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Bulletin Board


April 3, 2015
Agency closes at 3 p.m.


May 7, 2015

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin


In This issue:


Severe Weather Preparations:
Tornado Drill planned Friday, March 27 at noon
Organizational Leadership Program applications due April 1
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
GWAEA Parent/Student Transition Night
Literacy Intervention Fair
Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Media Center Renovation
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Kirkwood Regional Center Project Update
Join the Y during March and Receive a Month Free
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
Weight Watchers at Work
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 Mission: To ensure success for all learners.


Severe Weather Preparations:
Tornado Drill planned Friday, March 27, 2015
at noon


On Friday, March 27, at noon, the agency will hold a tornado drill to prepare staff for possible spring severe weather situations.


An announcement will be broadcast.


During a drill or during an actual Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you. See the maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the suggested route.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.

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

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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


Did you know that approximately 40% of those hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury had at least one unmet need for services one year after the injury. The most frequent unmet needs were:

  • improving memory and problem solving

  • managing stress and emotional upset

  • controlling ones temper

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.

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

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).

Media Center Renovation


The Work Center has moved to a new location near the Professional Library.
Jayne Kamberling, ext. 6717,
has moved to assist clients and staff with Work Center activities.

Next to the Work Center is the new area for the GWAEA technology consultants.



The area of the former Work Center now features collaborative and staff work spaces. Hope Runge, ext. 6435, has moved to Creative Services to assist clients and staff.

33rd Ave Renovation Update


The new entry construction continues.


Deb Johnson shares her new office area on first floor.



Work continues near the front entry.

Kirkwood Regional Center Project Update

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


Progress continues on the 5th floor.

Work continues on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors on the north side.



Join the Y during March and Receive a Month Free

Sign-up for membership between March 9-29, save the joiners fee ($50-$75) and no payment for March. The first monthly payment will start April 1. And, receive the15% discount as a GWAEA employee.


For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, ext. 6762.


See flyer for details.


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 GROW events


Lunch and Learn with Master Gardeners

Sixth St. Facility


Tuesday, April, 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Deanna Thursby will present on preparing for spring gardening.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Steve Bartlett will facilitate a question/answer session on pond gardening.


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


New At-Work Weight Watchers Session Open Registration


How the Meetings Will Work
Scale Up Classroom, GWAEA Northern Facility
Tuesdays - 4:20 - 4:45 p.m. - confidential weigh in/4:45 - 5:15 p.m. - group meeting
Join your colleagues in the Scale Up Classroom each Tuesday or attend Weight Watchers meeting at a location most convenient for you


Payment Information
$156 per person for 12-week session / April 7-June 28. Payment must be made in advance of the first session. Options: a single payment ($156.00) or split payment by writing three checks at time of registration ($52.00 each) to be deposited April 7, May 7 and June 7

Contact: Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,

Recipe: Cobbler for breakfast? (3 pts)

4-6" ovenproof pan
Bottom - one cup fruit (sliced or frozen) (optional: one packet Splenda)
Sprinkle corn starch over the fruit
Sprinkle one container WW oatmeal over fruit
Top with 3 oz clear diet soda (sprite, 7up, Mt Dew)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes

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: AKC Norwegian Elkhound puppies - male. Excellent pedigree. For more information, contact Michelle Bendickson.


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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