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In This issue:


PEP Resource Library Relocates to the GWAEA Media Center
Second-Floor Redesign
Experienced AEA Staff IEP Training
Know the Lingo: Educational Acronyms
GWAEA Facebook "Throwback Thursdays"
GWAEA 6th Street Location Blood Drive Oct. 24
Have You Ever Seen This Message?
iPad2s in the SDC
GWAEA joins Healthiest State walk, Oct. 8
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found


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


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.



PEP Resource Library Relocates to the GWAEA Media Center

The Parent Educator Partnership (PEP) library is now a collection of Grant Wood AEA's Media Center.  We're celebrating this move to the GWAEA's Sixth Street location with an open house on Thursday, Sept. 18. Staff, parents and educators are invited to stop by anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m to visit the collection in its new location. 

In recognition of this new move, we've asked GWAEA PEP Educator Partner Liz Hooleywho has supported the PEP program for 20 years, to share a few fun facts about the PEP program:


Did you know....
1. The Parent Educator Connection (the state program) and the Parent Educator Partnership-PEP (our AEA program) started in 1985.


Liz Hooley

2. The PEP program was housed originally on the second floor of the Sixth Street facility, and the library consisted of three bookshelves with materials that were donated to the PEP library by parents and educators.

3.  Today, the PEP library collection includes more than 700 books, DVDs and information folders on topics like disabilities, parenting, grief, partnership, mental health, books for children, and more. (Check out the PEP collection in the media catalog under "collections".)

4. Last year PEP served 809 parents, 500 educators, and 96 "others” which includes students, the Department of Education, higher education, and service agencies.  (“We're not the best data collectors,” admits Liz with a laugh, “So we really could have served millions of folks!”)



Celebrating the PEP Library's move to the Grant Wood AEA Media Center are
(left to right: Dave Brousard, Deanna Weber, Joe Crozier, Jeanie Wade-Nagle,
Tara Johannsen, and Michelle Tressel.

Second-Floor Redesign

In response to feedback received as part of the second floor redesign data gathering process completed by the Organizational Leadership cohort, updates are currently underway to the
Linn/Johnson room.

Feedback received indicated an interest in a second-floor conference room that would accommodate 15-20 people.


The folding curtain in the Linn/Johnson room has been removed, opening the room and allowing window access.




The wall providing separation on the south side of the second floor has been removed allowing enhanced light and window access.


The glass entry formerly adjacent to the wall that was removed has been relocated to the Linn/Johnson room.


For more information, contact
Tara Johannsen
, ext. 6740.


Experienced AEA Staff IEP Training Opportunity on Dec. 10

On Dec. 10, 2014, the IEP training team will offer a half day (a morning and an afternoon session) IEP training for experienced AEA staff members. The training is designed to provide learning around key areas of quality written IEPs, as well as provide a refresher to staff that have not attended IEP training in a few years.


Staff may register for the training on the GWAEA Professional Development website, under GWAEA Staff Trainings. The morning session is 19305-14-01 and the afternoon session is 19305-14-02.  If you have questions, please contact Melissa Tandy.

Know the Lingo

Regardless of your tenure at Grant Wood AEA, you likely have heard a term in your daily work activities that was unfamiliar. This year, we’ll take a little time each week to remind our long-term staff about the definitions of some of our acronyms, and help our new staff members learn a new language:

4. VAST - The Van Allen Science Teaching Center is housed at the GWAEA 33rd Avenue office and supports LEAs not only in the GWAEA area but many others across the state. Our VAST program is best known for the science curriculum units distributed on a rotating basis to classes throughout the region, which provides complete, ready-to-use, hands-on teaching and learning science materials to classrooms.

5. DIBELS - Dynamic Indicators of Early Literacy Skills: The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.


6. Clarity – Clarity is a tool collects data from administrators, teachers, and students in four areas (classroom, access, skills and environment). The results are used to help measure and drive technology decisions and investments, position students for success with technology in the 21st Century, and measure the impact of technology on student learning.


A list of educational acronyms is posted on the Grant Wood AEA website. More to come...

facebook logoFacebook "Throwback Thursdays" to celebrate 40 years of
Grant Wood AEA and Iowa's AEAs

Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEA) system turns 40 this year, and there is much to celebrate!


Like Grant Wood AEA on Facebook to see  "Throwback Thursday" memories of
Grant Wood AEA
and Iowa's AEAs.


GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive Oct. 24

Use one hour of your day to save up to three lives!  Grant Wood AEA will host a blood drive at the Sixth Street location Friday, Oct. 24. To schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Nelson.

Have you ever seen this message??

“This iPad Cannot be Backed Up Because There is Not Enough iCloud Storage Available. You Can Manage Storage in Your Settings”

Well, you are not alone. I have been talking to a lot of people about this recently, so decided to put together a quick guide to help solve this very problem. Read more here.


iPad2s in the Staff Distribution Center

In response to staff requests, there are 20 blank iPad2s in the SDC that staff may check out and use. Staff is responsible for returning the blank devices back to factory settings when they turn it in.


There are also 20 different iPad2s in the SDC with Tier 2 apps installed for Grant Wood AEA staff to trial before purchasing or recommending for students. A list of the devices and specific apps can be found in the SDC catalog or on this document. Additional iPads and apps may be added.

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®.


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 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 Walking Moai Launch Sept. 18

Mercy Medical Center and The Blue Zones Project® are pleased to partner with NewBo City Market this fall to sponsor a destination walking program for new or existing Moai groups. Beginning on Sept. 18, meet at the Market on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. to depart with a group for a destination walk. Destinations will include the Downtown Library, the Double Tree, Czech Village, Bistro on the River (a Blue Zones Restaurant), the new Geonetric building and more.


Join a Blue Zones Project Moai and maintain your health this Fall! For more information and to register,


This Thursday, we will join Meet Me at the Market on a WALK, RUN or BIKE to the Top of
Mt Trashmore!
Back by popular demand! Walkers, runners and bikers can ascend Mt. Trashmore for the best views of our city! 

New TQ Dates 2014-2015

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.

Lost and Found:

The following items can be claimed at the Switchboard, Sixth St. facility:





Wanted: 18 oz. peanut butter jars with lids and 1/2 gallon plastic milk/juice jugs.
Please send to the VAST Center/33rd Ave.


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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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