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Summer Hours:

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


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


The Concert Hall at
College Community


In this issue:

Agency Summer Hours
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Flood Recovery Information
GWAEA Flood Recovery 2008
BOEE Newsletter
Benefit Held May 31
Request for Pinterest Contributors
The Bulletin Board Summer Distribution
Save the Date...Especially for You Race
iPad Feedback Needed
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 17-Aug. 9, 2013

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the third Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.


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.

Advice from Johnson County Public Health:

"Stay Healthy During Flood Work"

As the current flood event moves in to its second week, and as the prospect for extended flood clean up nears, it is important for those working in flood projects to take care of their health and ensure their safety.

Johnson County Public Health outlines six areas for worker health:
·   Adequate hydration while working;
·   Eating well-balanced meals;
·  Following safety precautions to avoid injuries;
·  Protecting skin from sun and materials;
·  Getting adequate rest throughout the work period and sleep between work periods;
·  Manage stress by not forgetting to take time for personal needs.

Flood Recovery and Tetanus Shots...

If you are engaged in any flood recovery work, the existence of a flood event does not change the regular recommendations for tetanus. Workers should not be barred from working in flooded areas for lack of a tetanus shot. The department of health recommends everyone should always be up-to-date with their tetanus, but lack of a tetanus is not a contraindication for working in the flood recovery areas.


People working in a flood area should wear appropriate protective gear (boots, gloves, sun protection, etc.). The greatest health threat from a flood is drowning, followed by trauma usually due to traffic accidents.

Five years later...remembering GWAEA Flood Recovery 2008

Grant Wood AEA joined the thousands of Iowa individuals, businesses and organizations impacted by the catatropic floods of June 2008.


On June 13, 2008, flood water from Prairie Creek entered the first floor of the Sixth Street facility.


photo by Tyler Martin


Photos of the post-flood recovery appeared on the agency website along with communications updates for staff and the public.


A diary of pre-flood preparations and post-flood recovery appeared in The Linker, Fall 2008.


The text higlighted service delivery and flood recovery relocation efforts.

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, May 2013 newsletter (A)


Attached is the first BOEE newsletter. This will be a quarterly newsletter informing licensed practitioners about important changes and frequently asked questions regarding educator licensure in the state of Iowa.


The intended audience of this newsletter is all licensed teachers, administrators, coaches, and other licensed staff. Please share the newsletter with these audiences.


BOEE May 2013 newsletter.pdf


Benefit held May 31

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction was held on May 31 to benefit Lori Hilmer, GWAEA social worker who works as a Service Coordinator for Early ACCESS. The benefit was held to assist with her on-going medical treatment costs. Donations to the benefit are still being accepted and may be made directly through Pay Pal.

Request for Pinterest Contributors


Last week the AEA Communications Committee met to determine best practices regarding social media. As a system we are working to create a collaborative, Iowa AEA website that showcases visual, best practices in education organized around key services of the AEA. We want to accomplish this by using Pinterest, a virtual pinboard, with an increasing number of posts by educators, administrators, districts and college professors. As a result, we hope to see the connections we make on Pinterest will lead to increased awareness about the value of the AEA system, the strength of our collaboration, and the skills and expertise of our staff.


We know that a number of GWAEA staff use Pinterest to create boards with educational resources, ideas and best practices. We want to invite you to share and collaborate using the system Pinterest boards. Contact George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill if you are interested in participating.


Iowa AEAs on Pinterest:

What: A showing of the film Girl Rising
Where: Wehrenberg Cedar Rapids Galaxy 16
When: July 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Why: Let's join in the campaign to promote the power of educating girls worldwide!


How: 100 reservations are needed before Wehrenberg will show the movie. If interested, reserve your ticket as soon as possible to make sure this film comes to Cedar Rapids!


For more information: 
Questions contact: Megan Fetter,


Girl Rising Official Trailer:


The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, June 20.

Save the date...

Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids

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. 


This event, co-founded by Mercy Medical Center and General Mills, is held each year to help increase awareness regarding the importance of early detection and screening for breast cancer. ALL PROCEEDS from the race are used locally to provide breast cancer screening and other support services for individuals in need.


Once again we invite you to join the Grant Wood Area Education Agency team.  Each participant will pay their registration fee.  Registering as part of the GWAEA team does not mean you have to walk together as a group.  The individual race packets will be available for you to pick up at the GWAEA facilities Thursday afternoon, October 10, and Friday, October 11.  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.

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.

Additional information regarding registration will be included in the next issue of
The Bulletin Board.  If you plan on registering as part of the GWAEA team, we will need to receive a registration form and race fee no later than Friday, September 6.  If you have questions about the GWAEA team, please contact Kim Martin,
Stacy Murphy, Karen Desmarais, or Angela Krejci


Elderly men are more likely to have a stroke than women.
True or false?


Answer: False

Approximately 425,000 women suffer from stroke each year, 55,000 more than men. In fact, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year.

Yet in a recent survey, women believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke, and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

The National Stroke Association, a proud member of Community Health Charities, has created a “Stroke 101” Fact Sheet  to help educate people about stroke.

To learn more, please visit

Source: National Stroke Association This article is reprinted from the Community Health Charities e-newsletter.

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


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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

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.


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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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