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Bulletin Board


May 25, 2015
Agency closed in observance of Memorial Day


GWAEA Summer Hours:
June 15 - Aug. 14, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


In This issue:


Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours
New Posts to GWAEA Executive Blog
2015 Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Retirement Reception
Celebrating with a Parade!
GWAEA Autism Services Participate in the
2nd Annual Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE)
AT Academy for School Professionals
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
iPad Feedback Needed
Departing Staff Technology
Turn in
Thank You
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
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.


Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 15-Aug. 14, 2015

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the third Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.




New Post to GWAEA Executive Blog

A new post from Lisa Wilson has been added to the Grant Wood AEA executive cabinet blog sharing how the AEA embeds continuous learning opportunities into our daily work. One example is the recent Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership graduation as four staff members completed the two year training program and celebrated their learning with graduation presentations.


While the Grant Wood AEA executive cabinet regularly drops into discipline groups and regional staff meetings, it can be hard to visit with our staff who are itinerant or are otherwise out supporting our schools. If you follow the agency's new blog, you can read updates from our executive cabinet no matter where you work.



The 2015 Organizational Leadership cohort celebrated graduation on
May 7, 2015. (left to right: Lisa Wilson, Keith Stamp, 2015 Organizational Leadership graduates Patrick Lussenhop, Angie Miller, Valerie Taylor Hill, and
Kathleen Goslinga.
Read more about The 2015 Organizational Leadership cohort graduation in the newest blog post.

2015 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, May 7

Congratulations to the honorees and Grant Wood AEA staff recognized during the
2015 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, May 7
at Bella Sala, in Iowa City.






The following awards were presented:

Educational Partner Award
Laura Zimmerman
Roosevelt Middle School


Friend of Education Award
Hiawatha Public Library


Caring Colleague Award

Priscilla Polehna


Congratulations to those Grant Wood AEA Years of Service Awards recipients receiving recognition at the banquet. For the complete list of years of service, visit the 2015 Banquet Program. Some retirees have reflected on their years of service as they depart the agency.

5 Years






10 Years



15 Years






20 Years



25 Years






30 Years


35 Years






40 Years


Joe Crozier congratulates Jayne Kamberling on her 40 years of service.





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

Celebrating With a Parade!






The Grant Wood AEA speech-language pathologists (SLPs) celebrated the upcoming retirements of Becky Hays and
Priscilla Polehna
with a parade during a reception held on May 14.

Congratulations, Priscilla and Becky!


GWAEA Autism Services Participate in the
2nd Annual Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE)


GWAEA autism consultants, left to right:

Sue Askeland, De Wagner and Kelli Robertson.

GWAEA Autism Services shared information and resources during the 2nd Annual Corridor Autism Resource Expo (CARE) held at the CR Public Library on May 9. The group presented to parents on GWAEA's Autism Services and the support for students age birth-21 in the Grant Wood AEA service area.


Next year's event is planned on April 30, 2016. To learn more about the Corridor Autism Expo, visit

Assistive Technology Academy for School Professionals:
AT 101 - Reading/Writing Supports


Aug. 12 - Sept. 18, 2015`

Number: 4739-15-01

Assignment Due: 09/18/2015

Registration Deadline: 08/03/2015 06:00 AM


Total for non-credit $ 25
Total for Renewal $ 25
Total for Morningside credit $ 75
Total for Drake credit $ 100
Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Credit: R, D-EDMA, M - 1 Sem. Hrs.

This introductory AT Academy course is intended to equip professionals working in the K-12 school environment with a solid understanding of the Assistive Technology Consideration process as it relates to the selection of appropriate AT accommodations.


In addition, course instruction will broaden the awareness and understanding of participants regarding available assistive technology services and tools to support students with learning disabilities who struggle in the areas of reading and writing including the provision of accessible instructional materials.


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.


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.

iPad Feedback Needed

We would still like some feedback as we plan for the future. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey to provide information on apps, usage and future professional development planning. The survey can be found on our GWAEA iPad site. You must be logged into your GWAEA Google Account to complete the survey.


Departing Staff Technology Turn In

As you prepare to leave the agency, equipment needs to be turned into different people throughout the agency. Please click on this link and make a copy of this doc (you will need to login with your agency email) to see what needs to be turned in and to whom. Items needing to be turned in may include: computer, iPad, keys, ID, etc. Please print a hard copy if you would like to check off what has been turned in. Thank you for taking care of this prior to your departure. Have a wonderful summer! Here is a view only copy of the  document.

Thank You

A very sincere thank you to all Grant Wood AEA employees for the beautiful cards and kind words sent to me in memory of my mother. Many of you may remember my frequent summer travels to visit my mother in Spokane, Washington. I will miss those visits ... Mom's are always Mom.


I was overwhelmed with your kindness and appreciated your caring thoughts.
Thanks again for thinking of me.


Barb Aanonson

33rd Ave Renovation Update


Painting of the stairwell is underway.



Carpet has been installed in the new classroom.


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 Corridor 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. Visit these links for upcoming activities and events.

New TQ Dates


May 27, 2015



Sept 16, Dec 2, Feb 24 and May 25

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.









May 2015 (visit the month links below for the complete course lists)

June 2015

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

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: Pool table in great condition, 78" long and 40" side. Comes with all the accessories. $200.00 or best offer. Call Sara at 319-929-3786.


For sale:  Full couch, oversized chair, storage coffee table and 2 end tables. $500.00 for all 5 items. In very good condition,  Call 319-929-3786


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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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