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In This issue:


A New Year's Wish List
New Admin Reg in Place for GWAEA Room Reservations
May the Force Be With You!
Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and the Partnering Efforts of Grant Wood AEA and Local Districts Featured in DE's
Each and Every Child, January 2016
Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board
Agency Calendar: Pay Dates
New Tax Form 1095 Distributed Annually Beginning January 2016
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent
Important Message to Health Plan Participants: New Wellmark ID Cards January 1, 2016
Our Condolences
Thank You
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events
  - Coloring Supplies Available in GWAEA Break Rooms
  - Weight Watchers, Sept. 22, 2015 - Feb. 2, 2015
  - Yoga
  -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.



A New Year's Wish List

What are your wishes as we start a new calendar year? Read the most recent blog post from Chief Administrator Joe Crozier as he outlines his wishes for the upcoming legislative session.

New Admin Reg in Place for GWAEA Room Reservations

Effective January 1 our agency has a new administrative regulation to guide our room reservation process at the agency.


The regulation, which was approved by the GWAEA Board of Directors last fall, was redesigned with the intent of supporting a more efficient use of agency space by agency staff and the public. The changes that have been implemented also focused on system improvements to help ensure the timely and appropriate use of rooms.


The administrative regulation was previewed by GWAEA management and support staff before winter break, and the full version of the document is available online.  Staff should note a few key changes related to this regulation change:

  • The new regulation provides different 'windows' when room reservations can be made. This was an effort to ensure we are managing our internal demands for room space in accordance with Iowa code and in a coordinated fashion.  For example, according to policy, room requests for events that are coordinated through the professional development office and meetings including new staff orientation and board and cabinet meetings can be reserved for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) any time between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2016.

  • After February 28 any support staff who are scheduling FY2017 discipline, program or region meetings will also be able to make reservations in addition to this first tiered group. These two groups will have access to the reservation system through April 1, at which time we will open the system to other organizations as well.

  • We recognize that some room reservations had already been made prior to the effective date of this policy. These room reservations will be considered temporary as we are in a transition state.  Any of the current reservations that are needed by Tier 1 and Tier 2 groups will be shuffled in accordance with our new regulation.

  • There are specific references in the new regulation related to room set-ups that are scheduled the night before an event and reservation holds. All staff will be expected to monitor their own room reservations to ensure they are in compliance with all of the regulation requirements including these two new additions.

  • All staff are reminded to request rooms that are the best match for their anticipated audience. As part of this process support staff now have access to additional tools indicating room size, technology available, etc and they can help others select a room that's appropriate for specific meeting needs.  

  • There is an external room reservation agreement that will be required for external groups making room reservations, and all these external reservations willbe coordinated by Kathy Briggs.

We appreciate staff's support of this transition and understand there may be questions as we all learn the new system. Tammy Carolan is a key point of contact for support staff who are experiencing challenges or have questions about internal reservations, and external room reservations should be directed to Kathy Briggs. Additional questions about the administrative regulation changes can be directed to Sherry Sines, Dave Brousard or Renee Nelson.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Laurie Rummells
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Laurie's background includes positions with Witwer Children's Therapy, June 2003-December 2015, and with Grant Wood AEA, August 2000-June 2003.




Katelyn Williams
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa




Joan Wolfe
Paraeducator - Speech

Master of Science, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Joan has held positions with the Linn-Mar Schools, 2013-2015; Bethany Lutheran Preschool, 2007-2010; and as a Grant Wood AEA speech-language pathologist, 1997-1999.


May the Force Be With You!

We are excited to be ready to kick off our first GWAEA badging adventure. The digital learning team has been hard at work to develop a site for staff to develop new learning and a site for you to submit your evidence of this learning to earn various badges. 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.


If you want to get started now, take a look around the GWAEA Badging Site (Jedi Badging Academy), the online Canvas learning modules that can be used to build your skills, and set up a Credly account!


You may see the digital learning team at discipline or region meetings to help explain more about how the site functions, but you can also read more about the badges and some basics of how the process will work!  


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. Be looking for an email and more how to information upcoming region meetings.


Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and the Partnering Efforts of Grant Wood AEA and Local Districts Featured in DE's
Each and Every Child, January 2016



The Iowa Department of Education's Each and Every Child e-newsletter is designed to inform, educate and challenge those who live and work in the field of special education.

In the January 2016 issue, read about making Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) both effective – and scalable, featuring the partnering efforts of GWAEA and local districts.


The article features reflections from Kyle Paulson, special education teacher, North Bend Elementary, Iowa City School District; Ronda Hilbert, GWAEA special education consultant; and Susan O'Dell, GWAEA special education curriculum specialist.




In the January 2016 issue of School Leader Update, read Director Ryan Wise’s column as he reflects on the year past, and what he sees coming down the road in the new year. Attorney Nicole Proesch offers plenty of new guidance focusing on days-versus-hours in school.

Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff

Assignment opportunities for 2016-17 will soon begin to be posted internally. As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures can be found in either the Business/HR section of the Staff Website or on the Business/HR Google site at: Assignment Change Procedures - Contr Staff.


