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Bulletin Board


Feb. 15, 2013

Applications due for GWAEA Innovation Grants


March 8, 2013

Nominations due, GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet


March 15, 2013
Organizational Leadership Applications Due


May 2, 2013

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


May 13, 2013

GWAEA Innovation Day


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


Concert Hall at College Community



In this issue:

Videos share the stories of agency staff
GWAEA Innovation Grants due Feb. 15
GWAEA Innovation Day
Board PoliciesDistributed Annually
Nominations due March 8 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Gmail Workshops
Gmail Video Tip
iPad U
Share Your iPad Apps
iPad App Order Update
Instructional Tech - Southern Facility
Sharing GWAEA Services
Conference Room Setups
Brain Injury Webinars
American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






Videos share the stories of agency staff

We want to honor the people who serve the schools, students and parents in our area by sharing brief videos featuring some of the 450 employees working at Grant Wood AEA.


These videos are shared through links posted to EduVision, the agency's website and shared through social media (Facebook and Twitter.)


Two videos have been completed featuring Nancy Almasi, GWAEA speech-language pathologist and Laura McGraw, GWAEA itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. Click to the right to access their videos.


Additional videos are planned. Like us on Facebook to follow along as new videos featuring GWAEA staff are posted. For more information, contact George Held, ext. 6714.






Have you applied yet? Deadline for Grant Wood AEA Innovation Grants is Friday, Feb. 15


See the Nov. 29 issue of The Bulletin Board, for details on the Innovation Grants. The revised application date is Friday,
Feb. 15.
Information and the application form can be found at




Call for Presenters for Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day, May 13, 2013

Inspiring the transformation of education through innovation:
A Showcase of Talents

Do you have an innovative practice that you are interested in showcasing? Call for Presenter registrations are open for the third annual Innovation Day, planned on May 13, 2013,
1:30 - 4 p.m. in the Grant Wood AEA Conference Center. See the Nov. 29 issue of The Bulletin Board for details.


Registration will be available through
March 15, 2013.
Visit the following link to register:


Board Policies Distributed Annually

Policies related to 1) equity in employment, programs and services, 2) harassment and bullying, and 3) substance-free workplace are distributed on an annual basis.  Click on links below to access each policy and administrative regulation.


Policy # 4119 – Equity in Employment, Programs and Services
Administrative Regulation # 4119A - Equity in Employment Programs and Services Complaint Procedure


Policy # 4123 Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying
Administrative Regulation # 4123A - Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying


Policy # 4175 Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace
Administrative Regulation # 4175A - Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Martin, board secretary. For additional policy information, refer to on-line policy manual accessible from GWAEA home page (select Board of Directors then Board Policy Manual).

Nominations due March 8 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile."


See the Jan. 24 issue of The Bulletin Board for information. Nominations are due by
March 8 in the Communications Office.

Gmail Workshops- You Don't Just Have Mail, You Have Gmail!

This workshop will cover some functionality beyond sending and replying to email: how to create and manage labels and filters, communicating with talk, searching mail, managing contacts, using browser extensions and customizing your email experience.

March 5, 2013 8:30am-11:30pm (Sixth St.)

March 8, 2013 8:30 am-11:30 pm (Southern Facility)
March 18, 2013 12:30pm-3:30pm (Winter Room)



Gmail tip - The New Compose Box!


Some staff may already be using the new compose feature, but take a look! Now that we have been using Gmail for awhile you may be ready for it and the features that were missing in the original release are all there. A great feature of this is you can start working on an email and minimize it to search for email and come back to it instead of having to go to drafts.


Grant Wood AEA is Hosting iPadU iPadU

On July 11-12, 2013, Grant Wood AEA will be hosting a conference to celebrate and expand upon innovative classroom integration strategies for the iPad, iPadU. Join us for two days of workshops that will guarantee exciting, hands-on learning experiences that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom.
Go to the site to register or if you have something to share please sign up here to present. Feel free to share with teachers and administrators who would be interested in attending or have things to present. See flyer for details.


Share Your iPad App Recommendations

Grant Wood AEA is a leader in the state with iPad utilization to support student achievement. We are collecting a list of iPad Apps from AEAs statewide and will be sharing these Apps and resources by content area/discipline.


