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

Kelly Varnum recipient of KCRG-TV 9 A+ for Education Award
iPad Update
More GMail Transition Update!
iPad U
Google Chrome
The Second Annual GWAEA Photo Contest
Chick-fil-A food certificates
Like Us on Facebook
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






Kelly Varnum recipient of
KCRG-TV 9 A+ For Education Award


GWAEA Audiologist Kelly Varnum was nominated and recognized as the recipient of the KCRG-TV9 A+ For Education Award, October 2012.


The presentation took place on
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Linn-Mar's
Westfield Elementary.


Kelly's nomination noted the children she has identified with hearing loss and the classroom support provided to students and teachers during her over 23 years as an educational audiologist. Her support includes educating teachers about hearing loss and the equipment needs for some students. The nomination noted Kelly's GWAEA assignment covers 55 schools in three counties and includes testing on the hearing van at those schools. 


KCRG-TV 9's A+ for Education Award feature is now airing on Channel 9. Congratulations, Kelly!

iPad Update

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

Apps are currently being distributed and we will have a meeting shortly for new staff to get their Agency Apple IDs and Apps. We have had another fatality with the iPads, so this is another


reminder to please keep your device safely in a case at all times. You may use PD dollars to purchase accessories if you would like something different. We will be offering more iPad PD for staff in the coming months and will announce that on the user group and in the bulletin board. Thank you to all of you who have been posting resources and information with the user group. It has been very helpful!

More Gmail Transition Update!

There has been some very positive feedback and a little bit of a learning curve, but things are going well as we continue to transition staff to the Gmail web client. Make sure you get signed up for one of the remaining workshops to transition to the new email system. At the


workshop you will begin using the new interface. Please visit the Gmail transition site to get signed up! You will need to have your administrative login to your computer and your webmail password for the workshop.


There are also a lot of resources on the site to help support you with the new email client, so don’t forget about it when you are taking some time off and need to set that vacation reminder! If there are things you would like to see added to the site please let me know.


A lot of staff have already made the move, just a reminder, once you have moved please fill out the the following form to let us know:  Link to Form. Please let me know if you have any questions!


We will be hosting an iPad conference here in July, space will be limited, so if you are interested, take a look and please spread the word to districts who may be interested. Also, if you have been doing some great things with your device and would like to share, we will be looking for sessions shortly!

Keep Your Browsers Up to Date and Google Chrome

Google is no longer supporting older versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox, so make sure your browsers are up to date! You need to log on as the administrator on your machine to do this. Another option would


be to install Google Chrome as your browser. Because our GWAEA machines have multiple user accounts (admin and you) then there is a special version you can install. Visit the resources page on the Gmail Transition Site to find it.
Gmail Resources Site


It is important to keep your web browsers up to date. Here is a link to the most current version of Firefox. We recommend to have a couple browsers on your computer. You need to login as the administrator on your computer in order to do this install and updates.
Firefox Browser Download

The Second Annual GWAEA Photo Contest

Submissions due Nov. 30


This year's contest has a more narrow focus for entries. The subject matter 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. Pictures can be of indoor or outdoor scenes. 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.

Chick-fil-A food Certificates

Chick-fil-A opened a new restaurant at 217 Collins Road NE in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 25. Free food certificates for the restaurant can be found in your mail box or with your support person. Approximately $26,000 in free food certificates has been given away for this grand opening. The certificates provided to GWAEA staff are part of this giveaway. The new Chick-fil-A will be run by Bob Schmidt, who formerly operated the Chick-fil-A in Westdale Mall for nearly 24 years; it was the state's first Chick-fil-A franchise. He transferred to the Coral Ridge Mall restaurant in Coralville and has now returned to Cedar Rapids. The restaurant will employ 80 people. 

GWAEA Agency Craft Show, Nov. 8

Our Agency Craft Show is scheduled this year for Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

***Soup & sandwiches for sale at lunchtime ***

What will be at the Craft Show this year??

Silpada Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Thirty One Gifts,
Mary Kay Cosmetics, jewelry, table runners, scarves, pottery, paper crafts, baby items, burlap pillows, fabric pumpkins, fabric snowmen, book trees, garlands, stockings, bird houses
and food items.

  If you would like to participate as a vendor or have questions about the show, please contact Erlene Spicer at Ext. 6746. Thanks!

"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.

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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:

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 - Nov. 26, 2012



See flyer for details


19123-12-01 - Nov. 27, 2012

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




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


"Save the Date"

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

January 14, February 26 & April 1, 201

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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


See flyer for details

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 – 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.



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