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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:

GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, Monday, Aug. 12
6th St. Railroad Crossing Closed for Repair
Dr. Brad Buck new DE Director
Online jobs board for education announced
SCALE-UP Classroom at GWAEA
The Education Directory is 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

Reminder: 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.  

Gov. Branstad names Dr. Brad Buck as new
Iowa Department of Education director

Gov. Terry E. Branstad named Dr. Brad Buck, 44, to be the next Iowa Department of Education director, calling him a visionary leader with the right skills to implement the landmark education reform package passed by the 2013 Legislature.


Buck has served as superintendent of the 1,300-student Saydel school district in rural Polk County since July 2011. He previously worked as a school administrator in the Waukee, Hudson and North Mahaska school districts from 1997 to 2011. Buck began his education career in 1992 as a science teacher at Parkview Middle School in Ankeny.  He is also a past president of School Administrators of Iowa.

 Visit the DE website to access the complete news release.

Online jobs board for education announced

On Aug. 5, Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education Interim Director D.T. Magee introduced, a new statewide education job posting system. simplifies the search for education jobs and employees, expands the pool of job candidates


statewide, and reduces costs for school districts, area education agencies and is part of the Teach Iowa Initiative, a component of the new education reform law that aims to attract top talent into the teaching pipeline.The system is managed by the Iowa Department of Education and the Board of Educational Examiners.


Hundreds of job openings at school districts and AEAs have been posted to so far. The new education reform law requires public schools and AEAs to post all job vacancies to the system. The system is optional for nonpublic schools.


For more information, please visit or contact Marietta Rives at or 515-281-6038 or Julie Carmer at or



The new SCALE-UP classroom welcomed a professional development class on Wednesday, Aug. 7.


Grant Wood AEA's SCALE-UP classroom (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies), is housed in the Staff Conference Room of the Sixth St. facility. The classroom provides a space where teachers, administrators, and agency employees can experience, learn, and experiment with pedagogies in a student centered, creative and collaborative learning environment.


The classroom was designed by GWAEA Media and Technology team based on the National Education Technology Plan and research around Response to Intervention and Personalized Learning. The furniture and technologies selected were chosen to model developing trends in educational technology and furnishings. The model classroom. Information can be found at the following Google site:


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

The 2013-2014 Education Directory is online



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


Please click here to request a printed copy. A limited number will be printed. Please respond with your request by Sept. 13. Thanks!

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

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: 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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