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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving

 

Holiday Potluck Dates

6th Street

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Creative Commons/Media Commons
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Coralville

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Rm. 500
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Dec. 24, 2015, 3 p.m.
The agency closes for winter break and will reopen on Monday,
Jan. 4, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.


In This issue:

Partnering

FAQ's Regarding the GWAEA United Way Campaign
-Chili Cook-off, Nov. 23
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
EAP Reminder
Flexible Spending Accounts - 2016 Plan Year Enrollment
info@gwaea, November 2015
Next issue of The Bulletin Board, Dec. 3
Agency Holiday Potluck Dates
Congratulations
Thank You
Our Condolences
Grant Wood AEA Job Readiness Fair
AEA/DE Customer Satisfaction Survey
2015-2016 Innovation in Education Workshops
Standards-Based Grading Conference with
Dr. Thomas Guskey
iPad Refresh
Digital Learning Tech Tip- How to Use Slide Over & Split View on the iPad
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- "Lunch and Learn" Video
- Thanksgiving Break YMCA Classes
- Weight Watchers at Work
- November is American Diabetes Month
- New GWAEA Yoga Club
-
Volunteering
- Blue365 Member Discounts
- Core Fitness Member

- Lunch and Learn
- Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness
Third Annual Cropping 4 Kids
What's My Line?
Secondary MTSS for School Leaders
Assistive Technology Services for Challenged Learners
Elementary Principals and Leaders Workshop to Review Early Literacy

Building Bridges 2016
Special Education Staff Fall Opportunities to Retool and Refresh
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

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

 

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.

 

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

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FAQs Regarding the GWAEA United Way Campaign

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We are well underway in our annual United Way campaign. Some staff asked questions about the United Way that we wanted to help address:

 

What is the administrative rate for United Way? Every business has operating expenses, even United Way. Their administrative rate is 12.5%, and nationally, the average administrative rate is 16–19%. That means that for each dollar, $0.87 1/2 goes back into our community, while the other $0.12 1/2 covers fundraising and administrative costs. 99% of our annual campaign stays here in Cedar Rapids, and they send the other 1% to United Way Worldwide.

 

Can I designate my funds to a specific organization? Donor designation is an option for people to direct their United Way gift. For a minimum gift of $100 with the United Way of East Central Iowa, and for a minimum gift of $50 with the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties, a donor may direct their gift to any 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Staff can indicate this request through the online giving portal.

 

New This Year
All staff who support the United Way campaign in any way- either through the online donation or by participating in the chili cook-off - will be entered into a drawing for an overnight stay and lunch buffet at Riverside Casino in Hills!


GWAEA will host a chili cook-off on Monday, November 23 and all proceeds will support the United Way.


We also have payroll deduction available to a separate organization called Iowa Shares. Details on this organization are available on our website here.


United Way Fundraiser Chili Cook-Off
Nov. 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Winter/Spring Room

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Anyone can participate. Please e-mail Nicole Clymer or Jean Grewe by Nov. 20 the catagory you are entering or for any questions.

 

$5.00 to sample chili. 100% of the proceeds got to United Way​

 

The catagories that will be judged include: 

Classic

No bean

Vegetarian

White

Best spice/aroma

Spiciest​

 

Anyone who attends or brings a chili will be entered into a drawing for an overnight stay and lunch buffet at Riverside Casino in Hills.  


Welcome, New Grant Wood AEA Staff

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Melea White
School Social Worker

Cedar Rapids
MSSW, University of Texas, Austin

Melea's background includes positions as a psychiatric social worker and mental health therapist at St. Luke's for four + years, and as a behavioral health intervention services specialist for 1 1/2 years.

     

EAP Reminder

The Agency provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to support staff and family members with additional resources when faced with challenging situations. This program is provided through Mercy EAP Services and includes professional

and confidential counseling and referral services for a variety of personal issues including grief/loss, stress, illness, financial concerns and relationship issues. The goal of the program is to assist employees in effectively identifying and resolving personal concerns in a proactive manner before they affect job performance. 

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November EAP newsletter

 

All clinicians with Mercy EAP are licensed mental health counselors and are experienced in assisting individuals in meeting the challenges of today’s busy lifestyles. The EAP is confidentialand easy to use – just call 319-398-6694 or 1-800-383-6694 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost to employees for initial discussions – up to three sessions per employee family member per year (July 1-June 30) are provided. Whenever necessary, you will be referred to another resource that can best serve your needs. In most cases, your insurance may be used to cover the cost of additional help. If you need help that is not covered by insurance, the counselor can recommend services that are based on ability to pay.


