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Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014


In this issue:

Collaborating for Iowa's Kids
Agency Administrative Cabinet Update
Flu Shots Planned at GWAEA
Our Condolences...
United Way Update
Especially For You Race
Halloween Blood Drive
Volunteer Tutor Opportunity
Book Club
Download the GWAEA App
Community Retirement Reception
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
Updates from AEA PD Online
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


To ensure success for all learners.

Grant Wood AEA Goals:

1. Increase the academic performance of all learners.

2. Increase the percentage of students who perform at the proficient level.

3. Increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge.


Collaborating for Iowa's Kids

The Collaboration for Iowa’s Kids (C4K) is a partnership among the Area Education Agencies (AEA), the Iowa Department of Education (DE) and local school districts. The intent of C4K is to work more effectively and efficiently as a full educational system to accomplish a few agreed upon priorities. To this end, four times a year the over 100 members of C4K come together to discuss, guide and enact strategies that support Iowa’s educational system.  

The C4K initial priority focus, collective efforts and resources are on early literacy and closing the achievement gaps with the goal that every child is proficient by the end of third grade. The C4K selected this priority focus because of the integral role literacy proficiency plays for success in all other academic and social areas.

Districts, Schools selected for Transformation Phase One

Districts and schools have been selected as part of Transformation Phase One to improve Literacy. The schools who have been invited to be a part of Transformation Phase One in the Grant Wood AEA service area include: Clear Creek Amana, College Community, West Branch, Monticello, and Center Point-Urbana.

Subscribe to the Collaborating for Iowa's Kids e-newsletter RSS Feed

Visit the new Collaborating for Iowa's Kids e-newsletter at
Publication of the e-newsletter is planned a minimum of four times during the school year. The first issue features information about Collaborating for Iowa's Kids, districts selected for Transformation Phase One in the GWAEA service area, and photos from Center Point-Urbana's RtI Professional Development held on Oct. 16, 2013. An RSS feed is available to subscribe to the e-newsletter.

Agency Administrative Cabinet Update

The Grant Wood AEA administrative cabinet discussed the following items at their Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting:

  • The team approved a proposal to put up a variety of self-adhering wall decorations featuring quotes about education and leadership. George Held will confirm with staff in areas where these will be posted to make sure they are comfortable with the quote and design. These will be ordered and installed in the coming weeks.

  •  The cabinet reviewed the agency emergency plans for all three agency facilities. We will explore the possibility of holding a training session for a situation involving a violent intruder.

  • We reviewed the Agency Priorities and Goals. The group discussed the importance of all staff keeping focused on these goals, and noted managers are asked to include them on each of their meeting agendas.

  •  The group reviewed the agency’s current fiscal status and the five-year budget projection. The agency continues to work on aligning our resources with our agency goals.  The plan also includes anticipated federal sequestration of approximately a half million dollars per year for each of the next five years.

  • The AEAs are seeking an additional $8 million in funding from the legislature this lobbying year to increase our presence in helping with third grade literacy in all Iowa schools.

  • The team also discussed how Grant Wood AEA could become a Blue Zones Work Site. Staff working outside of the building could participate in Blue Zones activities at the schools where they work or they may engage in community activities aligned with the Blue Zones program. A Blue Zones advisory committee will soon be formed and will be chaired by Jackie Schreder, HR Director, Communications staff, and staff who are interested in moving us all toward healthier lifestyles.

  •  The AEA Chiefs are collectively working on a policy document which will guide some of the statewide work of the AEAs. We continue to believe that AEAs must be flexible to meetlocal district needs and initiatives, yet cohesive enough to provide many services that are consistent or similar statewide.

  • The group reviewed various agency metrics we can use to evaluate our progress towardachieving the agency’s goals. 

Flu Shots Planned at Grant Wood AEA

Deadline for signing up for on-site shots is Thursday, Oct. 24


The Agency is pleased to offer on-site flu shots as a convenient, accessible option for $31.99 per person, IF we have 50 participants at each location!

As a reminder, and for employee reference, the Agency health plans also provide flu shot benefits which include:

  1. Full 100% coverage, with no co-pay, for shots received at the doctor's office and/or pharmacies.

  2. Under the HMO Essential plan, however, individuals must go to their designated Primary Care Provider for the shot or the shot will not be covered.

