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Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014


In this issue:

United Way of East Central Iowa Campaign Video 2013
Reminder to update emergency contact information and beneficiaries
Welcome, New Staff
GWAEA Three in 1 K
Iowa Transition Conference
Each and Every Child Newsletter
AEAs "Impacting Lives"
Download the GWAEA App
Setting Up Google+ Profile
iOS Update
YMCA Membership Special
Donations welcome
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
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.


United Way of East Central Iowa Campaign Video 2013

Pledge Sheets Coming Soon

The federal government may have shut down, but there are still individuals and families who need help, and the agencies supported by the United Way in both Johnson County and the United Way of East Central Iowa will most likely step in to help young women who rely on WIC for support, teen-aged couples who are struggling to keep their family together, and aging individuals who rely on many of the community agencies to help them with their needs.


Your gift is important - no matter how modest your pledge. We are making an effort to get to all employee groups this year with presentations. If you haven't heard from us yet, and would like to give to either Johnson County or United Way of East Central Iowa, contact George or Val in the communications office, and we'll get a pledge form to you. For those serving in the southern facility, please note that the Johnson County United Way has expanded it's coverage and now is serving Washington County, too. Visit the link below to view this year's campaign video.



Reminder to update emergency contact information and beneficiaries

In the event of an emergency, we want to be sure to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information on file for employees.  To ensure that this information is current, employees are asked to review this information annually.  As a reminder, in an emergency situation, we will always try to contact a spouse first, if identified, then Contact 1 or Contact 2.

To update:
1)            Go to GWAEA home page, click on Staff Website, click on Employee Self Service (
2)            Enter username (first initial & last name) and your password (click on green box if you have forgotten your password)
3)            Click on Emergency Contacts (found under my information)
4)            Click on the record you wish to update or Add New Contact
5)            Click on Save Changes or Delete this Contact


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6703.  Thank you for keeping this information current.


Please also remember to update beneficiary information as family changes occur.  Employees designate beneficiaries for the group life and IPERS benefits. Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, at ext. 6706, to make any beneficiary changes.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Stephanie McKenna
SW Region - Coralville


Grant Wood AEA Three in 1 K is planned Oct. 9
(33rd, Sixth and Coralville facilities)

Grant Wood AEA is again joining the Healthiest State Initiative with a Three in 1 K on Wednesday, Oct. 9.


Walks will originate from the front door of all three agency offices. Complete the walk over your break or over the noon hour. For the signup purposes, only the Sixth St. office address is shown at the following link, but all three office sites are part of the event.


Routes at the agency's facilities day of event:

33rd Avenue - West on 33rd to the first bridge over the railroad tracks. Cross over the bridge, go down to where the ground levels out and then return to the 33rd Ave. office.

Coralville - Walk to the 12th Avenue Bridge, back to the round about to make a circle.

Sixth St. - Three times around the outer perimeter of the parking lot, plus approximately 100 ft.


See more information and register at


For information, contact George Held, ext. 6714, Kim Martin, ext. 6710, or Valerie Taylor Hill, ext. 6824,


Iowa Transition Conference

Coralville Marriott


October 9, 2013


General Conference
October 10-11, 2013


Keynote Presentations:

Ako Kambon, Visionary Leaders Institute

Presenters: Rocco Fiorentino, Musician

Patti Vasquez


Register online

(Early registration extended through Oct. 10.)


Scholarships for Parents and Educators
NOW Available! Apply online at

Each and Every Child newsletter

The Iowa Department of Education's October 2013 issue of Each and Every Child is available.


The feature story is "Power in Numbers: Afterschool program unites minds, ambitions" featuring high schools in Waterloo.


AEA Impacting Lives Update

Visit the" Impacting Lives" blog at for stories about the many ways that Iowa's AEAs are impacting lives. If you would like to suggest an idea for an article, contact George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the communications office.


