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Summer Hours:

June 17 - Aug. 9, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


July 4, 2013
Agency closed in observance of Independence Day


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


Concert Hall at College Community


In this issue:

School Board Service
Summer Van Delivery
GWAEA Blood Donation Event
Assignment/Job Title Updates
Updates from AEA PD Online
College for Kids blog
Refrigerator Cleaning
Especially for You Race
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Free Admission
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






Education in Iowa depends on good leadership

IASB encourages Iowans to consider school board service


The Iowa Association of School Boards urges Iowans who are passionate about education to consider running for election to their local school boards.


Nominations for open seats on the state’s 345 local public school boards can be filed between July 8 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2013. School board elections will take place Sept. 10.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from local school board secretaries and from county auditors. School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least one percent of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures. A quick reference guide and comprehensive information for board candidates can be found online from IASB at

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board is hosting a “Candidate School” on July 19 at the Jesse Parker Building on the Iowa State Capitol grounds, 510 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, in the Vocational Rehabilitation Building’s Grant Room facility. The school will run from 1-3 p.m., with all candidates and their committee members welcome to participate. Please register by July 8 to Sharon Wright ( at the IECD Board.

Board members for community colleges are also elected on Sept. 10. Board members for area education agencies, which provide specialized services to local schools, are elected by the boards of schools within each area.

Summer Van Delivery

Summer van delivery began Monday, June 10 and will end on Tuesday, August 6. Districts receive delivery every other week at a designated building. The Southern Facility receives delivery on Tuesday each week.   

Please check the schedule to make sure mail is received at your intended destination on time.  


Grant Wood AEA will hold blood donation event on
Monday, July 15


Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center - Donor Bus

Monday, July 15, 2013

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids


Schedule your donation with your blood center at 800-747-5401.
Last Date to Donate Elsewhere: 5-20-2013
Please eat and hydrate before donating. Bring a photo ID.


The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Tuesday, July 2.


Assignment/Job Title Updates


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

Phil Worden
.721/ Off-site
Teacher:Off-Site AWARE
1.0/ Off-Site
August 2013
Katie Young
.721/ Off-site
Teacher:Off-Site Youth Emergency Shelter
1.0 / Off-Site
August 2013
Kristi  Miiller
School Social Worker/ Behavior Team (SpEd)
Behavior Consultant
.8 / Off-Site
August 2013


Updates from AEA PD Online

The June AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online updates are now available. For real time updates, follow AEA PD Online on Twitter @aeapdonline or on your mobile device by accessing our app at

College for Kids blog

The first session of Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids concludes on Friday, July 21. Their activities have been featured in daily blog postings. The second session of College for Kids is planned July 8-19. College for Kids is facilitated by Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, ext. 6775.


Refrigerator Cleaning Planned

Well folks, it's that time of year again. It's the end of June and I will be doing my semi-annual fridge cleaning. The last weekend of this month we will be completely cleaning and disinfecting all the fridge's at Sixth St., 33rd, and Coralville locations. Please take anything you want saved home with you before that weekend. Anything left behind will be disposed.


Hope you all have a good summer.


Rick J. Smith

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

The annual Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you would like to  register for the race as part of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency team, each person will need to turn in a registration form and the entry fee to Kim, Stacy, Angela or Karen


no later than Friday, September 6.  A blank entry form is attached.  Forms are also available in all three buildings.


We have an option to add a GWAEA logo to the back of the t-shirt if we have at least 15 people interested in the logo.  Please mark an "x" in the Logo t-shirt "yes" box located in the green box labeled Team Logos.  You do not need to send additional money if you would like a logo.

This year’s race includes a 5K run for females and males, a 5K walk for females and males, or a 1-mile Family Fun Walk with new Chip Timing. Adult Registration fee is $25. Youth registration (15 years and younger) is $20.

If you have questions about the GWAEA team, please contact:
Kim Martin (Sixth Street, administration)
Stacy Murphy (Sixth Street, 2nd floor)
Karen Desmarais (33rd Avenue), or
Angela Krejci (Southern Facility)

Free Summer Admission at the CRMA and the Grant Wood Studio


The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is excited to announce the Free Summer Admission Program of 2013! Beginning Tuesday, July 2, the CRMA will be free for all visitors thanks to our generous sponsors: Built by Pros, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, United Fire, and Transamerica. This limited time offer will last through September 1, 2013. Visit the website at

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.


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.

New TQ dates 2013-2014

Sept. 18, Nov. 13, Feb. 26, May 28

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

Iowa Core Teacher Quality PD for AEA staff members: 

Concept-based Instructional Unit Design: AEA 10 staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend as “added days” Iowa Core TQ learning opportunity.


Registration is open on GWAEA PD site:
Unit Design for Learning-Focused Classroom  June 24, 25, 26, 9:00 - 3:30 at
Coralville Facility, recertification or Drake credit available.


Educators who participate in this professional learning will learn how to design concept-based instructional unit plans and lessons to actualize the plans in their classrooms. Skills developed include individual and collaborative reflective processes, content/instruction/assessment alignment review, and application of evidence-based research and tools to facilitate instructional unit development that, when implemented, will result in highly engaging, relevant, and rigorous learning for all students. Foundational to the planning are the Iowa/Common Core Standards: K-12 English Language Arts, 6-12 Literacy in History, Social Studies and Technical Subjects, and K-12 Mathematics.
Through collaborative efforts, teachers will articulate and align their content instruction responsibilities with the guaranteed and viable curriculum identified within the state of Iowa and districts' priorities. The collaborative processes made available through this facilitated learning will provide necessary resources and technical support for teachers resulting in students having opportunities to learn the Core standards through effective instruction and assessment practices.


Embedded within concept-based instructional design are evidence/research-based instructional techniques to support students' construction of knowledge around big ideas. Collaborative learning and social processes will enhance participants' content learning. Effective assessment processes have an effect size of over 1.0, consequently, planned as well as on-the-fly assessment procedures will be explored and developed to increase the likelihood of effective assessments that inform instruction, provide feedback to learners, and support teachers' differentiation to meet learner needs.


Course participants will be better prepared to deliver instruction that engages learners in essential college and career readiness skill development and concept learning in a classroom environment that develops students' critical thinking skills.

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.




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:

Keen's Men's Sandals:  Brand new, never worn, size 8. Venice waterproof sandals.Brindle/Forrest Night (mostly tan). $70.00 or best offer.  Call Heather 563-927-5293  or 563-920-9059.




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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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