  3.  If another non-preventive service in addition to the flu shot is performed in the doctor's office, individuals are then responsible for the office co-pay.

If there are questions about your health plan benefits, please contact Cathy, Payroll/Benefits Specialist, at x6706 of

This health plan information is provided to assist staff in determining whether on-site flu shots or flu shots available through the doctor's office or pharmacy will best meet your needs.

For staff wishing to participate in the on-site shots, please contact Connie Dvorak at or call ext. 6737 and specify which location you will be participating.  Dates & times are listed below.


Coralville Facility
Monday, Oct. 28
7:00 - 9:00am
Rooms A & B

Sixth Street Facility
Thursday, Oct. 31
7:00 - 9:00 am
Grant Wood Room

Our Condolences...

  • to Anne Steffensmeier, SLP, and Elizabeth Steffensmeier, Region Secretary, on the death of Elmer Steffensmeier, father to Anne and grandfather to Elizabeth.


United Way of East Central Iowa

If you have not been part of a United Way presentation this fall, please consider this your personal invitation to participate! We invite you to check out the information and feel comfortable printing off the pledge form and return it to me, George Held in the Communications Office.


One advantage of sharing with the United Way is that you donate and let them do all the research and evaluating every year. I have pledged annually to the United Way and it gives me a great reason to ignore telephone appeals.


This year there is a matching grant for those who share $1 per week or $52. You can double the size of your pledge this way! 52 dollars provides 26 pounds of food for an area pantry, 2 hours of legal aid for a child in a contentious custody process or 9 meals for an older neighbor.


I hope I have given you the encouragement needed to participate and move Grant Wood AEA up in participation. Please remember, no gift is too small.


Much more United Way information, the pledge form and a 5 minute video that begins with Campaign Chair Ron Olson and Centennial Campaign year chairs, Matt and Jack Evans may be accessed via this link:


You may return your pledge form to me or to Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office.

GWAEA Team - Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer

The 2013 Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer was held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 with more than 15,000 people registering. The Grant Wood AEA team was 29 persons strong including two youth, two men and two breast cancer survivors.


The agency's team raised $715 for the Especially for You Fund. All proceeds will be used locally to provide breast cancer screening and other support services for individuals in need.

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Collect Pink Yoplait  lids for the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program. General Mills will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for each lid received.  Stacy Murphy has a collection tub in the staff break room of the Sixth Street building. Please consider supporting this cause.

Grant Wood AEA Halloween Blood Drive


Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

1:30 PM – 5:00 PMRevere/Stone Room

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility


Help keep our blood supply strong. 100% of the blood products used by hospitals in Cedar Rapids come from blood drives like this one.


Sign up by calling:
George Held

ext. 6714


Click this link to sign up online.


Last date to donate elsewhere: 09/05/2013



You can make a difference!


The residents and students of the Catherine McAuley Center walk through our doors in hopes of achieving a better life for themselves and their families. CMC programs help people develop skills, achieve self-sufficiency , build relationships and engage in the community.  The Adult Basic Education program offers a unique service of one-on-one tutoring for adult learners at no cost.  Students come to the Center to improve basic academic skills, learn English and/or study for citizenship. CMC students are a diverse group from more than 40 different countries and vary in their level of education. 

Tutors are the biggest need at the Center. Currently,  74 student are on a waiting list in need of someone like you. Just one hour a week can really make a difference in a student's life. Flexible volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Saturday, and special training and support is provided throughout the tutoring experience.


Share an hour of your time each week and travel the world without ever leaving home! For information, call 319-363-4993 or visit

Book Club at Grant Wood AEA

Interested in joining a book club? Want to socialize and learn more about your colleagues and share in the joy of great literature? Come join Deanna Weber for great reading and conversation. Please complete the form provided if interested in participating in Book Club.


Book Club Form


Download the GWAEA app

Grant Wood AEA is introducing a new iPad/iPhone/Smart Phone app. The app features links to the following:


About Us

Information for Educators

Media Center

Professional Development

Special Education


This app is free, and available from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store by searching for Grant Wood AEA or GWAEA.

For more information, contact Stacy Behmer, GWAEA Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology,

A Retirement Reception is planned for...

