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GWAEA Summer Hours:

June 16 - Aug. 8, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


May 26, 2014
Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day

May 27, 2014


GWAEA Coralville facility, 4:30 p.m.


May 28, 2014

2013-2014 TQ Date
Teacher Quality Committe


June 6, 2014

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year (July 2013 – June 2014) invoicing requests.


June 30, 2014

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2013 – June 2014).


June 30, 2014

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2013 – June 2014).


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium


In This issue:


Payroll Direct Deposit Features Available to Employees
Board Policies Distributed Annually
Introducing Zoom
Keep Your Mind Sharp at Any Age
Donations Needed
Retirement Reception for Paul Kiburz and Chuck Hatz
Bouquets and Kudos...
Second Floor Redesign
Have You Joined the GWAEA Blue Zones Initiative?
Install Meraki
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found


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.

Payroll Direct Deposit Features Available to Employees

A feature of our payroll system allows for payroll statements to be viewed at any time by logging on to the Employee Self Service (ESS) site and clicking on the ‘Payroll Payment History’ tab.  Click on a specific payroll payment for a viewable and/or printable version of your statement.    


Another feature of the payroll system is the option to have your payroll deposits distributed into as many as five different accounts. Various options available include allowing for specific dollar amounts or percentages of net pay to designated bank accounts each pay period.


To request direct deposit, electronic delivery notice or bank distribution changes of your pay, contact Cathy Kearns in Business Services.


Employees are encouraged to utilize direct deposit and electronic delivery notice. Going Green allows the Agency to reduce administrative costs related to payroll.

Board Policies Distributed Annually

Policies related to 1) equity in employment, programs and services, 2) harassment and bullying, and 3) substance-free workplace are distributed on an annual basis.  Click on links below to access each policy and administrative regulation.


Policy # 4119 – Equity in Employment, Programs and Services

Administrative Regulation # 4119A - Equity in Employment Programs and Services Complaint Procedure


Policy # 4123 Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying
Administrative Regulation # 4123A - Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying


Policy # 4175 Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace
Administrative Regulation # 4175A - Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Martin, GWAEA board secretary. For additional policy information, refer to on-line policy manual accessible from GWAEA home page (select Board of Directors then Board Policy Manual).

Introducing Zoom

Zoom is a new cloud-based video conferencing product that is being adopted by all AEA’s in the state and the Iowa Department of Education.  All Grant Wood AEA staff will have access to this service.  Zoom will allow you to have a video meeting with multiple endpoints (you may connect  to a virtual meeting with a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android device, H.323 Polycom or telephone).  It is simple to use and schedule meetings.  As a host you can meet with 25 sites at one time.  We have also purchased large room meeting adapters that will allow you to meet with up to 100 sites at one time if requested.


Video Conferencing Features:
Screen Share your desktop or application window (annotate over screen)
Group or private chat
Record your meeting
Manage participants
Schedule video meetings ahead of time or invite people on the fly with an email or meeting ID
Instant meetings in your personal virtual meeting room
Interface with your Google contacts (when you login with your Google ID)
Remote control another computer


If you are interested in using the Zoom video conferencing service please email a request for an account to Once an account is requested we will send you an email invite from the system and a follow-up  email with training/setup information. 


Zoom Overview Video

Keep Your Mind Sharp at Any Age


As your age increases, the quality of your life does not have to decrease. Aging gracefully is possible if you care for your mind, body and spirit. From diet and nutrition, to exercise and self-care, every choice you make matters. Positive, healthy choices produce positive, healthy outcomes.

Looking to make healthy changes in your own life? The Counselors at Mercy EAP are here to help! Call today to schedule a free, confidential appointment, 319-398-6694.

Donations Needed:

Students from the Youth Emergency Shelter (an Off-Site GWAEA program based in Iowa City) will be attending Boot Camp twice a week this summer, sponsored for free by Performance Health and Fitness in Coralville, and they need gym clothes!


All sizes of clothing are needed, males and females ages 12-17 of all shapes and sizes.

Please put gently used or new items for students in the box in the staff break room.


Ideas for donation:

Gym Shorts
Crew Neck T-Shirts
Gym Socks

A Retirement Reception is planned for ...

Paul Kiburz and Chuck Hatz

Wednesday, May 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Coralville Office

Bouquets and Kudos...

  • to Megan Burke-Brunscheen, GWAEA special education consultant, who was a presenter during the "What's Next? Living, Learning and Working After High School" Mini-Conference sponsored by the ASK Resource Center on May 17 at the Human Services Campus, Cedar Rapids. Megan's presentation was titled, "Transition Planning with High Expectations."

Second Floor Redesign

Members of the Organizational leadership Cohort would like to thank staff for the feedback received as part of the Second Floor Redesign. Your conversations and feedback have provided cohort members with a variety of learning opportunities.

Major themes from the input identified the desire to open up the cubicles, provide choices for workspaces that include comfortable furniture with options for collaboration as well as focus,  offer flexible options for technology, storage & scanning, and provide areas that promote wellness.  


The recommended plan is in the process of being finalized. Due to the HVAC system, no recommendations will be made for construction of rooms or walls as we have learned from our architects that doing so is cost prohibitive. The recommended plan will therefore be modest in scope and will focus on providing updated furnishings, adding more collaborative spaces, and addressing the needs for storage and technology to better enable collaboration, focus, wellness and innovation. Watch for more information as the work continues.


Through their learning experience, cohort members encourage staff to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and purge files and equipment no longer used or needed. Extra recycle bins will be available June 2-6 to assist the process.

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

Join us for this upcoming Yoga GROW opportunity:


Yoga with Sayde Lorelei of Soundness With Sayde

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Grant Wood AEA - Coralville facility, 4:30 p.m.


Have you joined the Grant Wood AEA Blue Zones initiative?

Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™ movement? Through the project, participants have access to an online well-being community available at no cost. See the May 8 issue of The Bulletin Board for a list of well-being community activities.


Sign up today (remember to use your GWAEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. With the help of Blue Zones Project, you can support your healthy lifestyle goals. Over time, these small changes will make a big difference in your health, happiness, and even longevity. Join us in this exciting movement to build a better community for all of us.

Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

Install Meraki

In preparation for our next agency app order, you will have to complete the two steps below 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
Behmer ( or Jonathan Wylie ( for more 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.

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

Home For Sale:  Beautiful 3029 sq. ft. home in Iowa City.  4 bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, entire house has been updated!  Please contact Myrissa if interested.  


Buy/Sell/Trade: Seeking to purchase/rent/borrow a good condition used flute for my daughter for beginning 5th grade band. Please call or text Sarah at 319-531-8432.


For Sale: Saris three bike trunk rack – new was $140.00.  For sale – now at $90.00. Used few times before new car purchase. Call Kim, ext. 6282. 

Lost and Found:

Two umbrellas were left at the Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center during the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet on May 8. One is black and one is yellow paisley. See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard to claim.


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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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