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Bulletin Board

In This issue:


Have You Written Your Legislator?
Negotiations Update
Reminder - Fingerprinting Required for ALL Staff by March 14, 2014
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 21
Second Floor Redesign
STEM Scale-Up Programs
Brain Awareness Week
The GWAEA Daily
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or 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.

Have You Written Your Legislator?

Now is the time to write – budget work begins in earnest now. Your legislator needs to know more about us. Please take some time this week or next to write to your legislator. If you don’t know who he or she is, contact us in the communications office, and we can help you figure it out.
Need help writing your letter? Not sure what to include or not to include? Jot down a rough draft of your letter and forward it to Val ( or George (
We will gladly take a look at it and be willing to provide some helpful guidance.
What should you write? Tell the legislator about what you do every day at Grant Wood AEA. Think of some work examples you would be happy or proud to tell about to your mother or to your best friend. You don’t have to provide names of clients or even the school districts where they live – client confidentiality is always of utmost importance. If the child or the parents had some comments you can quote as part of your story, that’s wonderful!

If you're not comfortable about advocating for specific legislation, skip that part. You don't even have to advocate for any legislation. Simply ask your legislator to support the AEA system, and then share with them your stories about how the AEA makes a difference for the schools, for teachers, parents and/or students.

Negotiations Update, Feb. 20, 2014

Reminder – Fingerprinting Required for ALL Staff by March 14, 2014

Please remember to sign up for fingerprinting!   An additional date has been scheduled for Cedar Rapids and available appointment times include:
a.           Wed, March 5, Coralville
b.           Mon, March 10, Cedar Rapids

If you are not scheduled for any of the on-site fingerprinting dates, please refer to the February 13 Bulletin Board regarding other options to complete your fingerprinting.  You may refer to the January 23 Bulletin Board for more information regarding this new requirement.

Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 21

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at Grant Wood AEA and are interested in applying for the 2014-2015 Organizational Leadership program.  

The purpose of the Organizational Leadership Program is to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership. This two year program exists to:

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational level issues, contexts and dilemmas

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

  • Participate in networking opportunities to debrief and observe leaders as they tackle real problems and issues

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents to Lisa Wilson by March 21, 2014. Applications for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the Organizational Leadership Google site at this address:

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Wilson at

Second Floor Redesign

The Organizational Leadership Cohort is gathering feedback for the second-floor redesign of the Sixth St. facility. The one-question Google survey link will remain open through Friday, Feb. 21.


 Join the conversation as part of the GWAEA Design Google Community.


Open forums (approximately 30 minutes) are planned on the following dates:


Feb. 21, 2014, 12:30 p.m., Autumn Room

Feb. 26, 2014, 10 a.m., Spring Room, (polycom to Coralville Room A)

March 3, 2014, 10 a.m., Autumn Room

Members of the Organizational Leadership Cohort will be available afterwards for questions.


Have you visited the Gallery Wall, second floor near the elevator? Please take a moment to visit and share your thoughts.


Additional information on the second floor redesign will appear in upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.


Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Announces 10 Scale-Up Programs for

High-quality STEM education programs will be offered for the third year to students across Iowa



With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has approved 10 high-quality STEM education programs for 2014-15 that will be offered to schools, after-school programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.


Congratulations to the GWAEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center's Engineering is Elementary in Iowa (EiE) named as one of the 2014-15 programs.


Engineering is Elementary is a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics in grades 1-6.


The contact is Chrisopher Soldat, GWAEA curriculum consultant.


A complete list of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council 10 Scale-Up Programs for 2014-15 is on their website.

Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2014
Science Center

Science Center, 5824 Council St NE, in Cedar Rapids, is participating in the National Brain Awareness Week by offering a variety of awareness activities. Events are free. See the flyer for details.


Reservations for School Group Day on March 13 may be directed to


Click for flyer


  • to Austin and Alissa Mullikin on the birth of their daughter, Tinley Lu, on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Tinley weighed 8 lbs. and 21 inches long. Alissa is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.


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. 



iPad Professional Development

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



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: 19205-13-04
Date/Time: 02/25/2014 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Looking for Learning in the Digital Classroom

Presenter: Jeff Utecht

Just because the laptops are open does that mean learning is occurring? We need to move beyond doing old activities in new ways to doing whole new activities that lead to deeper more meaningful learning.