  • Mary Eyanson, M.D., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Open House from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. outside of the Watts Library, Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Dr. Eyanson (pediatrician) was associated with the GWAEA Child Evaluation Clinic.

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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.


Updates from AEA PD Online

AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online's
October Blog Update is now available. Go to or for updates or click on the direct article links below. For real time updates, follow AEA PD Online on Twitter @aeapdonline or on your mobile device by accessing our app at

New TQ dates 2013-2014

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 2013-2014 is now on the Professional Development Google Site.  To access the Google site, log into your Google account, click on Sites, and browse sites. 

Mandatory Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens and/or Chapter 103: Seclusion and Restraint training

Please submit certificates of completion to Tammy Carolan in the Professional Development Office.



iPad Professional Development

There are a series of Google and iPad workshops being offered. See the GWAEA Professional Development site to register.



The Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functions. It is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and state of alertness. The model incorporates Social Thinking concepts to help students use perspective taking, to identify how they are thinking and feeling, and understand how their thoughts and behavior impact those around them. Through using the curriculum, individuals become more self-aware and learn tools they can use to regulate to a more expected state.

Books and materials will be available for purchase onsite. Book cost $42, posters $5.

Waiting List

Number: 19222-13-01
Date/Time: 11/05/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Developing Readers in Disciplinary Literacy

Secondary educators teach in a variety of disciplines, but all are responsible for literacy within their subject areas. The national CCSS standards for Literacy represent a historic shift, requiring that all teachers -- science, technical education, social studies, music, family and consumer education, mathematics, literature, art, world languages, and others -- address reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening standards through disciplinary instruction. Disciplinary Literacy can be understood as the merging of content knowledge, experiences, and skills with the ability to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and perform in a way that is meaningful within the context of disciplinary learning.

During this course, participants will examine literacy practices that boost comprehension as well as mentor students as readers of complex texts as they strive to meet the literacy challenges within the different academic disciplines they study.

Number: 4665-13-01

11/07/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


12/16/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


02/27/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM AEA 10 Location
4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


04/04/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Section 504 Plans

Participants will learn about the purpose of Section 504, eligibility requirements, due process requirements, and the process to follow to develop a quality 504 Plan for eligible students.
Number: 9185-13-01
Date/Time: 11/11/2013 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Curriculum Based Evaluation for Reading and Written Language

This course is recommended for AEA staff and reading support staff. The Decoding, Comprehension, and Written Language Curriculum Based Evaluation (CBE) tools have been designed to gather more in-depth diagnostic information about literacy performance. The information can help teams develop interventions, monitor student progress, and make decisions about identifying and focusing resources and support services. The is a $50 materials fee for non Grant Wood AEA staff.
Number: 4507-13-01
Date/Time: 11/18/2013 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
11/19/2013 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
02/28/2014 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

GWAEA Professional Development Opportunity

Special Education and Iowa Core Mathematics

Dec. 9, 2013 • 8:30 AM-3:30 PM


Registration Deadline: Dec. 4, 2014,
6:00 a.m.


See flyer for details


Staying the Course:
Sustaining Your School Improvement Focus with
Steve Ventura

Feb. 17, 2014 • 8:30 AM-3:00 PM


Audience: PreK-12 Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Counselors


South Slope Community Center
980 North Front St
North Liberty


Course Number: 19219-13-01

Fee: $60



See flyer for details


Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014, 6:00 a.m.

Steve Ventura from the Leadership/Learning Center has served as a school leader at the elementary, middle and high school levels. This professional learning session will provide participants overview skills to implement the data team model which will provide school teams skills to analyze current student performance, select high leverage instructional practices, create a plan of action and monitor the plan of action.

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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

Remodeled our kitchen and now our previous appliances are for sale:

Refrigerator:  Black Kenmore 18.8 cu.ft., freezer on top, interior ice and water.  7 years old. Excellent condition, $250.

Range: Black Whirlpool glass cooktop, self-cleaning 30” electric range. 8+ years old.   Very good condition, $150.

Microwave:  Black Whirlpool microwave oven hood combination. 12 years old.  Includes mounting brackets. Good condition, $50.

Dishwasher: Black Kenmore Ultra Wash III built-in.  8+ years old.  Good condition, $75.

Call Kathy/Bob at 319-378-3116.


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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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