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Oct. 10, 2012

Nov. 8, 2012 (date change)
Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting
5:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Room



In this issue:

Owen appointed to Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation Task Force
iPad Update
Google Docs/Drive
"Like" Us on Facebook Earns Possibility of $20 Off GWAEA PD
GWAEA Board Organizational Meeting
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Agency Craft Show
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found


Past Issues

Sept. 7, 2012

Aug. 31, 2012

Aug. 24, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

Aug. 3, 2012

July 20, 2012

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board





Owen appointed to Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation Task Force

Kim Owen, GWAEA regional administrator - Cedar Rapids Region and Mentoring and Induction, was appointed by Director Glass as a member of the Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation Task Force, which was established as part of Senate File 2284.


The first meeting of the Task Force was held Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Des Moines. The group will recommend ways to improve the Iowa teaching standards and teacher evaluations. Recommendations will be due to the Legislature by Nov. 15.


Owen shared, "It is an honor to be part of a team of passionate educators from across the state that truly want to improve student learning by focusing on the development of highly effective teachers. I hope to be able to learn more about how GWAEA can create and enhance partnerships with various stakeholders to improve learning outcomes for all throughout this process.”


Kim is the only AEA person and the only individual from our AEA service area selected for the group. The committee is comprised of 20 members, including Kim.


KCRG-TV 9 interviewed Owen regarding the work of the Task Force. Visit the GWAEA Facebook page for a link to that interview.

iPad Update

iOS 6 is Here

A major software update is now available for your iPad direct from Apple. It includes up to 200 new tweaks and features for the iPad. Some are specific to the iPad 3 (like Siri - sorry GWAEA staff) but almost everything else is available for both devices. As with every major update, I would recommend backing up your iPad first...just in case something goes wrong. So, do that through iCloud before you start any updates. If you have not done an iCloud backup before, watch this video on how to set up iCloud and iCloud backups...


Once you are all backed up you can go to Settings > General > Software Update to find the update. The file is 760MB, so it will take a significant amount of time to download and install on a slower network. Do not start the update if you think you can't finish it. A good time to do it might be overnight. Plug the iPad into the charger, start the update, and go to bed. By the morning it will be done.

More info on iOS 6 features can be found on the Apple site here...but one nice thing is that you will no longer have to put a password in to update apps. Just hit update all and they will all update! :)

There will be another iPad Basics class on Oct. 3, 2012. The workshop will be held at Sixth Street and will run from 8.30-11.30am. We will cover all the basic skills needed for educators looking to use iPads for the first time, and we will also look at some of the new features of iOS 6. So if you are a new iPad user, or are just looking to learn some more about how to use your iPad with students, please sign up at the GWAEA Professional Development website.


by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


We are continuing to transition staff to the Gmail web client. Sign up for one of the workshops to get transitioned over to the new email system. At the workshop you will begin using the new interface. Please visit the Gmail transition site to get signed up!

Need Support to Transition- Workshops
These workshops are for staff who would like to have face to face support in moving their current email and contacts to Gmail as well as getting the basics of Gmail up and running. You must sign up for the Transition Workshops on the GWAEA PD Site.

We have a number of supports and resources in place to help us transition and get going with the new email client. You can always visit the Tech Integration help desk to ask a question during help desk times. In the spring we will be offering more workshops to show some of the added features Gmail has to offer!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Google Docs/Drive

Google Docs has changed names to Google Drive because you can store more than just documents, you can treat it like a hard drive! So, if you are prompted to change it you may, just click through the prompts and you don’t really need to install the software (that is for advanced users who want to use it like Dropbox).


Once you get to drive, just go to MORE-->ALL ITEMS and you will see your documents and folders/collections. There will be workshops coming on how to use Google Drive and some of the new features. If you would like to learn more here is the Overview of Drive.

"Like" Us on Facebook Earns Possibility of $20 Off GWAEA PD

Please Share This with Teachers and Co-workers!


Information posted on the Grant Wood AEA Facebook site is good information that staff, teachers and administrators throughout the area can often use and benefit from knowing. Toward that end, we are offering an incentive for folks to “like” us on Facebook.


For every 20 people who like us, we will hold a drawing and give out one, $20 Coupon applicable toward any Grant Wood AEA professional development class offered at Grant Wood AEA (online classes do not qualify for the discount). As additional people sign on with “likes”, everyone who has already liked Grant Wood AEA (except any individuals who have already won a coupon) will be eligible for subsequent drawings. Like us today at:


If you have any questions about this promotion, please feel free to contact George Held, GWAEA communications supervisor, Ext. 6714 or


This offer expires December 31, 2012. All coupons issued in this promotion will be valid through June 30, 2014. If the course cancels, a new coupon will be issued. The coupons may not be used for graduate credit.

