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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

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:

Partnering

Celebrating 25 Years
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Assignment/Job Changes
Employee Registration for GWAEA Blue Zones Successful
Second Floor Redesign
Education Funding, April 15
Organizational Leadership Cohort Announced
SDC Catalog Update
PowerSchool District Meeting
AEAs Impacting Lives Blog
GWAEA Autism Team to Participate in U of I Softball Awareness Day
iPad App Orders
The GWAEA Daily
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
AEA PD Online
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

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

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Grant Wood AEA

Mission:

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.


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

2014 event planned Thursday, May 8

 

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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.

Location:
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.

 

Cost:
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).


Assignment/Job Changes

Name

Job Category

FTE/
Region

New Assignment

FTE/
Region

Date Effective

John Bethke
School Psychologist
1.0/NE
School Psychologist
1.0/Iowa City

2014-15
Christine Allen
Safe Schools
1.0/Agency wide
School Social Worker
1.0/Iowa City
2014-15

Employee Registration for GWAEA Blue Zones Successful

Thank you to all those who registered during the launch week.

 

The GWAEA GROW Team is pleased to share that our minimum participation goal has been reached . . . with 137 staff registrations completed as of April 17!

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We hope to see this participation number continue to grow!

 

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22. We invite you to join the GROW Team for a Fit Walk at 10 a.m. in each facility. A GROW Team member will lead the walk. Walk at your own pace and a comfortable distance for you.

 

Additional well-being events will be planned. Watch upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board for information.


Second Floor Redesign

The Organizational Leadership Cohort continues to gather feedback for the design of the Sixth St. facility second-floor.

 

We will be posting the next iteration of the current design to the Gallery Wall for input. A recommendation for a design will be shared by the end of May.

 

Join the conversation as part of the GWAEA Design Google Community, and watch upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board for more information.

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Education Funding April 15, 2014

Education Funding Fact of the Week:
Increase in Iowa Per Pupil Funding Since 2008: Is it really more than 10%?

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.


New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced

Congratulations to the following Grant Wood AEA staff who have been selected as the 2014-2016 Organizational Leadership cohort: Myka Forrest, lead application developer;
Tina Gudenkauf
; special education consultant; and Jonathan Wylie, technology consultant.
 
Participants spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory.  Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also participate in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at

work.  

 

Organizational Leadership participants currently completing their second year in the cohort include Kim Novotny, team leader Media Center, and Carrie Manternach, special education curriculum specialist.

 

This year, Kathleen Goslinga, media assistant; Valerie Taylor Hill, public information specialist; Angie Miller, school psychologist; and Patrick Lussenhop, school psychologist, began their first year of leadership development.  
 
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Wilson at lwilsony@gwaea.org.


Updated Grant Wood AEA Staff SDC Catalog Available

Staff can now search the SDC and Main catalog using one interface. This has been set up as a One Stop Shop for our staff. You will no longer need to search two separate interfaces for different collections. See the screenshots below to navigate through the steps to the updated interface.

 

1. Click on Staff Website

 

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2. Click on SDC Catalog

SDC link will take you to the updated catalog interface.

 

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3. Combined SDC and Media Center Catalog Interface

 

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Questions? Contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist.


Grant Wood AEA PowerSchool All District Meeting held April 16

The Grant Wood AEA PowerSchool all district meeting was held April 16 at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Hiawatha. Seventy-six school districts joined to share information about PowerSchool.

Presenters included Joe Crozier, GWAEA chief administrator; Carla Schimelfenig, Iowa Dept. of Education; Mike Rhein Senior VP Pearson and GWAEA PowerSchool staff. 

PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that creates a comprehensive, collaborative environment for students, parents, teachers and school administrators.


Approximately 120,000 students in 76 school districts across the state are currently hosted by GWAEA.  This number has nearly doubled in the last three years.

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impactinglives

Impacting Lives Blog Showcases AEA Services

View the latest Impacting Lives update at http://aeas4iowa.wordpress.com/ for stories about the many ways Iowa's AEAs are making a difference.

 

In this issue:

  • Parent & Principal Tweets Thank You Message for Son's AEA Services

  • Andrew's Awakening: AEA/School Team Help Boy Learn Positive Communication

  • Ray's family finds hope through AEA staff

  • Helping Children with Autism: Jaxon's story

  • Transition: Working to Build a Life Beyond the Classroom


GWAEA Autism Team to participate in The University of Iowa's
Softball Awareness Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014 vs. Michigan State, 2:00 pm

Pearl Field, The University of Iowa, Iowa City

Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

Members of the GWAEA Autism Team will join representatives from various local community organizations who will be in attendance sharing organizational information before the game.


iPad App Orders

 

We are transitioning into distributing agency purchased apps in a new and more efficient way. In order to receive agency purchased apps from this point forward, you must add your device to the Meraki system and authorize an Apple ID for us to send the apps to (the nice thing is it can be your personal Apple ID, so less to remember).

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In preparation for our next agency app order you will have to complete the two steps from your iPad or you will be unable to receive agency purchased apps.


Step 1: Install the Meraki MDM Profile on your device - iPad Air users did this when they picked up their new devices. Everyone else can follow the instructions below:

 


Step 2: Authorize Meraki to install apps - You will receive an email from a CISCO Meraki email address and must tap the link in the email and authorize an Apple ID for agency apps to be assigned. This can be your personal Apple ID if you would like or one you create.


