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Bulletin Board


April 18, 2014
Agency closes at 3 p.m.


May 8, 2014

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium


In This issue:


Employee Registration for GWAEA Blue Zones, April 7-11
Celebrating 25 Years
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Education Funding, April 8
Remote Work-Site Program 2014-2015
GWAEA Parent/Student Transition Night
GWAEA Connect
The GWAEA Daily
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.

Employee Registration for GWAEA Blue Zones, April 7-11

Thank you to all those who have registered to date! We've appreciated a nice response so far with 80 employee registrations!  


We have 40 more to go to reach our minimum participation goal.


Please consider joining the Blue Zones effort and begin (or continue!) a personal path to improved well-being!  When registering, staff can take advantage of free, confidential tools as part of the Blue Zones Project.

Action Steps:

  • Register on the Blue Zones Project website with the company code GWAEA.  While there, review your personal actions for easy ways to improve your well-being.

  • Explore the resources available to help you create a healthier lifestyle under "My Tools."

  • Sign up for the Daily Challenge, a web-based challenge designed to help you make small changes with well-being rewards!

See the March 27, 2014 issue of The Bulletin Board for links to additional information. Questions? Contact any member of the agency’s GROW Committee. And, watch for updates in future issues of The Bulletin Board.

Help Kick Off the Blue Zones Project Marion

April 15, 2014, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Linn-Mar High School

Main Gym and Cafeteria, Door #10, 3111 North 10th St. - Marion

Celebrating 25 years of the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

2014 event planned Thursday, May 8




All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids

90 Twixt Town Rd NE
Cedar Rapids


Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.


GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $12

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $22 per person


Reservations Due: May 1, 2014


Groups may reserve a table. Please submit all reservation requests to Cathy Nelson at Sixth Street, ext. 6544.

Click to access the banquet invitation. Printed copies are available if needed. See Cathy at the front desk. Include cash or check (payable to Grant Wood AEA).


Education Funding April 8, 2014 (A)

Education Funding Fact of the Week:
Iowa's Per Pupil Education Gap Widens

Click to access the text.


The Joint Education Allowable Growth Group (IASB, UEN, AEAs, SAI, ISEA) developed an action plan to address the declining education funding and the need for consistent growth in annual spending rate (as well as the need to set rate consistent with law). This weekly email is sent to all legislators and the governor. DE Director Buck highlights a pertinent fact about pending legislation that affects education in Iowa.

Remote Work Site Program (2014-15)

This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:
1)       Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2)       Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3)       The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4)       Employees must apply for program participation each year.  Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  
5)       Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement. Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.

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

2014 Grant Wood AEA Parent/Student Transition Night

Grant Wood AEA's "Your Child's Future...the Possibilities are Endless" Parent/Student Transition Night was held Tuesday, April 8 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at West High School, in Iowa City.

Joe Crozier, GWAEA chief administrator, welcomed participants joined by keynote speaker Lew Montgomery, a career coach at ACT; Megan Burke-Brunscheen, GWAEA special education consultant, and Carmen Dixon, director of special education, Iowa City Community Schools.


"Your Child's Future...the Possibilities are Endless" Parent/Student Transition Night is facilitated by members of the GWAEA Transition Cadre.












Join and Save at Sam's Club

One Day Event


Saturday, April 12, 2014

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


No Membership required


See flyer for details.

Grant Wood AEA Connect

Connecting youth and community through word and image


For middle and high school students

June 16-26 or July 7-17, 2014
1:00-3:30 p.m. weekdays


Location: Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Instructors:  Robert Campagna,
Fran Judd, and Heather Feuerhelm

Connect - Registration Form




Grant Wood AEA introduces Connect. Students will express their connection to the community through writing and the art mediums of black & white film photography, digital photography and acrylic paint.


Link to the GWAEA Daily -

If there is another organization or professional to include in the paper, fill out the Contributor’s Form. This is something that we are 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.

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.



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.


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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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