It is hoped employees and families always lead happy and healthy lives, however if problems do occur and additional support or assistance would be helpful, the Agency is pleased to provide this valuable resource through the EAP. If you are ready to try this approach to addressing challenges in your life, please remember Mercy EAP Services.


If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to call the Human Resources Office at x6703, refer to the Business Services & HR Procedures Manual or view brochure.


Flexible Spending Accounts – 2016 Plan Year Enrollment

This is a follow-up to the e-mail communication sent to employees November 10.  We are in our enrollment period for the 2016 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan year.  The FSA program allows you to set aside money from your paychecks on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses.  The following documents are available for further guidance and enrollment:

Employees must complete the ASI Flex Enrollment Form if electing to participate in a health and/or dependent care flex account for the 2016 plan year.  Please submit the enrollment form to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, by December 1, 2015.

 

Remember:  Our FSA program runs on a calendar year basis, January 1 through December 31.  Participants must re-enroll in the FSA program each year, even if you don’t want your election amount to change.

 

Questions can be directed to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services.


info@gwaea, November 2015

info@gwaea is monthly e-newsletter for teacher librarians and educators. Learn more about the resources available to educators in the
Grant Wood AEA Media Center.

 

In the November 2015 issue:

  • Proud to Provide Professional EBooks

  • Give EBooks a Try

  • Marc Records for MackinVIA EBooks

  • GWAEA Media Center Welcomes Anamosa Library Staff

  • Staff Feature: Kim Novotny

  • Marc Records for Bookflix

  • "Think, Make, Innovate:" 3D Veggie Cards

  • Media Center Late Start and Snow Day Procedures

For information, contact Deanna Weber, dweber@gwaea.org.

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info@gwaea, November 2015


The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Have an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

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Agency Holiday Potlucks

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Please join us for good food, good friends, good fun. Bring a dish to share.

Sixth Street Potluck

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Creative Commons/Media Commons

Coralville Potluck

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Room 500


Congratulations

  • to Kim Novotny, GWAEA Team Leader: Media Center, who is performing in "A Christmas Story - The Musical" as a member of the Theatre Cedar Rapids singing/dancing ensemble. The show runs Nov. 20-Dec. 20, 2015.


Thank You

Thank you everyone for your warm and heartfelt sympathy shown to me on the passing of my Mother. Your generosity was so meaningful and greatly appreciated. A memorial has been set up in her name at her favorite church in Upstate New York. Bless you all.

Kathy Briggs


Our Condolences

  • to the family of James Mills, who passed away at his home in Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Jim was a GWAEA school psychologist for 30 years, retiring in June 2004.

     

  • to De Wagner, GWAEA autism consultant, for the loss of her mother, Marie DeBoer of Checotah, Oklahoma, who passed away Nov. 13.

  • to the family of John Bouslog, who passed away on Nov. 15 in Cedar Rapids. John was the first president of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors in 1975, serving on the board for 10 years.


Grant Wood AEA Job Readiness Fair, Jan. 26, 2016

Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2015

Grant Wood AEA will be hosting a Job Readiness Fair, a demonstration-based learning event that will apply career education lessons from the classroom. Registration is open to teams of 10th and 11th grade special education students, accompanied by a teacher from their school.
(See the flyer for complete details.)

 

During the event students will:

1. Practice completing a job application

2. Participate in a face-to-face mock interview

3. Participate in a telephone or “skyped” mock interview

4. Interact with and receive feedback from area employers

5. Attend informational sessions regarding employment in the 21st century

 

For information, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist or Megan Burke-Brunscheen,
GWAEA special education consultant.

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2015 Job Readiness Fair flyer

 

 


AEA/DE Customer Satisfaction Survey

The survey will close Wednesday, Nov. 25

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The 2015-16 AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey closes on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Iowa Department of Education conducts this annual statewide survey. The survey provides us with insight on what the AEA is doing right and what we can do to improve our services.

Educators are invited by email to participate in the AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey.
We ask that you encourage the teachers you work with to participate so that we can gain valuable input about our programs and services.

 

Please mention to LEA staff about this survey. If they haven't seen it distributed through their district, please let Renee Nelson know and share this link with LEA staff.


2015-2016 Innovation in Education Workshops

Dec. 2, 2015

Dean Shareski

"The Classroom of the Future: And Your Future Starts"
Number: 19362-15-01

 

Time:
1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

Location:
Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Fees: $40 within AEA 10 boundaries; $65 outside of AEA 10


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Feb. 3, 2016

Aaron Maurer

"Makerspace Movement"

Course
Number: 19368-15-01

 


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See flyer for details


Standards-Based Grading Conference
with presenter
Dr. Thomas Guskey

March 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility
4401 Sixth Street S.W. 
Cedar Rapids Iowa

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See flyer for details.

