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May 10, 2016

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

National Czech and Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids

In This issue:


GWAEA PRIDE: Agency Staff as National, Local Presenters
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due April 1
28 Days of OLLIE
(+1 Bonus Day)
W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
IRS Form 1095 Distribution
Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff - Notices must be received by January 29, 2016
Annual Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet will be
May 10, 2016
Nominations due March 4 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Hope Blooms! It's Daffodil Time!
2016 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA
GWAEA Teams for Bowl for Kids' Sake
Badging Has Begun!
iPad Care Reminder
Tech Tip - Organize Your Folders and Files in Google Drive More Easily
Our Condolences
Strategies for All
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events
  - Chair Massages Schedule February, March
  - Coloring Supplies Available in GWAEA Break Rooms
  - Weight Watchers At Work
  - Yoga
  - No Join Fee During January at the Y
  -GWAEA Book Club
Third Annual Cropping 4 Kids
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 end of the day on Wednesdays. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.



Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.


GWAEA PRIDE: Agency Staff as National, Local Presenters

Grant Wood AEA staff continue participating in local and national presentations and organizations, sharing information about agency programs and services.


Congratulations to all for participating and helping to expand the agency's presence at both the state and national levels.



Megan Burke-Brunscheen and Su Groff-VanArendonk presented work experience in urban and rural settings at the Division of Career and Transition Development Conference (DCDT) in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 5, 2015.


Mary Airy, GWAEA early education consultant, is the 2015-2016 president of the Iowa Association for the Education of the Young Child.


Among the GWAEA staff presenting during the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) 2015 Conference during December were GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier, presenting the "AESA Executive in Residence Program" and "Creating Culture and Accountability in Your Agency"; Kathy Schultz, Christopher Soldat and Bart Mason (below right) presenting "Supporting STEM Instruction through Inquiry-Based Learning, " GWAEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center; "Leveraging Technology to Create a Culture of Self-directed Learners, " Lisa Wilson, Gina Rogers, Stacy Behmer; "Google Apps Meets Marzano," Stacy Behmer; and "Creating 21st Century Service Agencies with Research and Analysis," Stacy Behmer (panel).



Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due April 1

Applications are now being accepted for GWAEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at Grant Wood AEA and are interested in applying for the 2016-2017 Organizational Leadership Program.  


The Organizational leadership Program exists to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership.  This two year program exists to:

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational level issues, contexts and dilemmas

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

  • Participate in networking opportunities to debrief and observe leaders as they tackle real problems and issues

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents, to Lisa Wilson by Friday, April 1, 2016.  Applications and overview for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found here.

Formal interviews will be scheduled in April with selections to be made by May 13, 2016.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Wilson at  

W-2 Wage and Tax Statements

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 2015 were released to the Employee Self Service (ESS) system January 20, 2016 specifically for those who consented to receiving their W-2 Statement electronically. Paper W-2 Statements were mailed January 21, 2016 for those who didn’t consent to electronic method of delivery. Everyone will be able to view their 2015 W-2 Statement on the ESS system as of January 31, 2016.


Now is a good time to review your tax withholding status. If you’ve had a family change (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, child no longer a dependent) you may want to update your
W-4 tax withholding forms.Your current W-4 status can be found in the ESS system in the
‘Payroll Information’ tab.


Questions regarding your W-2 Statement or W-4 tax withholdings should be directed to
Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services.

IRS Form 1095 Distribution

As a reminder, Form 1095’s will be distributed each year beginning in 2016.  This form includes information about 2015 medical coverage that was offered to you and your family, if applicable. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Grant Wood AEA is required to provide both you and the IRS with this information.


Note:  Form 1095’s for calendar year 2015 were released to the Employee Self Service (ESS) system January 26, 2016 specifically for those who consented to receiving their Form 1095 electronically.  Paper Form 1095’s were mailed January 27, 2016 for those who didn’t consent to electronic method of delivery. Everyone will be able to view their 1095 on the ESS system as of January 31, 2016.


