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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 10-11, 2014

Sixth St. facility parking lot painting


May 13 and 20, 2014


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


May 15, 2014

Retirement Reception for
George Held


May 16, 2014

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance changes due to
Business Office


May 20, 2014

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fingerprint Session Follow-up


May 22, 2014

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fingerprint Session Follow-up

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:


Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2014
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month
You Can Make The Bulletin Board Better
Fingerprint Session Follow-up
Parking Lot Painting May 10-11
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Celebrating 25 Years
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
DE's Each and Every Child newsletter
Retirement Reception for
George Held
iPad App Orders
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.

Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2014
"Educate! Advocate! Celebrate!"

Volunteer school board members serve thousands of hours each year working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education.


In recognition of the dedicated service of Iowa's nearly 2,000 volunteer school board members, May is annually designated School Board Recognition Month by the Iowa Association of School Boards.



This year’s theme, “Educate! Advocate! Celebrate!,” recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing innovative leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are able to grow and prosper through their education.


A nine-member board of directors elected by area school boards governs Grant Wood AEA. Board members represent designated segments of the agency’s service area called director districts. They are elected for four-year rotating terms by the school district board members in their director districts. The board is responsible for approving AEA policies, programs and budget.


"Grant Wood AEA board members provide support for all students throughout our service area," said Joe Crozier, GWAEA chief administrator. "We want to thank our Grant Wood AEA board members for the work they do improving the education and the lives of children in our area."


We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication.


Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009

Lynne Cannon,

Director District 3
Joined 1980

Sue Gates
Director District 4
Joined 2003

Marlene L. Hill
Director District 5
Joined 2002

Robert Schneider

Director District 6
Joined 2002

Jim Green, President
Director District 7
Joined 1995

Randy Bauer
Director District 8
Joined 2013

Mary Meisterling
Director District 9
Joined 2005

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. Thanks to all of our Grant Wood AEA SLPs & hearing staff who help students communicate more effectively.



You Can Make The Bulletin Board Better

Please take a minute to fill out our survey about The Bulletin Board. (It's a very brief survey!) This publication is an important resource for keeping staff informed about the agency, and we want to make it as accessible and inviting as we possibly can. How can we make it better to serve your communication needs? Please click on this link and tell us! Thanks!

Fingerprint Session Follow-up

Employees will be notified by email before May 5 if their fingerprint cards were returned and new impressions need to be taken.  On-site fingerprinting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, from 7:30 AM-12:30 PM in the Victorian Room and on Thursday, May 22, from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM in the Turner Room.  Contact the HR Office, x6703, for more information.

Sixth St. facility parking lot painting, May 10-11

Painting of the lines in the Sixth St. facility parking lot is planned on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, 2014. There are no classes scheduled in the building on these dates. Those wanting to work in the building will need to park at Hawkeye Downs. (Rain date:
May 24-25)

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Karen Hutchcroft

Karen is a paraeducator with the AWARE Program.




Marcie Reynolds
B.S., Upper Iowa University

Marcie's background includes human services positions at shelters, residential treatment, home health, and as a paraeducator.




Faigha Warda
B.A., University of Northern Iowa

Faigha's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business from UNI.

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. Visit the links below for session information.


Guided Meditation with Noelle Holmes

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


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.

Save the Date...

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual EFY Race: Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Watch for registration information in future issues of The Bulletin Board.



Join Your Work Associates and Friends in Celebrating

It’s not too late to reserve a seat for the banquet, which will be a week from tonight. The dinner will be held May 8, at the The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, 90 Twixt Town Rd NE in Cedar Rapids.


Social Hour: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:00 p.m. and Awards from about 7 to 8 p.m.

Cost for GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $12

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $22 per person


Call Cathy Nelson, Ext. 6544, to make your reservation now! We will still accept reservations through Monday evening.

Iowa Department of Education's May issue of Each and Every Child

The Iowa Department of Education’s e-newsletter,

Each and Every Child, is aimed at the special education community, and is distributed to over 12,000 Iowans.


In the May 2014 issue, "Summer: Romping, reveling and ... reading," details a summer program that works to prevent 'summer slide' among students on IEPs.

A Retirement Reception is planned for ...

George Held, GWAEA communications supervisor

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Grant Wood Room, Sixth St. facility

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.


TQ dates, 2013-2014

May 28, 2014
The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.



iPad Professional Development

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





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

The Measures That Matter Most

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.

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

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

Number: 19254-13-01 or 4702-13-01
Date/Time: 06/16/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM


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

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

Physical Education: New Ideas - New Approaches

See flyers below 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.


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

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

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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