Information will be shared about what apps are being used and how they are being used. Please fill out this form for Apps you are currently using and would like to recommend for AEA staff and consultants across the state.
Link to the form:


iPad App Order Update

If you placed an app order recently we are working to get the apps ordered and distributed. It isn’t a quick process. We have the funds and are in the process of ordering all of the apps and getting codes. Then they will be distributed and you will be emailed if you already have used your agency Apple ID and you can add your apps. If you haven’t we will be getting you that information as well.


Instructional Technology Help Desk Times in the Southern Facility

Have a Gmail question? Want to know about Google Docs? Having a problem with your iPad? Matt Doane, one of our technology consultants, will be at the Southern Facility on Friday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm to help answer questions staff may have. Stop by and get some support or schedule a time to meet with him on Friday afternoons!

Sharing information about GWAEA services


(left) GWAEA Chief Administrator
Joe Crozier
joined Sen. Bob Dvorsky at the Capitol on Jan. 31.

(right) Christopher Soldat, GWAEA curriculum consultant, visited with
Sen. Joe Bolkcom on Feb. 6 during
STEM Day at the Statehouse.


Conference Room Setups

Below is a recap of the expectations of the maintenance crew and of Grant Wood AEA staff regarding conference room set-ups throughout the agency.  

  • The Winter, Spring, Autumn, Revere and Stone Rooms are the only rooms that the custodial staff will set up in difference configurations and with different tables per the room setup sheet. The time on the setup sheet is critical as that’s the time the room will be setup. It should be at least 30 minutes before you start your class.

  • The Board Room and Victorian Rooms do not allow reconfiguration of the rooms under any circumstances.

  • Any changes to the room setup must be made online and by noon the day before the reservation. Changes after that time must be made through a Marsden staff member directly and may or may not be accommodated based on their staffing levels that particular day.

  • All other agency rooms in all three buildings allow staff to setup per their meeting needs.

    However, the expectation is to return the rooms to the original configuration at the close of the meeting.

  • All support materials (markers, scissors, pencils, etc) need to be returned to the cabinets where found at the end of your reservation.

  • All power reels need to be unplugged and stored. This is especially important as the fire marshal cited Grant Wood AEA last year for reels plugged in when classes were not being held.

  • Please remove/recycle leftover handouts, paper, etc. rather than store in conference room cabinets.

  • The conference room cabinets should be locked after putting away supplies, reels, etc. The receptionist has the keys.

Series of free brain injury webinars for schools from the Iowa Governor's Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and IDPH (A)


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently working with a federal grant for Traumatic Brain Injury. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and partners at the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education have put together a series of free, one-hour webinars for teachers, school staff, school coaches and AEA staff.

GotoWebinar links will be provided for the dates below when available. The webinars will be about an hour in length and are scheduled right as the school day ends. Below is a list of remaining webinars. The links will be provided as they are made available.







3:45 p.m.

Common Challenges after Brain Injury

Tasha Retz, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa

March 2013 (TBD)





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Stuart and Joan Weinbrenner are the proud grandparents of identical twin girls, Haylee Ann Hedges and Hayden Grace Hedges. Their parents are Jon and Rose Hedges. Haylee was born at 3:44 p.m. on Feb. 8 and Hayden was born at 3:45 p.m. Haylee weighed 5 lbs. & 2 oz. Hayden weighed 4 lbs. & 1.2 oz. Everyone is doing well. Grandma Joan is very excited to have grandchildren in town now! Stuart is a GWAEA lead printer in Graphics/Printing.


American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution towards the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the 6th Street Facility front desk.
(399-6544, Visit the Jan. 17 issue of The Bulletin Board for details.

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 Cedar Rapids Community School District now has a Facebook ‘Like’ page sharing information on District activities and initiatives.

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 the Google site, log into your Google account, click on Sites, and browse sites. 




iPad Professional Development

There are a series of iPad workshops being offered. See the GWAEA Professional Development site to register.



Professional Development Announcements – February 2013


Added Days Available for June Professional Development:

Assessment for English Language Learners
This workshop will focus on considerations for evaluation of English Language Learners in an effort to build capacity for GWAEA building staff involved in the assessment and identification process.

June 17, 2013 8:30 – 3:30
Eligible staff may be paid through added days.  This includes CONTRACTED staff who managers believe would benefit from the training. Proposed audience:  Consultants, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, School Psychologists.

