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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:


World Autism Awareness Day
Water to Sixth St. Facility Will be Turned Off, Monday, April 6,
7-11 p.m.
Negotiations Update
Joint Insurance Committee Update
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
Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Kirkwood Regional Center Project 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
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.


World Autism Awareness Day is April 2


April is National Autism Awareness Month


We celebrate our GWAEA Autism Services Team on World Autism Awareness Day today.


Click the graphic to the right to meet the team members.



Water at Sixth St. Facility Will be Turned Off, Monday, April 6, 7-11 p.m.

The water at the Sixth St. Facility will be turned off for approximately four hours beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

Negotiations Update

This joint update is being provided by the Agency/Association teams regarding negotiations.  A bargaining session was held Tuesday evening, March 31, and the group is pleased to announce that tentative agreements have been reached for 2015-16 for both Contracted and Classified Staff.

Information on the tentative agreements will be provided to staff at a ratification meeting, which is scheduled for 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 8.  All Contracted and Classified Staff are invited to attend the meeting at either the Coralville (Room A/B) or Cedar Rapids 6th St (Scale-Up Classroom) Agency Center.  The Association will be communicating further details about this meeting.

Joint Insurance Committee Update

The committee is very pleased to share the following renewal information for the 2015-16 year.

Best Place to Work Survey Launched March 30


We are again participating in the online survey for best places to work in Iowa, which is sponsored by The Des Moines Register. We were pleased to learn that our employees ranked us as one of Iowa's top workplaces last year, and want to make sure we have the opportunity to continue giving employees a forum for feedback .

On March 30, staff received an email with a link to the online survey. The survey will remain open for through April 13. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback.

The survey is being conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, an independent research company. To protect your confidentiality, WorkplaceDynamics will not disclose your individual responses to agency management. The survey is broken down into only the largest agency work groups – classified, contracted, salaried, management support and management. Please be aware that managers will see any written comments you may provide on the final page of the survey. If you wish to make a comment you may want to avoid writing anything that will identify you personally.

Please note:

  • If you did not receive the survey email, please check your spam or junk email for a message from "Workplace Survey." To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam.

  • If you accidentally delete the survey email, you will receive a reminder email a few days later that will allow you to take the survey.

  • Please do not forward the survey email to a colleague, as each email has a unique code to prevent multiple responses from a single person.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WorkplaceDynamics directly at 800-405-8381 or reply to your survey email. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Lisa Hastings-Wells
Professional Development

Lisa's background includes positions as a tax processor/administrative assistant with Terry, Lockridge & Dunn, 2005-2015, and as a receptionist/administrative assistant with Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, 1989-2004.


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 Deb Broghammer and family on the passing of Deb's mother-in-law,
    Delrose Broghammer, on March 24. Deb is a GWAEA Computer Services Consultant.

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

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).

Kirkwood Regional Center Project Update

Grant Wood AEA staff received their first visit to the Kirkwood Regional Center and Grant Wood AEA's area on the 5th floor during a "hard hat" tour held on Friday, March 27, 2015.


Grant Wood AEA's office space is located on the 5th floor of the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville.

Grant Wood AEA staff participating in the tour included Regional Administrators Tina Hoffman, Lisa Haverkamp, Brian Williams, Tracy Liebermann, and Associate Administrator Maria Cashman.



Construction and framing continues. Office spaces are located to the right.

The view looking northwest from the 5th floor windows.


33rd Ave Renovation Update


Installation of cabinets and painting is underway on the new first floor entry and office areas.


Cabinets and doors have been installed at the entrance to the new classroom on the first floor.



VAST curriculum units have moved into the new staging area.


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.

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:


Tuesday, April, 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - Victorian Room

Deanna Thursby will present on preparing for spring gardening.


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 Session Tuesdays, April 7 - June 23


400 Pound Total Weight Loss Achieved by GWAEA At-Work Weight Watchers Members


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 a 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,

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: Older style scrapbook Creative Memories coversets and pages. Contact Laura Johnson.



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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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