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Bulletin Board


Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
5:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Room


Summer Hours:

June 18 - Aug. 10, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


All-Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012
8:00-11:30 a.m.

The Concert Hall at
College Community


In this issue:

All Agency Meeting on Monday, August 13
First Responder Training
Recycling with Rick
GWAEA Team - Especially for You Race
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues


July 20, 2012

July 6, 2012

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board





All Agency Meeting on Monday, August 13

Mark your calendar to attend the all staff meeting on Monday, August 13 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. This year’s event will be held at the Prairie High School performing arts auditorium, just as it has the last two years.
Guest presenter this year will be Troyce Fisher. Fisher has served in many educational roles. She was head of the School Administrators of Iowa, and also worked in one of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Most recently, she has been working on an initiative to support school administrators who seek to increase their districts’ effectiveness through innovations in instructional methodology, Iowa Future.
New this year will be additional tables for staff to visit during the reconnecting time from 8:00 to 8:55 a.m. – vendors and key charities will staff tables in the lobby where they can answer questions and provide handouts and/or literature. The companies and organizations that will be represented are:

·         Grant Wood Education Association
·         Linn Area Credit Union
·         Hills Bank
·         Sam’s Club
·         Costco
·         United Way
·         Community Health Charities Iowa
·         Iowa Shares

The next issue of The Bulletin Board will publish on August 3.

First Responders training planned

Training for agency first responders is planned on Oct. 2. The first responders are GWAEA employees trained to be contacts in situations of medical emergencies or sudden severe illness of employees or visitors on Agency property.


Staff interested in becoming a GWAEA first responder or would like additional information about the upcoming training should contact George Held, ext. 6714.

Recycling with Rick

Did you know every year Americans discard 1.6 million pens? Placed end to end they would stretch 151 miles. Let’s do our part to recycle unwanted pens and pencils from home and office.  


Pen and Pencil Donation boxes are in both break rooms at Grant Wood AEA Sixth Street facility and one in the Southern facility. Any brand and any size pens, pencils, mechanical pencils, wooden pencils, markers and highlighters, sharpie and dry eraser markers are accepted. No crayons, please.


We will partner with Terracycle to keep these items out of the landfill. Terracycle creates national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. The company then converts the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials.

10th Annual Quota International of Cedar Rapids Charity Golf Tournament - Registration deadline is July 28

It’s that time of year again and the GWAEA Hearing Dept. is participating in the Quota Club Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11.


We are actively searching for Team(s) Grant Wood AEA and any interested golfers for the charity tournament.


Registration deadline is
July 28
. Click here for information.



GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer


The 22nd annual Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012. 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.


We will once again recruit a Grant Wood Area Education Agency team.  Each participant will pay for their registration fee.  Registering as part of the GWAEA team does not mean you have to walk together as a group.  Your individual race packet(s) will be available for pick-up at the GWAEA Sixth Street or GWAEA Southern Facility.  You have the option to add a GWAEA logo to the back of the t-shirt.
This year’s race will begin on 10th Street SE instead of 8th Street.  The shirts are lime green. There is a 5K run for females and males, a 5K walk for females and males, or a 1-mile Family Fun Walk. Registration fee is $25 or $20 Youth (15 & under).
To register as part of the GWAEA team, we will need to receive your registration forms and registration fee by Wednesday, August 29.  For registration forms and/or additional information, please contact Kim Martin , Stacy Murphy, Karen Desmarais, or Elizabeth Steffensmeier.  

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.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for archives of the Grant Wood AEA webinars.

The 2012-2013 TQ Professional Development proposal application dates are:

Sept. 6
Nov. 21
Feb. 27
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

Professional Development Announcements – July 2012



Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry-Based Learning: An Introduction to the Project Approach, August 8 and 9, 2012 9:00 – 4:00
See flyer for additional information


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:


For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.

Buy, Sell and Trade

For Sale: Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display) still new in the box and unopened.  I would like to get $90 for it.  Here is the link to Amazon for more details on the item: Please call 665-3717 or by email


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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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