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March 29, 2013
Agency facilities close at 3 p.m.


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:

Have You Written Your Legislators?
AEA Remote Work Site Program (2013-14)
How the AEA Supported the Schulte Family
Staff Assignment Changes
Weather App Available
Autism Awareness
Literacy Team Support for Next Year
C21 Year-3 Video and YouTube in the Classroom
C21 Learning Institute
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Share Your iPad App Recommendations
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






Please be aware that Friday, March 29, 2013 - Agency facilities close
at 3 p.m.


Have You Written Your Legislators?

If you write to your state legislator about the Governor's proposed budget cut to the AEAs, would you please share a copy of your message with George Held in the communications office? It's spring break for many folks, but the legislature isn't taking the week off, and your messages about the importance of the work we do is urgently needed. Please take time to write on behalf of your agency. 

Remote Work Site Program (2013-14)

This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:
1)       Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2)       Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3)       The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4)       Employees must apply for program participation each year.  Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  
5)       Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement.  Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.

Mother Shares Her Family's Experience of Working with The AEA


Jennifer Schulte shares how the AEA worked with all three of her children at various times and speaks highly of the agency's Early ACCESS team. Take three minutes to watch this feel good video about the work we do as an agency.

Staff Assignment Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathologist LEAD

July 2013

Weather App Available for iPads and Smart Phones


Since this is Tornado preparedness week, we wanted you to be aware there is a free American Red Cross Tornado App available. The app is available in English or Spanish and gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

The free app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

Other features of the app include:

  • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts;

  • Enhanced weather maps and information provided by Weather Underground, a digital brand of The Weather Company;

  • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;

  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;

  • Locations of open Red Cross shelters.

The Tornado App, along with other apps, can be found in the Apply App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to People can go to for more safety tips.

For more information on tornado preparedness, visit or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

Autism Awareness, April 6 - U of I Women's Softball Game


Click for flyer

On Saturday, April 6th, there will be an awareness event at the University of Iowa women's softball game against Nebraska. Various players have adopted different awareness causes, and one of these small groups of the UI softball players have adopted 'autism awareness' as their cause and will be wearing special jerseys for awareness of autism spectrum disorders.  


Our own GWAEA Autism Team is collaborating with this group of athletes.These players want to continue partnering with GWAEA's autism consultants to make visits to schools, possibly helping with student social and learning activities and having lunch with students on the autism spectrum.  

Awareness booths will be open at the game on April 6th, starting at 3:00pm, with the game following at 5:00pm.  GWAEA autism consultants will be a part of this awareness event.

Literacy Team Support for Next Year

Leaders from all of the AEAs in Iowa have identified a statewide goal that every child in Iowa will be proficient in reading by the end of third grade. This statewide goal aligns with our GWAEA goals to provide services and programs that will consistently raise student achievement.

To support this reading proficiency goal, GWAEA will be adding 2.0 FTE to the general education literacy team for 2013-14. As an Agency, we are committed to providing resources to help us achieve our goals and the goals of our LEA partners. Additional consultants will help us broaden and extend our ability to meet the needs of local districts in this priority area.


C21 Year 3-Video and YouTube in the classroom!

This is for staff who have completed the 21st Century Learning Institute in the past.
YouTube is not just a place for kids to post their amateur videos and watch videos. Did you know you could edit video in YouTube? Did you know you can make your own channel? Did you know you could easily share video with


select individuals? And there is so much more to be learned about this powerful tool and the resources that are out there!  I am excited to announce Jim Sill will be leading the workshop on April 29 and 30, 8:30am-3:30pm Learn more about Jim on his website!
Space will be limited, so register soon! REGISTER HERE!

Sign Up for the 21st Century Learning Institute 2013-14

There is space available in the two cohorts of our 21st Century Learning Institute. If you would like to participate please sign up and you will be notified. We will NOT be holding a separate GWAEA cohort this year, but rather including our staff in the the other cohorts. For more information and to sign up please visit the website: The application is on the left. Let me know if you have any questions!

2013 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet,
Thursday, May 2




All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids

90 Twixt Town Rd NE
Cedar Rapids


Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.


GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $10

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $20 per person


Reservations Due: April 19, 2013


Groups may reserve a table. Please submit all reservation requests to Cathy Nelson at Sixth Street, ext. 6544.

Click to access the banquet invitation. Printed copies are available if needed. See Cathy at the front desk. Include cash or check (payable to Grant Wood AEA).


For many years the agency's "pop fund" supported the entire cost of the banquet. Now, with no more pop money being applied to the fund, we have limited resources for the banquet. Thus, the agency's Advisory Committee agreed that a cost of $10 per staff person  would be reasonable for a nice dinner.  


  • to Paul Kiburz who is a proud grandpa! His daughter, Laurel and husband, Tom Rector welcomed a baby boy this morning. Carter Thomas Rector born March 28, 2013,
    8 lbs. 2 oz. and 20 1/4 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great!

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:

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:

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 – March 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 Amy Cameron 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.

2013 Parent/Student Transition Night

Your child's future...the Possibilities are Endless!




See flyer for details


This workshop will provide valuable information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services. There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and informational booths for parents and professionals to learn a wide variety of services in the area of living, learning and working.




4/9/2013 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The GWAEA Assistive Technology Team and the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research presents…


Building Bridges - Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference (A)


April 16, 2013
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City
See attached flyer for information




Audience: Preschool-12th grade Special Education Teachers, K-12 General Education Teachers, AEA Support Staff, Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Iowa Core Lead Team Members, Parents

Registration: apps/ProfDev/user/signon.cfm

Workshop Number:
Registration Deadline:
March 29, 2013
Workshop Fees:

Investigating the Standards Overview for GWAEA Staff: Iowa Core English Language Arts K-12




5/30/2013 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM



This overview of the structure of the Iowa Core for ELA will use State-developed Iowa Core Investigation professional development materials. The structure of the Iowa Core ELA and K-12 College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards will be studied.



7/11/2013-7/12/2013 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM



iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning

Grant Wood AEA will be hosting a conference to celebrate and expand upon innovative classroom integration strategies for the iPad. Join us for two days for workshops that will guarantee exciting, hands-on learning experiences that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom. This WILL BE offered for recertification credit! This is a change, check back next week to register as it is being added to the system!


See flyer for details.

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.



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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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