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Oct. 10, 2012

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



In this issue:

Like Us on Facebook
iPad Update
GMail Update
Google Docs/Drive
Google Chrome
Flu Shots
Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Island Fever, Oct. 6
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Past Issues

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





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

Congratulations to the following who each earned a $20 coupon as part of our "Like Us On Facebook" promotion:

Rainey Miller

Marisa Dahl

Jennifer Newlin Albers

Jessica Collier Roman

Glenda Bush Wlonsinski

Connie Cranny

Kevin Honeycutt

Andy Jones

Mindy Nefzger Conaway


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.

iPad Update

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


iPad Care
We had a fatality this week with cracks on all four corners and a sticky screen. So, I just want to remind folks to keep their iPads in cases whenever possible and be careful with handling them. Also, please make sure hands, especially little hands, are clean when handling the iPads. If you need to wipe it use a soft cloth. They were a significant investment by the agency, so remember you signed an acceptable use policy and the purpose and intent was for work related use.


Agency App Order Update
A few people have been asking about when they will receive the agency apps they ordered.Michelle and Jonathan are working on getting them ordered and distributed. Unfortunately they are also busy with our schools and workshops. All the apps have been ordered, so it is just a case of getting codes out to you.

If you are new to the agency, or have not ordered apps before, you will be asked to come in and meet with Michelle, Stacy or myself to redeem your apps for the first time, and to get your Agency Apple ID. There are a couple of steps to walk through the first time, but it will not take long to show you what those are.

Finally, we were informed by Apple that the Silly Numbers app is no longer available on the App Store. Hence, if you ordered this app, you will not be getting a code for it, because it is no longer available for download. This is something that was outside of our control, so this app will be removed from future orders.

Thanks to everyone for your patience. We appreciate your eagerness to get a hold of your new apps, so we will get them to you as soon as we can

GMail Update

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


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. Sign up for one of the workshops to get transitioned over 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! 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!

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! Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning

IC email Glitch
Some people have had their email going to spam folders of Iowa City staff. It isn’t happening for everyone, but if you are not getting responses from Iowa City staff, you may want to follow up. All they need to do is mark you as not being spam. It has to be done at the user level. I would recommend you putting the read receipt on to help notify you for awhile.

Google Docs/Drive

Google Docs has changed names to Google Drive because you can store more than just documents, you can treat it like a hard drive! So, if you are prompted to change it you may, just click through the prompts and you don’t really need to install the software (that is for advanced users who want to use it like Dropbox). Once you get to drive, just go to MORE-->ALL ITEMS and you will see your documents and folders/collections. There will be workshops coming on how to use Google Drive and some of the new features. If you would like to learn more here is the Overview of Drive.


Keep Your Browsers Up to Date and Google Chrome

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


Google is no longer supporting older versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox, so make sure you 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

Flu Shots planned Oct. 16 & 18


See the Sept. 28 issue of The Bulletin Board for information.

Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Oct. 19, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids


Student Diversity Leadership Conference is designed to provide cultural understanding for


high school students and faculty in the Creative Corridor. The goal of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference is to empower and inspire participants to work towards a brighter future through understanding, celebrating and acceptance of all facets of diversity.


Open to all high school age students and educators attending public, private and home schools. Keynote and workshops presenters for the 2012 Student Leadership Conference are Scott Backovich and Sherita Titus. Educators and community members will learn more about the 2007 Safe School Law in a two-part session facilitated by Brent Robins.


The conference is free to attend, Registration information is available at or 319-363-3707.

IPERS & Retirement Planning Seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 - Coralville Public Library, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 - Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility, Stone/Revere Rooms, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: free

Watch next week's issue of The Bulletin Board for registration information.

Island Fever planned Saturday, Oct. 6

Island Fever is an annual charity fund-raising event sponsored by the Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club that raises money to support Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids and the Johnson County Crisis Center in Iowa City.  The party with a purpose features live music, contests, prize give-aways, games and both a silent & live auction.  A cash bar (featuring lots of great drink specials) and a food stand are also located within the event. Proceeds raised through this event (including your ticket purchase) are donated back to our two designated phlocking charities. 


See flyer for details

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 – October 2012

"Teaching and Learning for Today's Diverse Learning Community"

Oct. 25, 2012 • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Grant Wood AEA • 4401 Sixth St. SW • Cedar Rapids IA


Presenter: Tyrone Howard, Ph.D.
UCLA Graduate School of Education


Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants


See flyer for details

This session will focus on the changing racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic changes in Iowa’s schools. The session will discuss some of the challenges working in today’s di-verse climate, and identify and discuss research-based strategies that can contribute to increased learning outcomes for all students.



Course #: 19115-12-01

Registration Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Fees: A book fee of $ 25 is included in other fees

Total fee: $90

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


Hands On Equations, making Algebra Child’s Play


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


STAR Autism Program Training, Arick and Gill


Links Curriculum Workshop, Arick and Gill

19124 -12 -01

Designing a Rigorous ELA Block, Walpole and McKenna


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

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


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, Number 5703-12-05
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

"Ongoing Silent Epidemic: Brain Trauma in Education"

On October 29, the Brain Injury Resource Team of Grant Wood Area Education Agency is hosting a class presented by the Center for Disabilities and Development as well as a representative of the Epilepsy Foundation. More and more students in our schools have had an injury due to concussion, stroke, car accident, seizure disorder, or other trauma to the brain. This class for AEA staff, LEA staff, and parents will be able to provide you with some background regarding the issues that the students and families face.


Ongoing Silent Epidemic: Brain Trauma in Education

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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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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