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In This issue:


GWAEA United Way Campaign Continues Through Oct. 31
33rd Ave Renovation Update
How You Can Help the Agency Provide a Clean and Welcoming Facilities Environment?
National Save 4 Retirement Week
To access all content in the Educator Resources tab on the Iowa Core website
New Materials in the PEP Library
New Dates Available for RESPECT Training
Online Resources Available to Staff, Teacher and Students
GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive Oct. 24
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Weight Watchers at Work Now Available for all GWAEA Staff
Personalized Learning Convening With Featured Presenter Jeff Utecht
Second Annual Cropping 4 Kids - Quota International
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.

Thank you to United Way Donors

Grant Wood AEA employees have pledged nearly $14,000 to the United Way through this year's agency campaign in support of the non-profit organization.


Forty-six employees signed up to support United Way this year, which was a decrease from last year's campaign. However, some of these employees were first time donors or increased their giving when compared to previous years, which made their donations eligible to be matched through a United Way Challenge grant- essentially doubling the impact of those dollars.


Thank you to everyone who supported this year's campaign!


33rd Ave Renovation Update


The interior work continues preparing the floor for finishing.

The outside concrete work continues.



Concrete at the front of the building has been removed to make way for a new
Grant Wood AEA entryway.


Watch for additional information and photo updates in The Bulletin Board.





How You Can Help the Agency Provide a Clean and Welcoming Facilities Environment?

Marsden is the company contracted by Grant Wood AEA to perform maintenance and custodial work at our three facilities. Daily cleaning for all areas of each facility includes vacuuming of visible debris, trash removal, damp-wiping tabletops as needed, and sanitizing drinking fountains and restrooms.

GWAEA employees can access a reporting system for staff to request support from Marsen for maintenance and custodial needs, or to acknowledge a job well done.  This system helps ensure building needs can be promptly addressed and monitored.  If staff identify cleaning or other maintenance needs, or have any specific requests for the Marsden staff such as re-painting marred walls or carpet stain removal, please go to the Marsden service screen at to submit the request.  The service screen can also be found by going to the GWAEA home page (at the top click "About GWAEA," then click "Facilities" about midway down the left hand side under the heading called "Maps," and finally click on "Maintenance"). The screen that comes up allows staff to enter specific details about the maintenance service being requested. If desired, staff can track all service requests they have previously submitted by entering their email address at the bottom of the service screen.


Thank you for your part in supporting our facilities for Agency staff and visitors. For questions, staff may contact our GWAEA Facilities Lead Dave Brousard at ext. 6795.



THIS WEEK, join with thousands of other smart employees, young and old, by taking time to be sure you are on target to meet your retirement income needs. A little time and calculation now can make a huge difference in how you live in retirement. Take full advantage of your employer’s supplemental retirement savings benefit, the Iowa Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) 403b.


YOU SAVE AUTOMATICALLY through payroll deduction and enjoy great investment options and services without paying sales charges and annual contract fees!


MAKE TIME NOW to take full advantage of this great employee benefit. If you already participate, take time to review the status of your accounts (no-fee advisor information available at and consider increasing your contributions by completing the RIC Salary Reduction Form. To enroll, request help buy using the PRE-ENROLL NOW option or view additional information at

To access all content in the Educator Resources tab on the Iowa Core website:


1.     Go to


2.     Click on the Educator Resources tab.




3.     Click on the link.




4.     Log in with:



a.     The same username you use for the on-line resources such as Learn 360, EBSCO, Gale, BookFLIX.

b.    The same password with prefix dr added to the password.  Note: dr stands for digital resource. 



·         If you don’t know your username/password for the on-line resources, contact your school/district teacher librarian or media contact.

·         Many of the resources are available through Guest access. However, others require a username/password.





New Materials in the PEP Resource Library - Now a Part of the GWAEA Media Collection

The Parent Educator Partnership (PEP) library is now a collection of Grant Wood AEA's
Media Center.  


To access the PEP Library on-line:

  • You will see the PEP Library resources available for checkout.

  • Make your selection and the client name and password. Educators use their school or GWAEA user name and password

  • Parents: For first-time parent users call the media center at 319-399-6754 or Liz Hooley at 319-399-6719 to sign up for a PEP Library card. Once you have the card, select your resource and enter your client name and the parent password which is "Partnership."

  • The materials will be sent to the child’s school or other arrangements can be made to pick them up if you call Liz Hooley, 319-399-6719.

Visit the PEP Library for a list of new resources.

New Dates Available for RESPECT Training

Recognizing Everyone's Strengths by
Peace building, Empathizing , Communicating and Trust building


There are new dates available for RESPECT training sessions in Cedar Rapids.

RESPECT is a four-day curriculum designed to teach IEP team members- including parents, educators, service providers and administrators - a number of skills to prevent conflict that can arise in IEP meetings.

Cedar Rapids RESPECT Training is available, free of charge, from 8am-4:30pm at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee Club Room on the following dates:
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

(Please note these dates have been updated.  Attendees are expected to attend all four sessions.)

To register for these sessions, call Ashley at ASK Resource Center at 515-243-1713.



Online Resources: Support Teachers and Students

Grant Wood AEA currently provides
23-online resources at no-cost to our accredited public and non-public preK-12 schools.


Students and staff have access both at school and home, 24/7. These resources support student learning across all curricular areas.


