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Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014


In this issue:

IDPH - Precautions During Excessive Heat
Welcome, New Staff
Conference Center Reminders for Staff
New Staff iPads
Like Us on Facebook and Twitter
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost & Found
Buy, Sell or Trade


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues






idphposted Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 to Iowa Department of Public Health "News" website

Heat Warning Issued – Take Precautions to Protect Your Health

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Iowa. Record highs around 100 degrees are expected today and tomorrow, with the heat index soaring to 110 degrees in the afternoon and evening. The excessive heat is expected to continue through the week. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.


“People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Especially when the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.”


Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, the people at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older

  • Infants and young children

  • Overweight individuals

  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors

  • People who have a chronic illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

 Even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.
To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.

  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.

  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.

  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.

  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.

  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.

  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Alaina Daters
Curriculum Consultant
M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa

Alaina's background includes positions as a 1st-grade teacher in the West Des Moines School District and a kindergarten and first-grade teacher with the Marion Independent School District.


Heather Evers
Special Education Consultant
M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa

Heather was a special education teacher (K-5) at Shellsburg Elementary.


Janet Greene
Curriculum Consultant
M.A., University of North Texas

Janet's background includes positions as a second-grade teacher with Graettinger Comm. School District; a fifth-grade teacher with Spencer Comm. School District; and a 6th-8th grade math teacher with the Plano Independent School District.


Linnea Griffith


Jennifer Hackathorn
Special Education Consultant
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Jennifer has experiences as a special education teacher at Clear Creek Amana, College Community, and HLV, as well as an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College.


Natalie Hahn-Mauck
School Psychologist
Ed.S., University of Northern Iowa

Natalie is a first year school psychologist.


Lindsey Hansen
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., Communication Disorders, Truman State University


Buffy Johnson
, Anoka-Ramsey Comm. College

Buffy's previous experiences include positions with a rehab agency providing therapy in nursing homes and at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids.


Erica Jones
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Iowa

Erica graduated with her M.A. in May 2013. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a paraeducator for the Iowa City School District, 2007-2010.


Brooke Kingsbury
School Social Worker
M.A., St. Ambrose University

Brooke was employed with ASAC, Feb. 2004-Aug. 2013 as assistant director of South Outpatient Individual and Group Mental Health & Substance Abuse Therapy


Conference Center reminders for staff

There seems to be some confusion as to how the conference rooms are set up around the agency. Below are the expectations of the maintenance crew and of Grant Wood AEA staff.


Conference Rooms

  • The Winter, Spring, Autumn, Revere and Stone Rooms are the only rooms that the custodial staff will set up in different configurations and with different tables per the room setup sheet. The time on the setup sheet is critical as that’s the time the room will be setup. It should be at least 30 minutes before start of a class.

  • The Board Room and Victorian Rooms do not allow reconfiguration of the rooms under any circumstances

  • The Scale-Up Classroom and all other agency rooms in all three buildings, staff will setup yourself per your needs. However, you are expected to return the rooms to the same configuration you found when you are done. It’s not fair to the next group if they have to put it back to the original setup, return extra chairs, clean marker boards, etc.

  • Any changes to the room setup must be made online and by noon the day before the reservation. Changes after that time must be made through a Marsden staff member directly and may or may not be accommodated based upon their staffing levels that particular day.

  • When the meeting is over, exit the room even if you are the last meeting of the day.  Custodians need time to clean and set up for the next event, even if it is scheduled the next day.

  • Tables outside the conference rooms are not to be moved. They are heavy and can cause damage to the carpet when dragged to new locations.

 Meeting Supplies, Materials, Food & Beverage - They are your responsibility, not the custodians.

  • All power reels need to be unplugged and stored. This is especially important as the Fire Marshall cited GWAEA last year for reels plugged in when classes were not being held.

  • All support material (markers, scissors, pencils, etc) need to be returned to the cabinets where you found them at the end of your reservation

  • Conference Room cabinets are not the place to store leftover handouts, paper, etc.

  • Cabinets should be locked after putting away supplies, reels, etc. The receptionist has the keys.

  • Coffee pots need to be removed, cleaned and locked in the break room cabinet.

  • All food should be removed and the counter cleaned off.  Cleaning supplies are found in cabinets in rooms.  Caterers items should be put in hallway for pick up.

Printing left at the agency copy centers

  • Remember to pick up printing from the agency's copy centers. When copies are left at the centers, a sorting process must occur to ensure confidential information is shredded. Please remember to pick up printed items. 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,


An Integrated OneSearch webinar tutorial is available.

New Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center Now Open

Full slate of classes began August 19


Kirkwood Community College’s newest innovation opened its doors to more than 950 students this week.


The Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, hosted its first day of fall semester classes Aug. 19. The 99,000-plus square-foot, completely refurbished building houses traditional college credit classes, college-level classes for students still in high school, accelerated classes for working adults, and non-credit coursework and certification through Kirkwood’s Continuing Education programs. Kirkwood’s Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant programs also are exclusively offered at this location.


The regional center exists as a one-stop-shop for students. In addition to the wealth of learning opportunities, students can take advantage of the Workplace Learning Connection and Iowa College Access Network (ICAN), both co-located in the facility. Workplace Learning Connection helps high school students connect to job shadows and internships with local business and industry, while ICAN staffers help students complete complicated financial aid forms. In addition, one-on-one financial aid counseling, academic advising, a writing lab, developmental math emporium, tutor center and career counseling are all offered at the center.

New Staff iPads

iPads for new staff ready to be picked up. 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.


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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.



2013-2014 GWAEA Professional Development Early Childhood Education Offerings




See flyer for details


Assistive Technology at
Grant Wood AEA


See flyer for details and links to registration through Grant Wood AEA Professional Development.




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: Sept. 5, 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. 10, 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.

Personalized Learning Networks

Rob Mancabelli will share ideas on how to create globally connected classrooms, implement powerful project-based curricula, and introduce students to tools and technologies with transformative potential. He will also share information about the partnership between BrightBytes and GWAEA to collect and analyze information about how technology is being used to impact teaching and learning in your districts.
Number: 19220-13-02
Date/Time: 10/02/2013 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


RESPECT: Recognizing Everyone`s Strengths by Peacebuilding Empathizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding

This course is intended to enhance learning for students receiving special education services by respectfully and creatively building and growing relationships between educator and family members of IEP teams. This goal is based on the theory that the power of an IEP team to produce results that will meet student, educator and family needs is rooted in the quality of the relationship among team members. The quality of the relationships is dependent to a large extent on the way team members work collaboratively to bridge differences. Parents are highly encouraged to take the course. The course is scheduled over four months to allow participants time for strategy application and reflection on new learnings.
Number: 4001-13-01
Date/Time: 10/03/2013 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
10/23/2013 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
11/22/2013 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
12/04/2013 8:00 AM-4:30 PM


The Brain Injury Resource Team presents...

Supporting Brain Functioning in the Classroom

Participants will gain an awareness of the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team. Content will include discussion and interactive learning that includes parts of the brain and their executive responsibilities. Additionally, participants will learn about the potential classroom impacts of brain injuries with a primary focus on classroom strategies to support individuals with brain injury and support universal learning for all students.
Number: 19212-13-01
Date/Time: 10/10/2013 8:30 AM-11:30 AM

STAR Autism Program Training

The STAR Autism Program teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism.


Participants will learn the techniques of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines. They will receive examples of the STAR Autism program lesson plans at each instructional level in order to practice their skills in implementing the program. The course content will include the following: An overview of the three instructional methods (discrete trial, pivotal response training and functional routines) and how they are used in combination to form the STAR Autism Program. A comprehensive how to training on the use of discrete trial training. An introduction on how to implement pivotal response training.


The STAR Autism Program has been used to provide intensive instruction in critical skills for children with autism in both self-contained programs and inclusive education programs. The program provides a structure that allows teachers to implement instruction throughout the child's day through typical school routines and provides techniques to teach the child in short 1:1 instructional sessions. The skills the child learns in the 1:1 instruction can be immediately practiced in the natural environment through the functional routines lessons.

This course will be presented by staff from STAR Autism Support.
Number: 4549-13-01
Date/Time: 10/10/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
10/11/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
11/04/2013 5:00 PM-8:00 PM


Smart but Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and at School

Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don't know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as "black holes." Student with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.
Number: 19223-13-01
Date/Time: 10/21/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

The Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functions. It is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and state of alertness. The model incorporates Social Thinking concepts to help students use perspective taking, to identify how they are thinking and feeling, and understand how their thoughts and behavior impact those around them. Through using the curriculum, individuals become more self-aware and learn tools they can use to regulate to a more expected state.

Number: 19222-13-01
Date/Time: 11/05/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

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.

Lost & Found:

Lost: The SPEL Team is missing a box that had two very large rolls of Velcro Dots. It is missing from the top of the mailboxes in the Northwest Region area. Someone apparently picked it up by mistake.
If found, please deliver to Lisa Becker. Thanks!


Found: A Columbia black fleece jacket, medium size, was found in the Iowa Room. Stop at the 6th street front desk to claim.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Black handcrafted desk  with two shelves, work area, which is also a pull out keyboard tray, pull out drawer under keyboard tray and behind bottom cabinet doors is a pull out filing drawer $150. Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet $85. For Nintendo Wii – games: family game night 2, HS Musical 3, Driver, Cabella’s Huntin. Accessories: controller, numchucks, gun controller, steering wheel $75. Jupiter 511 series student flute $600 (used very little). Email Dawn at or call 981-6371.

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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