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May 13, 2013

GWAEA Innovation Day


May 27, 2013
Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


Concert Hall at College Community


In this issue:

2013 Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day
Free Admission to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, May 18
Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering
21st Century Learning Institute
Summer Nanny
Share Your iPad App Recommendations
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






2013 Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day is Monday

Please join us for an afternoon of new ideas, innovations and teaching techniques being explored and developed by Grant Wood AEA staff.


Monday, May 13, 2013
1:30 - 4 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Conference Center
4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids


Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with
Grant Wood AEA staff at each display about the work they are doing.


Please stop by to see some of your AEA's innovations to improve student learning outcomes.


Innovative topics will include:

innovationdaySee invitation for details.

  • AEA App

  • Assistive Technology YouTube Channels

  • College for Kids extends learning with iPads, drawing tablets

  • Engineering is Elementary

  • Innovative Video Production

  • Instructional Technology Updates

  • Integrated Search in the GWAEA Media Center

  • Pivotal Skill System

  • Reflective Assessment for Elementary Science in Iowa

  • Review Blended Learning: Innovating Delivery

  • SCALE-UP Classroom

  • Self Checkout in GWAEA Media Center

Free Admission to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Saturday, May 18

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) will be participating in the 4th Annual Association of Art Museum Directors “Art Museum Day” on Saturday, May 18 by offering free admission to everyone from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to come and view the Museum’s exhibition of I AM: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett before it closes on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the Museum also appreciate viewers sharing their experiences via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.


For more information on all that is happening at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, please visit the website, or call 319-366-7503.

Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering

The 22nd annual IOWA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL & Gathering is planned Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performers, edutainers and educators will converge onto the grounds and six stages of Middle Amana Park. Admission costs are $10 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 13, and under six free. A two-day pass is $17, and the three-day pass is $22. Group discounts are available. Parking is free. For location information and directions, visit and for event details go to, 641-357-5177.

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.


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 – April 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.


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.

Save the Date:

Grant Wood AEA Staff training with Mike Mattos on Sept. 4, in person workshop, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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:  Selmer Wooden Clarinet  w/music stand  $200.  Clarinet will need overhaul. Call Virginia, 399-6814.


For Sale:  Small roll top desk for sale $50 and a church pew $100. Please call for more information or for pictures, 399-6509.



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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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