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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:

Contracted Staff - New Assignment Opportunities to Support Agency’s 2013-14 Induction Process for New Staff
GWAEA Innovation Grants due Feb. 15
GWAEA Innovation Day
Left-hand column, The Bulletin Board
Staff Assignment Changes
Nominations due March 8 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Health Matters eNews
The Linker, Spring 2013 is online
Gmail Workshops
Gmail Video Tip
iPad U
Our condolences...
2013 Horizons Meals on Wheels
American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
PEP Library is Cleaning House
Life Healthy Iowa
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found
Building Cleaning Schedules
The Agency Band...


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






Contracted Staff - New Assignment Opportunities to Support Agency’s 2013-14 Induction Process for New Staff

The Agency is pleased to introduce a revised Induction process for new staff beginning with the 2013-14 school year. 


The enhanced process builds upon the 1:1 mentor model that has been in place and is designed to:


1.       Provide dedicated FTE and capacity to ensure customized and timely support for new staff in Year 1 of their Agency employment
2.       Provide content-based coaching and consistent guidance around special education procedures
3.      Continue 1:1 mentor support in Year 2 of Agency employment by tapping the current pool of 40+ staff who have been trained as mentors


The following three assignment opportunities for Induction Coach will be available to support the 2013-14 Induction Process:
1.       .5 SLP Induction Coach will provide CFY supervision along with coaching and support specific to SLP practice and special education procedures.  This assignment opportunity will be available to SLP’s.
2.       .4 SpEd/School Psychogist Induction Coach will provide internship supervision for School Psychologists along with coaching, technical assistance and support for the broad array of special education procedures (Child Find, IEP, EER, BIP, FBA, problem solving model, diagnostic assessments and data analysis).  This assignment opportunity will be available to School Psychologists.
3.       .4 Special Education Induction Coach will provide coaching, technical assistance and support for the broad array of special education procedures as noted above.  This assignment opportunity will be available across all licensed job categories.


To ensure alignment of Agency special education procedures, Induction Coaches will attend Child Find and IEP lead team meetings and will provide to new staff job-embedded PD related to the continuum of SpEd procedures (lead team members, rather than Induction Coaches, will continue to deliver large-scale PD in these areas).  Mentor support from all Induction Coaches will also include how to:
1.       Set up a schedule
2.       Obtain Agency materials necessary for the new employee’s assignment
3.       Manage a caseload
4.       Build relationships


Employees who have at least three (3) years of Agency experience and deep content knowledge of special education procedures are eligible to apply and be considered for these Induction Coach assignments.  While the staff selected for these assignments must be trained as a mentor, the training is not required at the time of application and may be completed in Fall 2013.


These assignment openings will be posted online beginning Wed, Feb 6, on the Staff Openings web page at

These assignment openings will close to applications on Fri, Feb 15.  Contracted Staff who wish to be considered for these assignment openings are to submit to the Human Resources Office 1) a letter of application, 2) a letter of support from the current supervisor and 3) letters of recommendation from two additional AEA staff.

If staff have questions about these assignment openings or the Agency Induction Process, please feel free to contact any member of the Induction Planning Team:
Stacy Behmer, Coord of Digital Learning
Tina Hoffman, RA
Tracy Liebermann, RA
Kim Lytle, HR Admin Specialist
Kim Owen, RA
Jill Ries, Interim RA
Jackie Schreder, HR Coordinator
Sherry Sines, PD Coordinator
Emily Thomson, Mentoring Consultant

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, 2013.
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:


Do You Look at The Left-Hand Column of The Bulletin Board?

If you don't, you miss the hyperlinks to all of the articles in each issue of The Bulletin Board. You also miss seeing the upcoming dates section showing important dates such as when the staff recognition banquet, the all-agency inservice and other important due dates will occur. We have also added links to:
Agency Advisory Minutes
Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings
The GWAEA Board Book and GWAEA Board Minutes

The Bulletin Board is your tool for keeping abreast of what is happening in the agency. We also include links to several years worth of The Bulletin Board issues, in case you need to go back and look up information that was previously shared.

Important Information about DIBELS Next Norms

A team of GWAEA staff have reviewed the research and developed a position statement regarding the use of norms for the DIBLES Next Assessment.  GWAEA is advising our staff and districts to continue using the Dynamic Measurement Group (DMG) benchmark goals.
To review the position statement, click on this link.

