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GWAEA Summer Hours:

June 16 - Aug. 8, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


July 31, 2014

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


Aug. 8, 2014

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium


In This issue:


12th Annual Quota International of Cedar Rapids Charity Golf Tournament
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Teacher Leadership Symposium
Have You Joined the GWAEA Blue Zones Initiative?
Iowa AEA's Impacting Lives Blog
Improvements Coming to Google Drive
GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza
E-Mail Tip
Install Meraki
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes


Past Issues








Grant Wood AEA


To ensure success for all learners.

Grant Wood AEA Goals:

1. Increase the academic performance of all learners.

2. Increase the percentage of students who perform at the proficient level.

3. Increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge.

August Quota Club Golf Tournament Benefits GWAEA Program

Registration deadline is July 26

It's that time of year again and Quota International of Cedar Rapids is hosting the 12th annual charity golf tournament on Aug. 9 at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg. Check-in at
7 a.m.; start time, 8 a.m.


A portion of the proceeds from this tournament will be given to Grant Wood AEA's Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
to support their mission for children who are deaf and hearing-impaired.


Interested golfers and Grant Wood AEA teams are welcome. The registration deadline is July 26.



Click here for registration information or contact Sandy Pereboom, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ext. 6458

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Shane Boeve
Regional Administrator, Cedar Rapids
Educational Administration, The University of Iowa

Shane's background includes working as a sixth-grade teacher in Tipton, and also in principal positions in Springville and Spirit Lake, IA, and Harrisburg CSD in Sioux Falls, SD.




Sally Huddle
Coordinator, Iowa Reading Research Center
Ph.D., The University of Iowa

Sally has served as a teacher with the Denver Public Schools and in consultant positions with the Des Moines Public Schools and Heartland AEA.




Brian Williams
Regional Administrator, Coralville
Specialist, Minnesota State, Mankato

Brian's background includes positions such as a middle school special education teacher at Estherville Lincoln Central CSD, principal at Valley CSD and as principal/curriculum director position at Gladbrook-Reinbeck CSD.

Teacher Leadership Symposium planned Aug. 4

The 2014 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Monday, Aug. 4, in Ankeny. The link to the symposium website is available at Featured speakers include Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and Barnett Berry from the Center for Teaching Quality.


Also featured are:
-  Iowa’s first 39 school districts to launch teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 as part of the state’s landmark 2013 education reform package.

-  Two Iowa school districts – Central Decatur and Saydel – that started teacher leadership systems in 2013-14 with the help of a federal grant.

- A student panel on the difference great teaching makes.

The event is open to the public, with the goal of attracting a broad cross-section of Iowans, including educators, parents, school board members, business leaders and legislators. The website includes the agenda, speaker biographies, sponsors and information on how to register.

Have You Joined the Grant Wood AEA Blue Zones Initiative?

Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™ movement? Through the 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 (remember to use your GWAEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. With the help of Blue Zones Project, you can support your healthy lifestyle goals. Over time, these small changes will make a big difference in your health, happiness, and even longevity. Join us in this exciting movement to build a better community for all of us.

Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

Meet Me At The Market

Every Thursday, May 1 - Sept. 25, 2014

NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St. S.E., Cedar Rapids. Registration is from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Safe, fun and invigorating routes to bike, walk and run. Register online and learn more at

Save the Date... Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

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




Iowa AEA's Impacting Lives Blog

View the latest Impacting Lives update at for stories about the many ways Iowa's AEAs are making a difference. In this issue, Erica & Kara: A Partnership in Learning.

Improvements Coming to Google Drive

Access to the new Drive for the web will be offered over the coming weeks. When you agree to give it a try, you’ll experience a new look and better performance. It's also easier to take some of the most common actions — simply click once on a file to see recent activity, share with friends, or enable offline access. For your organizational files, you now have three easy ways to take group actions on multiple files:


right click on the selected files, use the menu above the file area, or simply drag the group to a new location in Drive.


Read more about the changes to the mobile apps and other improvements on the Google Drive Blog or view the video below.




This year, we will have two days of technology PD for GWAEA agency staff. The goal of these two days is to provide staff opportunities to learn some new skills and ask questions about some of the tools being used throughout the agency. Workshops will be offered in one room, while there will be another room staffed with technology consultants to help answer any questions on a drop in basis. Some workshops will be repeated throughout the two days and staff will need to preregister for these sessions.


Please go to the GWAEA Professional Development website and click on the GWAEA Staff Training to register. Space is limited!  Additional workshops on Technology Integration will be offered throughout the school year and open to LEA and AEA staff. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Annette Renaud at 399-6767 or

Email Tip

Remember if an email looks questionable, it probably is! Better be safe than sorry and double check with the sender before clicking any links or forwarding it on. Do NOT give out any passwords online. If something is shared with you they only need your username, not a password.

Install Meraki

In preparation for our next agency app order, you will have to complete the two steps below from your iPad or you will be unable to receive agency purchased apps.


Step 1:

Install the Meraki MDM Profile on your device - iPad Air users did this when they picked up their new devices. Everyone else can follow the instructions below:



Step 2: Authorize Meraki to install apps - You will receive an email from a CISCO Meraki email address and must tap the link in the email and authorize an Apple ID for agency apps to be assigned. This can be your personal Apple ID if you would like or one you create.

Fill out this form to have the authorization email sent to you, then follow the directions in the video below to authorize your Apple ID.



If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact
Behmer ( or Jonathan Wylie ( for more information.

New TQ Dates 2014-2015

Sept. 10, Nov. 10, 2014; Feb. 18, May 27, 2015
The proposal templates and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the
Teacher Quality Committee

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.

The Bulletin Board...

...has entered a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, July 31, 2014.


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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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