To schedule professional development, inservice time, or training, contact Kathleen Goslinga, or 319-399-6582, 800-332-8488 ext. 6582.



This week's featured resource:


CultureGrams is a digital resource which supports student research on information related to: land, climate, history, population, language, customs, courtesies, lifestyles, along with an insiders perspective on daily life. Other resources available are: photos, videos, slideshow and interviews.


Previous Online Resources articles included in The Update:

Learn360, Oct. 14, 2014

AEA Digital Library, Oct. 7, 2014

CyberSmarts, Sept. 30, 2014

Tumblebooks, Aug. 19, 2014


Grant Wood AEA Blood Drive, Friday, Oct. 24

Thank you to those who donated during the Grant Wood AEA Blood Drive on Friday, Oct. 24. Congratulations to Donna Claflin as receipient of the $25 gas card. Special thanks to Cathy Nelson for again coordinating the blood drive.

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.


See flyer for details


Soundness with Sayde

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility


Class dates:

Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday. Nov. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Cost: $5 for each session; $15 to attend all four sessions. Bring a yoga mat and blanket.

Weight Watchers at Work Now Available for all GWAEA Staff


The Weight Watchers' interest survey suggests we have strong interest in an onsite Weight Watchers' meeting!

Weekly meetings will be offered in the Scale Up Classroom at Grant Wood AEA's Sixth Street location on Tuesdays:
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 - Registration/information session
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 - First Weekly Onsite Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 19th Weekly Onsite Meeting

Weight Watchers is a clinically-proven program, ranked #1 by US News & World Report four years running.  Focusing on behavior modification, Weight Watchers will teach employees how to lose weight and help keep it off.  In addition, research shows that with Weight Watchers meetings and eTools, people are 8X more likely to reach 5% weight loss at 6 months than those who try to lose weight on their own. *Johnston CA et al. A randomized controlled trial of a community-based behavioral counseling program. The American Journal of Medicine 2013 (Article in Press), Oct. 2013. Weight loss data obtained at 6 months. Trial funded by Weight Watchers.

How the Meetings Will Work
Participating in Weight Watchers At Work includes 19 onsite meetings (which includes 2 FREE WEEKS). The first meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, with weekly meetings until Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  (Note: no onsite meetings on 12/23/2014 and 12/30/2014.)  Each meeting will start with a confidential weigh in from 4:30-4:45 and a group meeting will be conducted from 4:45-5:15. With At Work meetings, participating employees will get:

  • Practical guidance from an experienced leader who has lost weight with Weight Watchers

  • Weekly on-site meetings that fit perfectly in the busy workday as well as the flexibility to attend meetings at our community locations

  • Proven advantage of group support with co-workers who understand the workplace environment best

  • Free access to Weight Watchers eTools, our Internet weight-loss companion

All staff are welcome to participate, even those who cannot make it to the Sixth Street location where meetings will be held. By having all staff sign up as a member of Weight Watchers at Work through GWAEA, the agency will meet its minimum requirement for participation, and staff are able to attend any community Weight Watchers meeting that's most convenient for them.

Payment and Incentive Information
The cost to participate in the program is $186 per person.  Total payment must be made in advance of the first session.  This can be a single payment of $186.00 or a split payment by writing three checks ($62.00 each) at registration.  The checks are then held and deposited on weeks 1, 5, and 9.  This equates to $9.79/week. 

As an additional incentive, Grant Wood AEA participants will receive a $50.00 reimbursement incentive upon verification of attendance at 19 weekly meetings (either onsite or an alternate location).

(Note - Because there will not be onsite meetings on 12/23/2014 and 12/30/2014, attendance these two weeks is not required for the GWAEA participation incentive.  You may, however, attend a meeting at an alternate site during these weeks for no additional cost.)

How to Participate
Join your colleagues in the Scale Up Classroom, Tuesday, Oct. 28, to register.  

Questions:  contact Kim Martin, x 6710,

Personalized Learning Convening with
Featured Presenter:
Jeff Utecht


Oct. 27, 2014

8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids


Course Number: 19270-14-01

Registration Deadline:
Oct 20, 2014, 6 a.m.


See flyer for breakout session details.


Grant Wood AEA is hosting its first inaugural convening designed to provide time for participants to network, share and learn from best practices around personalized learning. Back by popular demand, Educational Technology Consultant and author Jeff Utecht will be joined by local practitioners to share how they are creating personalized pathways to improve student learning.


Break-out sessions will be offered in the morning and again in the afternoon to allow for deep learning and practice with tools used to create personalized learning pathways. Over lunch, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a group of area students who will share their thoughts and ideas around what engages them in learning.

Second Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids


Jan. 23-24, 2015

Friday, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Held at Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. S.W.,
Cedar Rapids

Cost: $20 Friday, $35 Saturday, $45 both days.


See the information and registration flyers for details.


New TQ Dates 2014-2015

Nov. 10, 2014; 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

Wanted: Stacy Murphy is collecting Pink Yoplait lids for the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives program. Collection containers are in the Sixth St. facility staff break room or send to Stacy by office mail.


Wanted: An area teacher will be teaching a unit on health, specifically personal hygiene. Donations of health/wellness items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. are welcome. Send items to Myra Hall care of Jan Baburek for delivery. Thanks!



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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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