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In This issue:


Clarification on FAST/TIER System Use in AEA 10
Have You Tried Zoom?
GWAEA PD Palooza Resources
GWAEA joins Healthiest State walk, Oct. 8
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
GWAEA Especially for You Team
Join TEAM Lori
GWAEA Try the Y For Free
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


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 on Wednesdays at noon. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.


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.

Clarification on FAST/TIER System Use in AEA 10

At this month's All-Agency meeting, we discussed that, beginning this fall, all schools will be required to use a progress monitoring and universal screening tool that’s been approved by the Department of Education.  Many districts have expressed interest in or are committed to using FAST/TIER system to meet this requirement.  As we explained during our meeting, we will not know which districts will implement the FAST/TIER system until school begins this fall, and until the LEA FAST/TIER system accounts and associated supports are in place. Additionally, GWAEA continues to work with the Department of Education to establish AEA staff accounts in the FAST/TIER system.

We will keep our staff apprised as progress is made in gaining GWAEA staff accounts, and will share more about the LEA screening tools as warranted.  If staff have questions about the FAST/TIER system, please contact your Regional Administrator.

Have you tried to “Zoom?”

Zoom is a new cloud-based video conferencing product that is being adopted by all AEA’s in the state and the Iowa Department of Education.  All Grant Wood AEA, staff will have access to this service.  Zoom will allow you to have a video meeting with multiple endpoints (you may connect  to a virtual meeting with a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android device, H.323 Polycom or telephone).  It is simple to use and schedule meetings.  As a host, you can meet with 25 sites at one time.  We have also purchased large room meeting adapters that will allow you to meet with up to 100 sites at one time if requested.


Video Conferencing Features:
Screen Share your desktop or application window (annotate over screen)
Group or private chat
Record your meeting
Manage participants
Schedule video meetings ahead of time or invite people on the fly with an email or meeting ID
Instant meetings in your personal virtual meeting room
Interface with your Google contacts (when you login with your Google ID)
Remote control another computer


If you are interested in using the Zoom video conferencing service, please email a request for an account to  Once an account is requested, we will send you an email invite from the system and a follow-up  email with training/setup information. 


Zoom Overview Video


Resources from last week's PD Palooza can be found at

Grant Wood AEA joins Healthiest State Walk, Oct. 8

12 Minutes to a Healthier Iowa


Got 12 minutes? Then you’ve got time to help Iowa on its mission to become the healthiest state in the nation. We have been working hard since 2011 to improve our rankings in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®.


Since we started our journey, we’ve jumped from the #19 spot to the top 10, and we hope to be #1 by 2016.


Join GWAEA staff on Oct. 8 as we participate in the Healthiest State Walk, where we will be joining thousands of Iowans across the state to walk 1  kilometer (0.621371 miles) in support of the Healthiest State Initiative

Please click the registration link to add your name to the walk list.

Walk Time: Oct 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Walk Location: 4401 6th Street SW Cedar Rapids (parking lot) (twice around the parking lot path)
registration link:

Walk Location: 200 Holiday Road Coralville (front of building) (6 min. each way)
registration link:

Walk Location: 1120 33rd Avenue SW Cedar Rapids (front lobby) (6 min each way)
registration link:


For information, contact Kim Martin, ext. 6710, or Valerie Taylor Hill, ext. 6824.

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 GWAEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. And, receive a GWAEA water bottle for signing up.


Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014



Who: Women, Men and Children are welcome
What: Women’s and Men’s 5K Run / Family Fun Walk
When: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Opening ceremonies at 7:45 a.m.
Registration Fee: $30.00 adult / $20.00 youth

5K Run begins at 8:00 a.m.; 5K Walk & Family Fun Walk immediately following


Where: Start at Mercy Medical Center - 10th Street SE at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

This year, a brand new course route takes us through Czech Village and Newbo, and ends with a party in Greene Square Park. See the attached course map.


GWAEA will register a team for this race. Each participant will need to turn in a registration form to Kim Martin or Stacy Murphy no later than Thursday, Sept. 4. A blank form is attached. Please note a separate registration form is now available to register up to four individuals on one form. Copies of the registration forms are also available in the break rooms.


This year a "logo team" must have a logo printed on every shirt. We have members of our team who prefer to have a shirt without a logo so this year we will not offer the logo option.

Your race packet will be available for pick up at a GWAEA facility on Oct. 2. We welcome you, your family members, or friends to join our team. You are more than welcome to walk at your own pace with your group.

Join TEAM Lori - Iowa City Miles for Myeloma, Oct. 5

Grant Wood AEA staff are forming a team to walk in the Iowa City Miles for Myeloma walk on Oct. 5, 2014, at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City.


A Grant Wood AEA team is forming
TEAM Lori, in memory of Lori Hilmer, GWAEA school social worker in Early ACCESS, who died on June 21, 2014.


To register, visit


For information about how to register for TEAM Lori, contact Amy Grahs at


If interested in a TEAM Lori T-shirt, contact Amy.


See flyer for details.


GWAEA Try the Y for Free

Aug. 25-31, 2014


For more information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy,


Five metro branches:

Helen G. Nassif YMCA -- 366.6421

Marion YMCA -- 377.7361

Stoney Point YMCA -- 390.3488

YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza -- 378.5955

YMCA at Marion Independent Schools -- 730.0070




See flyer for details.

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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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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