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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







Student Voices Forum planned Sept. 11 at Grant Wood AEA

The Innovation Collaborative for Personalized Learning (formerly the Eastern Iowa Compact) will host a Regional Student Voice Forum, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at Grant Wood Area Education Agency. The forum will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and is open to registered teams of four students from every district in AEA 10. Team members should be in grades 7-12.


The agenda will allow significant time for student input. In addition the event will be videotaped for sharing online and with other interested community partners at a later date. This is a significant chance to be heard about the educational environment needed for a productive future.


Students interested in participating should contact their building administrator to volunteer to be included on the team. Follow this link to an electronic flyer containing more information about the event. A limited number of seats are available.


This event is sponsored by Grant Wood AEA and will be hosted by the Regional Coordinating Committee of the Innovation Collaborative for Personalized Learning. For information, contact
Lisa Wilson, ext. 6732, or


Take some time to stop by and check out the SCALE-UP Classroom (formerly the Staff Conference Room). We will be offering some training and posting more information in the next few weeks on the GWAEA SCALE-UP website.


Reminder...Please no permanent markers are allowed in the SCALE-UP classroom.

Explanation of tax levy


Voters will head to the polls Sept. 10 to decide to renew Kirkwood’s 6¢ per $1,000 valuation equipment levy. This is not a new tax; it has been part of Kirkwood’s funding sources for at least 30 years. The requested levy renewal costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $3 per year, but provides equipment and training beneficial beyond measure for Kirkwood graduates seeking local employment.

Kirkwood’s varied funding streams work together to create successful workforce development strategies. Currently, Kirkwood receives more than half of its funding through tuition and fees. Kirkwood Foundation scholarships, critical for student success, are privately funded by generous local support. Federal and state support equate to about a third of the annual operating budget. Local funding, through bond issues and property tax levies, is about 10 percent of the budget.

Over the past nine years, Kirkwood used the equipment levy funding for:

  • Programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drive systems for Kirkwood’s new Automation and Instrumentation

  • A solar photovoltaic trainer for our Energy Distribution,Construction Management & Architectural Technology programs

  • Computers for student computer labs and classrooms.

  • X-ray equipment for our Dental Technology program.

  • Hi-fidelity medical simulators for our Nursing and Paramedic programs.

  • The majority of all lab equipment at the college’s new regional centers. The estimated cost for equipping the Linn County Regional Center labs in Hiawatha is over $1 million.

  • Computers for the student math lab.

  • Microscopes, potters’ wheels, masonry saws, lab servers and switches and stationary food mixers.

  • Simulation truck for our Diesel Truck Technology program.

The highly technical programs with significant workforce demand are also the expensive programs to equip. However, the industry-standard training Kirkwood students receive is vital to employers. They graduate Kirkwood fully trained and ready to be valuable members of the workforce. In fact, in a recent study of Kirkwood graduates, 95 percent live or work in Iowa and 86 percent of those work within Kirkwood's seven-county service area. Keeping graduates who live, work and play in the Creative Corridor is one of Kirkwood’s most important workforce and economic development roles.

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

Did you know? Grant Wood AEA employees receive a 15% discount off regular YMCA rates. ! 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.)



Conference Center reminder...

If you use the power wheels or tool kits in the meeting rooms, please put them away in the cabinets when your meeting is finished. That is not the responsibility of the custodial staff.
Thank you.




Integrated OneSearch is a single interface that allows users to simultaneously search EBSCO databases as well as the Iowa AEA Online, Grant Wood AEA provided resources, and the Media Center Catalog. The link is available on the Online Resources page. For information, contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist,

Coupons from Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks

Educator discount coupons for these stores are available at the front desk of each agency facility.

All-Agency Inservice links to presentations

GW Factoids - Did You Know.pdf

2013-14_GWAEA_opening_day 8052013.pdf

2013 Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future-Run to Remember


This is the final week to raise funds for the 2013 Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future-Run to Remember event. Pins are being sold to support Annette Renaud in memory of her son, Zachary.


To buy a pink and blue ribbon pin see Cathy Nelson at the 6th St. front desk, 319-399-6544 or Thanks for your support.

Gmail Inbox

There is a new inbox that you may want to try. On the desktop, the new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs. You simply choose which categories you want and voilà! Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when. More information can be found on the Gmail Blog.


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.



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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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