This conference is designed to help educators learn how to effectively develop, design and implement a standards-based grading system that aligns with current instruction and assessment practices, and supports the Iowa Core Curriculum and Iowa's Competency Based Education model. Classroom practitioners will share resources and practices that have led to successful implementation.


Registration fee for educators in Grant Wood AEA, $150.

 

This year's conference will feature Dr. Thomas R. Guskey. Dr. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He will share with participants the key elements to reform assessment, grading, and reporting practices in schools.

 

Number: 19272-15-01

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility, 4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids

Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Consultants

Registration Deadline: 3/9/2016, 06:00 AM 

Fees:

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 150

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 175

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


iPad Refresh

We are ready to refresh the last round of iPad 2s, 3s & 4s. This will be the third year of our three year refresh cycle and will be refreshing approximately 130 iPad2 (16GB) with the current model, iPad Air2 (64GB).  

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We understand that accidents happen, but we have run out of spare devices due to a large number coming in damaged this fall. If you do have a damaged device, please contact
Stacy Behmer, sbehmer@gwaea.org, as soon as possible.

 

To determine eligibility for this round the same criteria were applied:

1)  Age of the device

2)  Usage of iPad

3)  Contributions to required data collection

4)  Participation in shared learning

5)  Job category


Employees who will receive a new iPad Air2 will need to sign up for a time to trade their current device and set up the new one.  They will also need to order a new case, which will be done at the same time. Details will be emailed to individuals who will be refreshing this round within the next week and you will need to sign up by 5:00pm on December 4th. Following is the list of employees who will receive iPads during the this refresh cycle.


Plans will be made to repurpose many of the devices for staff check-out and use.  If you have any suggestions for other ways in which they might be repurposed, please email Stacy Behmer, sbehmer@gwaea.org.


Digital Learning Tech Tip- How to Use Slide Over & Split View on the iPad

A quick and easy tutorial on how to use the new slide over and split view modes on the iPad in iOS 9.


GROW News/Upcoming Events

- "Lunch and Learn" Video with Hy-Vee Dietician
- Thanksgiving Break YMCA Classes

- Weight Watchers, Sept. 22, 2015 - Feb. 2, 2015
- November is American Diabetes Month

- New Yoga Club to Meet at GWAEA

- Volunteering - Discover the Benefits of Giving Back

- Volunteers Needed for Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

- Blue365 Member Discounts

- Core Fitness Member Discounts

- Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness

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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

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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.


"Lunch and Learn" Video with Hy-Vee Dietitian

Members of the agency's GWAEA Renewing Our Well-being (GROW) committee facilitated a
"Lunch and Learn" session on Nov. 9, 2015 with Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aguiar discussing healthy nutritional options during the holidays for busy professionals and families.
Length of video: 29:01

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Thanksgiving break YMCA classes

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See the YMCA flyer for a listing of specially scheduled fitness classes for Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving.


Weight Watchers At Work – Everyone is Welcome to Join

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The excitement just keeps growing …

New 19-week session:  9/22/2015 – 2/2/2016 (you may join any time during the session)

 

Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends

(find a location that works for you -- GWAEA on Tuesdays or any community location)

 

Payment options – payable to Weight Watchers at time of registration

one check or credit card payment ($186 total for the 19-week session – prorated for remaining weeks) or three checks submitted at time of registration to be deposited - week 1, week 5, and week 9

 

Contact:  Kim Martin /399-6710/kmartin@gwaea.org


November is American Diabetes Month

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November is American Diabetes Month®. During their 75th anniversary year, join the
American Diabetes Association® and put good food and good health on the table with this year’s focus – Eat Well, America!

 

Each week during November, visit diabetesforecast.org/adm to find recipes for every meal, including snacks and special occasion treats, tip sheets and shopping lists. Take the guesswork out of planning, preparing and plating healthy and delicious foods every day – from start to finish.


Yoga Club at
Grant Wood AEA

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

 

A group of GWAEA staff is beginning a new yoga club that will meet Mondays and Thursdays at 
4:30 p.m
(unless the agency is closed) in the
Media Center area outside of the Glass Classroom.

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Nicole ClymerTara Johannsen and Cathy Kearns will facilitate the weekly sessions with the assistance of yoga DVDs. Bring your mats, blocks and straps if you have them. There is no fee or sign-up required to join. The sessions began Sept. 28.


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Volunteering - Discover the Benefits of Giving Back

Aside from the emotional benefits of volunteering, there are significant health benefits associated with giving your time. Studies have noted lower rates of disease as well as reduced healthcare costs among people who volunteer regularly. It seems that volunteers gain as much as they give!

