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In This issue:


Survey Says: GWAEA is a Top Iowa Workplace
Construction May Start Monday on 33rd Ave. Renovation
United Way Campaign
Holiday Early Release Dates
UPDATES in the Child Find Module of the Iowa IDEA/WebIEP
Sharing Information About Education
Know the Lingo
PEP Library has Moved to the Media Center
New GWAEA Staff Photo Directory
GWAEA Book Club
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
NAMI Linn County Presentation
GWAEA Facebook "Throwback Thursdays"
GWAEA 6th Street Location Blood Drive Oct. 24
iOS 8 is Out
Have You Seen This Message on Your iPad?
Agency iPad Apps
GWAEA joins Healthiest State walk, Oct. 8
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
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


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.


Survey Says: GWAEA is a Top Iowa Workplace!

Did you hear the news?  Last year Grant Wood AEA employees were asked to complete a short 22-question survey about working at the agency.  This week the agency was notified that feedback from our staff ranked GWAEA as one of Iowa's Top Workplaces for 2014!

The Top Workplaces evaluation is based purely on the results of feedback from staff, and compared with a national ranking system. 

"We have worked hard to cultivate a healthy  environment where every staff member feels valued and supported, and we're proud to see those attributes resonate through this survey," said Chief Administrator Joe Crozier.  "I've often said that everything that works is because of the relationships we have, and our relationships internally are some of those that are most important.  Thank you to all the staff who participated in the survey, and thank you for making Grant Wood AEA a great place to work!"

Construction May Start Monday on 33rd Ave Renovation

Work continues to move ahead on the first floor renovation of the 33rd Ave. facility.  There are two key pieces of information we want to share related to this project:

1. Thank you to those on the main level who have shifted their workspaces to the front of the building. Construction on the interior of the building is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 6 so everyone needs to have their temporary move completed in advance of this work.  (You also may have noticed some walls were removed on the first level already: this was done at our request to help accommodate the VAST team's move.)





2. At this time we expect that work to improve the parking lot and concrete at the front of the building will begin next week. Staff at the 33rd Ave. location may be directed to park in alternate areas during this time. We'll communicate with the staff directly as details emerge.

Watch for additional information and for photo updates as we share our exciting improvements with the rest of our staff through The Bulletin Board.


United Way Campaign

GWAEA United Way Campaign October 20-31


Making a contribution to the United Way is a tremendous way to make a substantial impact in the lives of others and in our community. Many United Way agencies partner with the Grant Wood AEA to provide programs and services to our community, and they rely on charitable giving to sustain their missions.


Grant Wood AEA will hold an agency-wide United Way campaign October 20-31. Our agency goal is to increase our overall giving: and this year, donors have a unique opportunity to make an even bigger impact with their contribution. First time givers will receive a dollar for dollar match, and every donor who increases their gift also will have their gifts matched at the same ratio.


Watch for more information on how you can donate in future editions of The Bulletin Board!

Holiday Early Release Dates

 The three occasions where the Agency will close at 3 p.m. include:

  1. Wednesday before Thanksgiving (11/26/14)

  2. Christmas Eve (12/24/14)

  3. Good Friday (4/3/15)

UPDATES in the Child Find Module of the Iowa IDEA/WebIEP

Effective October 1, 2014 two new features of the Child Find module of the WebIEP will be available.


Feature 1: An email will be sent to the first electronic participant with all open evaluations. Each Monday after October 1st, an email will be generated for all open Child Find records and will include the remaining days for the 60 day timeline. It will be important for the first electronic participant to communicate the messages to other electronic participants for each open Child Find.


Feature 2: An email will be sent to the first electronic participant regarding the timeline for the Child Find module regarding when the record will be closed/deleted (fall off the Child Find list). The first electronic participant will be notified of the action steps that must be completed to ensure that record will not drop off the student list. (Please note: the number of days that a record 'automatically' is closed or deleted by the system will change from 30 days to 45 days.)

