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In this issue:

Student Voices Forum planned Sept. 11
Scale-Up Classroom
Tax Levy Information
Conference Center reminder
Integrated One Search
Coupons at Front Desk
All-Agency Inservice Presentations
2013 Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future-Run to Remember
GMail Inbox
New Staff iPads
iPad Feedback Needed
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






GWAEA Try the Y for Free, Aug. 19-25, 2013

GWAEA employees & families can try the Y for free only through this Sunday, Aug. 25; the 15% discount on memberships lasts all year.


If you join during a Try The Y Week, the YMCA will waive the Join Fee. (up to a $75 value) Bring the coupon (below right) when you visit. For more information, please contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762. (Click below for flyers.)




The 2013-2014 Education Directory is online




The 2013-14 Education Directory is now updated and online.


Please check your school's information to make sure it is correct. If any corrections are needed, send them to George Held at


Iowa STEM Initiative

A new report has come out providing insights into the statewide STEM initiative launched last year. Major findings of the first-year assessment provide information on which to build. For example:


All twelve of the 2012-13 exemplary programs scaled up across Iowa through the new STEM Network increased student interest in at least one STEM subject after having participated.
Most Iowans (94 percent) believe science and technology are making our lives better.


Iowa Assessment math and science scores of participants in STEM Council programs were considerably stronger compared to scores of young Iowans in general; however, it’s not clear if participation causes these improved scores.


On the down side, interest in STEM topics and STEM careers has steadily declined amount Iowa youth at all grade levels. Only 37 percent of rural parents believe their children are “very well prepared” in STEM subjects at school – versus 62 percent of urban parents. This disparity in learning was a key consideration in rolling out statewide exemplary STEM programs last year to almost 900 Iowa educators and 38,000 learners. The intent was to target regions of the state with the highest need.


The 2012-13 Iowa STEM Monitoring Project Summary Report is available at


STEM programming for FY2014 is already well underway with nine competitively selected exemplary programs being supported in some 3,800 clubs and classrooms reaching almost 100,000 Iowa youth through the Council’s Network.


To learn more about STEM education in Iowa, visit . Our Chief Administrator, Joe Crozier, is a member of the SE Iowa Regional STEM advisory board, which is engaged in promoting these initiatives.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Shannon Bisgard
Regional Administrator
M.A. in Educational Administration, Drake University; Superintendents Endorsement, UNI

Shannon's background includes positions as a 5th grade teacher (1990-1996) and a principal (2000-2003) at Newton; principal (1996-2000), Independence Schools, and principal, Linn-Mar (2003-13).


Shawn Driscoll
Computer Services Consultant

B.A., UNI; M.S., St. Joseph's University

Shawn was the technology director for the Mount Vernon and North Cedar schools.


Sue Heath
Secretary, Iowa City Region
A.A., Kirkwood Community College

Sue was employed by ACT from 1997-2012, and was an employment specialist the last 11 years at ACT.


Michelle Hosp
Director of Iowa Reading Research Center
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Michelle was a consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, January 2011-July 2013, and a professor at the University of Utah, August 2002 to August 2010.


Candidate Forum on
Special Education


Candidates running in the

2013 ICCSD School Board Election


Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

6 p.m.

Iowa City Public Library

Meeting Room A




See flyer for details

Community Update: Kick Off Blue Zones Project Sept 9!

The Blue Zones Project™ Community Kickoff will be held on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Concert Hall at College Community. Doors open and entertainment begins at 5 p.m. This exciting event will showcase local entertainment, provide citizens the opportunity to learn more about Blue Zones Project strategies, and sign up for Cooking Classes, Walking Moais (pronounced Moe-eye), Purpose Workshops and Potluck Moais. Author of the book TheBlue Zones, Dan Buettner, will be speaking and sharing his stories of the secrets to well-being and longevity. Join us for a great night!





Hi George - Would you create an article for the Bulletin Board containing the following info. Add/Change as necessary. Its a reminder for existing Staff and also for new staff.
Keurig Coffee Pots - Located in the front Break Room and also administration. Please order K-Cups from Cathy Nelson at the reception area. While it may be cheaper to purchase coffee elsewhere, the coffee machines are provided free of charge with the assumption that staff will buy K-Cups from the vendor providing the machine. Lack of sales will result in the coffee pots being removed.  
Wolfs Food - A food truck arrives Tuesday-Friday at approximately 11:35 in the parking lot outside the 6th Street reception area. Sandwiches, fruit, salads, and drinks are available. If you are hosting a class, consider dismissing by 11:30 and give Wolfs as a lunch option for those that do not want to leave the building.
Ice - There is an Ice machine in the front break room.
Wellness Room - There is a Wellness Room by the mail room back by the employee east entrance. Its available anytime the building is open.
Commons Area - If you are considering an impromptu meeting and do not have a room reserved, consider using one of the two commons area. One is located in the Media Center and one in Administration. 
Charging Station. There are currently two charging stations for phone and electronic devices. One is located in the new Scale-Up Classroom and the other in the hallway outside the conference rooms. Look for more stations in the future. 

