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GWAEA Summer Hours:

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


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).


July 3, 2014

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


Aug. 8, 2014

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium


In This issue:


GWAEA College for Kids
Follow the College for Kids blog
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Linn County School Receive Blue Zones Designation
Summer Van Delivery
Health Matters summer e-news
Thank you!
Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
Install Meraki
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.

Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids planned during June and July 2014



More than 900 students will participate in the 2014 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids planned during June and July 2014. Classes will be held Monday through Friday per the following schedule:


2014 Programs, Dates & Locations:          





June 16-27
(Mon. - Fri.)

College for Kids - Session A
(Enrichment and Art)

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College


July 7-18
(Mon. - Fri.)

College for Kids – Session B
(Enrichment and Art)

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

Showcase of Learning days for parents are planned June 27 and July 18. Student projects and performances will be presented.


Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is in its 28th year of offering summer advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible students in gifted & talented programs who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade.


Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, explained that students who are eligible have the opportunity to participate in College for Kids. “It is very exciting to watch the students grow during their time at College for Kids.  And, Coe College provides a wonderful backdrop for this educational opportunity.”


Green estimates that more than 12,500 students in Area 10 have participated in approximately 600 different College for Kids classes since the program began in 1987.


“Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids has experienced a long history of success due to the ongoing interest of students and parents, as well as support from teachers, and the course instructors,” Green commented.


For more information about the 2014 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, ext. 6775 or


College for Kids blog

Follow the 2014 College for Kids sessions via daily session blog postings at




Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Renee Nelson
Public Relations Coordinator
M.A., Journalism

Renee's background includes experiences as a communications-public affairs manager with NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, Oct. 2004 - May 2014, and as a PR strategist with ME&V advertising agency, May 2003-Oct. 2004.

Harrison and Viola Gibson elementary schools are first Linn county schools to receive Blue Zones designation

Congratulations to Harrison and Viola Gibson elementary schools, Cedar Rapids Community School District, honored during June as Linn County's first Blue Zones schools.
The designations were the result of the buildings Implementing policies and programs promoting wellness. Learn more in the article, "Viola Gibson, Harrison earn Blue Zones designation" by Meryn Fluker, The Gazette, June 14, 2014.

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.

Meet Me At The Market

Every Thursday, May 1 - Sept. 25, 2014

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

Summer Van Delivery

Summer van delivery began Monday, June 16 and will end on Tuesday, August 5. Districts receive delivery every other week at a designated building. The GWAEA Coralville Facility receives delivery on Tuesday each week.   

Please check the schedule to make sure mail is received at your intended destination on time.  


Health Matters eNews


Read the June/July 2014 issue of Health Matters eNews from Community Health Charities.


In this issue:

Tips for Traveling with Chronic Health Conditions

Summer Safety: Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Five Reasons Why Gardening is Good for You


  • to Stuart and Joan Weinbrenner on the birth of their fifth granddaughter on
    June 17. Rebecca Julianna Hedges, 7 lbs., 13 oz. and 19" long, joins sisters Paige and Fallan. Stuart is a GWAEA lead printer.

Thank You!


To the many staff and managers at Grant Wood AEA who have supported me and worked with me over the last 13 years, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this such a wonderful experience. It was a great place to invest the final years of my career. It's time for me to move on and become a full-time grandpa and an active traveler. I will miss you and the work, but for everything, there is a season...


George Held


Refrigerator Cleaning Planned

It’s that time of year again. At the end of this month, the refrigerators will be completely emptied, cleaned and sanitized. If you want to save condiments, etc., please take them home with you by the end of the work day on June 27. You can return with them on June 30.


Hope everyone has a great summer. 


Curtis & Rick


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.



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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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