Please note: These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category. These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in applying and being considered for a different job category.


Assignment Openings (all employee groups)
Assignment information is updated on a daily basis, as openings become available, and this info is posted online at Staff Openings.  Each opening is posted for at least 5 Agency days.
Since assignment postings may change on a daily basis, employees interested in actively seeking other opportunities within the Agency are advised and encouraged to:

  1. Check the posting at least one time each week, on the same day of each week, in order to be certain a timeline is not missed to apply for the opening;

  2. Bookmark the Staff Openings page for regular access;

  3. Set up a Google calendar reminder to check the Staff Openings page on a weekly basis; and/or

  4. Use the Quick Link for Staff Openings that can be found in the left margin of each weekly issue of the Bulletin Board.

The newest or most recent openings will appear first in each employee group listing (Contracted, Classified, etc).

$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board

At their last meeting on Wednesday, December 9, the GWAEA Board of Directors approved the offering of an early notification incentive to help support a timely hiring process for 2016-17.

The financial incentive is available to Contracted and Management staff for providing the agency with early notification of their pending resignation or retirement. Specifically, Contracted or Management staff would need to commit to resigning or retiring at the end of this current work year, in writing, to Human Resources between December 14, 2015 and January 29, 2016. If the retirement or resignation is accepted by the Board no later than its regular meeting on February 17, 2016, the staff member will receive an incentive of $1,500, payable to them on June 17 (conditional upon the staff member satisfactorily completing his or her contract obligations for the year).


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

Agency Calendar: Pay Dates

Below is the Agency calendar for December and January. Please note the circled pay dates. Our normal bi-weekly pay schedule falls within Winter Break, thus moving up a pay date to
December 24 and extending the next pay date to January 15.




New Tax Form 1095 Distributed Annually Beginning January 2016

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Grant Wood AEA will provide employees with a new tax form annually. A Form 1095 will be distributed by January 31 each year beginning in 2016. This form includes information about 2015 medical coverage that was offered to you and your family, if applicable. Grant Wood AEA is required to provide both you and IRS with this information.


If you were a full-time employee for at least one month during the 2015 calendar year, you will receive a 1095-C by January 31, 2016. 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-B 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).


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 1095-B.


You may want to consider waiting to complete your individual tax return until you receive this form. Keep this form with the other tax materials you give to your tax preparer. If you prepare your own taxes, you may need to refer to this information as you prepare your return.


Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form 1095’s electronically to employees who give consent. By giving electronic 1095 consent, this means you will not receive a paper Form 1095 in the mail. Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your Form 1095 is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.


Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Log in with your username and password. Under ‘my information’ column select the 1095 History menu item. Read through the Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give consent” link to give your consent. The Terms of Electronic Consent to Receive 1095 form are displayed. Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC 1095 DELIVERY button and confirming consent. Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper 1095 in the mail no later than January 31, 2016.



Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about 1095 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.

Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  


Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  Log in with your username and password.  Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History menu item.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give your consent” link to give your consent.  The Terms of Electronic Consent to receive W-2 form are displayed.  Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC W-2 DELIVERY button and confirming consent.



Note:  Staff who consented to electronic W-2 delivery last year will receive electronic delivery again this year unless the staff member removes the consent.  Staff wanting to receive their W-2 statement with this earlier electronic delivery option should make their consent by January 15, 2016 to secure this delivery method.  Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper W-2 in the mail no later than January 31, 2016.


Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent. 


  • to Sara and Rick Lennertz on the birth of Ivy Morgan Lennertz on Jan. 6. Ivy weighed
    8 lbs., 4 oz. and 21.5 inches long. Sara is a GWAEA school social worker.

Important Message to Health Plan Participants: New Wellmark ID Cards January 1, 2016

All health plan participants will be receiving new Wellmark ID cards in December and should begin using the new ID card beginning January 1, 2016 going forward. Wellmark is transitioning their Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) to CVS/caremark. As a result of this change, your ID card will have new RxBIN, RxPCN and RxGrp codes. It will be important for you to have this new ID card when receiving pharmacy benefits January 1, 2016 forward so your claims process correctly.  Once you receive your new Wellmark ID card, any old Wellmark ID cards should be shredded. 

Attached is a Wellmark flyer about the transition and a Q&A to learn more.

Our Condolences

  • to Erlene Spicer on the passing of her mother, Virginia McCrorey, from Hunnewell, MO, on
    Dec. 22.


  • to Stacy Murphy on the passing of her father, Donald “Rizzy” Risdal, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Thank You

Sincere thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and sympathy on the passing of my Father. My mother and I were truly overwhelmed by your generosity. Your kind words and thoughts were greatly appreciated.


Kim Novotny

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who saved their pink yoplait lids. A total of 137 lids were collected in the breakroom containers with Yoplait donating 10 cents each for breast cancer research. Thanks to
Lisa Becker who entered the lid numbers online, a new Yoplait procedure this year instead of mailing them.


Thanks to everyone for making the angel tree another huge success this year. Both Last Hope here in Cedar Rapids and the Friends of the Shelter in Vinton were both very appreciative of everything. (See the Last Hope Facebook video, "Barclay and Emily open presents."