If you were a full-time employee for at least one month during the 2015 calendar year, you will receive a 1095-C. If you were employed part-time throughout the 2015 calendar year and were covered under the Grant Wood AEA medical plan, you will receive a 1095-C.


If you were not employed any month throughout the 2015 calendar year, but were covered under the Grant Wood AEA medical plan (i.e. retirees or spouses of retirees), you will receive a 1095-B.


If you were not a full-time employee during any month of the calendar year, and you did not enroll in the Grant Wood AEA medical plan, you will not receive a 1095-C or a 1095-B.


Keep this form with the other tax materials you give your tax preparer. If you prepare your own taxes, you may need to refer to this information as you prepare your return.


Questions regarding your Form 1095 should be directed to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services.

Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff

Posting has begun for 2016-17 assignment opportunities. As a reminder, each opening is posted for at least 5 Agency days and employees may use the Quick Link for Staff Openings that can be found in the left margin of each weekly issue of The Bulletin Board. More details about Assignment Change procedures were provided in the complete article in the
Jan. 7, 2016, issue of The Bulletin Board.

$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff - Notices must be received by January 29, 2016

To be eligible for the financial incentive available to Contracted and Management staff for providing the agency with early notification of their pending resignation or retirement, notices must be submitted in writing and received in the Human Resources Office by 4:30pm this Friday, January 29 (email notice is accepted).


See the complete article in the Dec. 17, 2015 issue of The Bulletin Board.


Updates from AEA PD Online

Visit the AEA PD Online and AEA K-12 Online websites for current professional development updates. Follow AEA PD Online on Twitter @aeapdonline or on your mobile device by accessing the app at

28 Days of OLLIE
(+1 Bonus Day)

Online Learning for Iowa Educators


Starting Feb. 1 and continuing throughout the month, AEA PD Online will launch the 28 days of OLLIE (+1 Bonus Day) online community for teachers.


Part of the Online Learning for Iowa Educators (OLLIE) series, the community provides educators resources, live events, discussions, sharing and networking with other educators. It is the perfect learning place for teachers looking to add blended or flipped learning to their classroom.


Featured during 28 Days of OLLIE (+1 Bonus Day) will be daily events, activities and even contests with prizes to help acclimate educators to the community.


Educators at all levels and those who support them are invited to participate. The first step is join the community can be completed at


Once registered, participants will receive regular updates about:

  • Webinars

  • Forums on topics related to teaching and learning online

  • Activities

  • Resources

  • Badges

  • And much, much more!

To learn more, visit the following link:

Annual Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet will be
May 10, 2016

At last week's Agency Advisory meeting, staff representing all parts of our organization finalized planning details for this year's Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet.


This year's event will be held Tuesday, May 10 at the National Czech and Slovak Museum,

National Czech and Slovak Museum

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., in Cedar Rapids. Attendees to this year's banquet will be given time to peruse the museum exhibits from 5:00-6:00 p.m., cocktail hour will start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.


More information on purchasing tickets for this year's event will be available soon. Until then, please save the date!

Nominations due March 4 for the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile." The categories you may nominate individuals for are:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.


Nominations for these awards can be submitted here. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of GWAEA staff members in March. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified in April.


The awards will be presented at the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, which will be held at the National Czech and Slovak museum on May 10th.


Hope Blooms ... It's Daffodil Time!

Orders no later than Feb. 4, 2016

It’s time to place your order for daffodils! This program sells the flowers along with a few other items to benefit cancer patients and their families. You can visit their website, to see what other ways they help with the fight against cancer.


To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution toward the fight against cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street facility front desk.


The options are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch

  • Bunch 'n a Vase: $15

  • Mini Daffodils: $15. Potted and ready to replant.

  • Monkey 'n a Bunch: $25. This is a Monkey and a bunch of daffodils.

  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.

  • Monkey Hugs: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with a stuffed Monkey, given anonymously.

  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.

  • Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee, sizes S-XXL for $20

Pictures of these are at the front desk.


Orders will be taken from now until Feb. 4, 2016. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 9, 2016. (Please make checks payable to Gems of Hope.)


Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call Cathy at
Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.

2016 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA

The 6th Annual Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser is planned for the week of Feb. 8-12, 2016.


We would like to offer GWAEA staff an opportunity to participate in this worthy cause. Because we had so many orders last year, we would like to offer staff the choice of ordering for four days during this week, provided we get a minimum order for your chosen day. The dates offered will be Tuesday through Friday, February 9-12. The lunches may be picked up at the receptionist desk any time after 11:30 a.m. on the day you or your group chooses.


If you or your group would like to order contact Cathy Nelson, 6544 and she will help you.


The Lunchbox costs $10, $5 of which will feed you, while the other $5 benefits Horizons Meals On Wheels as the organization continues to help older adults and persons with disabilities meet their daily nutritional needs.


Lunchbox choices: 


Send your choice and payment (cash or check made payable to Horizons Lunchbox) to the attention of Cathy Nelson, Sixth Street front desk, no later than Friday, February 5, 2016.

GWAEA Teams for Bowl for Kids' Sake



Partner up with your GWAEA colleagues for Bowl for Kids' Sake! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids invites you to the biggest bowling party in the area. Grant Wood AEA is trying to coordinate teams for two potential dates:


Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 2:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


This is the biggest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and it annually raises more than $300,000 to help young people in our area. Participating bowlers in this year's event will need to raiser or contribute $90/adult and $40/child to participate. (With supervisor approval, staff can bowl on the Friday date.)


Please indicate a date when you'd like to bowl by emailing Renee Nelson.

Badging Has Begun!

The Digital Learning Team is making the rounds at region meetings explaining the new GWAEA Badging Site (Jedi Badging Academy). These badges stem from our agency goal to support 21st century learning and assuring staff will be proficient in using online methods to communicate and collaboratively create solutions with team members and people outside of GWAEA.


Feel free to read more about the badges and some basics of how the process will work and get started learning and earning badges. If there is any feedback, please let Stacy Behmer,, or a technology consultant know because we have made some tweaks to help make the site more useful.

iPad Care Reminder

It’s cold outside and if you wouldn’t want to stay out there neither should your iPad or other technology! We have had some devices returned to the SDC and brought in that haven’t been working or are permanently damaged because they were left in someone’s car overnight or for an extended period of time.  These are $500+ devices and need to be cared


for.  When devices are returned to the SDC please make sure they are in the same condition as when you checked them out and be careful dropping them in the return box (they can get damaged on the drop). If they have been damaged let someone in the SDC know, so they can be repaired quickly before they are sent out or replacements can be ordered.

This is a reminder to be careful with your iPad! Even if it is in a case the devices can’t uphold a lot of weight and pressure or be 100 percent protected if they are dropped. Please don’t leave it out in extreme temperatures, don’t keep it outside of a protective case for extended periods of time,  and keep off the floor. If you do have a damaged device please contact Stacy Behmer,, as soon as possible.

Tech Tip - Organize Your Folders and Files in Google Drive More Easily

There are some nice updates coming to Google Drive to help you organize your files.
Here is part of the blog post with a couple of the updates.


We know how important it is to stay organized at work, so we’re making it easier to move and arrange your files and folders in Google Drive. When looking at Search results or items in the Shared with me, Recent, or Starred views in Drive, you’ll now see one of two options in the toolbar at the top of the screen. If the item you’ve selected is not already located in My Drive, you’ll continue to see the option to Add to My Drive. Clicking on that option will add the item to My Drive and then allow you to move it to various folders.



Alternatively, if the item you’ve selected is already in My Drive, you’ll now see an option to Move to, which will make it easy to move that item to a new or different folder via a simpler, clearer workflow.


Our Condolences...

  • to Sara Cosgrove and her husband, Mark, on the passing of his father, Edgar Cosgrove, on Monday, Jan. 18. Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Dubuque. Sara is a Team Leader in the VAST Science Center.

Thank You

A special thank you to each and every one of you who has shared your condolences following the passing of my mother.  Your kindness, your listening, your tears are appreciated more than words can express.


