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Bulletin Board


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:

Agency Closings - Winter Weather Advisories
AEA Advocacy Letters Needed
GWAEA Innovation Day
Self-Check out available in the Media Center
Gmail Workshops
Gmail Video Tip
iPad U
Share Your iPad Apps
iPad App Order Update
Instructional Tech - Southern Facility
Sharing GWAEA Services
February issue of Impacting Lives
Thank you
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






Agency Closings - Winter Storm Advisories

If you’ve forgotten how we handle agency closings due to winter storms, you may refer to the Nov. 15 issue of The Bulletin Board. If the agency does not close, you still must decide for yourself if the roads in your area are safe to traverse. If we decide to close, this will occur around 6 a.m. Even though we move as quickly as possible once a decision has been made, the support systems that deliver this message take time to process and distribute it. Messages are posted via the home-dialing network system, the local media (KCRG, KGAN, and KWWL), gmail to all staff, agency voice mail and a closure posting to the agency’s Home page.

AEA Advocacy Letters Needed

Thank you to those of you who have helped to get letters from parents going into the Legislature over the past few weeks in support of our AEAs. Legislators are receiving the letters and have commented about them to AEA leadership.  We need to continue to encourage parents of students who receive our services to share their stories with the Legislators.  Another group that would be great to have write letters of support would be teachers and administrators in our local school districts and you, our AEA staff members, who have great things to say about Grant Wood AEA and the programs and services we provide.


Please share the following PDFs with Parents & Teachers, as you encourage them to advocate for AEAs:

As you write those letters or encourage parents to write the letters, we would ask that the letters be sent to your local Legislators, and to some of the Legislative Leadership as identified by our Lobbyists as those who need to know more about our AEA System.  Following are those Legislative Leaders:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, 220 Bennett Ave, Council Bluffs IA 51503

  • Senate President Pam Jochum, 2368 Jackson St, Dubuque IA 52001

  • Senator Bob Dvorsky, 412 Sixth St, Coralville IA 52241

  • Senator Herman Quirmbach, 1002 Jarrett Circle, Ames IA 50014

  • Senator Brian Schonnjahn, 221 Park Ave, Arlington IA 50606

  • Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix, 317 S. Walnut Street, P.O. Box 220 Shell Rock IA 50670

  • Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, 1305 Cress Parkway, Hiawatha IA 52233

  • House Majority Linda Upmeyer, P.O. Box 192, 1207 S. Lakeview Drive Clear Lake IA 50428

  • Representative Chuck Soderberg, 800 2nd Street SE, Le Mars IA 51031-1727

  • Representative Ron Jorgensen, 5921 Pine View Dr., Sioux City IA 51106

  • Representative Cecil Dolecheck, Iowa State Capitol, 1700 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Iowa State Capitol, 1700 East Grand Ave.,
    Des Moines, IA 50319

Email contact information for these Leaders can be found on the Democratic and Republican websites 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:


Self-checkout available in the Media Center

The Media Center has a new option for checking out materials Self-checkout is now available!  Here’s how it works.

  • Select the materials you wish to checkout

  • Go to the self-checkout station

  • Enter your last name and password OR your client number and password.

  • Scan the Grant Wood AEA barcode

  • Watch the screen to see if the item is available to take with you - some items may be scheduled to other users.  The screen clearly identifies if the item is unavailable.

  • For assistance with items that are unavailable, leave in the basket or see staff for the next available date.

For more information or assistance contact Char Haddy or any of the Media Center staff. Check it out and see what we can do for you.

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-11:30 am (Sixth St.)

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



Gmail tip - Creating a Group


If you have to send an email to a list of people rather than typing in all of their names each time you can make a group to use in your contacts. Just add the users to you contact list and then select them and name the group. Watch this video to see how!


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) State Senator Liz Mathis
(D-Cedar Rapids) with Joe Crozier.

(right) Joe Crozier with Senate Appropriation Chair, Bob Dvorsky (D-Coralville).


Staff Assignment Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

Courtney Butler

Speech-Language Pathologist


Iowa City

Speech-Language Pathologist

1.0 / Cedar Rapids



February Issue of Impacting Lives

In the latest Impacting Lives update, hear from parents and teachers of how the AEAs have improved student outcomes.

  • Milestones Meaningful to This Mom

  • Success for LuCasey: A Family’s Journey

  • North Union Learners Benefit from Prairie Lakes AEA Transition Grant

  • People Who Make A Difference: Hearing Teachers

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


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Thank you

Thank you to everyone who expressed condolences, thoughts and prayers regarding my mother, Rosaline Polashek, and her passing.  It is an honor to work at an agency with such caring people.


Mary Cummings

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

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:

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.


Lessons Learned about Engaging the Community in Support for Change


March 6, 2013

GWAEA Conference Center, 6-8 p.m.

Course Number: 19129-12-01


Jamie Vollmer will be presenting as part of the Learning & Collaboration series for school boards and educational leaders.


The presentation is open to the public.


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:

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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