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Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014


In this issue:

Improving Hope, Well-Being and Engagement in our Community
Like GWAEA on Facebook
Congratulations, Morris!
Welcome, New Staff
Media Center Symbaloo
Feedback on Science Standards
Updates from AEA PD Online
Download the GWAEA App
Google+ Communities
iOS Update
Lunch planned Sept. 24
Agency App Order Opens Sept. 6
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







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To ensure success for all learners.

Grant Wood AEA Goals:

1. Increase the academic performance of all learners.

2. Increase the percentage of students who perform at the proficient level.

3. Increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge.

Improving Hope, Well-Being and Engagement in our Community

For the first time this year, all four Metro area school districts are taking the Gallup Student Survey, which measures students’ attitude toward future success and the community supports they think they have to achieve their successes.

United Way will hold an event to discuss the survey. Join us to learn how United Way of East Central Iowa is working with school districts to improve the Hope, Well-Being, and Engagement in the lives of students in our community.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Educational Leadership and Support Center (2500 Edgewood Rd. NW)
Light refreshments will be provided

Hope scores from the nationally recognized Gallup Student Survey have been shown to predict academic success in college better than high school GPA and the ACT/SAT (Source: Gallup). This survey will be administered to students in the Cedar Rapids, College Community, Linn-Mar and Marion school districts this fall.


According to Gallup, hope, engagement and well-being are defined as:

  • Hope - the ideas and energy we have for the future.

  • Engagement - the involvement in and enthusiasm for school.

  • Wellbeing - how we think about and experience our lives.

Keynote speaker, Tim Hodges, the Director of Research at Gallup Education, will discuss what we can do with the information that we receive from the Gallup Student Survey. He will share the ways in which other communities have helped youth gain a greater sense of well-being and become more hopeful and engaged. He consults with K-12 school districts and higher education institutions and leads research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement, and well-being.


This event is part of the Condition of the Community event series.


Thank you to the event sponsors:

Holmes Murphy

Like Grant Wood AEA on Facebook

Help us get the word out about what is going on at Grant Wood AEA. If you want to see what is happening around the agency and encourage others to know as well, take a few minutes to watch this screencast on how to like GWAEA on Facebook. By liking our page you will get information in your feed about what is going on, but we will NOT be able to access your personal page. Please encourage your friends to like us as well. If you know of some great things going on within the agency, please let us know and we can post them on the page for you as well.







Congratulations, Morris!


Congratulations to
Morris Greenfield for his years of service as a member of the
Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors.


Morris was honored during the Sept. 11, 2013 Board meeting.


He joined the board in 2000, serving precincts within the
Cedar Rapids School District.


Thank you for your years of service and congratulations, Morris!


(Morris Greenfield receives congratulations from Jim Green, GWAEA Board President, and
Joe Crozier, GWAEA
chief administrator.)

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Emily Stevens
Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
B.S., Deaf Education, Illinois State University


Maggie Sullivan

School Social Worker
M.S.W., University of Iowa

Maggie previously was a family consultant with Mid-Iowa Family Therapy for two years.


Malinda Svoboda
Curriculum Consultant


Malinda taught 2nd grade, 4th grade, 8th grade reading, and reading and math support at Linn-Mar for 10 years.


Connie Tucker

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., Speech Pathology, University of Iowa

Connie previous experiences include St. Luke's Hospital as an outpatient and inpatient SLP, and she worked part-time and PRN at Speech Therapy Associates.


Martin Van Roekel
Special Education Consultant
M.A., Ed.S., Seattle University

Martin taught and was a principal in the Seattle area. He has worked in Waterloo, at College Community, and most recently was the secondary principal in the English Valleys School District.


Erikka Vosmek
School Improvement Consultant
Master of Education, Graceland; School Administration Certificate, UNI

Erikka worked for 12 years at Summit Schools in Cedar Rapids, six years as an elementary teacher and six years as Head of Schools (principal). She also was a 1st grade teacher for one year at Sunrise Drive School in Tucson, AZ.


Shana Wagner
School Social Worker
M.A., University of Iowa

Shana has held positions with Foundation 2, the Dept. of Human Services, and the Iowa Judicial Branch.


Hannah Walker
B.A., Psychology, Murray State University

Hannah held a position with Pennyrile Allied Community Services as a family preservation in-home interventionist.


Deanna Weber

Media Specialist

M.A., Library Science, UNI

Deanna's background includes positions as a librarian for Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools, 2007-2013; and as a media secretary at Washington High School in
Cedar Rapids, 2004-2007.