Fill out this form to have the authorization email sent to you, then follow the directions in the video below to authorize your Apple ID.

 

 


If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Stacy Behmer (sbehmer@gwaea.org) or Jonathan Wylie (jwylie@gwaea.org) for information.


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Link to the GWAEA Daily - Paper.li

If there is another organization or professional to include in the paper, fill out the Paper.li Contributor’s Form. This is something that we are sharing with LEAs as well.  Happy reading!


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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.


Updates from AEA PD Online

 

A highlight of this month’s AEA PD Online is the release of the first Self-Paced courses.

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Those courses are:
• June 1 – Digital Citizenship, Using Iowa AEA Online Resources, The Exceptional Learner
• August 1 – Google Apps 101, Ethics for Educators
Unlike our facilitated online courses, the self-paced course can be started any time (within seconds after registering) and can be completed at any pace (all 15 hours right away or spread out over several months as you have time).  It does not feature a facilitator or other participants in the class; you go through the course on your own.  Our target audience for these courses include educators, administrators, as well as substitute teachers and para-educators.  And, they have a reduced price of $60/credit.
Each course consists of several modules that are, in of themselves, separate trainings on our training system.  Therefore, educators could take an individual training as before, or package that together with others in the series to earn a license renewal credit.

 

This brochure gives details on the individual trainings in each course. Director groups that have an interest in additional topics for fall development and delivery should contact Evan Abbey.

 

2. Additional Trainings
We will be adding the following trainings between May and July as well to the system:
• Diversity Awareness & Cultural Competence
• Transportation Directors
• Institute for Excellence & Ethics Digital Curriculum
• Instructional Coaching (Jim Knight)
The last item is an update to the modules currently on the statewide Moodle server.  Counting the new modules from the self-paced courses, this will bring our new total up to 54 trainings.

 

3. Hiring Update
The Governance Council will be meeting on April 23 to finalize an agreement with an AEA for database/software support with a bidding AEA. The cost to AEA PD Online for the services is $65,000/yr, essentially providing AEA PD Online with 1.0 FTE of support for software and database administration.

 

4. K-12 Moodle Hits 50
50 districts that is.  We have had a streak of new districts using the server in a pilot mode this spring.  With our E-curriculum catalog growing from the sharing of teacher-generated courses, many districts searching for an LMS are liking what they see.
If you have a district seeking a new LMS, or even a teacher or two wanting to dabble in blended learning, be sure to send them to http://moodle.aeak12online.org or contact Evan.

 

5. Teacher Leader Opportunities
AEA PD Online is a valuable resource for Teacher Leader professional development.  In addition to the instructional coaching training that will be available on our training system, we also have online courses for teacher leaders, including a facilitated instructional coaching course.  It also includes OLLIE/MOLLIE for leading online professional development, or a blended course for Facilitating Adult Learning.

 

We can also assist AEAs looking to support teacher leaders through blended courses as well.


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.


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iPad Professional Development

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

 

 



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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.

Date/Time:

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

Number: 19221-13-04

5/7/2014 4:00-6:00 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.

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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
Date/Time:

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


Supporting ELL Students in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Model

Participants will examine factors to consider in the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for English Language Learners. Participants will learn about ways to meet needs and plan for interventions for students who are English learners in the MTSS process. Roles for meeting students' needs will be investigated.


Research and instructional practices on developing initial literacy with English Language Learners will be presented. Participants will gain a better understanding of challenges and supports for developing literacy with students who are English Learners learning to read for the first time.

Number: 4702-13-01
Date/Time: 06/16/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
06/17/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Assignment Due: 08/15/2014


Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Multi-tiered Systems of Support for English Language Learners

This workshop will examine factors to consider in the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for English Language Learners. Participants will learn about ways to meet needs and plan for interventions for students who are English learners in the MTSS process. Roles for meeting students' needs will be investigated.
This workshop is part of a 2-day course titled " Supporting ELL Students in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Model". If you are interested in taking it for credit, please register for course 4702-13-01.
Number: 19254-13-01
Date/Time: 06/16/2014 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

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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.


Initial Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners

This workshop will focus on research and instructional practices on developing initial literacy with English Language Learners. Participants will gain a better understanding of challenges and supports for developing literacy with students who are English Learners learning to read for the first time.
This workshop is part of a 2-day course titled " Supporting ELL Students in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Model". If you are interested in taking it for credit, please register for course 4702-13-01.
Number: 19255-13-01
Date/Time: 06/17/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Location:
Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Physical Education: New Ideas - New Approaches

This course will focus on activities and approaches to enhance physical education programming. Participants will actively engage in activities and demonstrate their knowledge in implementing activities and ideas within physical education programs and classrooms. Innovative games, sports, fitness activities and adaptations, team building, instructional techniques, behavior management, evaluation methods, and equipment innovations will be presented. Inclusive practices will be highlighted.
Elementary Focus: Register for 3056-13-01
Date/Time: 6/16/14 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6/17/14 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Secondary Focus: Register for 3056-13-02

Date/Time: 06/19/2014 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
06/20/2014 8:00 AM-5:00 PM


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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


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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.

 

Fees:

  • 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.

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See flyer for details.

Course #: 4628-14-01

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

 

Fees:

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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