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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:

AEA Advocacy Letters Needed
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
Assignment Change Procedure
Staff Assignment Changes
Call for Presentations - GWAEA Innovation Day
GWAEA Communications Office Survey
AEA/DE Customer Satisfaction Survey
Instructional Tech - Southern Facility
Google Apps Mini Summit
Tech Fair Registration
Testing New Chairs
Give Us Your Ideas About the Benches
Phyllis Yager Memorial Diversity Teaching Award
2013 Parent/Student Transition Night
Building Bridges
VSA Offers free art workshops
Severe Weather Poster Contest
Health Matters eNews
Gmail Workshops
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







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 still need more letters – we need legislators to definitely understand there is a groundswell of support for the AEAs. 
See the Feb. 21 issue of The Bulletin Board for the details.

Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes

As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms to their Regional Administrator before registering for classes.  (These forms are available upon request from the Human Resources Office.)  Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.


Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff

As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures can be found in either the Business/HR section of the Staff Website or on the Business/HR Google site at Assignment Change Procedures - Contr Staff .

Please note:  These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category.  These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in being employed under a different job category.
Assignment Openings (all employee groups)
Assignment information is updated on a daily basis, as openings become available, and this info is posted online at Staff Openings.  Each opening is posted for at least 5 Agency days.
Since assignment postings may change on a daily basis, employees interested in actively seeking other opportunities within the Agency are advised and encouraged to:

  1. Check the posting at least one time each week, on the same day of each week, in order to be certain a timeline is not missed to apply for the opening;

  2. Bookmark the Staff Openings page for regular access;

  3. Set up a Google calendar reminder to check the Staff Openings page on a weekly basis; and/or

  4. Use the Quick Link for Staff Openings that can be found in the left margin of each weekly issue of the Bulletin Board.

The newest or most recent openings will appear first in each employee group listing (Contracted, Classified, etc).

Staff Assignment Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective


Induction Coach
School Psychologist
.6/Cedar Rapids
July 2013
1.0/Early Childhood
Induction Coach SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

.5/Early Childhood
July 2013
Nicole Williamson
.6/Northwest .4/Northeast
Speech-Language Pathologist
July 2013
School Psychologist
.5/Northeast .3/CR
July 2013

Call for Presenters for Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day:

Registration open through March 15

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 flyer for details.


See the Nov. 29 issue of The Bulletin Board for complete details.


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


GWAEA Communications Office Survey

The Grant Wood AEA Communications Office continually strives to improve and expand upon the overall quality of communications to agency staff. We are asking all Grant Wood AEA employees to complete the following survey:


Some staff have discovered a question in the Communication Survey that requires an answer, and it offers an option of "Other" where a comment can be made. Due to a programming error in setting up the survey, if you wish to answer "Other" instead of the other two answers, please pick one of the two check boxes and add "Disregard selected answer." Then add your comment.

We would greatly appreciate your honest and candid assessment of the services we provide. Employee feedback is important to our ongoing efforts to best understand and meet your needs. This survey is strictly confidential and our intent is to use your responses to develop and improve upon our communications with all agency staff.

Thank you,

Valerie Taylor Hill, Public Information Specialist
George Held, Communications Supervisor

AEA/DE Customer Satisfaction Survey


The 2012-13 AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey is available through Friday, April 5. The Iowa Department of Education conducts this annual statewide survey. The survey provides us with insight on what the AEA is doing right and what we can do to improve our services.

Educators are invited by email to participate in the AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey. We ask that you encourage the teachers you work with to participate so that we can gain valuable input about our programs and services.

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!

Google Apps Mini Summit

July 25, 2013 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Van Meter High School


The AEAs are offering a mini summit to provide more learning about deployment and implementation of Google Apps for Education.  Register today to take advantage of this great learning opportunity! The Iowa Google Apps Mini Summit is a one day, hands on conference that focuses on integrating Google Apps for Education in K-12 learning environments.  The  presentations will be from the Google Apps for Education Trainers, Google Certified Teachers and experienced Google Apps for Education users.


Tech Fair Registration is OPEN!


Great chance for students to showcase their work! The Eastern Iowa Tech Fair is April 10, 2013 at UNI. Check out the site for more information! Also, if you are interested in judging let Stacy Behmer know.

Testing New Chairs

If you get a chance, take a minute to try out the new rolling chairs in the break rooms. We want to know how they work for staff. If you like or dislike them, please share your thoughts with Dave Brousard ( The reason we’re considering them is that with the round wheels, they will reduce the upkeep/maintenance of break room floors.

Give Us Your Ideas About The Benches

Next week we are replacing the wooden benches that are currently in the hallway of the Sixth Street Conference Center. We welcome your ideas for how the agency might use them in other settings of our three offices. If you have some ideas about this, please share them with
Dave Brousard. Thanks!