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,

Setting up your Google+ Profile

Take a look at this quick screencast about how to set-up your Google+ profile.  Completely setting up your profile is a great way for you to stay connected in Google+.  Adding a picture allows your colleagues to see you and put a name to your face.  You can also start to organize your Google+ contacts into circles.  Circles will allow you to share only certain information with certain folks, for example your LEA contacts, your GWAEA disciplinary contacts or your family.  To view a complete playlist of Google+ Tutorials click here.



iOS Update- FYI

On September 18, Apple released iOS 7, the latest version of their mobile operating system. This update is freely available to anyone with an iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 or an iPad Mini. It is also available for some versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The update can be found by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Before updating, it is always a good idea to back up your data to iCloud. You should also update any apps that you can to ensure that they work properly on iOS 7. Some apps will not work, unless you update them. Also, be aware that you need 3.3GB of free space before you can update. Go to Settings > General > Usage to check free space. If you need to free up more space on your iPad, read this guide on how to manage iPad storage.

The new update has a brand new look, but although it looks different, everything functions pretty much the way it did before. There are some new features, and you can read about those here, or you can sign up for one of our iPad workshops in October where we will go over some iPad basics and take a look at the new iOS 7. You can sign up for those classes here.

If you have any questions or concerns about updating to iOS 7, please contact Jonathan Wylie.

A New Y for a New You!

No joiner fee (save $50-$75) and you still receive the 15% GWAEA discount if you sign up for membership in October. Extra specials on Oct. 24! For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.


Donations welcome

Bart Mason is collecting jars of peanut butter to donate to Operation Backpack (sponsored by HACAP) and cash donations for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.  If you would like to donate a jar of peanut butter or make a contribution to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight (EIHF), please stop by the NE Region office area with your donation or to get more details. 


When you make a donation to either cause, you will receive a special sticker to acknowledge your support.  For every $20 that is donated to the EIHF, one area Veteran will receive a free ticket to an upcoming fund-raiser (to be held on Saturday, Oct. 12) for the EIHF.  Tickets for this charity fund-raiser are also available in the NE Region office area if you want to purchase one for yourself.  Please contact Bart Mason
(ext. 6793) if you have questions or want more information.   




Stacy Murphy is collecting Pink Yoplait  lids for the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program. General Mills will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for each lid received.


Stacy has a collection tub in the staff break room of the Sixth Street building or send to her via van mail.

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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.

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 Brain Injury Resource Team presents...

Supporting Brain Functioning in the Classroom

Participants will gain an awareness of the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team. Content will include discussion and interactive learning that includes parts of the brain and their executive responsibilities. Additionally, participants will learn about the potential classroom impacts of brain injuries with a primary focus on classroom strategies to support individuals with brain injury and support universal learning for all students.
Number: 19212-13-01
Date/Time: 10/10/2013 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

STAR Autism Program Training

The STAR Autism Program teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism.


Participants will learn the techniques of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines. They will receive examples of the STAR Autism program lesson plans at each instructional level in order to practice their skills in implementing the program. The course content will include the following: An overview of the three instructional methods (discrete trial, pivotal response training and functional routines) and how they are used in combination to form the STAR Autism Program. A comprehensive how to training on the use of discrete trial training. An introduction on how to implement pivotal response training.


The STAR Autism Program has been used to provide intensive instruction in critical skills for children with autism in both self-contained programs and inclusive education programs. The program provides a structure that allows teachers to implement instruction throughout the child's day through typical school routines and provides techniques to teach the child in short 1:1 instructional sessions. The skills the child learns in the 1:1 instruction can be immediately practiced in the natural environment through the functional routines lessons.

This course will be presented by staff from STAR Autism Support.
Number: 4549-13-01
Date/Time: 10/10/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
10/11/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
11/04/2013 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Smart but Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and at School

Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don't know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it.

Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as "black holes." Student with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.
Number: 19223-13-01
Date/Time:10/21/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

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.
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

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.


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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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