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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 Blood Drive

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

1:30-4:00 PM

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility


The Bulletin Board will resume publication, Jan. 9, 2014.


Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014



Collaborating for Iowa's Kids
Electronic W-2's Now Available
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Job Changes
GWAEA Blood Drive Jan. 8
Our Condolences...
GWAEA BlueZones Advisory Committee Meets
Recycling with Rick
Let's Hangout!
Link to the GWAEA Daily
Pins for Fundraiser
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.


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
Visit the Collaborating for Iowa's Kids e-newsletter at and subscribe by clicking the “Subscribe to our newsletter” link in the upper left-hand corner.

The December 2013 issue features information about Iowa's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)/Response to Intervention (RtI), Collaborative Inquiry and Continuous Improvement, Content training held Nov. 22 at Grant Wood AEA, and Clear Creek Amana participates in Transformation Phase One.

Electronic W-2’s Now Available

The Grant Wood Payroll System now includes functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give proper consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print on the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.


This option is available and can be made within the ESS at:  Log in with your username and password. Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History tab.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble to give your consent.




Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.  Email:  or phone:  319-399-6706.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Casie Trimble
Mail/Distribution Associate
A.A.S., Hamilton College

Casie's background includes positions from 2009-2013 as a CNA/mental health tech; 2004-2008 USPS PTF clerk, A/MPOO secretary and CFS clerk.


Job Changes


Job Category


New Assignment


Date Effective

John Berning
Special Education Curriculum Specialist
1.0/Special Ed Behavior Team
Teacher: Off-Site Programs/Foundation 2
1.0 / Off-Site

Annette Renaud
SEMS Technician
1.0 / Professional Development


  • to Lauren and Adam on the birth of Oskar Mason Steinmetz on Dec. 13, 2013. Oskar weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. Lauren Steinmetz is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.

Grant Wood AEA
Blood Drive

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

1:30-4:00 PM

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:
Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544





Last date to donate elsewhere: 11/13/13


Our Condolences...

  • to the family and friends of Sue Holmes, former Grant Wood AEA Board Secretary and Secretary to Chief Administrator Dwight Bode, who passed away on Dec. 15, 2013 in Florida.

Blue Zones Employee
Advisory Committee holds first meeting


The agency's Blue Zones Employee Advisory Committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Advisory Committee will be creating a broader logo/symbol/brand for the Agency's health and well-being program, and the committee has also begun identifying initial actions to help support wellness in the work environment.  Watch for information about agency wellness initiatives or opportunities in the new year. For questions or suggestions, contact Jackie Schreder, Human Resources.

Recycling with Rick

Just a reminder... It is refrigerator cleaning time.


As you leave for the holiday time, please take items that you want to save from the fridge.


Anything left behind will be disposed of over the break.


Have a safe and Happy Holiday season.


Your Marsden Staff,
Curtis, Rick, Gerry, Linda, Morgan, & Joey

Let’s Hangout!

Google Hangouts are a way to video conference and chat with other Google Account users. Save some drive time by meeting virtually! We will be having workshops about Hangouts and Google+, but here are a couple resources to get you started.
Getting Started Presentation




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!


I still have some of the SIDS fundraiser pins that I would like to sell for a contribution to the Iowa SIDS Foundation. They are priced at $5.00.


Please see me at the Sixth St. front desk if you can help. Thank you for your support.


Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544

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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. 



iPad Professional Development

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



Deeper Learning on the FBA Process and How it Leads to Intervention Planning

This course will provide GWAEA staff information related to the functional behavior assessment process and how the process informs our behavior intervention planning for children displaying challenging behavior. Practice collecting behavioral data via indirect and direct assessments along with practice analyzing this data will be a focus of the course. Practice with beginning the process of developing interventions based on data will be provided as well. Participants will be encouraged to bring behavioral data for a student on their current caseload (for the last two sessions). Content about the principles of behavior will be embedded throughout the course. All GWAEA staff who are involved in consulting or coaching school teams in creating FBAs and BIPs as a part of their role are encouraged to attend.