 

Area volunteer opportunities include:

United Way of East Central Iowa

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program for Linn & Jones Counties - CASA for Children is a network of 949 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

 

See these flyers for additional information: CASA Volunteer, National CASA Infographic.


Volunteers Needed for Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Please consider helping low-to-moderate income workers by providing free tax preparation assistance. Classroom or online training is provided for volunteers (at no cost) and no accounting experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Cliff Ehlinger at cliff.ehlinger@uweci.org or 319-398-5372 ext. 835.


Available Volunteer Positions:

Volunteer Tax Preparers help individuals and families prepare their tax returns and ensure all eligible taxpayers receive their qualifying tax credits. Multilingual tax preparers are also needed.


Volunteer Greeters welcome VITA participants to the site and ensure that they are prepared with all required documentation to meet with the tax preparer.

 

As a VITA volunteer, you will receive:

  • Professional tax and software training

  • Flexible volunteer hours - daytime, evenings or weekends (volunteer services provided from January 19-April 9)

  • The satisfaction of helping others in our community to navigate the often complex federal tax returns.

2015 VITA Volunteer and Client Handout


Blue365 Member Discounts

Individuals covered under the Agency's group health insurance plans with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield are eligible to participate in the Blue365 discount program, which offers savings on products and services for healthy living. Discounts include fitness center memberships, workout apparel and healthy eating programs. Click here for more information and to check out some of the discounts available! The discounts and services are always changing, so please visit the Blue365 website for a list of current vendors.


Core Fitness Member Discounts

Core Fitness, with three locations in North Liberty/Iowa City, offers GWAEA employees a discounted membership of $39 monthly with a $49 one-time enrollment fee. If employees sign-up for a year contract, Core Fitness will waive the enrollment fee for a $49 savings.

 

All memberships include:

- All group fitness class including: Les Mills, cycling, yoga, ZUMBA, aerobics and aquatics classes
- A FREE fitness assessment with a personal trainer
- Steam room and sauna at all locations
- 24/7 access to the North Liberty location
- Pool and spa access at the Mormon Trek location
- Women's only workout area at the North Liberty location


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.

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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.


Third Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

Jan. 29-30, 2016

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

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

 

Where:
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.

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Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.

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What's My Line?

Multi-disciplinary Team Roles in K-1 Students with Language Challenges

When young students are experiencing challenges with language what assessment procedures help to determine the most appropriate supports and interventions? This workshop will describe issues related to language competency in the early grades including developmental trajectories, assessment procedures, and intervention strategies within a multi-tiered system of support.

 

Target Audience: Grant Wood AEA PreK-Elementary Speech-Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists, Consultants

 

January 7, 2016

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

19407-15-01

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

Room 118, 2301 Oakdale Blvd. Coralville, IA

Registration code: PFHNLI OR

 

January 8, 2016

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

19407-15-02

Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA Registration code: XQMUXF

 

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See flyer for details

 

REGISTRATION

Download Form: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/profdev/pdf/registform.pdf

Register Online: https://web1.gwaea.org/apps/ProfDev/user/signon.cfm

Registration deadline: December 7, 2015 at 6:00 a.m.

 

Secondary MTSS for School Leaders

Jan. 26, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(includes luncheon presentation)

 

Location: Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, iowa

 

Target Audience: Middle/High School Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists

 

Course Number: 19411-15-01

Credit: None Fees: $20 (lunch is provided)

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. Jan. 19, 2016

Instructors: Keith Stamp, JR Kuch

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See flyer for details

Assistive Technology Services for Challenged Learners

Jan. 26, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

Elementary Principals and Leaders Workshop to Review Early Literacy

Jan. 26, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Location: Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, iowa

 

Target Audience: Elementary Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Reading Specialists

 

Course Number: 19412-15-01

Credit: None Fees: $20 (lunch is provided)

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. Jan. 19, 2016

Instructors: Keith Stamp, JR Kuch

 

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)

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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


Special Education Staff Fall Opportunities to Retool and Refresh

The following workshops are available for special education staff as an opportunity to refresh your skills and knowledge. Please review and discuss these opportunities with your supervisor.  Additional professional learning workshops with national, regional and agency presenters and courses for credit are listed under the professional development listing below and on the professional development webpage.


2015-2016 TQ Dates

Dec. 2, 2015, 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 ssines@gwaea.org 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.


Lost and Found:

Lost: Last Friday, Nov. 6, a set of keys was lost. On one end is a Ford Key/Fob and on the other end are three keys and a Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card. They are connected by a blue tube that enables the two sides to be separated. If found please see Cathy at the front desk, cnelson@gwaea.org, 399-6544.

 


 

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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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