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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).


July 2, 2015

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


July 3, 2015
Agency closed in observance of Independence Day


Aug. 14, 2015

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


Oct. 12, 2015

Flu shot clinics through the
Visiting Nurse Association


In This issue:


GWAEA Board of Directors Tour 33rd Avenue Facility
Preparations for Move to Kirkwood Regional Center
Summer Learning with GWAEA's College for Kids and Connect
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
Our Condolences
AEA Advocate, Summer 2015
Iowa AEA Day at Iowa Football
YMCA Summer
Membership Special
Now's the Time! Spring Cleaning
Thank You
iPad Feedback Needed
Departing Staff Technology
Turn in
33rd Ave Renovation Update
Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found
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.


GWAEA Board of Directors tour 33rd Avenue Facility


Joe Crozier, GWAEA chief administrator, shares the 33rd avenue Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) remodeling with members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors prior to the Board meeting on June 10, 2015.


Joe Crozier shares the VAST Center science curriculum units with GWAEA Board members.



Deb Johnson welcomes visitors to the new reception area of the VAST Center at the 33rd Avenue Facility.

Grant Wood AEA VAST science curriculum units have returned for summer refurbishment before school resumes in August.


Preparations for Move to the Kirkwood Regional Center

Preparations are underway at the Coralville Facility for moving to the Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville.





Summer Learning with GWAEA's College for Kids and Connect

Summer student learning is continuing through Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids - Session 1, and Connect, both scheduled June 15-26.

GWAEA's College for Kids is in its 28th year of offering summer advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible students in gifted & talented programs who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade.


Over 500 students are participating in each session of GWAEA's College for Kids, which is held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. The second session is planned July 6-17.


GWAEA's Connect (above) is a summer program for middle and high school students held at the Artisan's Sanctuary in Czech Village. The intent of this program is to "connect" youth to the community around them through a hands-on, experiential learning approach. The program will result in a student exhibit to displayed at the Sanctuary. The exhibit opening will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 5-7 p.m.


For information on both programs, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist,
ext. 6775.

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 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.

The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, July 2.

Our Condolences...

  • to Theresa Stevens and Jerry Stevens and family on the passing of Theresa's mother, Laura Gaffey, on May 30. She was 95 years young. Theresa is a GWAEA MIIP administrative assistant and Jerry is a GWAEA Computer Services consultant.

"AEA Advocate!"

Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the AEA Advocate is now available.


In this issue:

  • It's our anniversary! (In the download, you will meet the 23 AEA staff members who have provided dedicated service for 40 continuous years throughout the AEAs of Iowa.)

  • Watch it...share it!

  • Trending AEAs

  • IEC + IAEP = AEA Purchasing

  • Welcome Sam!

For more information, contact Renee Nelson or Valerie Taylor Hill in GWAEA Communications.

Iowa AEA Day - Discounted Iowa Football Tickets



Celebrate American Education Week and Iowa's Area Education Agencies' 40th anniversary with discounted Iowa football tickets to the Iowa vs. Minnesota night game in Iowa City on Nov. 14, 7 p.m.  Tickets are available to employees in any AEA and this was offered at NO cost to the AEA system. To order your tickets and for more information, visit


We’d welcome this opportunity from other colleges and universities. At this time, the University of Iowa is the only one who has reached out. Please contact the GWAEA Communications Office for additional details.


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

Coralville office furniture will move in/set up through the week of June 22nd - June 30th.

Thank You

A big thank you to all that donated used shoes for the Vinton Friends of the Shelter fundraiser! A total of 4,035 pairs of shoes were collected totalling approximately 4,000 lbs! Also an extra thank you to Cathy and everyone that filled in at the switchboard for calling me when we received shoes being dropped off from outside of the agency. Great team effort here and within the Benton County community!


Stacy Murphy

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.

YMCA Summer
Membership Special

100 Days for $100

Join in June! Try the CR Metro YMCA for 100 days and receive all the benefits of Y membership for $100. Family membership: $150. All branches included. Sign up before July 1.


For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.


100 days

See flyer for details

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.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
June 2015

Join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Take the Purple Pledge and wear purple on June 21 – The Longest Day®. Visit ALZ.ORG/GOPURPLE to take the pledge and share how you go purple #IAENDALZ.
Learn more »

Renew Your Commitment to
Yourself this Summer

by Joining the Grant Wood AEA Weight Watchers At Work!


Employee Renewal and New Enrollee Opportunity for Employees and/or Family Members
New Session Begins Tuesday, June 30, 2015


New Enrollment Opportunity for your family members to join the Grant Wood AEA Weight Watchers at Work group. All participants may attend the meeting at Grant Wood AEA or at any community meeting location.


Meeting Every Tuesday in the Grant Wood AEA, Northern Facility, Scale Up Classroom
Weigh in from 4:00-4:15 p.m./meeting start time during summer hours from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.


Reasons to Join through Grant Wood AEA:

  • You are not obligated to attend the weekly meeting.  Weigh in available at the work site.

  • Convenient location with an informal, personalized meeting format.

  • You may choose to attend a weekly meeting at any community meeting location. 

  • Price Break for Weight Watchers at Work Members.

  • Our Group Leader is Awesome!

  • Renew or Join the GWAEA Weight Watchers At Work meeting by June 30 and Receive a Free Gift.

  • Fruit or Salad Solution

  • 50% off one produce of your choice

  • Weight Watchers Power Foods Guide

Contact:  Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,


Save the Date...Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Watch for registration information in future issues of The Bulletin Board.

This is the 25th anniversary of the event.



Refrigerator Cleaning Planned

The bi-annual refrigerator clean out and sanitizing is planned at the end of June. If you want to save condiments, salad dressings, etc., please take them home on or before June 26, otherwise they will be tossed. Plan to bring them back on June 29.


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 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.








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

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.


Lost and Found:

Please see Cathy Nelson at the switchboard to claim any of these items.



Buy, Sell or Trade

For Rent:  Immaculate 2 bedroom bungalow, garage with opener, patio, washer and dryer.  NE Cedar Rapids by Garfiled Elementary School. Perfect for a single or couple. $650/month. 
Call Bud or Ann Griffin at 319-364-4060.


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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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