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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

June 5, 2015

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

 

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

 

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).

 

Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community

 

Oct. 12, 2015

Flu shot clinics through the
Visiting Nurse Association

 

In This issue:

Partnering

Wanted: Feedback on Agency Banquet
Registration Available for Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Retirement Receptions
Congratulations
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
YMCA Summer
Membership Special
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
iPad Feedback Needed
Departing Staff Technology
Turn in
33rd Ave Renovation Update
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

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

 

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.

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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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Wanted: Feedback on Agency Banquet

We'd like your feedback! Each year the agency coordinates the staff recognition and partnership awards banquet, and we'd like feedback from staff who attended as well as those who chose not to attend this year's event.

 

This survey will remain open through Friday,
May 29.

 

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Registration Available for Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Registration is open for Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, an evidenced-based course that provides an in depth look at how to incorporate several components of structure for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

 

This course is held on three consecutive days from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and sessions are limited to 18 participants within the Grant Wood AEA service area. Participating educators, support personnel, and parents will have structured training in the mornings, and opportunities to apply their learning by working with students with autism spectrum disorders during the afternoons.

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 Registration Information for Structured Teaching

Please note: Structured Teaching is a popular course that fills quickly and it is recommended that participants register as soon as possible. This year the registration process for this course has changed. Interested participants can download a registration form to register for any of the available sessions beginning June, 2015. Fees are $50 for educators/support staff and $10 for parents (parent scholarships for registration reimbursement may available from PEP). Graduate and recertification credit is available.

 

Registration is available on the GWAEA website for Professional Development under “Courses and Workshops”, under the link, “Structured Teaching” or by clicking on the following link:  Registration Info for Structured Teaching.  

 

Questions may be sent to Janel Lesan, GWAEA regional administrator, at jlesan@gwaea.org.

Dates of training for 2015-16:

  1. September 29-30, October 1, 2015

  2. October 20-22, 2015

  3. February 2-4, 2016

  4. April 19-21, 2016


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.


Retirement Reception

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Denise Willems and Liz Hooley celebrate during their
retirement reception held on May 21. Congratulations!


A Retirement Open House for Priscilla Polehna

Friday, May 29, 2015

4:30-7:30 p.m.

2603 Glen Elm Dr N.E., Cedar Rapids

Hosted by Family and Friends


Congratulations!

 

• to Patty Soldner on the arrival of her new granddaughter, Brooklyn Faith, born May 22,
9 lbs. 6 oz., 21" long. Patty shared that Booklyn joins older siblings Brianna, Isaiah, & Leila. Patty is a Grant Wood AEA occupational therapist.


Published Article


YMCA Summer
Membership Special

100 Days for $100

 

For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact

Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762 or

visit www.crmetroymca.org

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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

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.

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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.


33rd Ave Renovation Update

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Landscaping has been added to the front and sides of the building.

 

 

 

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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  www.bluezonesproject.com (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.

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Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

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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.


2015-2016 TQ Dates

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 ssines@gwaea.org 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.

 

2015

May

June

July

August

September

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.

 

 

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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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