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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:

Two GW Board Members Elected to Local Board Presidencies
iPad Update
GMail Update
Google Chrome
Google Docs/Drive
Flu Shots
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Agency Craft Show
Recycling with Rick
Chair Massages
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues

Sept. 21, 2012

Sept. 14, 2012

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





Two GW Board Members Elected to Local Board Presidencies

We are pleased to report that two Grant Wood AEA Board members who serve on local school boards will be the Board Presidents this year. Sue Gates was elected president of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District. As a GWAEA Board member, she represents all of
H-L-V, Iowa Valley, Belle Plaine, Benton, Vinton-Shellsburg, and Center Point-Urbana CSDs, plusportions of Cedar Rapids and  College CSD. Mary Meisterling, who represents the Marion and eastern parts of the Cedar Rapids school district, was elected as board  president of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Congratulations to both of these GW Board members on their elections, and we extend our thanks to them for their dedication to education in our service area!

iPad Update


A major software update, iOS 6, 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 but almost everything else is available for both the iPad 2 and the iPad 3.


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 October 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, Number 19087-12-04.

Finally, check out the Math Team’s recommended iPad apps on the Math team Google Site. It has recently been updated to include several new and noteworthy apps. Find them here.

GMail Update

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!
A lot of staff have already made the move, just a reminder, once you have moved please fill out the the following form to let us know:  Link to Form


Please let me know if you have any questions!

IC email Glitch
Some people have had their email going to spam folders of Iowa City staff. It isn’t happening for everyone, but if you are not getting responses from Iowa City staff, you may want to follow up. All they need to do is mark you as not being spam. It has to be done at the user level. I would recommend you putting the read receipt on to help notify you for awhile.

Keep Your Browsers Up to Date and Google Chrome

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


Google is no longer supporting older versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox, so make sure your browsers are up to date! You need to log on as the administrator on your machine to do this. Another option would be to install Google Chrome as your browser. Because our GWAEA machines have multiple user accounts (admin and you) then there is a special version you can install. Visit the resources page on the Gmail Transition Site to find it. Gmail Resources Site

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.


Flu Shots cancelled

Due to the low number of registrations, the clinics have been cancelled.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Stephanie Anthony
School Psychologist

Ed. S., University of Iowa

Stephanie has held positions as a family support worker at Four Oaks; an assistant housing program coordinator for the Catherine McCauley Center; and as a youth counselor at Foundation 2.


Kelly Brousard
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A. - University of Northern Iowa

Kelly previously worked in long-term care at Hiawatha Care Center.


Stacy Craft

Stacy previously worked at St. Luke's New Horizons.


Lynne Currie
School Social Worker

M.S.W., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Lynne has held positions as a preschool teacher with Home Ties Child Care; an in-home parent educator with Family Training Program; and as a school social worker, PK-8 at a school in northern Wisconsin.


Kalli Semler

Speech and Hearing Science, University of 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!

Recycling with Rick


Just a reminder that plastic bowls, cups, etc... placed in the recycling bins need to be rinsed out first.  No food/liquids please.


The agency is doing well with recycling.  We have decreased garbage and increased our recycling bin usage. Way to go.  And we are getting ready to send our our first shipment of pens/pencils/markers for recycling.  Great job on filling those boxes in your buildings. Keep up the good work.


If anyone needs a box in their area for recycling, let me know. You could get creative and decorate it for your area so it just doesn't look like a box. Or if anyone wants a group project to do, I could gather up some boxes and let you see how creative you can be.

Any other recycling ideas are welcome. Please feel free to contact me at ext. 6715 or e-mail at

On a side note... A couple clipboards that I use for the conference center set ups have disappeared.  If you have in recent months held a meeting/class in the conference area, would you check your materials/supplies to see if a clip board ended up in your collection? The clipboards on the back have conf. center imprinted on them.  Thanks.


See the July 6 issue of The Bulletin Board for a list of agency recycling bin locations.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Oct. 11 and 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

"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 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



Implementation Strategies and Building Fluency with PODDs, Linda Burkhart

"Teaching and Learning for Today's Diverse Learning Community"

Oct. 25, 2012 • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Grant Wood AEA • 4401 Sixth St. SW • Cedar Rapids IA


Presenter: Tyrone Howard, Ph.D.
UCLA Graduate School of Education


Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants


See flyer for details

This session will focus on the changing racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic changes in Iowa’s schools. The session will discuss some of the challenges working in today’s di-verse climate, and identify and discuss research-based strategies that can contribute to increased learning outcomes for all students.



Course #: 19115-12-01

Registration Deadline: Oct. 5, 2012

Fees: A book fee of $ 25 is included in other fees

Total fee: $90

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

Iowa AEA Online Resources webinars iowaaeaonline

Do you wonder which tool might be helpful to research other cultures and traditions? Do you need a refresher on a specific skill set. Then join us on one of the dates and times below to learn how to integrate the Iowa AEA Online Resources into your curriculum. Registration is available through Grant Wood AEA Professional Development.


Iowa AEA Online Resources Webinar Series – Literacy
Wednesday, October 24 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-01
Wednesday, October 24 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-02


Friday, November 2 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-03
Friday, November 2 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-04


Iowa AEA Online Resources Webinar Series – Science, Number 5703-12-05
Tuesday, November 6 at 7:15-8:00 a.m., Number 5703-12-05
Tuesday, November 6 at 3:45-4:30 p.m. (repeat from morning session), Number 5703-12-06

"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

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.

For Sale:

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. New unopened box. $85.00.
Contact Mike Hauer at


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.


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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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