This session will help educators learn what to look for in the digital classroom. Using new theories and new standards, you will walk away with a greater understanding of how digital tools change the learning landscape and allow for authentic learning experiences.


See flyer for details.

Search is the skill of our era, a life skill that once mastered opens up all sorts of opportunities. Do we teach search in you classrooms and schools? This session will also focus on the skills and strategies of search. Participants will walk away with plans, ideas and classroom routines they can start using tomorrow in their classroom to teach students the skill needed most in today's connected world.



Number: 19232-13-01

3/5/2014 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

AEA PD Online

Is your district taking full advantage of the services provided by AEA PD Online? GWAEA is providing a hands-on workshop to learn all the administrative features available to you for no cost. In this session, you will learn how to manage the online training system (including pulling up records of completion, assigning trainings to employees, even uploading your own trainings), the K-12 Moodle server (including how teachers can request course shells and access the free e-curriculum), and the different online course offerings your district can run (including site-based, seminars, and self-paced courses).
Number: 19250-13-01
Date/Time: 03/11/2014 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Using Assessment Data to Plan Developmentally Appropriate Interventions and Specially Designed Instruction for Young Children

This training is intended for AEA and LEA staff who work with programs for children birth to 5 years old. Information will be provided on assessment and how to use data to determine appropriate interventions. Demonstration of how to create specially designed instruction opportunities that can be embedded into existing routines and activities will be provided.
Number: 19248-13-01

Date/Time: 03/13/2014 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville



See flyer for details.

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



See flyer for details.

Date/Time: 03/13/2014 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Creating Inclusive Environments in Culturally Diverse Classrooms

Diversity in inclusive environments enhances learning. This workshop will provide educators with the basic skills and tools necessary to create inclusive classrooms in this diverse world. Oftentimes we forget that diversity and inclusivity goes hand in hand. By providing an inclusive learning environment teachers will enable their students to excel.
Number: 19236-13-02



See flyer for details.

Date/Time: 04/10/2014 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility


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

Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Location: Iowa Memorial Union
University of Iowa

Keynote Speaker: Ruth Ziolkowski

President, Don Johnston Incorporated


The “Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference” is in its third year and will provide an opportunity to see firsthand the latest in assistive technologies (AT), practices and services for children (birth-21) with disabilities. This AT conference will serve as a unique opportunity for professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and assistive technology tools available for consideration.


See flyer for details.

The sessions presented at the “Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference” are divided into six main tracks, which include:

• Accessibility

• Augmentative and Alternative Communication

• Mobile Devices & Special Education

• District Policy to Practice

• Accessibly Instructional Materials/Universal Design for Learning

• Core Curriculum & Assistive Technology


Participants are encouraged to attend a single track or a wide variety of tracks depending on your conference objectives. Lunch and parking are included with your registration.


Audience: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, AEA Support Staff, Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Parents


Workshop Number: 19018-13-01

Registration Deadline: 04/08/2014

Workshop Fees: $50


The Measures That Matter Most (A)

Presenter Brandon Busteed will share research findings of how schools are increasing student engagement, hope and well-being and why these measures are more important than tests and grades.


This event is open to all educators and members of the public interested in improving education in Iowa.


See flyer for details.


Number: 19221-13-03
5/7/2014 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Number: 19221-13-04

5/7/2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

iPad U: Slide to Unlock Learning

July 9-11, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The goals of iPadU are to provide educators with support and training in the implementation of iPad use in the classroom to begin utilizing the device for teaching and learning.


iPadU is a three-day conference that will offer sessions and a keynote featuring Matt Gomez. Participants will customize their iPad learning and plan or expand how it can be used in an educational setting to enhance teaching and learning.


Join us for a variety of workshops and sessions that will guarantee exciting, hands-on learning experiences that you can use to integrate technology instruction in K-12 classrooms. Lunch will be provided for all participants.


See flyer for details.

Course #: 4628-14-01

Registration Deadline: July 1, 2014 at 6 a.m.



Total for non-credit $100

Total for Renewal $125

Total for Drake credit $200

Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full. Credit: R, D-EDEX - 1 Sem. Hrs.

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


For Sale: HyVee Fun Raising Coupon Book. Redeem coupons at any Cedar Rapids & Marion Hy-Vee Food Store or Drugstore. Over $100 worth of savings. If interested, please contact Amy Keller, or 319.321.3986


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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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