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Summer Hours:

June 17 - Aug. 9, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


August 12, 2013

All-Agency Inservice


Concert Hall at College Community


In this issue:

6th St. Railroad Crossing Closed for Repair
Attention GWAEA Staff Who Serve Any CR District School
AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update
Seeking Members - State Special Education Panel
Iowa AEA's Launch Pinterest Site
Need to Restock Office Supplies?
GWAEA Especially for You Race
Kinnick for Kids
The Linker moves to online
iPad Feedback Needed
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






Grant Wood AEA All-Agency Inservice, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Location: The Concert Hall at College Community, Prairie High School

8:00 - 8:55 a.m.

Registration and colleague connection time, Auditorium foyer

9:00 a.m.

All-Agency Inservice meeting begins

(No food or beverages in the Auditorium foyer or Concert Hall.)

Here are the other tables that will be in the lobby for the All Agency:
Grant Wood Education Association
Community Health Charities
Linn Area Credit Union
Hills Bank
Sam's Club

6th St. Railroad Crossing Closed for Repair, Aug. 12-17, 2013

We have been notified the CRANDIC railroad crossing on 6th Street will be replaced the week of August 12-17. That means 6th Street will be closed while that repair occurs. 

Staff coming from the north will need to  take I-380 to Highway 30, exit onto 6th and go north or they can take 33rd Avenue east to J St., south to Hawkeye Downs Road, then west on Hawkeye Downs Road to the back entrance of the agency's parking lot.  

Attention GWAEA Staff Who Serve Any Cedar Rapids Community District School

Grant Wood AEA makes daily deliveries to and pickups from the Cedar Rapids warehouse. Once materials are delivered to the Cedar Rapids warehouse, their staff sort and deliver to the Cedar Rapids schools.

Effective July 1, 2013, Cedar Rapids changed delivery and pick up services to their schools. Delivery to Cedar Rapids schools from the Cedar Rapids warehouse will follow an alternating 2 week schedule. For example, east side facilities will have delivery Monday, Wednesday, Friday one week and Tuesday and Thursday the following week.

Even though there will be no change in the frequency that Grant Wood AEA vans will deliver mail, materials and equipment to the Cedar Rapids warehouse, staff may experience a delay in getting materials. If you need to receive equipment or materials from the SDC or Media Center on a short time frame, consider picking up your order at the 6th Street Facility.

AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update

The AEA Special Education Procedures Manual (aka "red book") has been updated as of July 1, 2013.  Please refer to this link for the Special Education Procedures Release Notes - July 25, 2013  (Special Education Forms page in our GWAEA website).


The Release Notes highlight the changes is also posted on the website.  These updates to the Procedures Manual include changes related to: Child Find, Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), Goal Development, Competent Private Instruction, and Medicaid.  There are also changes in the Appendix section.


Also, released is July 2013 version of the Parental Rights Summary.  You can also access the updated AEA Special Education Procedures Manual through this link to our website. You may want to add this as a "favorite" for easy access in the future.

For information, contact Melissa Tandy, GWAEA facilitator, Special Education Procedures,
ext. 6806.

Seeking members to state special education panel

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking members to join the Iowa Special Education Advisory Panel, known as SEAP.


SEAP should represent all Iowans, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. We especially are seeking people with the following attributes:
·         Those who live in the Quad Cities and northern Iowa;
·         Those who have a particular passion for the education of students with disabilities;
·         A person responsible for services to students who are homeless; and
·         A representative from the state child welfare responsible for foster care.
The majority of the panel must be parents of children with disabilities or individuals with disabilities.
SEAP meets in Des Moines about six to seven times a year; there is no compensation, but expenses including hotel, meals, mileage and child-care costs are covered. New members are required to attend a Sept. 12 orientation. The dates of the full SEAP meetings are: Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Dec. 6, Jan. 17, Feb. 28, April 4, and May 30.
If you or someone you know is interested, fill out the attached application and return it by Aug. 5 to Jim Flansburg at

Iowa’s AEAs Launch Statewide Pinterest Site

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are pleased to announce the launch of a statewide Pinterest site,


The Iowa’s AEAs Pinterest site is a collaborative project of Iowa’s nine AEAs. The site is maintained by AEA consultants from all over the state who specialize in different curriculum and instructional areas.


