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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:


Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2015
New Posts to GWAEA Executive Blog
GWAEA’s Science Consultants Represents Agency at
National Science Teachers Association Conference
Literacy Intervention Fair, May 11
AT Academy for School Professionals
SDC Landing Page
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Elections Due May 13
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Retirement Reception
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.


Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2015
"School Boards Strengthen Public Education"

Volunteer school board members serve thousands of hours each year working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education.


In recognition of the dedicated service of Iowa's nearly 2,000 volunteer school board members, May is annually designated School Board Recognition Month by the Iowa Association of School Boards.



This year’s theme, “School Boards Strengthen Public Education,” recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing innovative leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are able to grow and prosper through their education.


A nine-member board of directors elected by area school boards governs Grant Wood AEA. Board members represent designated segments of the agency’s service area called director districts. They are elected for four-year rotating terms by the school district board members in their director districts. The board is responsible for approving AEA policies, programs and budget.


Joe Crozier, GWAEA chief administrator, said, "Even though we are making a special effort this month to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. These board members help guide our agency's work in schools with oversight, guidance and unwavering support. They truly make a difference every day."


We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication.


Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009

Lynne Cannon,

Director District 3
Joined 1980

Sue Gates
Director District 4
Joined 2003

Marlene L. Hill
Director District 5
Joined 2002

Robert Schneider

Director District 6
Joined 2002

Jim Green, President
Director District 7
Joined 1995

Randy Bauer
Director District 8
Joined 2013

Mary Meisterling
Director District 9
Joined 2005



New Posts to GWAEA Executive Blog

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. Check it out for information including a change to HearForm, an update on the next wave of TLC participants, and more.

GWAEA’s Science Consultants Represents Agency at
National Science Teachers Association Conference


GWAEA's science curriculum consultants, left to right:

Carol Cassells,
Christopher Soldat
Kathy Schultz

The VAST Center supports science education across the GWAEA service area and in three of our neighboring AEA’s school districts.

In March, Science Consultants Kathy Schultz, Carol Cassells and Christopher Soldat presented our collaborative work at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Chicago.

The agency was well-represented during this conference, as Kathy and Carol discussed the Eastern Iowa Science Collaborative and how the EISC framework provides consistency in a district’s science curriculum. Christopher presented about the use of formative assessment in Reflective Assessment in Elementary Science (RAES) project. This three year professional development project was developed with the Lawrence Hall of Science (University of California at Berkeley), the University of Iowa College of Education and five local school districts.

Thank you to Kathy, Carol and Christopher for helping to connect science educators with the work of the AEA.

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

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.


What changes are coming to the SDC Landing Page?

On Monday, May 11, the SDC “landing page” will be changed from this:




to a more graphical interface similar to this:


How will these changes benefit me?
This new landing page offers the 3 main benefits to staff who use the SDC:


1. A streamlined Search page, including:

  • Basic “key word” search which searches the entire SDC catalog.



  • The optional ability to search by Keyword, Title, Titles by Subject, Subject Browse or Author Browse.



  • A Login button that takes you to a screen where you may log into the reservation system and check out item(s).


2. A carousel which:

  • Allows you to scroll through images of newer items in the SDC.

  • Lets you click on the item in order to navigate to that listing in the SDC.  From there you can log into the reservation system and check out the item.

  • Will be changed once a month.



3. A featured item which:

  • Highlights a resource available for check out through the SDC.

  • Will be changed bi-weekly.



What do I need to do to access this new landing page?
The new landing page will automatically display, when you use a current SDC bookmark or navigate from the current links to the SDC on the Grant Wood AEA homepage.


Contact Kim Novotny ( for additional information.

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.

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.


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.

33rd Ave Renovation Update


The first-floor painting continues.



Work continues on the new classroom.



See invitation

Retirement Celebration in honor of:

Priscilla Polehna
Becky Hays
Janet Gillam
Cindy Brokens


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, 2015

The Blue Zones Project is promoting Bike to Work Week in Cedar Rapids May 11-15. A list of planned activities is available at


Below are links to the Bike to Work Week schedule and a list of Blue Zones restaurants.

biketowork food bicycles


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!

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

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


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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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