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GWAEA Summer Hours:

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


June 6, 2014

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


June 19, 2014

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


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:


GWAEA Collaborating for Iowa's Kids
Collaborating for Iowa's Kids
Iowa Core Update, June 2014
GWAEA Summer Hours
The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Have You Joined the GWAEA Blue Zones Initiative?
Conference and Meeting Room Reminders
Benefit Planned June 7
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 Collaborating for Iowa's Kids

The Collaboration for Iowa’s Kids (C4K) is a partnership among the Area Education Agencies (AEA), the Iowa Department of Education (DE) and local school districts. The intent of C4K is to work more effectively and efficiently as a full educational system to accomplish a few agreed upon priorities. To this end, four times a year the over 100 members of C4K come together to discuss, guide and enact strategies that support Iowa’s educational system.  


The C4K initial priority focus, collective efforts and resources are on early literacy and closing the achievement gaps with the goal that every child is proficient by the end of third grade. The C4K selected this priority focus because of the integral role literacy proficiency plays for success in all other academic and social areas.


Districts, Schools selected for Transformation Phase One
Districts and schools have been selected as part of Transformation Phase One to improve Literacy. The schools who have been invited to be a part of Transformation Phase One in the Grant Wood AEA service area include: Center Point-Urbana, Clear Creek Amana, College Community, Monticello, and West Branch.


Subscribe to the Collaborating for Iowa's Kids e-newsletter
Visit the Collaborating for Iowa's Kids e-newsletter at and subscribe by clicking the “Subscribe to our newsletter” link in the upper left-hand corner.

The June 2014 issue features information about the College Community and West Branch school districts participating in Transformation Phase One.


The Collaborating for Iowa's Kids,

April 2014, update for AEAs is available here.

The Iowa Core Update, June 2014


Visit the Grant Wood AEA Iowa Core website for the June 2014 Update. For information, contact Myra Hall, GWAEA school improvement consultant.

Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 16-Aug. 8, 2014

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the third Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.


The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, June 19.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Riley Banes
B.S., Mount Mercy University

Riley's background includes an internship at Transamerica, May 2013-May 2014.

Have you joined the Grant Wood AEA Blue Zones initiative?

Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

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.

Cedar Rapids Blueprint

The detailed Blue Zones Project® Blueprint for Cedar Rapids is now available online.
View the Blueprint.

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

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art presents...

Family Fun Day
Saturday, June 28, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome. Free admission all day .


Location: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Come see Grant Wood: American Impressionist, our newest exhibition!  Make your own "impressions" with family-friendly art activities--from messy paint to up-cycled trash.  You can also see Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars, and snap a selfie in our photo booth.

Conference and Meeting Room Reminders

A reminder to return the conference and meeting rooms to their original configurations once a meeting has concluded. Please store the power wheels, pencil boxes, water pitchers, etc., to the condition that they were found in the room. See a previous article in The Bulletin Board for additional details.

Join the Fight Against Leukemia

A Benefit in Support of Deb Walton

June 7, 2014, 5:00-9:00 p.m., Millstream Brewery, Amana

See flyer for details.

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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