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Bulletin Board


May 7, 2015

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin


In This issue:


Organizational Leadership Program applications due April 1
Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
GWAEA Parent/Student Transition Night
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
Ries to appear on KCRG-TV 9's "Ethical Perspectives on the News"
Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?
Our Condolences...
Thank you...
Literacy Intervention Fair
Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
iPad App Orders
Google Drive Shared with Me is Back
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
Weight Watchers at Work
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


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 Mission: To ensure success for all learners.


Organizational Leadership Program applications due April 1

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at Grant Wood AEA and are interested in applying for the 2015-2016 Organizational Leadership program.


The purpose of the Organizational Leadership Program is to cultivate participants for roles and positions of educational leadership.


This two-year program exists to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational-level issues, contexts, and dilemmas.

  • Create a foundation built upon systems theory and application to equip future leaders with the tools necessary to understand and influence larger organizations

  • Network future leaders with current leaders

  • Provide opportunities to observe and debrief with leaders as they tackle real problems and issues.

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents to Lisa Wilson by April 1, 2015. Applications for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found on the Organizational Leadership Google site at this address:


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Wilson at

​Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes

As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane changeapplication forms before registering for classes. (These forms are available upon request from the Human Resources Office.) Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.

Please share with Parents and Teachers...

Mark Your Calendar!

Your Child's Future...the Possibilities are Endless

Grant Wood AEA Parent/Student Transition Night

April 30, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids

Visit Grant Wood AEA Professional Development to register for Number 19052-14-01.




See flyer for information

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

From Grant Wood AEA's Brain Injury Resource Team - Did you know?


Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a brain injury & the two groups at highest risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are 0-4 year olds and 15-19 year olds.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Now's The Time!

It’s time for a little spring cleaning! Our agency is preparing for a refresh, and we have drafted guidelines to aid staff with this process. Staff should reference these tools to ensure consistency with what we discard/recycle, and how to organize our materials going forward.


Timeline for Cleaning

March - Purge excess files and materials.

April - On April 17th Coralville RAs will purge unclaimed materials and common areas.

May - Continue to purge excess files and materials. Coralville office continues to pack.

June - June 12th is the last day of packing for Coralville staff. Coralville office furniture will move in/set up through the week of June 22nd - June 30th.


Any loose or boxed items that are unmarked and stacked or stowed in any location other than inside a filing or storage cabinet in each Agency facility after June 15th will be removed from the facility and discarded.

Ries to appear on KCRG-TV 9's "Ethical Perspectives on the News"

Jill Ries, GWAEA regional administrator, recently participated in a panel discussion on the impact of poverty on education. Tune in on Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. to view the discussion. The video will also be available on YouTube for those who can't access KCRG.




Jill Ries, GWAEA regional administrator, (second from left) joins a panel presentation on KCRG-TV 9's "Ethical Perspectives on the News" to air on March 15, 2015.

Reminder...Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?

Just a brief reminder. If you are searching for a way to lower your monthly student loan payments or make additional degrees more affordable, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program may be an option for you.


Unlike the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, any full-time staff member may be eligible for the PSLF Program. Additionally, there is no cap in the amount of student loan forgiveness with the PSLF Program.


See The Bulletin Board, March 5, 2015, for complete details.


See flyer for details

Our Condolences...

  • to the family of Robert McBride, who passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015. Robert was a Grant Wood AEA school psychologist, 1976-2001.

Thank you...

My mother, Carol Reese, 59, passed away on March 4 after 19 months of battling pancreatic cancer. Services were held on March 7 in New Richland, MN.


Thank you to everyone for their support and condolences, as well as the gifts and cards.


Dustin Reese
School Psychologist
Grant Wood AEA

Grant Wood AEA Literacy Intervention Fair planned May 11

This workshop is designed to provide participants the chance to view and interact with reading intervention materials for struggling readers. Publishing companies will each have a booth to display their materials. They will also each provide a 30-45 minute presentation highlighting the target for the interventions, how data is gathered and monitored, and research based results.