We have such a wonderful staff here who are so good about making this a sucess every year.



Stacy Murphy

GROW News/Upcoming Events

- Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers, Sept. 22, 2015 - Feb. 2, 2015

- Yoga Club at GWAEA

- Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness

- GWAEA Book Club to meet Feb. 8, 11


Contact a member of the GROW Team for more 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.

Discover Your Purpose Workshop

Jan. 19, 2016

Coe College Purpose Workshop, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1220 1st Avenue NE - Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Lovely Lane United Methodist Purpose Workshop, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

2424 42nd Street - Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


(RSVP to the above site links)

Have you thought about what drives you to be the best you? Join Blue Zones Project for a free Purpose Workshop to get a jump-start reinvigorating your gifts and values!


 Attend a Purpose Workshop on January 19 and add up to 7 good years to your life. Blue Zones Project has teamed up with Lovely Lane Methodist Church and Coe College in Cedar Rapids to offer two opportunities to come and discover your purpose. Visit our events page to see all the details and/or invite Facebook friends to attend the event.


A Purpose Workshop is a 2-hour event in which a facilitator guides you through various fun and interactive activities to begin the journey to finding your individual purpose. Keep in mind that there are three primary ways of uncovering your gifts:
• Your gifts are reflected in what you do best.
• Your gifts show up in how you like to serve.
• Your gifts are being used when you lose yourself in a task.

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

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 Launch of New Program “Beyond the Scale”


GWAEA Weight Watchers At Work Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends
(find a location that works for you -- GWAEA on Tuesdays or any community location)
Current session ends February 2, 2016.  (you may join at any time)
Contact:  Kim Martin /399-6710/


Weight Watchers developed and recently launched a new program, called “Beyond the Scale,” in response to both changing science about nutrition and consumer sentiment “I want to lose weight but I’m thinking about it in a more holistic way.”  Beyond the Scale moves beyond just counting calories. 


The point value for certain foods has changed, with a new points program called SmartPoints.  Food calculations have changed. Points were previously calculated by taking complicated nutrition information and using an algorithm to turn that food into one simple number.  Now, Weight Watchers is using a new formula that looks at the type of fat in a given food, for instance, saturated fat points are weighted more heavily.  Lean protein, too, has fewer points than other meats.  And while the old formula included sugar in with carbohydrates, they’re now calculated separately.  Roughly 40 to 50% of the foods in the system remain relatively the same points-wise, while the rest goes up or down. Fruits and vegetables still get zero points.


Daily points are now calculated using a formula based on a person’s resting metabolic rate.  The weekly points are now specific to an individual’s metabolic rate.  Users will calculate exercise points with both an intake goal and a physical activity goal.


Inner strength: Weight Watchers is also encouraging members to do non-food related things that make them feel good. This will become a greater aspect of Weight Watcher meetings.

We invite you to join us any Tuesday at 4:45 to learn about the Beyond the Scale Program.


Contact:  Kim Martin /399-6710/

Yoga Club at Grant Wood AEA

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

Come join our informal setting as we start the year with Adrianne's 30 Days of Yoga on YouTube. The Thursday, Jan. 7, session will be day 2. We plan to go through two days per week so it will take us about 15 weeks to complete the 30 days. These sessions are geared to beginning your yoga practice, but Andianne makes suggestions to tailor poses to all levels throughout each session. So bring your mats, blocks and straps if you have them and let's get limber.


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.

Registration Closes Jan. 7

Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness

Location: Grant Wood AEA Southern Facility
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

This nine-week opportunity is supported through the agency's GROW Committee. The class is designed to help you cultivate your inner resources through mindfulness meditation practices to respond more skillfully to stress and find greater ease and peace of mind.


Research suggests that mindfulness practice can positively affect stress resilience, physical and mental health, interpersonal skills, academic skills and promote overall well-being.

This class is based on a model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinnm, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and will be led by GWAEA retiree Christine Allen as the instructor. This model has been used with diverse groups around the world including corporate employees, CEOs, educators, students, attorneys, judges, prison inmates, health care professionals, teachers and professional atheletes.


Christine has practiced mindfulness meditation for many years, received training in MBSR for health care professionals from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli and staff at the Center for Mindfulness, and has attended several extended mindfulness meditation retreats. She has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses at University Hospitals and Clinics since 2004 and helped develop and teach a credit course on mindfulness meditation for undergraduates at The University of Iowa for several years.

These links include video clips that provide more information.

Anderson Cooper - "60 minutes Reporting on Mindfulness"

Jon Kabat-Zinn - "What is Mindfulness"

Andy Puddicombe - "All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes"

Dan Harris of ABC News - "Changing Your Life Through Meditation"

Class dates are Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 2016. Registration fees are $125, a reduced fee through the support of the agency's GROW Committee. License renewal credit is available. Register on the Grant Wood AEA PD website under the Grant Wood Employee link.

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.


Need Assistance with Classroom Strategies to Help All of Your Students Succeed?

Join the Brain Injury Resource Team on Monday, February 22 to explore the brain and classroom strategies that will help all of your students learn. Read more about and register for this 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.

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

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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