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Bulletin Board


Nov. 8, 2012 (date change)
Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting
5:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Room



In this issue:

Where Did Those Photos Come From?
New Payroll Direct Deposit Delivery Feature Available for Employees
Staff Reminder (Bed Bugs)
Like Us on Facebook
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminars
Linn-Mar Success Center Open House
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues


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






Where Did Those Photos Come From?


Staff who have been in the Sixth Street office yesterday or today may have noticed a new addition to the conference center walls. We have 32 brand new, framed photographs on the walls in that area.


This was an idea brought to us by Joe Crozier from his work at Great Prairie AEA. One of the former staff members at Great Prairie, Ed Minard, is a talented photographer, and he did a series of pictures for that AEA that showcased one scene per each district served by Great Prairie. Joe thought we should do the same for Grant Wood AEA.


Each picture displayed is a unique depiction from the 32 school districts we serve. In most cases, we have additional pictures he took in each of the districts, but we chose our favorites to put up on the walls of the conference center. The pictures will be labeled in some way as soon as we figure out what will be the most attractive way to add such information beside, above, below or on the frames.

In an upcoming issue of The Bulletin Board we will have more information about these pictures and how you can order prints for your own personal use.

The Second Annual GWAEA Photo Contest

Submissions due Nov. 30


This year's contest has a more narrow focus for entries. The subject matters needs to be pictures of historical or unique places within AEA10. This could include buildings that are on the national register of historic places, tourist sites such as


the Amana Colonies or the Amish area around Kalona, or your favorite hang-out places such as the ped mall in Iowa City, hiking/biking trails in AEA10, Kinnick Stadium, area schools, college/university sites, etc. The higher the resolution of the photos, the better!


The deadline for entires is Nov. 30. Submit your entries by email to either
George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office. See flyer for details.

New Payroll Direct Deposit Delivery Feature Available for Employees

The Grant Wood AEA Payroll System has the functionality to distribute employee payroll direct deposit notices electronically.   This is accomplished with an email sent to employees on each pay date that instructs the employee to log into the Employee Self Service (ESS) website to view their payment notice.  Payroll payment history is available for viewing or printing at any time through the ESS website. 


Log into the ESS website using this link:  At the welcome screen, employees are directed to make their election.   If you have already made your election, it can be viewed or updated again in ‘My Elections.' Anyone who elects following this Friday won't have the electronic option active until the November 9 payroll.


If there are any questions about this new feature, please contact Cathy Kearns, Business Services at or ext. 6706.

Staff reminder (bed bugs)

Due to the recent news last week about a bed bug situation at a local university, which was promptly addressed thanks to the timely reporting by students and quick university response, this seems a good time to provide a friendly reminder for staff about these pests!


For staff who travel on Agency or personal business, please remember precautions you can take to prevent bed bug problems when you use hotel accommodations.  Bed bugs are not caused by dirty living conditions and any one or any facility can get bed bugs.  Employees are encouraged to use appropriate preventive and protective measures to enjoy safe and pleasant travel.  It's important to be aware there is no Agency-provided insurance that extends to an employee's personal property and an employee's personal insurance would be the coverage that applies for bed bug situations. 


Previously, the Agency disseminated bed bug information provided by the Healthy Homes Branch of Linn County. Their websites features links to a variety of reference materials. For additional information, contact Linn County Public Health, 319-892-6000.

"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.)


Like us today at

See the complete article in the Sept. 28 issue of The Bulletin Board.

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.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Tina Gudenkauf
Special Education Consultant

M.A., Drake University (Ed. Leadership/Admin.)

B.S., Mount Mercy University (K-8 Special Education)

Tina's previous positions included Special Education/Level 1 and Title 1 6th Grade L.A./S.S. with the Cedar Rapids School District.


Colin Nies
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A. - University of Iowa

Colin worked for five years with Accelerated Rehab as a speech-language pathologist.


Jessie Smitterbergh
Special Education Consultant
Instructional Strategist II, Morningside College

Jessie worked as a behavior disorder teacher with Vinton-Shellsburg for five years, and a Level 3 autism focused teacher with Linn-Mar for five years.


Bonnie Winslow-Garvin
School Psychologist
Ed. S., Iowa State University

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Bonnie has held school psychologist positions with AEA 3, Mississippi Bend AEA, in Minneapolis, Grant Wood AEA .


October Issue of Impacting Lives

Educating for the Innovation Age - the Eastern Iowa Compact is one of the articles featured in this month's issue of "Impacting Lives" at


Also included are articles on how AEAs combat bullying in schools, and a story about Ava, a small girl from Hardy who is making great developmental strides with her AEA team.


Iowa's AEAs are imacting lives. To share a story idea for "Impacting Lives," contact George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in GWAEA Communications.

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 6-8 p.m.
Coralville Public Library


Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility

Stone/Revere Rooms

Cost: free
The meetings are open to all GWAEA staff. Email Liz Hooley regarding which session you would like to attend.

