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May 27, 2013
Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


Concert Hall at College Community


In this issue:

Past Meets Present and Future
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
E-Curriculum Summer Offerings
PEP Survey
Reception Planned
Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction Benefit Planned
Brad Colton Professional Book Give-A-Way
Summer Nanny/Babysitting
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






Past Meets Present and Future


A new digital sign has been installed in front of the Sixth Street Office. The purpose of the sign is to help increase public awareness of the AEA and the services we provide.


The messages on the signboard will change regularly, and will promote professional development, events and services of the AEA. 


In the process of installing the sign, the agency's past came to light ever so briefly.


Staff who came to the Sixth Street office late last week got a glimpse of the agency’s roots – the Joint County School System (JCSS). The sign bearing that name was engraved in concrete and stood in front of the Sixth Street Office for many years. Few of our staff members knew it was there, though, because it was covered over by the wooden sign for Grant Wood AEA back in 1975 when the JCSS system was transformed into area education agencies across the state.

From 1858 to 1957, every county had a superintendent of schools. The role for that position was to keep records on Iowa’s many rural schools. In 1966 the legislature passed a law allowing two or more adjacent county superintendencies to merge. Over the next eight years, 75 of the 99 counties merged to form joint county systems. (In our immediate area, Linn, Johnson, Washington and Cedar counties comprised the JCSS for this area.)

The original joint county facility for our area was in the Witwer Building on Third Avenue and Third Street. In September of 1970, it moved to our current Sixth Street office location, which was the original Kirkwood College “campus.”

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.


June 7, 2013 

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year
(July 2012 – June 2013) invoicing requests.

June 28, 2013

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current
work year (July 2012 – June 2013).

June 28, 2013

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2012 – June 2013).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.


Summer E-Curriculum Offerings

Please be aware of an exciting summer opportunity for e-curriculum development in Algebra, Physical Science, English/Language Arts and U.S. Government. You may be familiar with Iowa's Community of Practice which is being packaged as Iowa AEA PD Online's summer blended learning seminar series.

Have you ever been approached with a question similar to...

  • "Wouldn't it be neat if I could connect with other teachers around the state who teach the same class for the purpose of co-planning technology-infused lessons and units?"

  • "I would really like to spend some time getting to know what teachers from around the state are doing in my content area. Is there a way I could do this on my own time in a virtual way?"

...if so, the summer blended learning seminar series for U.S. Government, Algebra, Physical Science, multi-disciplinary and English/Language Arts may be worth considering:

Different thana traditional course, a seminar brings teachers together to collaboratively
build e-curriculum around a specific topic, and then implement it into their
classrooms. These courses are available for license renewal or graduate
credit as well, and begin in June.

Here’s a Youtube video that explains what the blended learning seminars are:

Teachers can get special scholarship to help participants pay for credit. Participants may audit the class for free, or pay $25 for 2 credits of license renewal. There also is a reduced cost for graduate credit (either $80 for 2 Morningside credits or $140 for 2 Drake/Viterbo
credits). This is a savings of up to $170 for you. take advantage of the scholarship, you cannot register from the AEA PD online catalog in the usual way. Instead, go to the links below:

• Government (using C3) - starting 6/3 -*


• English/Language Arts - starting 6/3 -*


• Algebra 1 - starting 6/3 -*


• Physical Science - starting 6/3 -*


• Should it Stay or Should it Go? (Multi-Disciplinary) starting 6/10-*


Nancy Movall can help with seminar scholarship and registration specifics:


We encourage you to share this with interested educators.


Myra Hall and Heather Feuerhelm

Did You Work with the PEP Team This Year?

If so, they would appreciate your feedback. Please click on this link to launch their PEP Educator survey:
For information, contact Liz Hooley, GWAEA PEP Parent Partner, ext. 6719.





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.

Brad Colton Professional Book Give Away, June 4

To commemorate his retirement, Brad will be reducing his book collection to make room for........whatever comes next!!! Please join us on June 4 between 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Staff Conference room at Grant Wood AEA Sixth St., Cedar Rapids for Brad's Book Give Away, refreshments, and conversation!


Summer nanny/babysitting

Responsible 17-year-old looking for summer nanny/babysitting job. Has own vehicle and CPR trained. References available. Contact Kathy Resewehr at 399-6748.  

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


4362 13 01

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

4631 12 01

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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