May 11, 2015

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Presentations

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Displays


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

Number: 19008-14-01



See flyer for details or visit the
Grant Wood AEA Literacy Intevention Fair website

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Celebrating 40 Years of Area Education Agencies (AEAs) in Iowa




All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.


Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015


Bella Sala

205 S. Park Rd.



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


Reservations Due: May 1, 2015


Groups may reserve a table. Please submit all reservation requests to Cathy Nelson at Sixth Street, ext. 6544.

Click to access the banquet invitation. Printed copies are available if needed. See Cathy at the front desk. Include cash or check (payable to Grant Wood AEA).

iPad App Orders

App Order form Opens Friday, March 6

We are opening the Agency iPad App Order for paid iPad apps on March 6. Please be sure to select no more than seven apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need. The order form will close on March 18 at 5 p.m.


You must be signed in with your GWAEA Google Account in order to view and fill out the form.

Link to the form


In order to get your apps please make sure these steps are completed!

We have transitioned into distributing agency purchased apps in a new and more efficient way. In order to receive agency purchased apps from this point forward, you must add your device to the Meraki system and authorize an Apple ID for us to send the apps to (the nice thing is it can be your personal Apple ID, so less to remember). If you refreshed to an iPad Air2 recently, this was completed when you picked up your new device.


In preparation for our next agency app order you will have to complete the two steps from your iPad or you will be unable to receive agency purchased apps.


Step 1: Install the Meraki MDM Profile on your device - iPad Air users did this when they picked up their new devices. Everyone else can follow the instructions below:



Step 2: Authorize Meraki to install apps - You will receive an email from a CISCO Meraki email address and must tap the link in the email and authorize an Apple ID for agency apps to be assigned. This can be your personal Apple ID if you would like or one you create.


Fill out this form to have the authorization email sent to you, then follow the directions in the video below to authorize your Apple ID.


If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Stacy Behmer ( or one of the technology consultants.

Google Drive Shared with Me is Back

You may have noticed a change this week with Google Drive. The “Incoming” folder has been changed back to “Shared with Me.” This is where documents and folders are that have been shared with you by others.



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.


Blue Zones Project™
Upcoming Events

Don’t let the cold keep you from staying active this winter. Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many events coming during February! Visity the following links for lists of Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas. For additional information, visit

Mark Your Calendars for Grant Wood AEA upcoming GROW events with Master Gardeners:

Sixth St. Facility

Tuesday, 4/14, 11:30 a.m. - Deanna Thursby will present on getting ready for spring gardening.


Wednesday 4/22, 11:30 a.m. - Steve Bartlett will facilitate a question/answer session about pond gardening.


Watch for more information in next week's issue of The Bulletin Board.


GWAEA at Work Collective Weight Loss = 345.6 pounds

Meetings every Tuesday at 4:45 / Scale-Up Classroom. Weigh in 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.


A new session for Weight Watchers At Work will begin on April 7. We will run a 17-week session at a cost of $10.84 per week with 20 participants or more. We will run a 12-week session at a cost of $13.00 per week with 15-19 participants.


As a GWAEA employee, you may take advantage of the discounted price structure offered only at an at-work site, but have the flexibility to choose to attend meetings at a community location.

Contact: Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,

Grant Wood AEA Book Club

April 22, 2015, 12 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Media Center Learning Commons



"Descent: A Novel" by Tim Johnston will be the next book club selection. Come join a discussion on this exciting thriller. Participants will meet on Wednesday, April 22 at 12 p.m. or
4 p.m. in the Media Center learning commons. If you would like to join virtually, please let Deanna Weber know.

New TQ Dates 2014-2015

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: Office desk with two cabinets, two file cabinets, and one work table. Grey color. $150.00 or best offer. Three black bookcases 2 shelves/bookcase. $50.00 or best offer. Contact Su.


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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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