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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



Update Underway to Agency's SchoolReach Phone System
Agency Holiday Potluck Lunch
Our Condolences...
Cocoa and Carols
GWAEA Blood Drive Planned
Jan. 8
Bouquets and Kudos...
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


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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.

Update Underway to Agency's SchoolReach Phone System

We are working to put into place new procedures for the agency's phone calling system in the event of a weather-related building closing.

Please watch the next issue of The Bulletin Board for updated information and the time for a system test.

Should there be inclement weather prior to the Dec. 12 issue of The Bulletin Board, watch for announcements via the news media (KHAK, WMT, KGAN-TV and KCRG-TV) and the agency's website.

Staff will not receive a phone call from the SchoolReach system until a test of the new system is completed.

For questions, contact Dave Brousard, Director of Information Technology, ext. 6795.



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

Our Condolences...

  • to Sandra Pacha and family on the passing of her father, Gene "Grinny" Pacha, on
    Nov. 30. Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Joseph Church in East Pleasant Plain. Sandy is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.

Cocoa and Carols at Kennedy High School

Saturday, Dec, 14, 2013

Kennedy High School, 4545 Wenig Rd NE, in Cedar Rapids


The event includes area elementary and middle school show choir performances followed by a carol sing-along. Performances include the following:


10 a.m. (Harding, Roosevelt, Hiawatha, Viola Gibson, Madison)

1 p.m. (Taft, Franklin, Wright/Nixon, Pierce).


Cocoa and cookies are served afterwards. Tickets are $5.00 per family, $2.00 for individual, and $1.00 for seniors. The event is a fundraiser for Kennedy, but participating schools also receive some of the funding, so it is a great way to support area school show choirs.

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


Click this link to sign up online.




Last date to donate elsewhere: 11/13/13


Bouquets and Kudos...

  • to the Vinton-Shellsburg community and their first-ever "flash mob" held in support of local businesses and community involvement. Participants included high school students, Vinton Unlimited board members, and friends. Visit this link to view the video.

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!

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

Assessment for English Language Learners

(For GWAEA Staff, Dec. 13, 2013)

Assessment of English Language Learners is a complex issue. Cultural and linguistic issues need to be considered to address required questions for determination of eligibility

Number: 19166-13-01

Date/Time: 12/13/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

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.

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

Assessment and Treatment of Speech Sound Production Disorders, including Phonological Disorders

Assessment and treatment of speech sound production disorders. Includes assessment and treatment procedures for populations with single words, presenting with phonological process disorders, and presenting with single sound errors. The assessment procedures are also appropriate for students with multiple disabilities who present with speech sound production disorders.
Number: 9249-13-01




8:30 AM-12:30 PM


Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility


8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Grant Wood AEA (33rd Ave Building)

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

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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