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May 7, 2015

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala

(Updated address)

3232 Jasper Ave. N.W., Iowa City*


*Note that the USPS has changed the address of the facility. Please use this address for more accurate GPS data to navigate to the banquet.


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


In This issue:


Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Bauer Receives State Volunteer Award
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Remote Work Site Program (2015-16) Applications Due by May 1
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Elections Due May 13
Hope, Engagement and Well-being of America's Students
Our Condolences
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
Literacy Intervention Fair
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Southern Facility Prepares for Move
Retirement Reception
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
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.


Reservations due May 1 for Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet




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.


Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Educational Partner Award - Laura Zimmerman/ Roosevelt Middle School

Friend of Education Award - Hiawatha Public Library

Caring Colleague Award - Priscilla Polehna


Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015


Bella Sala

(Updated address)

3232 Jasper Ave. N.W., Iowa City*


*Note that the USPS has changed the address of the facility. Please use this address for more accurate GPS data to navigate to the banquet.


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).

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment.


Thanks to all of our Grant Wood AEA SLPs & hearing staff who help students communicate more effectively.


Bauer Receives State Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Randy Bauer, GWAEA Board Member - Director District 8, for being selected to receive the 2015 Individual Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service for College Community Schools. Randy is a seasoned volunteer at College Community. He has served on the district's School Board for 15 years with the last 12 years as Board President, as well as many additional volunteer opportunities. Randy has been a member of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors since 2013.

Randy Bauer
Director District 8

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony is planned on June 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Linn-Mar High School Auditorium. Congratulations!

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.


June 5, 2015

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year
(July 2014 – June 2015) invoicing requests.

June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2014 – June 2015).

June 30, 2015

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel

reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2014 – June 2015).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Remote Work Site Program (2015-16) Applications Due by May 1

This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:
1)       Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2)       Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3)       The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4)       Employees must apply for program participation each year.  Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  
5)       Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement. Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Elections Due May 13

Each year, employees have the opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance elections.  Informational materials have been provided to all employees to review.  If you want to make changes, the application process must be completed by May 13, 2015 with the effective date of the change as July 1, 2015.


If nothing is submitted by the May 13 deadline, it will be understood you wish to remain with your current insurance elections.


Any information not included in your packet may be obtained from Cathy Kearns, Business Services,  or  319-399-6706.


  • to Blake and Emily Tiedtke on the birth of Abram James on April 27. Abram weighed
    7 lbs., 10 ounces and 19 3/4" inches long. Emily is a GWAEA physical therapist.


  • to Joe and Myka Forrest on the birth of Lydia Grace on April 30 at 11:03 a.m. Lydia weighed
    7 lbs., 14 ounces and 21 inches long. Myka is GWAEA lead application developer.

Hope, Engagement, and Well-being of America's Students

Presenter: Dr. Valerie Calderon

Senior Education Research Consultant and Director, Gallup Student Poll


May 6, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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


An education that makes students hopeful and prepared to find good jobs isn't just important to America's future - it should be a fundamental right of every student in the country. Gallup has surveyed millions of students to uncover and understand what matters most to student success.


Number: 19290-14-03

Registration deadline: May 4, 2015, 6:00 a.m.



See flyer for details

Our Condolences

  • to Karalee Cole and family on the passing of Karalee's father, Ronald Emrich, on Tuesday,
    April 28. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m., Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 1 from 4-7 p.m. at Fry's and also on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. prior to the time of the service. Karalee is a speech-language pathologist.


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

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.

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

33rd Ave Renovation Update


Painting continues in the new first floor entry, office areas, and classroom.


Work continues on the new first-floor classroom.


Southern Facility Prepares for Move

GWAEA staff working at our Southern Facility continue preparing for their move to our new facility. Our hearing booth will be moved at the end of June or in early July, and furniture is scheduled to go into the new space mid-July. The RAs who are staffed in the Southern Facility will be meeting every two weeks to oversee the process of moving as the big move gets closer to reality!








See invitation

Retirement Celebration in honor of:

Cindy Brokens
Janet Gillam
Becky Hays
Priscilla Polehna

May 13, 2015

3:30-4:30 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA

Winter/Spring/Autumn Rooms


An Invitation to a Retirement Reception for:

Liz Hooley and Denise Willems


May 21, 2015

4-6 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA

Winter Room


See invitation

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.

Bike to Work Week May 11-15

Blue Zones Project is promoting Bike to Work Week May 11-15. A list of planned activities is available here:



Upcoming Events

Wine@5 with Purpose

Explore your purpose journey with a small group that meets for 10 weeks. You’ll create a purpose statement for yourself using our self-guided Purpose Moai workbook.


4/30/2015, 5-6 p.m.


Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee
4035 Mount Vernon Road SE - Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Chef at the Market -- featuring Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The Nicoya Peninsula: Living in a Blue Zone The Blue Zones Project® plant-based cooking classes create an environment where individuals can connect with others who are interested in changing their eating habits and becoming healthier. Our social networks have a big effect on our health behaviors.


05/28/2015 6:30-7:00 p.m.


NewBo City Market
1100 3rd St. SE - Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Lunch & Learn with Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aquiar


Monday, May 11, 2015

12-12:30 p.m.

Scale-Up Classroom


Come and learn about healthy nutritional options (snacks and meals) for busy professionals and families!

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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