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May 1, 2014

Remote Work Site form for 2014-2015 due to supervisors


Reservations due for 2014 Staff Recognition Banquet


May 6, 2014

Guided Meditation

GWAEA - Sixth St., 4:30 p.m.


May 8, 2014

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


May 13 and 20, 2014


GWAEA - Sixth St., 4:30 p.m.


May 16, 2014

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance changes due to
Business Office

May 27, 2014


GWAEA Coralville facility, 4:30 p.m.


May 28, 2014

2013-2014 TQ Date
Teacher Quality Committe


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium


In This issue:


GROW Team Offers Yoga, Meditation during May
Celebrating 25 Years
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Fingerprint Session Follow-up
Remote Work Site
Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) Update
2014 Agency Communications Survey
Kiburz Honored as Member of State Leadership Team
Education Funding, April 21
iPad App Orders
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.

GROW Team Offers Yoga and Meditation Classes

Classes planned Tuesdays during May at Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. and Coralville facilities

Join Noelle and Sayde of Illuminations Healing Arts Center as they teach you ways to welcome wellness back into your life.  Yoga and meditation are being offered as introductory sessions. If there is sufficient interest following the introductory sessions, then staff will have the opportunity to register for on-site classes.


Guided Meditation with Noelle Holmes

Tuesday, May 6, Grant Wood AEA - Sixth St. facility, 4:30 p.m.

Guided meditation is a wonderful way to connect with a meditative practice for seasoned devotees and beginners alike. Relax and let go as you follow the facilitator's voice on a journey of healing, exploration, and discovery. The session begins with conversation on the evening's topic of contemplation and continues in guided meditation with the night concluding in final discussion and sharing time.


Yoga with Sayde Lorelei of Soundness With Sayde

Tuesdays, May 13 and 20, Grant Wood AEA - Sixth St. facility, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, Grant Wood AEA - Coralville facility, 4:30 p.m.

Every-body is welcome in this all-levels yoga class. Breath is emphasized as we move the body, look into the heart and guide the mind back to our spirit. If you have a mat, feel free to bring it, though supplies are available for rental @ $1.50/person (includes mat, strap, blanket, blocks).

FIt Walk Celebrates Earth Day

Grant Wood AEA staff celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with a Fit Walk held at all three facilities.


33rd Avenue Facility


Coralville Facility

Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) Update

Districts who have chosen to use the Iowa TIER and FAST system to meet the guidelines for screening and progress monitoring assessments as outlined in the Early Literacy Legislation, 279.68, will have an opportunity to participate in statewide training sessions this summer. Training dates and locations, for the LEA teams, have been established and registration links are available on the Department of Education ELI site. Dates for training sessions and registration information have been sent out to district administrators; registration closes on May 2.


Professional learning sessions on Iowa Tier and the FAST system are being planned for GWAEA staff. More information about those training sessions will be available in the upcoming weeks.


Additional information on Chapter 62 assessments and the cost for each measure can be found on the attached interactive flier.


For additional information regarding Collaborating for Kids (C4K), TIERs, FAST, Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) or Chapter 62 requirements, please contact your Regional Administrator.

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

Each year, employees have the opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance elections.  Informational materials have been provided to all employees to review.  If you want to make changes, the application process must be completed by May 16, 2014 with the effective date of the change as July 1, 2014.


If nothing is submitted by the May 16 deadline, it will be understood you wish to remain with your current insurance elections.


Any information not included in your packet may be obtained from Cathy Kearns, Business Services,  or  (319) 399-6706.

Fingerprint Session Follow-up

Please be aware that a significant number of fingerprint cards have been returned to the Agency because the DCI determined the impressions were not suitable for processing by the FBI, and the cards were therefore not accepted. The Agency has been informed it is not unusual for fingerprint cards to be returned for new impressions.


The Agency will schedule on-site fingerprinting sessions again in an effort to accommodate those whose cards were considered not legible. Please watch for more information in the Bulletin Board. The HR Office will be following up individually with those who need to reschedule. Thank you.

Remote Work Site

As a reminder, to participate in the Remote Work Site program during the 2014-15 work year, a completed application form is to be submitted to your supervisor by May 1.


For complete Remote Worksite guidelines please refer to the April 3 The Bulletin Board.

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.

Award recipients at this year’s recognition banquet include:


Caring Colleagues:

Arlene Brant, Curriculum Consultant, Literacy

Kathleen Goslinga, Media Assistant

Keith Stamp, Regional Administrator


Educational Partners:

Child Study Team, Washington Community School District

Cindy Frese, Special Education Teacher, Cedar Rapids Community School District

Yolanda Voss, Special Education Teacher, College Community School District

Friend of Education:

Trisha Krsek, Parent

Anne Michael Langguth, Open Minds/Open Doors Keynote Presenter


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).

2014 Agency Communications Survey

The Grant Wood AEA communications office strives to continuously improve communications within the agency. To achieve this goal, we would greatly appreciate your feedback about our staff newsletter, The Bulletin Board. Please help us make our efforts even better by taking a few minutes to tell us what you think. This survey is being distributed in a manner in which no individual can be personally identified. Thanks.

Valerie Taylor Hill, Public Information Specialist
George Held, Communications Supervisor

Kiburz honored as member of state leadership team



Paul Kiburz, GWAEA regional administrator, was among those honored this week as a retiring member of the Significant Disabilities State Leadership team. (left to right):
Steve Maurer, Peggy Akins, Paul Kiburz , Emily Thatcher, Barb Long, and Cheryl Clark.


Education Funding April 24, 2014

Legislature Should Set the 2015-16 Cost per Pupil Before 2014 Adjournment

Click to access the text.

Education Funding April 22, 2014

Late Decision on Cost per Pupil Impacts Dropout Prevention

Click to access the text.

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).


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 ( or Jonathan Wylie ( for information.

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.




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 4:00-6:00 PM

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

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


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




See flyer for details

Initial Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners/Supporting ELL Students in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Model

Number: 19255-13-01 or 4702-13-01
Date/Time: 06/16/2014 and/or 06/17/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Physical Education: New Ideas - New Approaches

See flyers for more information.
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


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

iPad U: Slide to Unlock Learning

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

Course #: 4628-14-01


See flyer for details.

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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