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Sept. 19, 2012
Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting
5:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Room



In this issue:

Grant Wood AEA Graphics and Communications Standards
iPad Update
GWAEA Transition to GMail
The Linker is online
Community Health Charities webinar on Sept. 10
Kids on the Block
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Recycling with Rick
It's All About the Brain!
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues

Aug. 31, 2012

Aug. 24, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

Aug. 3, 2012

July 20, 2012

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board





Grant Wood AEA Graphics and Communications Standards

The marketing of Grant Wood AEA is enhanced by the consistency of all in developing clear, jargon-free communications. Revised guidelines developed by GWAEA Communications, Creative Services and Professional Development during the summer of 2012 provide support for these efforts.


If you are developing a newsletter, brochure or flyer, we ask you to submit a copy of the text to George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office for review and editing before you print it or send it to Creative Services for layout and design. The Communications Office will review for style, contact and publicity potential. And, by sending your materials through the Communications Office, you will also alert us to possible activities and events that may need additional promotional news, support or posting to social media.


In planning your production timeline, please allow 24 hours for the Communications Office to complete the review. The project may be processed in less time. One exception is if the document is several pages, needs management approval, or requires legal review, additional review time may be required. The documents can be e-mailed or provided in printed copy.


When sharing information about Professional Development courses and workshops, please use the description created when the proposal was submitted to ensure consistent understanding of the course or workshop for participants.


Assistance is available from the Communications Office for writing and editing your text. The Grant Wood AEA Graphics & Communications Standards provides support for the development of agency communications. For more information, contact George Held, ext. 6714 or Valerie Taylor Hill, ext. 6824.

iPad Update


Get Your Agency iPad App Order in Today!
Orders are now being taken for agency iPad apps. Orders need to be placed by September 9, 2012. Seeing as it is the beginning of the year, you will be able to choose up to ten apps from the Tier 1 or Tier 2 list.


The apps on the Tier 2 list generally cost significantly more than those on the Tier 1 list, so you will be required to provide additional information on how you hope to use these apps. We will also pass these requests to RAs or other management staff for approval so that we can ensure that the right people are getting the right apps.

If you are new to the Agency, or have not ordered apps before, please click here to read about the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 apps. Descriptions of each app and a link to the iTunes Store can be found on the GWAEA iPad Project Site.

You can access the order form by clicking here or by visiting the GWAEA iPad Project Site. Please note, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU ORDER.  The current window for app orders will be open until September 7, 2012, at which point no further orders will be accepted. Please submit your orders in a timely manner to ensure that you receive the apps you think you will need.

Grant Wood AEA Transitioning to Gmail

by Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology


We are continuing to transition staff to the Gmail web client. There is one webinar left and then we will be offering workshops to help support you in the move to the new system. Please visit the Gmail transition site to get signed up!

Phase 1: I Can Move Myself- Webinars
These webinars will be offered in August and September for staff who feel like they can understand the transitioning steps through a webinar and are comfortable moving themselves independently. There are support resources provided on our GWAEA Transition to Gmail website.

Phase 2: I 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! Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning

The Linker, Fall 2012 is online



The Fall 2012 issue of Grant Wood AEA's quarterly newspaper, The Linker, is available for viewing and download along with archival copies. Printed copies have been distributed to mailboxes and will be available at each building's front desk.


This is the 32nd year of publication for
The Linker
, which is distributed quarterly to all area educators, school board members, legislators, libraries, and professors of education. Articles for the Winter 2012 issue are due Oct. 1. For information or to suggest an article, contact Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office, ext. 6824.

Special Webinar Series...Sept. 10: How to Get Help - Focus on Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Community Health Charities Iowa is committed to working with employers to enhance their commitment to health and wellness and increase opportunities for them to become more involved in their community.


Community Health Charities, in partnership with The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NCADD), would like to invite the employees of your company to participate in this FREE webinar on “How to Get Help- Focus on Alcohol and Drug Addiction." Participation in Community Health Charities’ webinars is confidential.


WHAT: Free webinar on How to Get Help- Focus on Alcohol and Drug Addiction

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (CST)

WHERE: Via webinar

To learn more and to register go to:


The Kids on the Block

Grant Wood AEA needs puppeteers for “The Kids on the Block”.  The “Kids on the Block” are a troop of puppets, some of them handicapped. This is the 28th year this exciting disabilities awareness project is being made available to third grade students within our AEA, for awareness and acceptance of disabled persons within. This is a fun and satisfying experience for both puppeteers and students.



