kind words, emails, cards, memorials and support following the death of my mother, Genevieve Kromminga.  I so much appreciate and am grateful for all the thoughtful expressions of condolence and concern that I have received. 


Denese Kromminga Toomey 

I want to thank everyone who saved the pink Yoplait lids this year for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure!  We collected 228 lids which Yoplait will donate $.10 for each lid to help find the cure.  Also a big thank you to the Curves group in Washington, Iowa who saves and donates their lids with us!


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I also want to thank everyone for all of gifts and donations for the Vinton Animal Shelter and its furry residents.  Everything was much needed and appreciated especially since their washer broke down and we had a bunch of towels and blankets!  Julie, the shelter director was thrilled and commented that i must work with a great group of people and i definitely agreed with her!  Thank you all!


Stacy Murphy

The Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge


Dates of Challenge: Jan. 28 – April 5, 2011



Registration for the The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge is available as part of the agency's Google Site under the Category "Agency Wide" and "Wellness."


Live Healthy Iowa is a fun, easy and affordable way to engage Iowans in healthy behaviors. This team-based physical activity, nutrition and weight loss program is designed to promote positive changes leading to a healthier lifestyle.


So far over 8,000 Iowans have committed to live a positive, healthier lifestyle by participating in the 2013 10 Week Wellness Challenge. Don't worry, there is still time to register! The challenge begins Monday, January 28 so team up and register your team today.

Save $5 by visiting a local Hy-Vee or to obtain a discount coupon. The coupon code must be entered at time of registration. There are 40,000 coupons available for redemption. When the maximum number is reached the discount will no longer be available. Only one coupon is needed per team.

How does it work?
Teams of 2-10 Iowans compete in a web-based competition tracking weight loss and/or activity minutes for 10 weeks.

For $20, each participant will receive:
T-Shirt - NEW color in 2013
Weekly motivational emails
Personal online tracking page
Unlimited access to recipes, workouts and health information on the LHI website
Opportunity to win team incentives and individual prizes
One-year magazine subscription
..and more!


For more information, visit or contact Connie Dvorak or Stacy Murphy.

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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 Professional 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.



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


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.


Buy, Sell or Trade

Mission style queen or full size headboard and footboard.  Asking 50$.  Also a girls toy holder Disney princess with 9 buckets, 10$.  Buffet light wood color, 40$.  Call for further information or pictures, 319-981-0719.


Lost and Found:

A pink, white and gray pair of baby socks were found in the parking lot.
A mans watch was found in the wellness room.
A wireless rimmed pair of glasses.
A silver Casey's Mug.


A silver dangly earring with a rust colored stone was lost on January 15 around the Linn-Johnson Room or along that path from the front door.


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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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