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May 8, 2014

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

The Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids


May 8 -18, 2014

iPad App Orders - App Order Form Open!


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


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:


A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Parking Lot Painting May 10-11
2014 United Way Day of Caring
GROW Team Update
Health Matters eNews
Iowa BIG Partner Launch
Retirement Reception for
George Held
iPad App Orders- Order Form Open
You Spoke. We Listened.
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








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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.

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.


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).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

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)

2014 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers


Thank you to the team members from J-TEC Associates in Cedar Rapids who volunteered at the Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teacher Center (VAST) during the 2014 United Way Day of Caring on May 8. The volunteers were putting together spectroscopes for the Planetary Science unit.

GROW Team Update

Yoga with Sayde Lorelei of Soundness With Sayde

Tuesdays, May 13 and 20, 2014
Grant Wood AEA - Sixth St. facility, 4:30 p.m.


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


Employee registrations for joining the Blue Zones Project™ movement have continued to grow and 143 staff have registered to date - thank you!  Through the Project, participants have access to an online well-being community, available at no cost. This online resource supports involvement in enjoying a happier, healthier life:

  • If you haven't done so already, please consider registering at with our company code GWAEA.

  • For those who have registered, remember to complete one or more actions to support your well-being!  Once you complete an action, check the "I Did It!" button next to that action to get credit.  Every action counts towards designation as a Blue Zones Worksite.  Honor yourself and keep your actions going so you continue to reap the lifelong benefits!

  • Take a Healthways Well-Being Assessment™ to find out more about your well-being, and how you can improve it with a personalized plan.

  • Discover how easy it is to apply the Blue Zones Power 9®  in your life and boost your well-being with fun, interactive tools and resources.

  • Use the Vitality Compass® to find out your real age based on your current lifestyle habits, and discover easy ways to live younger.

  • Quit tobacco for good with help from QuitNet® , the largest online community of people who have quit or are quitting tobacco.

  • Track your healthy actions and learn the choices you make impact your well-being.

  • Sign up for Daily Challenge™ a fun, daily web-based challenge designed to help you make small changes with big well-being rewards.

But first thing's first - sign up today 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.

Meet Me At The Market

NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St. S.E., Cedar Rapids

Every Thursday, May 1 - Sept. 25, 2014. Registration is from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Safe, fun and invigorating routes to bike, walk and run.

Register online and learn more at

Health Matters eNews


Read the May 2014 issue of Health Matters eNews from Community Health Charities.


In this issue:

Three Tips for Staying Active This Summer

Do You Have Asthma or Know Someone Else Who Does?

Exercise Tip:Keeping Your Kids Busy


  • to Deanna Thursby and husband, Mel, as they celebrate the birth of two grandchildren. Their son, Michael, and his wife Sarah, welcomed Carter Edward Thursby on Feb. 28. Their daughter, Rachel, husband Adam, and big brother Noah, welcomed Anna Lucille Johnson on May 1. Deanna is a former GWAEA school psychologist and member of the agency's Special Education Literacy Team.

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

Iowa BIG Partner Launch

Making the Case for Project-Based High School Experiences


May 21, 2014

4 p.m.

NewBo City Market


iPad App Orders- App Order Form Open!

We are opening the Agency iPad App Order for paid iPad apps from May 8th-May 18th. Please be sure to select no more than 7 apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need, we will be placing another order in the fall. The Tier 2 apps we will have on devices in the SDC this summer/fall for you to check out and try and then you may contact us for us to purchase it for you. You must be signed in with your GWAEA Google Account in order to view and fill out the form.


In order to get your apps please make sure these steps are completed!

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
Behmer ( or Jonathan Wylie ( for more information.


You Spoke. We Listened

Following the feedback we have received from 247 staff with our Bulletin Board survey, you will see we have truncated the Professional Development section so that you can click on links to get to current, important PD offerings that may be applicable to your work. This will reduce The Bulletin Board length considerably.
We were pleased to see the response rate indicating that by far the majority of you DO read The Bulletin Board. (See graphic below.) Thank you for your readership! We will continue to make every effort to keep it brief and to the point with information staff need or want.



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: Updated 1920’s 3 BR, 2 BA on the SE side (Vernon Heights). Wonderful neighborhood, 1/2 block from Grant Wood Elementary. Perfect starter home. Please see listing on
Contact Jane Harney w/questions: x6520.


For Sale:  Used hamster home with attachments. Also bedding, food, and treats. Previous tenant was very happy in this home!  $15.00.  Call 319-521-7642 .


For Sale: "Keep Calm and Call a Speech Language Pathologist" totes (colors: purple or pink),
$18 each. Benefits UNI SLP/audiology students traveling to Tesoros de Dios, a school for children with special needs in Managua, Nicaragua. Contact Heather Marolf, 563-920-9059 or


Lost and Found

The following items can be claimed at the Switchboard, Sixth St. facility:





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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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