Puppeteers work in teams of three.  A puppet presentation is approximately 1 hr. in length.  Shows are usually scheduled at 1:00 or 1:30pm.  This involves a commitment of one afternoon per month, although you can perform as often as desired. We hope to gain more teams so that every school that would like a show is able to book one.


Teams are now being formed so if you are interested in becoming a puppeteer, please call or email Cathy Nelson by Friday September 14th. If you know anyone else that is interested that you would like to have on your team, let me know. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Cathy at 6544, or email at canelson@gwaea

Information needed is:

  1. How many times a month you would like to perform?

  2. The best afternoon to schedule you OR a list of dates you are available in case your schedule varies.

  3. Who you would like on your team if you know others you want to perform with?

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Erin Fishell
Computer Services Consultant
M.A. in Teaching, Coe College

Erin taught Spanish at Anamosa High School 2008-2012, and Language Arts/Spanish at Independence High School, 2007-2008.


Mary Formanek

A.A. - Kirkwood Community College

Mary's background includes 30 years experience as a secretary in the banking, legal and insurance industries.


Sara Geer
Team Leader, VAST Center
B.A., University of Iowa

Sara was employed by ACT from 2002-2012.


Nicole Green
A.A.S. - Pueblo Community College

Nicole has worked in school-based occupational therapy in Illinois and Iowa since 1998.


Molly Hackett
School Psychologist


Amy Jackson
School Social Worker

Master of Social Work, University of Kentucky
Amy worked in community mental health from Feb. 2000-July 2012 as an administrator and school-based therapist.


Colleen Knipper
Physical Therapist

Master's of Physical Therapy, University of Iowa

Colleen has held physical therapist positions with Mercy Home Care, 2007-2012, and Covenant Medical Center Early Developmental Intervention, 2003-2007.


Josh Lyons
Regional Administrator - Central Region

M.S.E., Drake University

Josh has held elementary principal positions with the Anamosa SD, 2008-2012, and Independence SD, 2006-2008, and teaching positions with the West Branch, Davis County, and Dunkerton school districts.


Jeremiah McGraw
Curriculum Consultant

M.A. in Education, Morningside College
Jeremiah was a math teacher at Center Point-Urbana for nine years.


Angela McGuire
Special Education Consultant

Master's Degree in Education, Saint Mary's University
Angela held positions as a special education teacher for four years, and an elementary teacher in the Hopkins School District in Minnesota for seven years.



• to Joe and Dee Crozier on the birth of their grandson, Carter Lee Crozier, to Andy and Julie Crozier on Aug. 16. Carter weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.and 20 inches long. Carter was welcomed home by big brother, Caden.

Recycling with Rick


Just a reminder.  You can put your plastic cups, microwave dinner bowls, etc... into the recycling bins BUT they must be clean.


Recently, I received an inner office mailing that said, "Help! We need a location at GWAEA to recycle batteries. Thanks!"


Well, I have a response to that ... WE do.  Feel free to swing on by the maintenance office and we have a box on our wood shelf just inside the door with a box for used batteries. Let's keep up the good work.

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

Matthew Newell, International Speaker from The Family Hope Center presents:

It’s All About the Brain!

Sept. 16, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
City High School, Opstad Auditorium, 1900 Morningside Drive, Iowa City


Matthew Newell has worked for 30 years rehabilitating children and adults with a wide variety of brain injuries. Recovery rate at the Family Hope Center is over 200% higher than anywhere in the nation, according to national testing standards. Matthew and his team train people all over the world about how to support their brains and gain function. The focus of this lecture is what people can do to support brain health, and how they can stimulate neural growth if they have problems. See flyer for details.

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 transfer of the GWAEA Historical Timeline continues to Facebook. Like us on Facebook to follow along as with the Grant Wood AEA timeline.

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:

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 – September 2012




Classified & Management Support Staff - Evaluation System


Curriculum Based Evaluation for Reading and Written Language


Instructional Practices Inventory: A Process for Analyzing and Improving Student Engaged Learning


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


Brief Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan Training, Beener


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

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Designing a Rigorous ELA Block, Walpole and McKenna


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



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.

Buy, Sell and Trade


Found: A blue igloo cooler has been found in the Staff Break Room. If it is yours, you can find it in there next to the counter.


For Sale:
2002 Honda Odyssey.  Good battery.  $3000.00 Contact Sara Kane 319-929-3786


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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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