Staff Assignment Changes



Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective



Cedar Rapids


1.0/ Northeast


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.


Health Matters eNews


The February 2013 issue of Health Matters eNews of Community Health Charities is available at


In this issue:

Don't Hide from Your Health History

The Heart of the Matter

Exercise Tip: Anywhere Exercises

Are You at Risk for Stroke?

Meet Maxwell - A Little Boy's Brave Battle

Grant Wood AEA's The Linker, Spring 2013 is online

Move planned to an online publication with the Fall 2013 issue

In this issue:

- GWAEA to share federal grant from U.S. Department of Education

- 2013-2014 Applications for 21st Century Learning Institute

- Workplace Learning Connection provides STEM careers

- Eastern Iowa Assistive Tech Conference, April 16

- Parent/Student Transition Night, April 9

- Young Writers' Conference, May 9

- GWAEA Professional Development

- Six news resources added to EBSCO

- New and improved library media centers featuring Iowa City's Buford Garner Elementary and Williamsburg High School

- "It's like a present to read:"

Rotating Reads Program at Strawberry Hill Elementary in Anamosa


The Linker, is available for viewing and download along with archival copies. Printed copies have been distributed by van mail.



Beginning with the Fall 2013 issue,
The Linker will move to an online publication with a link sent by email.

This is the 32nd year of publication for The Linker, which is distributed quarterly to all area educators, school board members, legislators, libraries, and professors of education. For information or to suggest an article, contact Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office, ext. 6824.

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 (Coralville)
March 18, 2013 12:30pm-3:30pm (Winter Room)



Gmail tip   - Need to find an email? Use the Search!


For a full list of the search options in Gmail, check out the Help Center article here:
Using advanced search


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.

Our condolences... Mary Cummings, GWAEA secretary, on the death of her mother, Rosaline Polashek,
on Feb. 4 in Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at
St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids.

2013 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA lunchbox

The 3rd Annual Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser is planned for the week of Feb. 11-15, 2013.See the Jan. 24 issue of The Bulletin Board for information.


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.


The PEP Resource Library Clean Up Part Two!

The search is on for overdue and lost books and videos. Please take a look in all the usual, and maybe some unusual, places you keep books and materials at work and home. Check for the blue PEP sticker on any of the items. Send those PEP items back to me,
Liz Hooley, PEP Library, GWAEA, 33rd Ave. Facility, and I will either put them back on the shelf or….get rid of them as part of our PEP Library weeding project.


Don’t worry about how long you’ve had them (due June 2010) or condition (mocha latte stains); I just need the items back for keep or toss processing. Thanks for looking; thanks for sending those books and videos back to PEP!

The Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge


Dates of Challenge: Jan. 28 – April 5, 2011



Registration for the The Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge is available as part of the agency's Google Site under the Category "Agency Wide" and "Wellness." Read more in the Jan. 17 issue of The Bulletin Board. For more information, visit or contact Connie Dvorak or Stacy Murphy.

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 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


21 Keys for High Performance Teaching and Learning (*)


Feb. 25-26 & March 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Presenters: Buffy Campbell,
Nick D’Amico, Jennifer Manternach

Target Audience: Educators, Administrators and Youth Service Providers


Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids


Course Number:



See flyer for details

Building on the cognitive-based research of noted psychologists, the 21 Keys training gives educators the tools to understand and address thought patterns that impact professional performance and student success. The 21 Keys for High Performance Teaching and Learning training is available to all educators and professionals working with youth. Presented in partnership with the United Way of East Central Iowa.


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


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: Infant car seat. Contact Mary Andres, 319-389-2023.


Wanted: 1 or 2 Bingo tumblers for use  in the VAST Science Center. The kind of tumbler that are a wire cage and are 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.


Building cleaning schedules

Sixth St.

33rd Avenue


The Agency...


Upcoming dates

Fri. Feb. 15
Odies Bar & Grill, Ely, 8-12pm

Sat. Mar. 16
Parlor City, CR New Bo district,

Sat. April 12
Wild Hogs, Walford, 8-12



"The Agency” band has now moved into the #2 spot on the Reverb Nation website for the Iowa City area. Reverb Nation is an internet site where bands from east central Iowa put their music, schedules, and contact information. Keep up with the Agency's schedule/news & listen to some of their tunes at:



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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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