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Nov. 27, 3 p.m.

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


Dec. 10, 2013

Holiday Potluck Lunch –
Sixth Street
11:30 to 1 p.m.


Dec. 11, 2013
Holiday Potluck Lunch –
Coralville Office
11:30 to 1 p.m.


Dec. 24, 3 p.m.

The agency closes for winter break and will reopen on
Jan. 2, 2013, at 7:30 a.m.


Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014




New in the PEP Resource Library
Agency Holiday Potluck Lunch
Thank you...
View and Save GMail Attachments with Drive
GWAEA iPad Refresh
Link to the GWAEA Daily
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Wanted...Good Home for Pet


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.

New in the PEP Resource Library

The Grant Wood AEA Parent Educator Partnership Program is the agency’s name for the state-level program known as the Parent Educator Connection (PEC) Program. Initiated in 1985, the program began as a way to involve parents in the education of their children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).


New and Newest PEP Resources on Executive Function Disorder and ADHD are now available in the PEP Library.
See flyer for details on these items, which have been added to the PEP Bibliography.


For information, contact Liz Hooley, GWAEA PEP Educator Partner, 319-399-6719.


Agency Holiday Potlucks


Please join us for good food, good friends, good fun. Bring a dish to share.

Sixth Street Potluck

Tuesday, Dec. 10

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Scale Up Classroom

Coralville Potluck

Wednesday, Dec. 11

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Rooms A & B

Thank you...

  • The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center extends thanks to the Grant Wood AEA donors participating in the blood drive held on Oct. 31. Eleven donations were provided for local hospitals served by MVRBC. Because each whole blood donation can be processed into multiple components, the agency's blood drive provided at least 33 products for patients in need.

View and save Gmail attachment directly with Drive

Over the next few days, Google will be rolling out a feature that lets you view Gmail attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail. The next time you open an email with attachments, you’ll see new previews of the files at the bottom of the email. When you click on one of those previews, a full-screen view of the image or document will appear. You can now also save your attachments directly to Drive simply by clicking the Drive button that appears when you hover over the preview.




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!

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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

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.


Good home for one adult female cat and or one kitten. Call 319-395-9262



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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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