We hope these two features will enhance your use of the Child Find WebIEP module. Thanks! State Child Find Leadership Team

Please contact Melissa Tandy (, Austin Beer ( or Hillary Prall ( with questions.

Sharing Information About Education



GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier and a delegation from Iowa met last week in Washington, D.C. with Rep. Dave Loebsack and Sen. Chuck Grassley to discuss education.


Know the Lingo

GWAEA prepares a list of legislative priorities each year that summarize key issues the agency wants to legislate or discuss with lawmakers. This week's GWAEA Lingo highlights three terms that staff might hear throughout the legislative session:


8. Iowa Core - The Iowa Core is a set of standards that gives Iowa students, parents, and teachers a clear, common understanding of what students need to learn at every grade level. Each Iowa school district decides what curriculum to use to deliver the Iowa Core, and Iowa teachers design and develop the lessons used in their classrooms. The Iowa Department of Education has a $2 million state appropriation for fiscal year 2014 to support the work of Iowa Core implementation. Most of the funding is sent directly to the Area Education Agencies to provide direct support to schools.


9. Supplemental State Aid - Supplemental State Aid is the newer term that replaces Allowable Growth, the formula that is used to calculate most of the funding for Iowa schools and AEAs. School boards and AEAs are calling on the legislature to set a supplemental state aid at a rate that encourages continuous educational improvement and reflects he actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs.


10. Teacher Leadership Systems - Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar and Benton Community school districts are among the 39 statewide recipients of Teacher Leadership System funds that were granted from the Department of Education to improve instruction in Iowa schools. The grant dollars can be used for creating teacher leadership positions and opportunities, improving existing teacher leadership systems, professional development.

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

The Grant Wood AEA PEP Library has moved to the
Grant Wood AEA Media Center



New GWAEA Staff Photo Directory 

We have enhanced the employee directory for GWAEA by including photos of our employees.  Beginning next week when you use the employee directory on to search for an employee, you also will be able to see a photo of the staff member.

All employee badge photos have been added to this directory.  If you want to remove your photo from the directory, you can do so by:
1.  Log into the ESS
2.  Click on "Staff Photo" under Forms Section
3.  Verify the photo thats displayed is you, if not contact Val Hill in Communications.
4.  To opt out of the photo directory, click on the checkbox "I do not want my photo displayed on the Grant Wood Website"
5.  If successful, a message in blue should read "Your Preferences have been saved".

Grant Wood AEA Book Club


Looking for a fun and relaxing way to socialize with colleagues? How about becoming part of GWAEA's Book Club? Please indicate on the link form below
your interest and availability.


Book Club Form


For information, contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist.

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IPERS is coming to an area near you to provide individual counseling sessions.
Get detailed information about your retirement account. Learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options.

See flyer for details.



Residence Inn
1900 Dodge St NE
 Cedar Rapids IA

Individual Appointments: Oct. 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2014


Pre-registration is needed to attend an individual appointment. To schedule an individual appointment, contact the IPERS office  at 1-800-622-3849. 

NAMI Linn County - Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 - Educational Forum

Presenter: Joan Becker

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Dessert - 5:30 p.m./ Presentation - 6 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Downtown Library - Whipple Auditorium

See flyer for details.

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.

iOS 8 is Out

There are some changes coming when you update to iOS 8. Take a look at this video from Tony Vincent to learn more.


Have you ever seen this message on your iPad?

“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. Jonathan has 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.

Agency iPad Apps

Agency apps have been purchased and are being pushed to Apple IDs (the one you authorized in the Meraki Step 2 set up). If the apps don’t automatically appear on your device you will need to go to the app store and either search for the app and download it or go to PURCHASED and find it there to download it. There should be a cloud icon by the app showing it has been purchased for you. Also, if you don’t see it, check the iPhone/iPod apps because a couple are for those devices, but can be used on the iPad.

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.

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.

Buy, Sell or Trade


Lost and Found:

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




Free: Free hostas.  Please e-mail Erin Fishell at if you are interested.


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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