"Planting Seeds for Success"
Linn-Mar Success Center Open House and Plant Sale

The Linn-Mar Success Center staff invite you to their open house and plant sale on Nov. 1, from 3-6 p.m., 1055 Linden Dr., Ste. B., in Marion. The event will feature student booths, the plant sale, and refreshments. For information, contact Patricia Chalupsky, Program Coordinating Teacher, Linn-Mar Success Center, 373-4847 or


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

Nov. 21
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 – November 2012



Inquiry Cycle to Impact Instruction and Learning for Students in Special Education



The Conversation is the Relationship - Intro to Fierce Conversations




11/05/2012 8:30 AM-3:30 PM




See flyer for details

Hands On Equations, making Algebra Child’s Play

In this workshop you will see how the visual and kinesthetic approach of Hands-On Equations demystifies the learning of algebra, thereby providing students with a foundation for algebraic thinking and for a traditional Algebra 1 course. Since algebra is the language of mathematics, success with algebra is essential to the further study of mathematics and science.
iPad Apps are available for this program. 


This content supports younger gifted math students, helps students understand and meet the common core math standards related to algebraic thinking, modeling with mathematics, making use of structure and solving linear equations and word problems.  Teachers with elementary aged gifted students, upper elementary teachers, middle school teachers and high school teachers with students needing additional support to understand algebra will find this workshop very helpful.



Using Wraparound for Students with Behavioral/Emotional Challenges, Dr. Lucille Eber



Links Curriculum Workshop, Arick and Gill


19124 -12 -01


See flyer for details


Designing a Rigorous ELA Block, Walpole and McKenna

This session will describe an approach to design of an ELA block consistent with the text complexity demands of the Common Core State Standards. The block combines shared reading of a grade-level text, interactive read aloud of a more complex text, and differentiated instruction based on the student achievement data.


Audience :K-6 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Psychologists, Consultants

Making Challenging Texts Accessible: Support through Vocabulary and Comprehension Instruction, Walpole and McKenna

In this session, we will provide the whys and how of supporting young adolescent readers in challenging texts across the content areas. We will focus on a few high-utility vocabulary strategies (semantic feature analysis and concept of definition) and a few strategies that support student comprehension (reciprocal teaching, PALS, reading guides and questioning the author). Participants will learn to plan and use those techniques together.


Audience: K-8 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Psychologists



Ongoing Silent Epidemic: Brain Trauma in Education


19135 – 12- 01


10/30/2012 1-4 PM


See flyer for details

Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse prevention program designed to teach adults:
facts about child sexual abuse
situations in which sexual abuse might occur
simple, effective strategies for protecting children
importance of talking about prevention with children and adults
signs of sexual abuse and how to intervene




12/5/2012 1-4 PM


See flyer for details

Creating Digital Rich Classrooms: Teaching and Learning in a Web 2.0 World

Outside of school, today's students are accustomed to a high level of interaction and collaboration. Engage students in solving real-world problems while staying true to standards-aligned curricula. This session provides a research base and practical strategies for using web 2.0 tools to create engaging lessons that transform and enrich content.

Audience: Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Consultants




12/17/2012 8:30 AM -4 PM



See flyer for details

Reading and Writing Accommodations: Evidence-Based Protocols and Tools

As technology becomes more mainstream at home and in the classroom, knowledge of the issues surrounding accommodations is paramount. The day will begin with a current review of the literature of reading and writing accommodations for students with disabilities. Protocols that can be used to develop evidence-based decisons on accommodations will be shared. Online tools and applications that support struggling readers and writers will be presented. Strategies for conducting just-in-time professional development on accommodations will be discussed. Participants will leave this workshop with up-to-date information that can serve as an accommodations guide to stakeholders in their district.

Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support Staff, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants

Iowa AEA Online Resources webinars iowaaeaonline

Do you wonder which tool might be helpful to research other cultures and traditions? Do you need a refresher on a specific skill set. Then join us on one of the dates and times below to learn how to integrate the Iowa AEA Online Resources into your curriculum. Registration is available through Grant Wood AEA Professional Development.


Iowa AEA Online Resources Webinar Series – Literacy
Wednesday, October 24 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-01
Wednesday, October 24 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-02


Iowa AEA Online Resources Webinar Series – Social Studies

Friday, November 2 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-03
Friday, November 2 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-04


Iowa AEA Online Resources Webinar Series – Science
Tuesday, November 6 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-05
Tuesday, November 6 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-06

Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities including Gmail transition workshops:



For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.

Buy, Sell and Trade

FOR SALE: 3 bdrm, 1 3/4 bath mobile home in Iowa City. New vinyl siding and windows. Comes with all appliances including dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave. Bon Aire mobile home park. No dogs allowed in park. Asking $20,000 or best offer, option for contract sale. Contact Sara Geer at (319) 400-9345 or


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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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