Grant Wood AEA Board Organizational Meeting

The Grant Wood AEA board typically meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.  The meetings are held in the Grant Wood Room and are open to the public.  The board calendar runs from October through September.  The October meeting is called the annual organizational meeting.  The Iowa Code requires a few specific agenda items be addressed at the organizational meeting.


The meeting calendar is set from November through October and board appointments and committee representatives are approved.


Board members serve a 4-year term so in even-numbered years, a board president and vice-president are elected for a one-year term. During odd-numbered years, the board election results are also reviewed, the newly-elected board members are sworn in, and a board president and vice-president are elected.    


The Grant Wood AEA board will hold the organizational meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.  During the September meeting, the board discussed an alternate date for the November meeting as the Iowa Association of School Boards conference begins the second Wednesday of November.  The proposed meeting date for the Grant Wood AEA board meeting is Thursday ,
Nov. 8, 2012.


Please feel free to contact Kim Martin at kmartin@gwaea for additional information regarding
Grant Wood AEA board meetings.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Kathleen Schultz
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.S. Ed., Minot State University

Kathleen has held positions with the Minot Public Schools, Souris Valley Special Services as well as positions in Bemidji, Minnesota and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


Emily Tiedtke
Physical Therapist

Doctorate of PT, University of Iowa

Emily held positions with Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, 2009-2011 and Manor Care Skilled Nursing Facility, 2011-2012.


Rochelle Triggs
School Psychologist
Ed.S., Iowa State University

Rochelle has held positions with AEA 267, AEA 5, AEA 11 and the Slinger and Johnson Creek school districts in Wisconsin.


Jake Vitense
School Social Worker
M.S.W., University of Iowa


Stephanie Watson-Mendoza
School Social Worker

M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie was a social worker from 2009 to 2012 at Eisenhower High School for Decatur Public Schools in Decatur, Illinois.


Alison West
Curriculum Consultant

M.A., Education, Viterbo University
Alison was a first-grade teacher at College Community, 2007-2012, and a kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools, 2001-2007.


Kristine Wheeler

School Social Worker

M.S.W., St. Ambrose University

Kristine's previous position was as a program therapist at Tanager Place.


Hanne Wuertz

School Psychologist

M.A.E. (working toward Ed.S.), University of Northern Iowa


GWAEA Agency Craft Show, Nov. 8

Our Agency Craft Show is scheduled this year for Thursday, Nov. 8.  If you would like to participate as a vendor or have questions about the show, please contact Erlene Spicer at
Ext. 6746. Thanks!

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 dates are:

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


Information for Professional Development National Speakers for 2012-2013 is now on the Professional Development Google Site.  To access Google site, log into your Google account, click on Sites, and browse sites. 


Professional Development Announcements – October 2012



Multi-Modal Communication Strategies for Children Who Have Complex Communication Needs - PODD Communication Books Introductory Workshop, Linda Burkhart


Implementation Strategies and Building Fluency with PODDs, Linda Burkhart


Teaching and Learning for Today’s Diverse Learning Community, Dr. Tyrone Howard

Professional Development Announcements – November 2012



Hands On Equations, making Algebra Child’s Play


Using Wraparound for Students with Behavioral/Emotional Challenges, Dr. Lucille Eber


STAR Autism Program Training, Arick and Gill


Links Curriculum Workshop, Arick and Gill

19124 -12 -01

Designing a Rigorous ELA Block, Walpole and McKenna


Making Challenging Texts Accessible: Support through Vocabulary and Comprehension Instruction, Walpole and McKenna

"Ongoing Silent Epidemic: Brain Trauma in Education"

On October 29, the Brain Injury Resource Team of Grant Wood Area Education Agency is hosting a class presented by the Center for Disabilities and Development as well as a representative of the Epilepsy Foundation. More and more students in our schools have had an injury due to concussion, stroke, car accident, seizure disorder, or other trauma to the brain. This class for AEA staff, LEA staff, and parents will be able to provide you with some background regarding the issues that the students and families face.


Ongoing Silent Epidemic: Brain Trauma in Education


iPad Professional Development

There are a series of iPad workshops being offered in the next couple of weeks. See the GWAEA Pofessional Development site to register.


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities including Gmail transition workshops:



For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


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

Lost and Found:

Light Blue Danskin Pullover Jacket.

¼”x ½” (estimated) black silver rimmed Lia Sophia earring
1” (estimated) silver three layered tear dropped shaped Lia Sophia earring.

Iowa Hawkeye umbrella

Various mugs/cups

See Cathy at the front desk to see if any of these belong to you.


GW logoAEA logo

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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