New Staff iPads

Welcome! We will have the iPads for new staff ready to pick up starting Monday, August 19th. Please stop by the instructional technology office and pick up your device and case. Head to the GWAEA iPad Project Site for more resources and information. Take a look at the orientation link to remind you how to set up or find your personal Apple ID and get your email on the device.

iPad Feedback Needed

We would still like some feedback as we plan for the future. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey to provide information on apps, usage and future professional development planning. The survey can be found on our GWAEA iPad site. You must be logged into your GWAEA Google Account to complete the survey.


Christmas Shop at Mall of America

Bus trip sponsored by Preceptor Delta Kappa
Saturday, November 23, 2013
$55.00 per person - transportation by Cedar Valley World Travel only – meals on your own.
Times/locations for pick up will be emailed and/or mailed prior to the excursion.
Contact Michelle at 319-431-5647 to register.

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.

New TQ dates 2013-2014

Sept. 18, Nov. 13, Feb. 26, May 28
The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities


Information for Professional Development National Speakers for 2013-2014 is now on the Professional Development Google Site.  To access the Google site, log into your Google account, click on Sites, and browse sites. 




iPad Professional Development

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



Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development Using the Rule of 3: 1st Grade and Up

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development Using the Rule of 3: 1st Grade and Up
Vocabulary development has the highest correlation with school success across subjects. The Rule of 3 is an innovative approach for systematic vocabulary development for ELL and all learners based on 14 years of school research. In 2009 the US Office of Education awarded an innovative grant to Rule of 3 for increasing students' achievement across subjects and grades.

Number: 19198-13-01

Date/Time: Aug. 29, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Educational Learning and Support Center
2500 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support

Registration deadline: Aug. 26, 2013, 6 a.m. (See website link above for complete details.)

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Development Using the Rule of 3 for PS and Kdg

The Rule of 3 is an innovative approach for systematic vocabulary development for English Learners and all learners. This workshop will focus on a strategy for developing vocabulary for preschool and kindergarten teachers using materials developed for the Rule of 3.

Number: 19199-13-01

Date/Time: Aug. 30, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Educational Learning and Support Center
2500 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Audience: PreK-Kindergarten Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Staff, Reading Support

Registration deadline: Aug. 23, 2013, 6 a.m. (See website link above for complete details.)

Assisting Individuals and Groups in Crisis

Day 1 - Sept. 12, 2013
Day 2 - Sept. 16, 2013
Day 3 - Sept. 24, 2013


All scheduled 8:30 am -4:30 pm


Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids


Course Number: 4585-13-01


Registration Deadline: Aug. 19, 2013



See flyer for details

Participants will learn the history, theoretical basis, and structure of Critical Incident Stress Management including individual and group interventions. The course will focus on providing Critical Incident Stress Management in the school setting. Participants will practice intervention strategies through observation and role play.

From Research to Implementation: Creating a Laser-Like Focus on Student Achievement with
Dr. Brian McNulty

Sept. 17, 2013 • 8:30 AM-3:00 PM


Audience: PreK-12 Administrators,
Teachers, Media Specialists, Counselors


South Slope Community Center
980 North Front St
North Liberty


Course Number: 19218-13-01

Fee: $60




See flyer for details


Registration Deadline: Sept. 3, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

Brian McNulty from The Leadership and Learning Center will present a on- day learning session. This session will provide participants content and tools to increase their awareness to engage in school and district leadership that will increase participants' skills to increase student achievement gains.

Summer and Fall Professional Development in

Mathematics Education




See flyer for details

Simplifying Response to Intervention for AEA Staff

Presenter: Mike Mattos


Course Number: 19188-13-01


08:30 AM

03:30 PM

Location: Hotel at Kirkwood

7725 Kirkwood Blvd, Cedar Rapids


RTI is a way of thinking about how educators can ensure each child receives the time and support needed to achieve success. For RTI to be effective, work must be shared among collaborative teacher teams and schoolwide teams. Together, the entire school assumes responsibility for the learning of every student. This workshop will help AEA staff understand RTI and how they can support schools in this process.



See flyer for details.

2013-2014 GWAEA Professional Development Early Childhood Education Offerings




See flyer for details

Staying the Course:
Sustaining Your School Improvement Focus with
Steve Ventura

Feb. 17, 2014 • 8:30 AM-3:00 PM


Audience: PreK-12 Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Counselors


South Slope Community Center
980 North Front St
North Liberty


Course Number: 19219-13-01

Fee: $60



See flyer for details


Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2014, 6:00 a.m.

Steve Ventura from the Leadership/Learning Center has served as a school leader at the elementary, middle and high school levels. This professional learning session will provide participants overview skills to implement the data team model which will provide school teams skills to analyze current student performance, select high leverage instructional practices, create a plan of action and monitor the plan of action.

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

For Sale: Chicken Meat
My kids participated in the State Fair 4-H Broiler project; we raised 150 chickens. We have most of them butchered and in freezers. They are whole frozen chickens, farm raised in a spacious open-aired environment and kept unbelievably clean. They range from 4 to 6 pounds dressed. The kids get $2 per pound for them. They will deliver them if needed. To purchase, contact Martin VanRoekel at 

319-461-4601 .


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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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