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Grant Wood AEA Innovation Day

May 13, 2014


In this issue:

GWAEA Open Minds, Open Doors Conference with New Video
GWAEA Graphics and Communications Standards
United Way
HACAP Family Connections Library Grand Opening
Welcome, New Staff
GWAEA Professional Development
Cedar Rapids CSD PPEL Vote Sept. 10
Sam's Club Open House,
Sept. 14
Agency App Order Opens Sept. 6
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






Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors launches new video

The Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors - A STEM+ career conference for middle school girls, launched a new informational video this week. The video describes the annual half-day conference, which is intended to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Presenters are professional women who volunteer their time. This year's conference is planned on Oct. 8 at Coe College. To learn more, view the video below or contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist.


Grant Wood AEA Graphics, Communications and Social Media Standards


The marketing of Grant Wood AEA is enhanced by the consistency of all in developing clear, jargon-free communications. Guidelines developed by GWAEA Communications, Creative Services and Professional Development provide support for these efforts.


Brochure/Newsletter Development

1. Please submit a copy of the text to George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office for review and editing before you print it or send it to Creative Services for layout and design. The Communications Office will review for style, content and publicity/social media.


2. Please allow 24 hours for the Communications Office to complete the review. One exception is if the document is several pages, needs management approval, or requires legal review, additional review time may be required. The documents can be e-mailed or provided in print.


3. When sharing information about Professional Development courses and workshops, please use the description created when the proposal was submitted to ensure consistent understanding of the course or workshop for participants. Assistance is available from the Communications Office for writing and editing your text.


“Social Media and Google Sites Usage Guidelines for Grant Wood AEA Staff”

The agency's social medial guidelines apply to all social media sites and Google Sites created by Agency staff in which the agency logo or the name Grant Wood AEA, AEA10 or any other kind of title that implies sponsorship or affiliation with the agency is stated or implied.

The Grant Wood AEA Graphics & Communications Standards
provides support for the development of agency communications. For more information, contact George Held or
Valerie Taylor Hill in GWAEA Communications.



This year, we will be taking a few minutes to share information with staff about the United Way. As you can see by the chart, the amount of giving for the Johnson County United Way has declined sharply in the last


three years,while giving to the United Way of East Central Iowa has increased slightly over the same timeframe. Giving has declined substantially since 2006 when the agency’s giving peaked at $26,143. Last year, the total was $16,545 – almost $10,000 less than 2006. In 2006, 91 staff members participated. Pledges for 2013 totaled 56 people – a substantial reduction in people who gave.


We ask you to consider giving to the United Way this year. Even a modest giving of $2 per paycheck (one dollar per week), which adds up to $52 per year, would buy 26 pounds of food for area food pantries or pay for four dental screenings for children. Your giving makes a difference in our communities!

United Way Virtual Day of Action

 United Way Day of Actions are in-person events held across the United States to recruit tutors, mentors and readers. More than 400 volunteers are needed in the area. Visit the website to learn more:

HACAP Family Connections Library Grand Opening

Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Downtown CR Library


Mary Airy, GWAEA Early Education Consultant, shared that GWAEA is one of the collaborating partners of the Family Connections Library.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Susan Lala
Special Education Consultant
M.A., University of Iowa; Educational Leadership, Drake

Susan's background includes positions as a special education teacher, district summer camp coordinator at College Community, and a special education teacher, Off-Site Programs with Grant Wood AEA.


Naomi Lange

Occupational Therapist
M.O.T, University of New Mexico

Naomi worked as an OT for inpatient population of University of Iowa Hospital and outpatient therapist for individuals with vision disorders.


Sara Lennertz
School Social Worker
Master's of Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Sara was a bilingual school social worker at Allen-Field Elementary, Milwaukee Public Schools.


Colleen Lipes

School Psychologist

M.S., S.S.P., Western Illinois University

Colleen previously worked for Knox/Warren Special Education Cooperative in Galesburg, Illinois.


Richard McGrath
Curriculum Consultant
Ed.D., University of South Dakota

Richard's background includes teaching positions with the Aurora Public Schools, Colorado, and Sioux City Schools, Iowa. He was also a consultant at Northwest AEA in Sioux City and an elementary principal at Sioux City Elementary.


