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In This issue:


Launch of GWAEA Blue Zones Endeavor planned April 7-11
Our Condolences
Thank you
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.

Launch of GWAEA Blue Zones Endeavor planned April 7-11, 2014

Grant Wood AEA is seeking to become a Blue Zones Worksite. The agency’s Wellness Advisory Committee is working to provide support for these efforts, and WE NEED YOU!  

The Wellness Advisory Committee is planning a launch the week of April 7-11, 2014 with an emphasis on health and well-being planned at each of the agency’s three facilities. During this week, Blue Zones registration information and materials will be available in the reception area of each facility for staff to join the GWAEA Blue Zones effort.  Each employee registration counts toward the agency’s Blue Zones Worksite designation when including the GWAEA organization code: GWAEA.

To receive Blue Zones designation, a minimum of 25% of employees are to register their commitment to well-being (this is called a Personal Pledge) and complete one action to promote good health.


There are two options for registering by completing the Blue Zones Personal Pledge:


1. Register in person at an agency facility, or


2. Register online at "Join Today"





When registering, it’s important to include the
GWAEA organization code in your profile.

Questions? Contact any member of the agency’s Wellness Advisory Committee.
And, watch for updates in future issues of The Bulletin Board.


GWAEA Wellness Advisory Committee Members


Job Title

Agency Center


Andrea Castek

Graphic Designer

6th St


Nicole Clymer


6th St


Karalee Cole

Speech-Language Pathologist



Connie Dvorak

Executive Assistant

6th St


Julie Foltz

Curriculum Consultant, Science

33rd Ave


Peggy Gingerich

Speech-Language Pathologist



Valerie Taylor Hill

Public Information Specialist

6th St


Kim Martin

Board Secretary

6th St


Kelli Robertson

Autism Consultant

33rd Ave


Jackie Schreder

Human Resources Coordinator

6th St


Cathie Stutsman

School Social Worker



Deanna Weber

Media Specialist

6th St


Did you know?

As of Thursday, March 27, a review of the counters on the newly installed water fountains in the Sixth St. facility totaled a savings of 1,772 disposable plastic bottles.




Our Condolences...

  • to Ying Liu and family on the passing of her mother-in-law, Barbara Kearney, on March 25, in Storm Lake. Services will be held on Friday, March 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Ying is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.

  • to Paul Kiburz and family on the passing of his mother, Janis Kiburz, on March 26. Services are pending at this time. Paul is a GWAEA regional administrator.

Thank you

I wanted to thank the Grant Wood AEA Coralville staff for the cards, e-mails, and kind words you provided me with during my Dad’s brief illness and death. The donation to the Iowa City Hospice in my Dad’s name meant the world to my family.

To my close AEA friends, not a day went by without one of you reaching out to me in some way. That was so comforting.


To Tina Hoffman, Tracy Libermann, and Sue Heath: The support and care you gave me during this time made it possible for me to balance my work load and caring for my Dad; especially his final days.

And, finally, to my AEA school team, Mary Lindstrom and Allison Poss: You supported me by listening and adjusting your schedule to assist me in any way. But mainly you knew just what I needed to get me through my Dad’s illness and passing. That is more than an AEA team, that is a family.


Thank you,


Jane Meyer


Link to the GWAEA Daily -

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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.

TQ dates, 2013-2014

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 is now available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
on the homepage.



iPad Professional Development

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



"Your Child's Future...
The Possibilities are Endless"

April 8, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: West High School
2901 Melrose Ave., Iowa City


Keynote speaker: Lew Montgomery


Mark your calendars now for the "Your Child's Future…The Possibilities are Endless" parent/student transition night.




See flyer for details

This workshop will provide valuable information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services. There will be speakers, breakout sessions, and informational booths for parents and professionals to learn a wide variety of services in the area of living, learning and working.


To register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development website and click on course number 19052-13-01. Early registration for parent night results in entrance into the door prize drawing for Hon furniture.

