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GWAEA Summer Hours:

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


Aug. 8, 2014

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 11, 2014 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

Linn-Mar High School auditorium

Registration - 8:00-8:55 a.m.

All-Agency Inservice - 9 a.m.


Aug. 14, 2014

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule concludes


In This issue:


Plan to Attend All Agency Meeting, Aug. 11
Have You Joined the GWAEA Blue Zones Initiative?
Our Condolences
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.

Plan to Attend All-Agency Inservice, Aug. 11

Each year, GWAEA staff gather at the All-Agency Inservice to welcome back those who have had the summer off, and take time to catch up with staff who have been working throughout the past few months on services and projects.


This year’s All-Agency Inservice will be Monday, August 11, at 9 a.m. in the Linn-Mar High School auditorium. (map) Staff should plan to arrive between 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. in the auditorium foyer for registration and an opportunity to visit with your colleagues, and the annual meeting will begin in the auditorium promptly at 9:00 a.m. While the All-Agency Inservice will wrap up before lunch, staff should plan to attend regional meetings in the afternoon.

Staff should follow up with their supervisors for additional information on the day’s activities .

Have You Joined the Grant Wood AEA Blue Zones Initiative?

Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™ movement?


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.




• to Cody and Larkin Reeves on the birth of their daughter, Rennie Grace Reeves, on July 17, at 11:21 p.m. Rennie was 18 1/2 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces. Larkin is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.


• to Jacob and Erin Fishell on the birth of their son, Jonah William, on July 22. Jonah weighed 8 lb. 2 oz., and 20 1/2 inches long. Jonah was welcomed by his older sisters, Adah and Eden. Erin is a GWAEA computer services consultant.

Our Condolences

• to the family and friends of Morris Greenfield. Morris passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He served as a member of the GWAEA Board of Directors for 13 years, joining the Board in 2000. Morris served as Director for District 8, which includes precincts in the Cedar Rapids School District and all of College Community. Services were held Saturday, July 26, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.

Improvements Coming to Google Drive

GWAEA staff can access an enhanced version of Google Drive over the upcoming weeks. Employees can click on the settingsSettings menu and choose Experience the new Drive to experience a new look and better performance for their Google cloud storage system. The new Google Drive works faster, and has been designed to respond to more of the functions you're used to on your computer. You can:

  • Create, add, or upload a file with a single button.

  • Find and add files shared with you more easily.

  • Single-click a file to select it and double-click a file to open it.

  • Drag-and-drop files and folders just like you do on your desktop.


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 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.

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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Watch for the next email issue on Thursday, Aug. 14, 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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