Virginia Smelser 

GWAEA Records Technician

Strategies For All

"Brain Function in the School Setting and Effective Classroom Strategies," Feb. 22, 2016

The use of the brain in the classroom is obviously important. Whether your students have experienced traditional brain trauma or other factors that have affected their learning, this course is for you. Come join the Brain Injury Resource Team as they share strategies that assist students who have had accidents, strokes, seizures, concussions, or students who have executive function skill concerns. Read more about and register for the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development class titled, "Brain Function in the School Setting and Effective Classroom Strategies" by clicking this link.


Please share this information with parents, teachers, and others who may be interested.

GROW News/Upcoming Events

- Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events

- Chair Massages at Grant Wood AEA

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers

- Yoga Club at GWAEA

- No Join Fee During January at the Y

- GWAEA Book Club to meet Feb. 8, 11


Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

Visit these Facebook links for upcoming activities and events:

Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project

Iowa City Blue Zones Project

Marion Blue Zones Project


Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas.

Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events

Jed Eichhorn, Engagement Lead, Healthways, provided information about Blue Zones Project upcoming events:

Walk the Skywalk with a Group this Winter

Skywalk Moai (Thursday Evenings)

Jan. 7 - March 11, 2016, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Downtown Library, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Blue Zones Project has partnered with Cedar Rapids Public Library to offer an opportunity to join a Moai® (group) to walk the Skywalk every week this winter. The Walking Group kickoff is

Thursday, Jan. 7. Meet in the entrance of the Downtown Library, no registration required.

Here are some other Power 9 Principles to help you out:
Move Naturally – Linn Country Trails has snow shoes you can rent
Downshift – Learn Yoga and meditation techniques
Wine@5 – Enjoy one glass of red wine each day
Eat Wisely – Try a new Blue Zones Recipe or attend a Plant Based Cooking Class
Family First – Make a commitment to have family dinner nights on a regular basis
Community – Connect/Reconnect with a religion or volunteer in the community
Right Tribe – Join a Skywalking Moai or a civic organization that aligns with your passions

Chair Massages Schedule February, March

Marcia will be here on Feb 9th (8:40 first appt, 1:20 last appt), Feb 11th (8:40 first appt, 11:40 last appt) and March 8th (8:40 first appt, 1:20 last appt) and March 10th (8:40-10;40). We are going to try doing a regular day and a short day every month for massage.  I may have to merge days if we don't have enough appts on the short days. Please email Stacy Murphy for an appointment.

Coloring Supplies Available in GWAEA Break Rooms

Looking for a break from stress?

Grant Wood AEA's GROW Committee is now offering coloring supplies in the break rooms. Available supplies include coloring sheets, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.


Coloring books for adults are in the news. See the CNN article, "Why adult coloring books are good for you," posted Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, describing the therapeutic potential coloring offers to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness.


What are you waiting for? Sit down and color your stress away.

Weight Watchers At Work

Be Inspired!  GWAEA At-Work Members have lost a collective 650 pounds and 3 members have attained their goal


  • New Weight Watchers At-Work Session:  2/9/2016 – 5/31/2016

  • Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends(you may attend at GWAEA on Tuesdays 4:45 p.m. or any community location)

  • Incentive gift available for anyone who purchases a GWAEA At-Work membership between 2/8 and 2/12.  Gift:  Fresh & Easy Cookbook, Tote Bag, plus 2 Portion Plates. (right)

  • Payment options – payable at time of registration one check or credit card payment in the amount of $186 (made payable to Weight Watchers) or three checks submitted at time of registration in the amount of $62 each.  The checks will be deposited one week 1, week 5, and week 9.



GWAEA Contact:  Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,

Yoga Club at Grant Wood AEA

Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. 
Media Center (outside the Glass Classroom)

There is no fee or sign-up required to join. Come when your schedule allows. Tara Johannsen and Cathy Kearns will facilitate the weekly sessions with the assistance of yoga DVDs and You Tube.



For information, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.



Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Feb. 8, 11

Our next Book Club selection is "The Girl on the train" by Paula Hawkins. Please join us for conversation and social time with your colleagues on either Monday, February 8 from 12-12:30 p.m. or Thursday Feburary 11 from 4:00-4:30 p.m in the Media Center Commons. Contact Deanna Weber for further information.


gwaea book club


February 8, 12-12:30 p.m. or

Thursday, February 11, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Third Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids


Jan. 29-30, 2016

Friday, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA,
4401 Sixth St. S.W.,
Cedar Rapids


See the information and registration flyers for details and costs. For questions, contact Emily Lee, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.


Every Learner, Every Day: Tools and Strategies to Meet the Needs of ELLs


Cutting-edge research offers better tools and strategies to meet the needs of ELLS than ever before. Together we will review the basics of language acquisition, move into using CBM data to get good measurements of ELD growth, and finish with strategies for ELLs in the content classroom.



Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd
Hiawatha, IA 52233

8:30 AM-3:30 PM


March 31, 2016

Number: 19422-15-01




See flyer for details

Registration Deadline: 03/15/2016 06:00 AM



  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 10

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 10

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Reading Support, Consultants, ELL Teachers


Credit: 5.75 Contact Hours

Math Interventions and Assessments for Students

Instructor: Karen Karp, Ph.D.


With the focus on multi-tiered systems of support, classroom teachers are seeking successful ways to assess and build instructional interventions for students who struggle in learning mathematics - particularly students with disabilities. This session includes researched-informed, hands-on interventions and assessments in number and operations for elementary students.



Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.





See flyer for details


March 31, 2016

Course Number: 19417-15-01

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on March 17, 2016 Target Audience: K-2 General and Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Consultants

Credit: None



April 1, 2016

Course Number: 19418-15-01

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on March 18, 2016

Target Audience: Grades 3-5 General and Special Education Teachers, Psychologists, Consultants

Credit: None


Fees: $65 for in Area 10 educators; $90 for outside of Area 10

The GWAEA Assistive Technology Team and the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research presents…

Building Bridges:

Assistive Technology Conference

April 13, 2016

8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Keynote Speaker:

Kirk Behnke, M.Ed., ATP
Lead for Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN)


See flyer for details

Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants


Number: 19018-15-01


Date/Time: 04/21/2015, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Assignment Due: 4/21/2015

Registration Deadline: 4/01/2016 06:00 AM 

Fees: Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $60; Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $85


DSM-5 Changes, Now What!!!

This workshop will help educators understand the history of the diagnostic and statistical manuals created by the American Psychiatric Association. Understanding the format of the new DSM-5, how the book is composed, and can be utilized by clinicians. We will also discuss major changes occurring in diagnostic codes specifically related to children and adolescents. Workshop participants will be encouraged to come with questions regarding the DSM-5.
Number: 19423-15-01
Date/Time: 05/10/2016 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Social Work Ethics: Ethical Dilemmas, Children, Adolescents, in School-Based Settings

This workshop will discuss the common ethical dilemmas that are found when working with children/adolescents in a school-based setting. Participants will be encouraged to bring ethical dilemmas in written form to provide to the presenter for real time lively discussions that are relevant to the participants.
Number: 19424-15-01
Date/Time: 05/10/2016 12:45 PM-4:00 PM

Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.



2015-2016 TQ Dates

Feb. 24 and May 25, 2016
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.


TQ funds are available to support professional learning. All contracted staff in a position that requires educational licensure are eligible. Funds can be used to support learning time and resources for agency-wide proposals, region/discipline/program proposals and individual proposals. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 proposals were approved to support professional learning in Literacy, Math, Early Childhood, Autism, Behavior, Science, Coaching, Mentorship, Speech Language, ELL, and Leadership Development. The application documents can be accessed on the Staff Portal. Committee members are happy to answer questions about proposal development. Contact Sherry Sines, Terri McGraw,
Lisa Haverkamp, Hillary Prall, Susan Parker, and a member to be determined.

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. Pre-registration is required for all participants including practicum, interns and student teachers.








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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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