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May 7, 2015

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin


In This issue:


Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 7
Welcome, New Grant Wood AEA Staff
Behavior Round Table Discussions
Strategies for All
Our Condolences...
Costco Open House
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Kirkwood Regional Center Update
iPad Refresh Coming
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Wellness Room Survey -
Sixth St. Facility
Yoga and Meditation
Cedar Rapids Skywalk Walking Program
Weight Watchers at Work
Grant Wood AEA Book Club
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








Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Wednesdays. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.



Grant Wood AEA


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.

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 7

Bella Sala Reception Center, Tiffin


We will celebrate the 40th year of the Grant Wood AEA at the Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet planned Thursday, May 7 at Bella Sala Reception Center in Tiffin.

All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment will be honored at this celebration.


Bella Sala Reception Center
205 S. Park Rd, Tiffin

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $13
Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $25 per person

Additional information on reservations will be available shortly. Save the date - we look forward to celebrating with you!

Welcome, New Grant Wood AEA Staff



Amelia Akers

B.A., Social Work, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana

Amelia's background includes positions as a Direct Support Professional with Systems Unlimited; an Intern Case Manager with Youth Assessment Center; and as a Case Manger II with Courage Connection Shelters.




Stephanie Anthony
School Psychologist

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Stephanie previously was a Grant Wood AEA school psychologist, Aug. 2012-June 2013, and was a pre-doctoral intern/post-doctoral fellow at Home of the Innocents,
Louisville, Ky., June 2013-January 2015.




Kelsey Sasina

B.S., University of Northern Iowa

Kelsey's background includes positions as a family support worker at LSI; a youth counselor at Four Oaks, an intern at the YWCA; and as a childcare assistant at St. John's Daycare & Preschool.

Behavior Round Table Discussions

The Challenging Behavior Support Team is providing regularly scheduled informal consultation support for AEA staff members this year. Round tables will occur regularly at both the Cedar Rapids office and Coralville offices. Staff can sign up for a one-hour time slot. Consultation surrounding behavior data collection and analysis, designing behavior intervention plans, and the FIE process for behavior will be provided.


Sign up on our website:

Strategies For All

The use of the brain in the classroom is obviously important. Whether your students have experienced traditional brain trauma or other factors that have affected their learning, this course is for you. Come join the Brain Injury Resource Team as they share strategies that assist students who have had accidents, strokes, seizures, concussions, or students who have executive function skill concerns. Read more about and register for the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development class entitled, Brain Function in the School Setting and Effective Classroom Strategies by clicking this link.


Please share this information with parents, teachers, and others who may be interested.

Our Condolences...

  • to Sue Lovik, GWAEA Early Education Consultant, and family on the passing of Sue's husband, Gary, on Jan. 21. Arrangements are currently pending.

Costco Wholesale Special Tour Invitation, Feb. 16


Costco Wholesale, located at 2900 Heartland Drive in Coralville, would like to invite Grant Wood AEA staff and their families to tour the warehouse from Feb. 16 through March 15, 2015. Their hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and
Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Come and experience Costco's various departments:
· Pharmacy, Optical, Hearing Aid Center, One Hour Photo
· Fresh Prime Meats and Seafood
· Fresh Produce, In-house Bakery and Deli
· Major Electronics
· Grocery, Organics
· Tire Center
· Highly praised Wine, Beer and Spirits
· And so much more…Including Indoor Parking

Those who visit Costco during this special promotion time and opt to join will receive a $20 cash card for selecting the Executive Membership. Special promotions from Costco's American Express partner are also available. Just visit the Membership Desk and tell them you are employed with Grant Wood AEA. For questions, call Joni at 319-545-3219.

33rd Ave Renovation Update


Construction continues on the building entrance.

Contractors continue with the installation of tile and carpet.



Inside doors have been added to the dock.


Kirkwood Regional Center Project Update

A recent update on the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville included a photo of the 5th floor construction, which will become home of the Grant Wood AEA Coralville facility.



iPad Refresh Coming

Remember if you are getting your iPad refreshed in this cycle your orientation is next week. Please see the email confirmation you were sent to make sure you have the device backed up to iCloud and are ready to set up your new device. Here is the list of staff, their scheduled appointment time and case selection.


Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?

Participants have access to an online well-being community available at no cost. See the May 8 issue of The Bulletin Board for a list of well-being community activities. Sign up today at (remember to use the Grant Wood AEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. And, receive a Grant Wood AEA water bottle for signing up.


Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

wellness room

Wellness Room Survey -
Sixth St. Facility


The GROW Committee would like to know if the wellness room is meeting the needs of staff. We are looking for your input and suggestions on how we might be able to make it even better. Thank you for taking the time to answer this quick survey at




Yoga and Meditation

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility

4:30-5:30 p.m.


Class dates:
Monday Jan 26 - Yoga with Sayde


Cost: $5.00/ session or $15.00 for all four weeks. Bring a yoga mat and blanket.

Walk the Skywalk with
Blue Zones!



The Blue Zones Project® is hosting a 10-week walking program throughout the downtown Skywalk in Cedar Rapids. So come in out of the cold and continue your walking in a controlled environment.


Shirley Wellington-Bruegge leads the Thursday walk that departs from the Cedar Rapids library at 5:10 p.m. A heavy sweater or light jacket is needed as the walk travels between parking garages and building hallways.


For additional upcoming events, visit the
Blue Zones Project® website,


Weight Watchers at Work

Did you know every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. a Weight Watchers At Work meeting is held in the Scale Up Classroom for employees? Weight Watchers can help you make the changes you need to reach a healthier weight … in a supportive environment … conveniently at work.
What have you got to lose?


New Enrollee Opportunity

1. Weekly prorated rate available (8 weeks remain in first session)
2. Weekly meeting offered at GWAEA/Scale Up Classroom every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.
3. Prefer another location? Take advantage of our reduced rate and attend a weekly meeting at a community location

Contact: Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,

Grant Wood AEA Book Club

Feb. 25, 12 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Media Center Learning Commons



Looking for some social time with colleagues? Join us for Book Club on Wednesday, Feb. 25. We will be reading "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. Join us at 12 p.m. or 4 p.m. in the Media Center Commons. If you would like to join us virtually, please let Deanna know and she can send you a Zoom invitation. Questions email Deanna Weber at

New TQ Dates 2014-2015

Feb. 18, May 27, 2015
The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the
Teacher Quality Committee
link. Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the
TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Opportunities


Information for Professional Development National Speakers is now available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
on the homepage.

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: 2 Tickets to Brad Paisley at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids - Section 107 Row C Seats 5 & 6 (great lower seats in arena circle). Face value = $69.90 per seat. $120 or Best Offer for both tickets. Contact Bart Mason.


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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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