Allyson Wheelan

Itinerant Preschool Teacher

Instructional Strategist I, Morningside College

Allyson was a teacher in the Cedar Rapids School District for eight years.


Charlotte Wieck

School Psychologist

Ed.S., School Psychology, University of Iowa; Ph.D., Psychology, Iowa State University

Charlotte has held positions as a school psychologist at AEA267, Heartland AEA, and the Des Moines Public Schools; as a faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa; and as a consultant at the Iowa Dept. of Education.

The Media Center launches Symbaloo

The Media Center Symbaloo continues to grow. Resources are being added as new materials become available in the Media Center. Visit the GWAEA Media Center Symbaloo. For information, contact
Deanna Weber
, GWAEA media specialist, ext. 6454.


Iowans invited to give feedback on science standards

On Sept. 18, the Iowa Department of Education launched a public opinion survey of Iowans regarding the Next Generation Science Standards. The survey is part of a broader state effort to seek input on the new science standards, which represent a multi-state effort to develop a common set of learning expectations for students in kindergarten through high school.


The standards are internationally benchmarked and identify science and engineering practices and content with a focus on preparing K-12 students to go to college or to enter the workforce. To read the Next Generation Science Standards, visit


The survey will be open through Friday, Oct. 11. To participate, visit

For more information about the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force, visit


Updates from AEA PD Online

AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online's
September Blog Update is now available. Go to or for updates or click on the direct article links below. For real time updates, follow AEA PD Online on Twitter @aeapdonline or on your mobile device by accessing our app at


Download the GWAEA app

Grant Wood AEA is introducing a new iPad/iPhone/Smart Phone app. The app features links to the following:


About Us

Information for Educators

Media Center

Professional Development

Special Education


This app is free, and available from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store by searching for Grant Wood AEA or GWAEA.

For more information, contact Stacy Behmer, GWAEA Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology,

Google+ Communities- How to manage all the notifications!

We are adding Google+ Communities at Grant Wood AEA. What is a community? Check out this video overview.  We will be using private communities to post events, share information and have discussions with people in the community.  As a result of everyone signing up for Google+ and using these communities you may be getting lots of email notifications. This short screencast provides you with some options on how to manage these notifications, so they don’t fill up your inbox!



iOS Update- FYI

On September 18, Apple released iOS 7, the latest version of their mobile operating system. This update is freely available to anyone with an iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 or an iPad Mini. It is also available for some versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The update can be found by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Before updating, it is always a good idea to back up your data to iCloud. You should also update any apps that you can to ensure that they work properly on iOS 7. Some apps will not work, unless you update them. Also, be aware that you need 3.3GB of free space before you can update. Go to Settings > General > Usage to check free space.

The new update has a brand new look, but although it looks different, everything functions pretty much the way it did before. There are some new features, and you can read about those here, or you can sign up for one of our iPad workshops in October where we will go over some iPad basics and take a look at the new iOS 7. You can sign up for those classes here.

If you have any questions or concerns about updating to iOS 7, please contact
Jonathan Wylie


The "I"s have it!

We are celebrating our brand new Web IDEA applications:


Hotdog Lunch

Sept. 24, 2013, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

GWAEA Garage, Sixth St. facility


Bring a dish to share, something to drink, and your own table service.


See flyer for details.



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. 

Mandatory Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens and/or Chapter 103: Seclusion and Restraint training

Please submit certificates of completion to Tammy Carolan in the Professional Development Office.




iPad Professional Development

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



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.

Books and materials will be available for purchase onsite. Book cost $42, posters $5.
Number: 19222-13-01
Date/Time: 11/05/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Developing Readers in Disciplinary Literacy

Secondary educators teach in a variety of disciplines, but all are responsible for literacy within their subject areas. The national CCSS standards for Literacy represent a historic shift, requiring that all teachers -- science, technical education, social studies, music, family and consumer education, mathematics, literature, art, world languages, and others -- address reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening standards through disciplinary instruction. Disciplinary Literacy can be understood as the merging of content knowledge, experiences, and skills with the ability to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and perform in a way that is meaningful within the context of disciplinary learning.

During this course, participants will examine literacy practices that boost comprehension as well as mentor students as readers of complex texts as they strive to meet the literacy challenges within the different academic disciplines they study.

Number: 4665-13-01

11/07/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


12/16/2013 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


02/27/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM AEA 10 Location
4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


04/04/2014 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 6th Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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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