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Bulletin Board


May 7, 2015

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


In This issue:


New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced
Organizational Leadership Development Graduation Ceremony Planned on May 7
Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference
With the Legislature
Discovering Dyslexia
Best Place to Work Survey Launches March 30
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
Our Condolences...
GWAEA Parent/Student Transition Night
Literacy Intervention Fair
Kirkwood Regional Center Update
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Save the Date: Grant Wood AEA Blood Drive
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
At-Work Weight Watchers
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.


New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced

Congratulations to the following Grant Wood AEA staff who have been selected as the 2015-2017 Organizational Leadership cohort: Julie Cook, Curriculum Consultant; Shawn Driscoll, Computer Services Consultant; Melissa Grennan, Speech-Language Pathologist;
Brent O'Rourke, School Psychologist; Gina Rogers, Technology Consultant;
Kathy Schultz, Curriculum Consultant; Erin Welsh, School Psychologist.


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Julie Cook

Shawn Driscoll

Melissa Grennan

Brent O'Rourke

Gina Rogers

Kathy Schultz

Erin Welsh

Participants spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also participate in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at

This year, Myka Forrest, Lead Application Developer, Tina Gudenkauf, Special Education Consultant, and Jonathan Wylie, Technology Consultant, began their first year of leadership development.

Organizational Leadership Development Graduation Ceremony Planned on May 7

Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership participants completing their second cohort year and preparing for graduation on May 7, 2015 include:


Kathleen Goslinga
Media Assistant


Valerie Taylor Hill

Public Information Specialist


Angie Miller
School Psychologist


Patrick Lussenhop,
School Psychologist


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


Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

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

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).

The GWAEA Assistive Technology Team and the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research presents…

Building Bridges:

Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference

April 21, 2015

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


University of Iowa

25 North Madison Street, Iowa City


Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech Language Patholo-gists, Psychologists, OT/PR, Consultants


See flyer for details

Number: 19018-14-01


Date/Time: 04/21/2015, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Assignment Due: 4/21/2015

Registration Deadline: 4/06/2015 06:00 AM 


  • Total for non-credit $ 60

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

With the Legislature



Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohort participants visited the Capitol on April 15, 2015. Joining Rep. Art Staed and Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt were (l to r) Grant Wood AEA's Patrick Lussenhop, Valerie Taylor Hill, Angie Miller, Myka Forrest, Kathleen Goslinga, Jonathan Wylie.

Discovering Dyslexia

April 18, 2015

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

Mount Mercy University - Basil Hall

1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE

Cedar Rapids


Presenter: Dr. Margie Gillis, Research Affiliate, Haskin Laboratories and President of Literacy How.



See flyer


  • to Stephanie Watson-Mendoza and husband Luis Mendoza on the birth of Oliver Alexander Mendoza on April 14. Oliver weighed 6 lbs. 12 ounces. and 20 inches long. Baby and mom are doing great! Amilia is very excited about her little brother. Stephanie is a GWAEA school social worker.


  • to Jeanie Wade Nagle and her husband, Gary Nagle, on the birth of their new grandson, Calvin Coker Martin. Calvin was born on April 16, 8 lbs. and 2 ounces, and 21 inches long. Calvin is the little brother of Carter and Alice.


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

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.

Our Condolences...

  • to Carla Green and family on the passing of Carla's father, John Peters, on Easter Sunday, April 6, in Charles City. Carla is a GWAEA executive assistant.

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.


Keynote Speaker: Jackie Kuntz




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

Kirkwood Regional Center Project Update

The production drawing of the sign for the Kirkwood Regional Center.


See the entire production drawing here.


33rd Ave Renovation Update


Installation of cabinets continues in the new first floor entry and office areas.


Work continues on the new first-floor classroom.


Save the Date:

Grant Wood AEA Blood Drive

Monday, April 27, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility


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


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

Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas.


Please join us for a FREE Purpose Workshop:

Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Vernon Middle School cafeteria
1350 4th Ave. Marion


The YMCA will provide childcare FREE of charge for children ages 2-10. Email to reserve a spot.

Mark Your Calendars for Grant Wood AEA GROW events


Lunch and Learn with Master Gardeners

Sixth St. Facility


Brown bag or bring-your-own lunch and learn with the master gardeners on the following dates:


Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Grant Wood Room

Steve Bartlett will facilitate a question/answer session on pond gardening.

At-Work Weight Watchers Open House at GWAEA


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Scale Up Classroom, 4:45 p.m.


Join us for a lively discussion "Rediscover your Kitchen" and learn ways to reinvent old things, revive fun and creativity. Weight Watchers does not have to mean boring meals. Bring your favorite Weight Watchers' recipe with you to the meeting.

We have a special gift for anyone who joins …
a free starter kit!


Contact: Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,


See flyer

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.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on April 23 at the Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

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.



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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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