Number: 5542-13-01

01/14/2014 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

02/06/2014 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

02/12/2014 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Number: 5542-13-02

03/06/2014 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

04/02/2014 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

04/08/2014 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Strategies to Support Executive Functioning

The course will discuss the meaning of executive functioning and how deficits in this area impact student learning. Class time will be spent learning how to identify executive functioning deficits and how to match strategies to support learning in the areas of emotional control, working memory, planning skills, organization, and focus and attention skills.
Number: 4675-13-01

01/14/2014 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
01/28/2014 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
02/11/2014 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
02/25/2014 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
03/11/2014 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Introduction to Sheltered Instruction

This course will provide participants with a research-based framework to guide differentiated lesson planning, delivery, and assessment that meet the needs of ELLs and other diverse learners. Teaching strategies and demonstrations specifically designed to facilitate simultaneous learning of language and content will be presented by a variety of veteran educators.


Location: Coralville Public Library

1401 5th Street, Coralville,
Number: 4269-13-01


01/25/2014 8:45 AM-4:15 PM
02/08/2014 8:45 AM-4:15 PM
02/25/2014 4:30 PM-6:30 PM



See flyer for details.

Thinking About Thinking: Practical Social Thinking Strategies for Students with Social Learning Challenges

This workshop is designed to introduce attendees to Social Thinking and social learning related to functional treatment strategies to use both at school and at home. The ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking will be introduced which helps to demonstrate how social processing difficulties impact many of our students, not only their social skills but also their ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks such as written expression, reading comprehension and organizational skills.


A deeper discussion about WHY students with social skills difficulties have related academic challenges, which impact them across their school and home day will also be a part of the workshop day.


Emphasis will be given to understanding the Common Core Standards (CCSs) and how these related to individuals who are more literal, aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organized, show marked difficulty reading social contextual cues from people and the situation, comprehending language arts material, expressing themselves in written expression, and appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. The emphasis of this day will be around expanding our understanding of where to start and how to progress with these students based on their age, what is realistic to teach, and how to apply this learning in the inclusion-based classroom.


Number: 19230-13-01
Date/Time: 02/07/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Significant Disabilities Miniseries: Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities

This session will introduce the basic principles of literacy instruction for use by regular and special education teachers for students with significant disabilities. This content is based primarily on the research of Karen Erickson from the Literacy and Disabilities Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Join us as we discuss this framework of instruction as well as practical implementation strategies to get you started.
Number: 19214-13-01

Date/Time: 02/07/2014 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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: 19212-13-02
Date/Time: 02/11/2014 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification

Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is a behavior management training program designed to provide safe and secure behavioral intervention. It is a respectful, noninvasive method to use in defusing escalating behavior and safely manage physically aggressive behavior. This approach emphasizes prevention and teaches educators how to de-escalate potentially disruptive or violent situations. Participants also learn how to design school-wide behavior crisis management systems and to create behavior crisis intervention teams. Participants who complete CPI training are certified for one year by the International CPI Association.
Please bring a sack lunch as it is a working lunch.
Number: 9303-13-03
Date/Time: 02/13/2014 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

An Evidence Based Approach to Standing and Walking for Children with Moderate to Severe Motor Dysfunction

This one day course will focus on infants and children with moderate to severe gross motor dysfunction. Standing and walking will be presented using a review of the evidence interspersed with case studies using videos from the presenter's personal experiences.
Number: 19239-13-01
Date/Time: 02/20/2014 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Assistive Technology Consideration and IEP Team AT Resources

This workshop will discuss the requirements for assistive technology consideration during the IEP process and how to include that information on the new Iowa IEP forms. The content of this workshop will also provide tips and methods for carrying out successful AT consideration in an IEP meeting. A form used by many AEAs and highlighted on the Iowa Department of Education website will be highlighted and discussed. Assistive Technology resources and related forms for documentation will also be highlighted. These AT tools and resources are available on the GWAEA AT Website for district IEP teams to utilize as they seek to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Participants are encouraged to bring their own technology device (BYOD) to this workshop in order to access and bookmark web-based resources that are discussed in this workshop.
Number: 19205-13-03
Date/Time: 02/25/2014 8:30 AM-11:30 AM


Comprehensive Implementation Training

April 14-15, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Check & Connect is a model of sustained intervention for promoting students’ engagement at school and with learning.


See flyer for details.


Register Online. Special needs should be indicated on registration information. Fees: $575. Register by April 6, 2014

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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