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Nov. 27, 3 p.m.

Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving


Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014



In this issue:

American Education Week
Blue Zones Employee Advisory Committee
Board Members Tour Agency Hearing Vans
Our Condolences...
Bouquets and Kudos...
Iowa AEA Online Resources
Renee Moravec to present webinar
Linn-Mar Success Center Transition Program Open House
GWAEA iPad Refresh
Link to the GWAEA Daily
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell and Trade


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.

American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013

"Raise Your Hand for Student Success"



American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013—presents all Americans with the opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week and includes:


Monday, November 18: Kickoff Day 

Tuesday, November 19: Parents Day

Wednesday, November 20: Education Support Professionals Day

Thursday, November 21: Educator for a Day

Friday, November 22: Substitute Educators Day


Thank YOU for all you do for children and families in the GWAEA service area!

Blue Zones Employee
Advisory Committee


Are you interested in promoting wellness related activities and opportunities within your work environment and community?  If so, please email Jackie Schreder, Human Resources, to join the Agency's Blue Zones Employee Advisory Committee.

The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to create an atmosphere that inspires overall well-being and make healthy choices easier.  The purpose of the advisory committee is to recommend actions for the Agency to implement in order to promote a healthier work environment and achieve designation as a Blue Zones work site.  Plans are underway for the advisory committee to begin meeting in December.  If you have questions or would like more information about this effort, please contact Jackie.

Board Members Tour Agency Hearing Vans

Board members attending the work session last night had an opportunity to tour the agency hearing vans.



Jennifer Floss, GWAEA audiologist, shares information with (l to r) Jim Green and Randy Bauer.

Kelly Varnum, GWAEA audiologist, discusses the van acoustics with
(l to r) Sue Gates and Marilyn Wirtz.



GWAEA Board members enjoy a tour of the new hearing van with GWAEA Audiologist
Kelly Varnum
. (l to r) GWAEA Board Members Jim Green,
Lynne Cannon, Marlene Hill, and Randy Bauer.


Our Condolences...

  • to Nicole Clymer, audiometrist, and her family on the passing of her father, Andrew Cerio, on Thursday, Nov. 7. Services were held Wednesday in Charles City.

Bouquets and Kudos...


Iowa AEA Online Resources for parents of preschool to high school students in the Grant Wood AEA service area


During these sessions, parents will be given an introduction to a variety of online databases to support curricular areas at all grade levels.


Cedar Rapids sessions are planned
Dec. 3-4, 2013. A session is planned in Coralville on Dec. 12, 2013.


See flyer for times and registration information.

After School Special:
 Introduction to the Brain Injury Quick Guide

Renee Moravec, GWAEA speech-language pathologist with the Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource Team, will be presenting a webinar, " Introduction to the Brain Injury Quick Guide," sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.


The webinar is scheduled on Nov. 25, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Click to register for the webinar.
Reserve your webinar seat now
. Space is limited.


The Brain Injury Quick Guide was recently developed and distributed to aid teachers and other school staff so that they may better support students returning to the classroom after they have experienced a brain injury. Visit this link to download a PDF copy of the BI Quick Guide.

Linn-Mar Success Center Transition Program 9th Annual Open House

"What are you thankful for? We are thankful for
our program."

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
3-6 p.m.

1055 Linden Dr. Suite B, Marion
RSVP by calling 373-4847 or email to:


See invitation for details


GWAEA iPad Refresh

The announcement was made about the new iPads in August. We elected to wait until the new iPads came out and they were just released November 1st. We have ordered a few to preview, to see if we need new cases, features etc. The refresh will hopefully be taking place in December and we will use data from the feedback forms to decide who will be part of the first wave of refresh. This is not going to be an easy process and we will try to meet the needs of as many staff as we can. Be watching The Bulletin Board for updates.

Link to the GWAEA Daily

Looking to expand your PLN (Personal Learning Network), but don’t know where to start or who to follow. We have put together a site to get you started. This site is published daily pulling resources from Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media. You can select the subscribe button and have it emailed to you. Readers can also easily select a story, video, photo or link and share it with others. All you need is an email address to subscribe to this electronic newspaper.


Resources can be added to our paper, so if YOU are writing blog posts, adding to a Youtube channel or sending Tweets let us know! If there is another organization or professional to include in the paper fill out the Contributor’s Form. This is something that we will be sharing with LEAs as well.  Happy reading!

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.

New TQ dates 2013-2014

Feb. 26, May 28, 2014
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

Reminder notices are being sent. 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.



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

Routines and Activities in Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction K-3

Presenter: Donald Bear

Participants will explore schedules to implement word study in the classroom. Routines for teacher-guided small group, and independent learning will be introduced. Spelling routines are considered as part of word study. Participants will examine sorts and activities at each developmental stage. Core standards will be addressed in the areas of foundational skills, reading, writing, and language. Participants will receive Words Their Way, 5th edition and grade level specific supplemental materials so they can implement these strategies with students.


Target Audience: PreK-3 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Speech Language Pathologists

Word Study

See flyer for details


Number: 19237-13-01


12/10/2013 8:300 AM-3:30 PM

PAR-ty: Selecting Reading Accommodations for Struggling Students

Big news! There is a tool available that has been making a big difference in identifying the best reading accommodations for struggling readers. This new tool is called PAR (Protocol for Accommodations in Reading) and it is a free download from Don Johnston, Inc. Whether you've never heard of it - or have already downloaded it - this workshop is to help us all get started using this tool the right way. And what better way than with a party? Or rather, a PAR-ty! Come join us to learn more about the tool and get your materials together, along with a chance to practice PAR on a fellow colleague or two.
Participants are asked to bring a laptop with them to the training and to download the PAR guide and to print resource guide prior to workshop.
Number: 19202-13-03

Date/Time: 12/12/2013 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Selecting Writing Accommodations for Struggling Students

Join us as we introduce to you the Written Productivity Profile (WPP) for use with struggling writers as a means to determine the most appropriate accommodations for written expression. The updated version of the Written Productivity Profile is to be released by this fall via the Don Johnston website. Participants may be encouraged to download this tool (for a small charge) prior to attendance. There will be opportunity for you to observe step-by-step administration of this tool. In addition, we will introduce additional free writing assessments and low cost AT supports that enable teachers to closely examine the writing process for ALL students including those with mild to significant disabilities.
Participants are asked to bring a laptop with them to the training and if possible to download the updated Written Productivity Profile from the Don Johnston website.
Number: 19201-13-03

Date/Time: 12/12/2013 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Sink or Swim: How to Modify High School Curriculum for Learners with Special Needs

This workshop will provide participants a process which will enable them to modify any course content so that students who are included in the general education classroom will be able to understand, know and be able to do the basic requirements for the course.
Number: 19217-13-01


01/06/2014 9:00 AM-3:30 PM



See flyer for details.

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

Wanted: Alto saxaphone, reasonable price. 447-4274 after 5:30 p.m.


For Sale: Full size violin. Asking $400.00.  Email


Lost & Found

Pin: Purple heart shaped awareness ribbon found in the 6th Street Building. Check with Cathy Nelson,, 6544, at the front desk to claim.

Book: Personal Learning Networks - Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, found in the conference center break room.


Pen: Silver & Black "Grant Wood AEA" pen/stylus 


Staff Break Room Recycle Table will be emptied on November 27. Lost & Found items that haven't been claimed will also be there for the taking. Check for items that you might be able to use.


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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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