Mary Menon
School Psychologist
M.A., Ed.S., Western Carolina University

Mary has held positions in Danielsville and Athens, Georgia.


Amanda Miller
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Iowa

This is Amanda's first year as an SLP. Previously, she worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C.


Julie Miller
Special Education Consultant
M.A., Education; M.A., Educational Leadership, Viterbo University

Julie held a position as a special services program coach with the Cedar Rapids Community School District.


Kimberly Moreno

School Social Worker

Master of Social Work, St. Ambrose University

Kimberly's background includes positions as a care coordinator with Family Resources and as a case worker with Lutheran Social Services.


Michelle Nuehring

Autism Consultant

M.A.E., University of Northern Iowa

Michelle's background includes positions as a teacher with the Cedar Rapids School District; taught self-contained Autism classroom at the Transition Center, and adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development


Mike Mattos presented, "Simplifying Response to Intervention" for AEA staff on Wednesday,
Sept. 4, and LEA staff, Sept. 5-6. Approximately 220 LEA staff or 40 teams attended the professional development session on Sept. 5, held at The Hotel at Kirkwood.

Cedar Rapids Community School District PPEL Vote, Sept. 10

On Sept. 10 the Cedar Rapids Community School District will ask the community to consider extending a special levy that enables the district to purchase and improve District buildings and grounds; construct and repair schools or buildings and access roads; and purchase or lease District vehicles and buses.


This is an important issue for the school district and the entire community, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance supports the extension and rate for this levy.


Please note: Voting on Sept. 10 will take place at five Vote Center locations. These differ from precinct voting in that a voter may choose to vote at any Center location. Vote Centers will be located at Jefferson, Kennedy, Metro, and Washington high schools and at the Educational Leadership and Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Road NW. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballot will also include Board of Education candidates.

The District's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) generates some $3.46 million annually, allowing the District to respond to immediate needs. There are many other projects that must be deferred, however, because of limited resources. The PPEL expires June 30, 2015.

The District is asking to residents to approve a PPEL rate of $1.34 per $1,000 taxable property value.

This amount will generate $6.92 million annually to be used for:
· Proactive maintenance, with planned equipment purchases and facility repairs
· Projects that provide safe and secure schools for students and staff
· Increased investment in school buses and District vehicles
· Improved energy conservation efforts

The District's Facilities Master Plan, developed with the involvement of community members, includes a detailed listing of proposed and deferred operations and maintenance projects as well as a proposed school bus replacement schedule over nine years. These would all be funded by the PPEL.


Click here for the Operations & Maintenance listing
Click here for the school bus replacement schedule

Sam's Club Open House, Sept. 14, 2013

See attached invitation to the Sam's Club Open House on Sept. 14 and a certificate  to receive a $10 or $25 gift card for joining. Employees can bring both in and receive the gift card and pizza for joining. Their is no obligation to join that day, but staff can shop with the invitation without paying the up-charge for non-members. Click on the flyers below for details.



Agency App Order to Open Friday, September 6!


The order form will be available for agency purchased apps from 3 p.m. on Friday, September 6 until noon on Monday, September 16.


Once we receive all of the orders, we will purchase and distribute app codes.


If you have previously ordered apps we are asking that you limit your order to three additional at this time. If this is your first order we are asking you limit your order to eight apps total from the Tier 1 or Tier 2 list.


The apps on the Tier 2 list generally cost significantly more than those on the Tier 1 list, so you will be required to provide additional information on how you hope to use these apps. We will also pass these requests to RAs or other management staff for approval so that we can ensure that the right people are getting the right apps.

If you are new to the Agency, or have not ordered apps before, please click here to read about the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 apps. Descriptions of each app and a link to the iTunes Store can be found on the GWAEA iPad Project Site.

You can access the order form by clicking here or by visiting the GWAEA iPad Project Site. Please note, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN WITH YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU ORDER. ORDER FORM LINK

Instructional Technology Support at the Southern Facility

Our new technology consultant, Gina Rogers, will be serving southern districts and also supporting GWAEA staff. She will be working out of the Coralville office and will be available to help staff who work out of that office. Each week Gina will post her “office hours” so if you need to drop in with an instructional tech question or iPad question she will be there. For hardware support you will still need to see the IT department in Cedar Rapids.

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.



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.

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.

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!

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.


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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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