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In this issue:

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction Benefit Planned
Brad Colton Professional Book Give-A-Way
Google Apps Mail Update
iPad Feedback Needed
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

 

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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.


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!

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Google Apps Mail Update


 

Over the next few weeks your Grant Wood AEA email may be getting a new look. They are adding features to make it more user friendly and more functional on a mobile device. Take a look at the blog post to get some more information.


iPad Feedback Needed

As year two of our iPad project comes to a close we would like some feedback as we plan for the future. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey to provide information on apps, usage and future professional development planning. The survey can be found on our GWAEA iPad site. You must be logged into your GWAEA Google Account to complete the survey.

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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. 

 

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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


Differentiated Instruction: K-12 Educators

 

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Day 1

7/8/2013

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 2

7/9/2013

08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Day 3

7/10//2013

08:30 AM

11:30 AM

 

differentiatedinstruction

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

6/24/2013

08:30 AM

04:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Day 2

6/25/2013

08:30 AM

03:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Day 3

7/30//2013

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.

 

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Date/Time:

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

 

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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:

19071-13-01

21keys

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

 

 

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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)

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See flyer for details.


Simplifying Response to Intervention for AEA Staff

Presenter: Mike Mattos

 

Course Number: 19188-13-01

9/4/2013

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.

 

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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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