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In This issue:


Know the Lingo: Educational Acronyms
Welcome, New Grant Wood AEA Staff
Grant Wood Education Association Raffle Winners
Area 10 Education Directory and Grant Wood AEA's Yellow Pages Directory of Service
GWAEA Facebook "Throwback Thursdays"
GWAEA 6th Street Location Blood Drive Oct. 24
iPad App Orders
GWAEA Staff Technology PD- Palooza
iPad2s in the SDC
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 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.

Know the Lingo: 50 Educational Acronyms for GWAEA Staff

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:

1- GWAEA – This seems obvious, but let’s start at the beginning. Grant Wood Area Education Agency is one of nine Iowa area education agencies (AEAs) established by the Iowa Legislature in 1975 to provide equity in educational programs across the state. GWAEA covers seven counties (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington) and 4,900 square miles. You likely know that the agency’s name pays homage to the famous artist who is from the area, and the names of conference rooms at the Sixth Street location are named for his paintings.

2- LEA- staff also might hear the term LEA, which means Local Educational Agencies.  LEA is a commonly used synonym for a school district.

3 - FAST/TIER – During our all agency meeting last month, we discussed FAST/TIER as it related to our LEAs.  FAST stands for Formative Assessment System for Teachers and is a reading assessment for students and focuses on phonological awareness, sounds, words, text reading and reading behaviors.  TIER is a statewide data system that tracks data from FAST including universal screening, intervention, and progress monitoring data for every student in the state.


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

Welcome, New Grant Wood AEA Staff



Katie Gebhart
School Social Worker
LMSW, University of Iowa

Katie has held positions as an inpatient psychiatric social worker at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for six years, and as a substance abuse counselor at MECCA for two years.




Jennifer Holder
Special Education Consultant, Autism Consultant
Educational Leadership, University of Cincinnati

Jennifer was an autism unit teacher and behavior unit teacher, NISD, in San Antonio, Texas; a resource teacher at Stebbins High School, Ohio; and a LI/PSCD teacher in Okinawa, Japan.




Shawna Hufendick
School Psychologist
Ed.S., University of Northern Iowa

Shawna's background includes positions with Keystone AEA for four years, and as a stay-at-home mom and self-employed photographer for the last four and a half years.




Laura Johnson
Curriculum Consultant
M.A., University of Iowa

Laura has held positions with Augusta Preparatory Day School; as director of College Counseling (2010-2014): as an English teacher and department chair (2005-2010); as well as positions with Westminster Schools of Augusta, RIchmond County Schools, Des Moines Public Schools, and Districts 214 and 220 in Illinois.




Janine Kane
School Psychologist




Jason Marshall
Technology Consultant
M.A., Educational Administration, University of Iowa

Jason's background includes positions as an account manager at ITS, 2007-2014, and as a technology director at Xavier High School, 2004-2007.




Ashley Mills
School Social Worker
LMSW, St. Ambrose; M.B.A., University of Phoenix

Ashley has held positions with the Iowa Donor Network, 2013-2014; the University of Iowa, 2010-2013; Mercy Hospital, 2008-2010; and Four Oaks, 2003-2008.




Jatanna Moore
Health Alliance Screener
A.A., Kirkwood Community College

Jatanna's background includes a position with Waypoint, April 2011-Aug. 2014, as an assistant teacher at ParkRidge kids.




Allison Mormann
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Watch for additional new staff features in next week's issue of The Bulletin Board.

Grant Wood Education Association Raffle Winners

The August 11, 2014 Grant Wood Education Association Raffle winners are:


Whitney Achenbach

Brenda Cooley

Kelli Robertson

$20 Fareway Card: Tracy Peterson

$20 Hy-Vee Card: Heather Mouchka

$20 Target Card: Nicole Williamson

To find out more about the Grant Wood Education Association, contact:


Peggy Gingerich: 399-358-6277,
Liz Hooley: 399-6719,
Elizabeth Steffensmeier: 399-6849,


Become a member today and enjoy the benefits of our Grant Wood Education Association's commitment to working for our classified and contracted staff.

The 2014-2015 Area 10 Education Directory and
Grant Wood AEA Yellow Pages Directory of Services available online



The 2014-15 Education Directory is available online.


Please click here to request a printed copy of the Area 10 Education Directory. A limited number will be printed. Please respond by Sept. 19.



The 2014-2015 Grant Wood AEA Yellow Pages Directory of Services has also been updated and is available online.


For information on either publication, contact Renee Nelson, ext. 6714, or Valerie Taylor Hill,
ext. 6824.

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! During the 25th anniversary year of 2000, Grant Wood AEA posted a historical timeline in each of the agency's facilities. What once was a three-dimensional timeline is now moving and expanding to become a Facebook album.


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

GWAEA 6th 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.  Save the date, and watch for information next week on how you can schedule an appointment to make a donation.  (Special note: staff who have donated at GWAEA blood drives in the past may have erroneously received a postcard indicating that the drive at our location is Nov. 12.  These were sent in error by the blood drive coordinator. Please disregard information regarding the Nov. 12 drive.)

iPad App Orders - App Order Form Opens Friday, Aug. 29

We are opening the Agency iPad App Order for paid iPad apps on Aug. 29. Please be sure to select no more than seven apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need. The order form will close on September 8 at 5 p.m.


You must be signed in with your GWAEA Google Account in order to view and fill out the form.


In order to get your apps, please make sure these steps are completed.


We are transitioning into distributing agency purchased apps in a new and more efficient way. In order to receive agency purchased apps from this point forward, you must add your device to the Meraki system and authorize an Apple ID for us to send the apps to. (The nice thing is it can be your personal Apple ID, so less to remember).

In preparation for our next agency app order you will have to complete the two steps 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 Stacy Behmer ( or Jonathan Wylie ( for more information.



Resources from PD Palooza can be found at


iPad2s in the SDC

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®.


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 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.

Available on the Blue Zones web site:  Vitality Compass
How old are you really? Find out how your body's age compares to your actual age and how your lifestyle makes a difference. Take this short quiz to learn more!  The Blue Zones Vitality Compass® can provide you with some eye-opening information (and counts as completing an action to support your well-being!). Take five minutes to answer a few easy questions and you’ll find out your body’s age, your life expectancy, your healthy life expectancy, and more. If you’re not satisfied with the numbers you get, you can follow some of the personalized tips to get your health back on track.

Registrations due Thursday, Sept. 4

Grant Wood AEA 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


The registration deadline is today, Sept. 4. See Kim Martin or Stacy Murphy

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.


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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Yamaha drum set with Sabian cymbals. Very good condition!  $700.  Call Laura at 319-721-5410 or email

For Sale: We have whole frozen chickens for sale again this year. $2 per pound. Kids had the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion broilers at the Iowa State Fair this year, so they have to be good. Call or email Marty Van Roekel 319-461-4601 or


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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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