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May 27, 2013
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August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


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In this issue:

GWAEA Organizational Leadership Team Celebrates Graduation
May 2013 Edition of AEA "Impacting Lives" Update
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Staff Assignment Changes
Receptions are planned
Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction Benefit Planned
Health Matter eNews
Request for Custodial Assistance
21st Century Learning Institute
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






GWAEA Organizational Leadership Team Celebrates Graduation




The Organization Leadership Cadre celebrated the culmination of their learning program on May 15 by presenting to a group of agency managers and Organizational Leadership members past, present and future.


Members of this year's graduating cadre include Melva Starr, media specialist; Ronda Hilbert, special education consultant; Megan Burke-Brunscheen, special education consultant; and Lindsay Copp, special education consultant.

The team shared their learning and activities achieved through participation in the two-year program. The GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program is coordinated by Lisa Fry, GWAEA programs/services administrator.




May 2013 Edition of AEA "Impacting Lives" Update

Read the latest Impacting Lives update at In this issue, meet
Anna Mikkelsen, an iPad "whiz kid" who's taking her passion for technology to the next level. You'll also read how the AEAs are empowering teachers and administrators to support student achievement and well-being.


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

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Michelle Bendickson
Accounts Payable Technician

A.A.S. Accounting, Kirkwood Community College

Michelle has held positions as a bookkeeper at Blairs Ferry True Value and in customer service with MCI.


Staff Assignment Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

Megan Fetter
Speech-Language Pathologist
1.0 Northwest
Speech-Language Pathologist
.4 NW
.6 CR
July 2013
Jennifer Caswell
Speech-Language Pathologist
.5 Northwest .5 Central
Speech-Language Pathologist
1.0 Central
July 2013
Robyn Robbins
School Psychologist
.5 Central
.5 Northwest
School Psychologist
1.0 Northwest
July 2013

Receptions are planned


Daryl Hanneman has accepted a full-time faculty position at his college alma mater in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Please join us on May 24 between
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Staff Conference Room at Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW,
Cedar Rapids, to celebrate Professor Hanneman's career with us here at GWAEA,
and to wish him well on his new great adventure.  





Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction Benefit, May 31

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Lori Hilmer, GWAEA social worker who works as a Service Coordinator for Early ACCESS, to help with the costs for her on-going medical treatment, will be held Friday, May 31, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in North Liberty.  Anyone interested in donating items for the silent auction, please contact
Amy Grahs, 319 551-7021. Donations to the benefit may be made directly through Pay Pal.

Health Matters eNews


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

Requests for Custodial Assistance


Reminder that if a staff member has any custodial work that they would like done they should fill out a request at the following URL:

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. Contact Stacy Behmer for questions.


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. We NEED your recommendations, so please take a few minutes to provide us with your app recommendations. 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 date is 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 – May 2013

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.

Differentiated Instruction: K-12 Educators


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Day 1


08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 2


08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 3


08:30 AM

11:30 AM



A course based on Carol Ann Tomlinson's work on differentiated Instruction.  This course is designed to support teachers' rolls in the classroom while complementing existing professional development initiatives and the Iowa Core.  Activities will be structured around the needs of each participant, with time provided to apply the ideas to the unique situation for each participant.  We'll explore the general principles of differentiated instruction.  We'll also examine the concept of "teaching up," so that all students, even our most gifted, are challenged.  Participants will analyze strategies for ongoing assessment and tools for identifying student needs.  Activities will be differentiated to accommodate K-12 teachers from all curricular areas, building administrators or district curriculum leaders.

Participants are expected to have required text for class. 

Text Required:  How to Differentiate in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (2nd edition) ASCD, 2001.
ISBN: 978-0-87120-512-4


Instructors: Mark Brockmeyer and Natalee Thompson

Credit options:  License Renewal $80, Drake EDEX $165

See flyer for details.

Collaborative Instructional Support for English Language Learners

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Day 1


08:30 AM

04:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Day 2


08:30 AM

03:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Day 3


02:00 PM

4:00 PM

No meeting - Online


Guest presenter:

Dr. Laida Restrepo, Speech Language Pathologist from Arizona State University


Dr. Restrepo will present Day 1 and Day 2 of this course. This course will provide information on improving instruction for English Language Learners through collaboration by preschool and elementary teachers, speech language pathologists, and AEA support staff. Language and cultural issues will be explored and evidence based practices shared day one. Day two will include assessment and intervention principles for working with bilingual students. An online learning opportunity focusing on implementation planning and discussion forums will be completed by July 30th.






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.

21 Keys for High Performance Teaching and Learning (A)


July 18-19 & Aug. 1, 2013

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


Presenters: Buffy Campbell,
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.

Summer and Fall Professional Development in

Mathematics Education




See flyer for details

Special Education Iowa Core Math Training Available August 7

The math consultants have developed a PD session specifically designed to assist GWAEA staff who work with LEA special educators.  This workshop will assist GWAEA staff in learning the content of the Iowa core associated with most student deficiencies and some attention will be paid to IEP goals.  LEA special educators are also allowed to sign up for this day. (Course number 19180-13-01)



See flyer for details.

Simplifying Response to Intervention for AEA Staff

Presenter: Mike Mattos


Course Number: 19188-13-01


08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Location: Hotel at Kirkwood

7725 Kirkwood Blvd, Cedar Rapids


RTI is a way of thinking about how educators can ensure each child receives the time and support needed to achieve success. For RTI to be effective, work must be shared among collaborative teacher teams and schoolwide teams. Together, the entire school assumes responsibility for the learning of every student. This workshop will help AEA staff understand RTI and how they can support schools in this process.



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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: 3 Spray Tans @ City Looks Salon ($20.00 each-regularly $25) Contact Mary @ 389-2023 or 399-6499.


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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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