The over 35 pinning boards provide a visual, dynamic forum which informs parents, educators and school administrators about AEA programs and resources, as well as other quality, credible ideas and resources relating to education.

Items posted to the site are reviewed by AEA staff with the intention of providing participants with quality ideas that can be used in the classroom and beyond.


If you would like to contribute to this site, contact the George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the GWAEA Communications Office.

The Bulletin Board...

...has resumed a weekly publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, Aug. 8.


• to Mary Airy, GWAEA Early Education Consultant, who has been elevated to President-Elect of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.

Need to Restock Your Office Space?

A variety of used office supplies will be available in the Benton Room (2nd floor of the Sixth Street office) on August 12-15.


These are items that others have decided they no longer need, but they might fit other individuals’ needs perfectly!


Rather than throw them away or into a recycle bin, we thought it would be a better idea to have these items available for staff to take a look and see if there aren’t some used office supplies they need. Come see for yourself in mid-August. Any items left over will be recycled on Friday, August 16, 2013.

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer registrations due Friday, Sept. 6

The annual Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you would like to  register for the race as part of the Grant Wood Area Education Agency team, each person will need to turn in a registration form and the entry fee to Kim, Stacy, Angela or Karen


no later than Friday, September 6.  A blank entry form is attached.  Forms are also available in all three buildings.


We have an option to add a GWAEA logo to the back of the t-shirt if we have at least 15 people interested in the logo.  Please mark an "x" in the Logo t-shirt "yes" box located in the green box labeled Team Logos.  You do not need to send additional money if you would like a logo.

This year’s race includes a 5K run for females and males, a 5K walk for females and males, or a 1-mile Family Fun Walk with new Chip Timing. Adult Registration fee is $25. Youth registration (15 years and younger) is $20.

If you have questions about the GWAEA team, please contact:
Kim Martin (Sixth Street, administration)
Stacy Murphy (Sixth Street, 2nd floor)
Karen Desmarais (33rd Avenue)
Angela Krejci (Southern Facility)


Kinnick for Kids 2013

Kinnick For Kids is an opportunity to experience Kinnick Stadium and cheer on the Hawkeyes while they are on the road. The best thing about this event (other than the Free premuim parking) is ALL proceeds will go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa!

Come and enjoy this year’s game on the big screen on Saturday Sept. 14 against in state rival Iowa State University from the McCord Club Lounge Press Box at Kinnick Stadium. Act fast! This exclusive event only has 200 tickets available for purchase. Cost is $60 per ticket and includes a tailgate meal and beverages (beer, wine, pop included, cash bar otherwise). To purchase tickets online, visit Kinnick For Kids Tickets.

Grant Wood AEA's The Linker becomes an online publication

Publication to increase from quarterly to eight issues per year

Grant Wood AEA's The Linker will transition to an online publication during the 2013-2014 school year. Distribution will occur by email link to a PDF of each issue. A minimal number of printed copies will be sent to school buildings.


Publication of The Linker will also increase from quarterly to monthly (except for December and March), with email distribution planned the10th of the month.


This is the 33rd year of publication for The Linker, which is distributed to area educators, school board members, legislators, libraries, and professors of education.


Articles for the September issue are due Aug. 15 with distribution planned Sept. 10. Contact Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office, ext. 6824.



The Linker, is available for viewing and download along with archival copies.




iPad Feedback Needed

As year two of our iPad project comes to a close we would 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.


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.



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. 12, 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

Special Education Iowa Core Math Training Available August 7

The math consultants have developed a PD session specifically designed to assist GWAEA staff who work with LEA special educators.  This workshop will assist GWAEA staff in learning the content of the Iowa core associated with most student deficiencies and some attention will be paid to IEP goals.  LEA special educators are also allowed to sign up for this day. (Course number 19180-13-01)



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.

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: 1997 Subaru Legacy GT wagon. AWD. 120,000 miles. Book $3900.00. Asking $2500.00.
Call Stuart, 363-8466.



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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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