Staff must register for the session(s) via our Professional Development website (GWAEA Staff Training) by 6 am on May 15, 2013. Professional Development will notify Kelley Martin of registrants who will be included in the added days requests to be approved at the Board meeting. Due to this special process, managers do not need to submit an added days request.

Once added days are Board approved, staff will receive an added days calendar and time card. These are delivered to staff region inboxes. Staff should make special arrangements with their secretary if the added days paperwork is to be sent elsewhere.
Staff should attach a copy of their professional development certificate of attendance along with their completed time card.


If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,, 399-6517.

Personalize Learning - Transform Learning for Every Learner


The 5 W's of Personalize recorded webinars are now available! The 5 W’s are the What, Who, Where, Why, and Wow of Personalized Learning.

Learn what is and what is not personalized learning, learn how learners learn best, walk through the


See flyer for details

Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments, understand how teacher and learner roles will change, and how to use assessment AS learning.


To view the recorded webinar series visit


eCourse Instructors: Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey, Co-Founders - Personalize Learning



STAR Autism Program Training


4/08/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
04/09/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
05/14/2013 5:00 PM-8:00 PM


The STAR Autism Program teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism.


Participants will learn the techniques of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines. They will receive examples of the STAR Autism program lesson plans at each instructional level in order to practice their skills in implementing the program. The course content will include the following: An overview of the three instructional methods (discrete trial, pivotal response training and functional routines) and how they are used in combination to form the STAR Autism Program. A comprehensive how to training on the use of discrete trial training. An introduction on how to implement pivotal response training.


The STAR Autism Program has been used to provide intensive instruction in critical skills for children with autism in both self-contained programs and inclusive education programs. The program provides a structure that allows teachers to implement instruction throughout the child's day through typical school routines and provides techniques to teach the child in short 1:1 instructional sessions. The skills the child learns in the 1:1 instruction can be immediately practiced in the natural environment through the functional routines lessons.


This course will be presented by staff from STAR Autism Support.


Simplifying Response to Intervention, May 6-7, 2013

Mike Mattos, Solution Tree Consultant, will be presenting "Simplifying Response to Intervention" at Grant Wood AEA on May 6-7, 2013. Superintendents have received a flyer about this event and registration information. 


We anticipate strong interest in this event. We are working to maximize capacity and provide an equitable opportunity for districts to attend. Therefore, we are developing a staggered registration process for this event.

  • We are encouraging LEA team registration and will accept team registrations through Feb. 28. 

  • After Feb. 28, individuals may register for this event.

To provide customized content specifically for our AEA staff, we are providing a series of two webinars with Mike Mattos.  This will allow you to have background information and support district teams.

The interactive webinar dates with Mike Mattos specifically for AEA staff are scheduled for the mornings of April 1 and April 18.  Please watch The Bulletin Board for additional information regarding specific times and registration for the webinars.


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


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




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.




4/2//2013 8:30 AM -4:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


K-6 Speech Language Pathologists






4/3/2013 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Educational Learning and Support Center
2500 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


K-6 Speech Language Pathologists

See flyer for details

Beacons of Best Practice: Sound Articulation Treatment

This session presents an innovative approach for addressing the needs of children with mild articulation disorders in public school settings. Seven years of project data from San Diego Unified illustrate the efficacy of this short-term intensive, general education approach, which strives to efficiently and effectively remediate sound production errors.


Beacons of Best Practice: Sound Articulation Treatment Day Two

This session presents an innovative approach for addressing the needs of children with mild articulation disorders in the public school setting. It will focus on evidence-based intervention practices and will feature videos to demonstrate these research principles, including motor learning theory, current methodologies for treating the /r/ sound and homework.

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.


Buy, Sell or Trade

Wanted: 1 or 2 Bingo tumblers for use  in the VAST Science Center. The kind of tumbler that is a wire cage and is hand-cranked. Contact Karen D. or Bob B. at ext. 6777.

Lost and Found:

Pair of eye glasses with matching case in black, white and gray striped left in the Psychology work area across from my desk about 5-6 weeks ago. Contact Dawn Hrabak, ext. 6834.


Found: The following books were found on the second floor of the Sixth St. facility. Mediated Learning, Breaking Ranks II, Instrumental Enrichment. Contact Cathy Nelson to claim.


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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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