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

Section 504 Plans

Participants will learn about the purpose of Section 504, eligibility requirements, due process requirements, and the process to follow to develop a quality 504 Plan for eligible students.
Number: 9185-13-02
Date/Time: 04/14/2014 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development Using the Rule of 3: 1st Grade and Up

Vocabulary development has the highest correlation with school success across subjects. The Rule of 3 is an innovative approach for systematic vocabulary development for ELL and all learners based on 14 years of school research. In 2009 the US Office of Education awarded an innovative grant to Rule of 3 for increasing students' achievement across subjects and grades.
Number: 19198-13-02
Date/Time: 04/24/2014 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Educational Learning and Support Center
2500 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405



See flyer for details on
both workshops

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development Using the Rule of 3 for PS and Kdg

The Rule of 3 is an innovative approach for systematic vocabulary development for English Learners and all learners. This workshop will focus on a strategy for developing vocabulary for preschool and kindergarten teachers using materials developed for the Rule of 3.
Number: 19199-13-02
Date/Time: 04/25/2014 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Educational Learning and Support Center
2500 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405


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

Every Student Can Learn: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read, Write & Communicate!

From the very start, children without disabilities spend hours exploring reading and writing. These beginning experiences pave the way for more formal, later literacy development. Students with significant disabilities have profoundly different experiences. These students may be unable to talk, hold a pencil and unable to hold a book. From the very start, children without disabilities spend hours exploring reading and writing. These beginning experiences pave the way for more formal, later literacy development.


Students with significant disabilities have profoundly different experiences. These students may be unable to talk, hold a pencil and unable to hold a book. They may also have intellectual challenges. These difficulties pose serious roadblocks to meaningful literacy development. However, exciting research in the past decade has found that with the right instruction and the right tools, students with the most significant disabilities can develop as readers, writers and communicators. this workshop will share the "what" and the "how!" With an emphasis on early literacy development, a wide variety of meaningful reading and writing activities will be shown, along with materials and tools to support student success. Adapted books, "alternative pencils" that don't require hand use, augmentative and alternative communication devices and other forms of assistive technology will be highlighted throughout. Videos and work samples will be shown of real students with the most significant disabilities in elementary and high school. Sample goals and ways of assessing change will be shared. Participants will leave with a long list of activities and strategies to try the first week back at school!

Number: 4690-13-01

06/11/2014 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
06/12/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
06/13/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Staying the Course:
Sustaining Your School Improvement Focus with
Steve Ventura

June 16, 2014 • 8:30 AM-3:00 PM


Audience: PreK-12 Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Counselors


South Slope Community Center
980 North Front St
North Liberty


Course Number: 19219-13-02

Fee: $60



See flyer for details


Registration Deadline: June 9, 2014, 6:00 a.m.

Steve Ventura from the Leadership/Learning Center has served as a school leader at the elementary, middle and high school levels. This professional learning session will provide participants overview skills to implement the data team model which will provide school teams skills to analyze current student performance, select high leverage instructional practices, create a plan of action and monitor the plan of action.


See flyer for details.

Project Approach and Inquiry-Based Learning

Instructor: Sallee Beneke

June 19-20, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Coralville Public Library

1401 5th St.

Coralville, IA 52241


Oct. 14, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Audience: Teachers and all staff members working in Early Childhood/Preschool/Child Care Settings

Course #: 4686-13-01

Registration Deadline: June 9, 2014 at 6 a.m.



  • Total for non-credit $ 90

  • Total for Renewal $ 115

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Credit: R, CDA - 1 Sem. Hrs.

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: Wood or gas burning stove in great shape. Has all the parts needed to convert to gas. Asking 500.00 but feel free to make an offer! Stove is 32" tall, 31" wide and 31" deep. The firebox is 2' by 14". If interested, e-mail or call 563-927-5293 (h) or 563-920-0734 (c).



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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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