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



In this issue:

Articles highlights reading support
Coralville Facility parking request for Nov. 6
Agency Focuses Its Work Through Data
Conference T-shirts
Children's clothing collection
The Second Annual GWAEA Photo Contest
Agency craft show on Nov. 8
Especially For You Race Team
Host Families for PAX Program
Like Us on Facebook
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Past Issues

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





Article highlights results of increased student reading time at
Benton Community

The Benton Community School District, Grant Wood AEA, and the Iowa Department of Education are featured in the November-December Each and Every Child Newsletter in an article titled, "Increased learning time = significant results."

The article focuses on the district's increase in reading time and the significant results achieved for students. Featured in the article are Benton Community's Michelle Smith, teacher; Ryan Junge, special education director and principal; and Deanna Thursby, GWAEA school psychologist.

Coralvlle Facility parking request for Nov. 6

Election Day is November 6 . If you will be working at the Southern Facility, please park in the back parking lot. Do not park in the front lot as the election workers, voters, and GWAEA clients will need to use all of those spaces beginning at 6:00 a.m. 

Agency Focuses Its Work Through Data

For years we have been preaching the importance of data in analyzing student work and for improving school systems. The agency has begun a new initiative focusing heavily on identifying data that will help guide us in improving student outcomes. For more information, click the following link to view a 3-minute video about this:

Tech Tip for Google Mail

Want a quick way to isolate and bring up ONLY the unread emails in your Google Mail? In the search box at the top of your page, type:  is:unread. Then hit Enter. Google will display all emails in your Mailbox that you have not read.


Free conference t-shirts!  

Susie Green has leftover t-shirts from the Open Minds, Open Doors conference for anyone who is interested.  Sizes available: L, XL and 2XL.  Stop by the Professional Development office and pick one (or two!) up.  

Children's clothing collection

The GWAEA Hearing Dept. gathered children's clothing last year and donated them to an area elementary school. That collection process is planned again this year. GWAEA Audiometrist
Nicole Clymer will be accepting donations at her desk. For information, contact Nicole at ext. 6459.

The Second Annual GWAEA Photo Contest

Submissions due Nov. 30


Submit your entries by email to either
George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office. See flyer for details.


See Oct. 26 issue for details.


GWAEA Agency Craft Show, Nov. 8

Our Agency Craft Show is scheduled this year for

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (note time change)

***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!

Heartfelt  thanks...

I want to thank all of my friends & “family” at GWAEA for all of the prayers, good wishes, gifts and care that has been shown to me this past month.  First, when my mother was in hospice and then passed on; the compassion, sympathy cards and gifts helped to make a difficult time more bearable.


Second, was my recent knee replacement surgery.  Your encouraging calls, emails and cards have motivated me to keep up with the difficult physical therapy.  The get well cards,  gift cards, money, food and fruit baskets have been incredible.  My husband also appreciates the gift cards to the local restaurants (I don’t think I can eat another bite of “Tator Tot casserole”). The last stack of birthday cards that came the week following my surgery was a complete surprise and had me in tears.   


I can’t thank you all enough for everything that you have done. Your warm, caring and supportive personalities not only make you wonderful friends but also very successful in your careers.  
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to call all of you my friends.  Thank you!


Deb Meyer

GWAEA Team - Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer

The 2012 Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer was held on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 with 15,250 people registering. The Grant Wood AEA team was 33 persons strong and included three youth, two men, and one breast cancer survivor.


The agency's team raised $915.00 for the Especially for You Fund. All proceeds will be used locally to provide breast cancer screening and other support services for individuals in need.


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Collect Pink Yoplait  lids for the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program. General Mills will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for each lid received.  Stacy Murphy has a collection tub in the staff break room of the Sixth Street building. Please consider supporting this cause.

Can you help one of these International Students study abroad this year? 

GWAEA Student Programs Specialist Susie Green shared the following from Jeff Schmatt, the local Coordinator for the PAX Program for Academic Exchange. Two students currently participating in the program are in need of host families due to situations experienced by their current host families. Please call or email Jeff Schmatt for more information, 319-895-8776 or 

"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.)


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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.

Professional Development Opportunity (*)

An important factor to consider when designing new models of teaching and learning is how to engage students in the learning process.  To help educators learn how to engage students, we have established a statewide PD opportunity for educators to learn how to personalize learning, which will begin this month.  We believe that this approach, which focuses on individual student learning pathways and adapting technology to provide



See attached flyer


anytime/anywhere learning opportunities has great potential to engage students and provide robust teaching in Tier 1, lessening the number of students needing Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.  The tools used to personalize learning can strengthen student engagement around the Iowa Core as well as teaching in any of the tiers in the RtI model.  To sustain and extend the learning in this area, we are facilitating the establishment of a statewide community of practice around personalized learning, which begins in November. The PD will be provided by national consultants Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey from Personalize Learning.


Susie Green, our GWAEA student program specialist, is coordinating this project and will serve as the eCoach for the community of practice in our area. The attached flyer provides information regarding registration for the upcoming eCourse and Community of Practice.  This opportunity is being made available to AEA and LEA educators and begins in November, so if you or anyone from your staff is interested in registering, please do so as soon as possible.

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



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 – 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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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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