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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


May 13, 2013

GWAEA Innovation Day



In this issue:

GWAEA receives i3 Grant
Payroll Tax Changes Effective January 2013
Staff Assignment Changes
Last Call to Transition to Gmail
Our condolences...
PEP News Bulletin, Jan. 2013
GWAEA Blood Donation event
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Past Issues

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





Grant Wood AEA receives i3 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Yesterday, the agency held a press conference to announce its receipt of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. We've seen some news media coverage already as a result of this. Here are links to the stories that have surfaced:

The Des Moines Register

If you'd like more information about the grant and how it will work, an FAQ document provides some answers:
FAQ Regarding the i3 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Payroll Tax Changes Effective January 2013


Federal legislative action will affect employee net take-home pay beginning in January 2013.  A primary aspect is the FICA (Social Security) employee tax rate, which was reduced from 6.2% to 4.2% for the past two calendar years.  This temporary reduction will revert back to 6.2% in January 2013. 


Federal and state payroll income tax withholdings will also change in 2013.  Grant Wood AEA will make the appropriate tax table changes when they become available. With the new tax adjustments, employees will notice a variance in their net take-home pay beginning with the January 4, 2013 payroll checks. 


Please contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits at or 399-6706 with any questions.  Thank you.

Staff Assignment Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

Debra Robin


1.0 / IC

Emergent Literacy Project

.5 Emergent Lit. Proj.
.5 Iowa City

January 2013

Connie Cranny


1.0 / Central

Emergent Literacy Project

.5 Emergent Lit. Proj.
.5 Central

February 2013

Maggie Pickett


1.0 /NE

Emergent Literacy Project

.5 Emergent Lit. Proj.
.5 Northeast

February 2013

Deb Hollensbe


1.0 / SW

Staff On Special Leadership Assignment / SLP


January 2013

Kelly Jones

School Improvement Consultant

1.0 /NE

Staff on Special Leadership Assignment/ Data Support Systems

1.0/ Northwest

July 2013

Melissa Tandy

Special Education Consultant

1.0 / NW

Interim Facilitator

1.0/ Administration

January 2013

De Wagner

School Psychologist

 1.0 / NE

Autism Consultant

1.0/ Northwest

July 2013

Last Call to Transition to Gmail

We will be making the cut over to the new email server on 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 upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.

Our condolences...

  • to Denese (Toomey) Kromminga, GWAEA school social worker, whose mother,
    Genevieve Ruth Kromminga, passed away on Jan. 1, 2013. A memorial service was held on Jan. 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone.

PEP News Bulletin, January 2013





The PEP News Bulletin, January 2013, features information about a session for students and parents in the GWAEA service area on the Iowa AEA Online resources:


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

6-8 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.

Cedar Rapids

(Snow date: Feb. 5, 2013)


For more information, contact Sara Kane,

Liz Hooley or Deb Johnson in the PEP Program.

Grant Wood AEA will hold blood donation event on Jan. 11


Grant Wood AEA will host a blood drive donation event on Friday, Jan. 11, from
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Revere and Stone rooms in collaboration with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC).

If you would like to participate in giving blood, contact George Held at 319-399-6714 or
e-mail to
Last Date to Donate Elsewhere: 11/16/12
Group Sponsor Code: 1742  
Please eat before donating and bring a photo ID.


Donations always decrease during the holidays, but the demand for blood remains the same year-round. Due to the recent snowstorm and holiday, the MVRBC is experiencing inventories significantly below patient need for O negative blood.


To recognize donors who provide this lifesaving resource at this busy time of year, the MVRBC announced the opportunity for donors to win a $100 gift card! Everyone who presents to give blood at an MVRBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive between Monday, December 24 and Saturday, January 12 will be entered to win a $100 gift card and one winner will be drawn each day between Dec. 24 and Jan. 12.

Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Donors who choose may credit a sponsor group at the time of their donation. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. Your donation will help save lives. Thank you for supporting local patients by giving blood.

"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. 


Professional Development Announcements – January 2013





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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