Phyllis Yager Memorial Diversity Teaching Award

Applications due March 15, 2013

The Phyllis A. Yager Memorial Commitment to Diversity Award recognizes educators who go above and beyond the required curriculum to increase diversity awareness. Recipients receive a stipend to further diversity initiatives or professional development, and are asked to make a presentation to The University of Iowa College of Education community during the College of Education Diversity Committee’s annual Beyond Tolerance Diversity Conference on April 11, 2013.  

Phyllis Yager devoted her career to advocating multicultural opportunities and gender-affirming activities through her work as a teacher in the Iowa City School District and later as a consultant with Grant Wood Area Education Agency.

Phyllis Yager received a Master of Arts in 1953 and a doctorate in 1983 from the UI. She is the late wife of Science Education Professor Emeritus Robert E. Yager, who also received a Master of Arts in 1953 and a doctorate in 1957 from Iowa.
The grant application and further description of award amounts can be found through The University of Iowa College of Education Diversity Committee website:  
The application deadline is March 15, 2013 and can be mailed to College of Education Diversity Committee, Office of the Dean, 459 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

For information, contact Marcus Alt, the College of Education Diversity Committee Graduate Assistant,

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:


Very Special Arts Iowa offers free artworkshops through June 1

For classrooms with students who are at-risk and/or have an IEP


In partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, VSA Iowa — the state organization on arts and disability — is offering free therapeutic arts workshops to Grant Wood AEA classrooms through June 1, 2013. Our Arts for Children (AFC) program has served students and educators through creative and performing arts sessions for nearly 30 years, providing meaningful opportunities for youth with disabilities and those who are at-risk to engage in the world of art.

This unique opportunity is available to classrooms with one or more students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and schools where more than 50% of students receive free and reduced lunches.  Workshops are one hour in length and open to students ages Pre-K through 18.

Workshops are taught by experienced VSA Iowa art instructors — many of whom are nationally recognized and also have a disability.

Educators are welcome to choose an art form of their preference. We are happy to work with teachers to match the needs of the students with an artist who is able to integrate classroom goals into their lesson. 

VSA offers a range of workshops in creative and performing arts including — painting, music, drawing, sculpture, stained glass, collage, mosaic, storytelling, music, creative writing, theater and more.  To see a complete list of art mediums offered, please visit:
To take advantage of this opportunity, please download a registration form at the site below:

Completed forms can be emailed to or mailed to:
VSA Iowa
Dept. of Education
400 E. 14th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


2013 Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

The summer of 2011 was devastating for the nation in terms of severe weather, with injuries and deaths from floods, tornadoes, and lightning. More recently, Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage and left thousands without a home and or power. It is important not only for adults, but children to know the dangers and risks during severe weather events and how they can be prepared during such an event. For this reason the Iowa State Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (ISU AMS) is sponsoring a Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. Below is more information on this year’s contest, including official rules, poster tips, and flyers for distribution.


The contest is open to all elementary students in the state of Iowa (grades K-6), and will be judged on the basis of how well they can illustrate what they and their families can do to prepare for severe weather events in Iowa. Posters should convey a simple and straightforward message, with legible writing and bright/visible artwork to compliment their message. The winners of both categories (grades K-3 and 4-6) as well as honorable mentions will be displayed on the ISU AMS webpage and may receive recognition from local media.


For more information, visit the ISU AMS Poster webpage at or see the attached poster contest information.

Health Matters eNews


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

In this issue:

Getting into The Spring of Things

Rebranding Initiative Revitalizes Leading Non-Profit Organization
Two Free Webinars in March on Brain Injury and Exercising with Chronic Conditions
Vicky Watkins: Giving Back to the Charity that Gave Her So Much
Wearing Bicylce Helmets - It's a No-Brainer

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


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 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.



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

The interactive webinar dates with
Mike Mattos specifically for AEA staff are scheduled for the mornings of April 1 and April 18. 


See flyer for details.



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


Session 3, April 1, 2013
Quality Grading Practices
Registration #: 19155-12-01


Target Audience: K-12 teachers, administrators and AEA staff




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.





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



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


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.

Winter Get Away in ARIZONA. One bedroom, upper furnished apartment in 55-plus community available for rent by the week or month, now through April 30.  Enjoy outdoor heated pool, hot tub, community room with social activities, and covered parking in a clean, quiet, safe neighborhood near Sun City, AZ.  Fly nonstop on Allegiant from Cedar Rapids to Mesa, AZ and rent a golf cart to get around Sun City!  Contact Nancy Dearborn at 319-573-5877  or  $225 a week or $850 a month, utilities included.

Attention Retirees! Now is the time to book that dream vacation.  Join Nancy Dearborn on a Walking Tour of Tuscany September 16-26.  See Contact Nancy Dearborn at 319-573- 5877 or



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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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