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Mark Your Calendar

March 25, 2016

Early Release - Agency closes at 3 p.m.

 

April 1, 2016

Organizational Leadership Program - Applications Due

 

May 10, 2016

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

National Czech and Slovak Museum
Cedar Rapids

 

Aug. 17, 2016

GWAEA All-Agency Inservice
9:00-11:30 a.m.

College Community


In This issue:

Partnering

New Look for GROW Website
Severe Weather Preparations: Tornado Drill Planned Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m.
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10
Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
info@gwaea
National Library Week
20 Days Til Spring Wellness Challenge
Financial Fitness Challenge
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due April 1
Thank You
"The EdTech Takeout”
Spring Agency App Order Coming
Tech Tips
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
 

 

Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes

GWAEA GROW

 

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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New Look for GROW Website


 

The GWAEA GROW website features a new design, thanks to Andrea Castek, GWAEA graphic designer and a member of the GROW Committee. Information is available by accessing the various graphic links. For information, contact a member of the GWAEA GROW Committee.


Severe Weather Preparations:
Tornado Drill Planned Wednesday, March 23
at 10:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m., the 33rd and Sixth St. facilities will hold a tornado drill to prepare staff for possible spring severe weather situations.

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An announcement will be broadcast.

 

During a drill or during an actual Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you. See the maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the suggested route.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

Remember:
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10

National Czech and Slovak Museum

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids

 

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Visit museum exhibits

5:30 p.m. - Cocktail hour

6:00 p.m. - Dinner

Request banquet tickets here. (Open in Google Chrome). Please submit the online form or call/email Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544, for assistance.​

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National Czech and Slovak Museum


​​Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes

As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms before registering for classes. The form available from the Human Resources/Business Office Google site, or with this link​:​
Salary lane change application form

 

Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures.


From Grant Wood AEA's Brain Injury Resource Team:

Did you know?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department.

 

Reference: United States Brain Injury Alliance website (usbia.org)


 

info@gwaea, March 2016

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 March 2016 issue:

  • Linn-Mar HS Teachers Learn About GWAEA's Media Services

  • National Library Week is April 10-16

  • March is National Poetry Month

  • GWAEA Young Writers' Conference, May 4

  • Staff Feature: Hope Runge

  • "Think, Make, Innovate:" Littlebits Celebration Machine

  • Change in Collection Window Time for 2015-2016 School Library Survey

  • New GWAEA Media Resources

  • Celebrate Earth Day

  • Integrated One: A Screencast for Text to Speech

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

 

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info@gwaea, March 2016


 

What's Your Favorite Book and Your Favorite Library Memory?


In celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, GWAEA Media Center staff would like to create a video with agency staff answering these questions:

 

1. How would you describe your favorite library experience?

2. How have libraries transformed your life?

3. What is the title of your favorite book?

 

If you would like to participate, contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist, or
Stacy Craft
, GWAEA media/technology support technician before March 25.


20 Days 'Til Spring Wellness Challenge

Congratulations to the following GWAEA staff who were selected during the raffle drawing for the 20 Days 'Til Spring Wellness Challenge:

 

Kathy Kral
Stu Weinbrenner
Shirley Wellington-Bruegge

 

The challenge launched on February 29 and ended on Friday, March 11

If you have questions, please contact Kim Martin, kmartin@gwaea.org, ext. 6710.


Financial Fitness Challenge

As a reminder, this FREE learning opportunity is available for GWAEA staff and your family and friends!

 

1.     All GWAEA employees should have received an email from support@financialfitnessgroup.com on 2/22/16 inviting you to participate in the Challenge.

 

2.     The initial Checkup takes only about 10 minutes.  *Important Step:  Remember to enroll in a Learning Plan once you've finished your Checkup!



See file for details

3.     Once you complete the initial Checkup, a specific course will be recommended for you OR you may choose to complete any of the six Learning Plans.  (Each Learning Plan has 5 courses, and each course takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.)

 

4.     You can access the program 24/7 with any Internet-connected device and can start, stop and resume the courses at your convenience.

 

5.     Family and friends of GWAEA staff may participate in the Challenge program by visiting FFCProgram.com and

o click the icon "Get Started Now"

o choose Grant Wood AEA from the employer drop-down list, and 

o enter their personal email address. 

 

6.     To date, 100 staff have completed the initial Checkup, 69 staff have enrolled in a Learning Plan, and 2 staff have completed a Learning Plan!

 

7.     The Fitness Challenge ends on April 22, 2016.

 

8.     The names of all employees who have completed a Learning Plan before April 22 will be entered in a drawing to receive one of four $25 gift certificates to a local bookstore or community theatre.

 

If questions about this Challenge, please contact Jackie Schreder, jschreder@gwaea.org, 319-399-6731.

 

"Financial Fitness Challenge," The Bulletin Board, Feb. 25, 2016

 

"Ready to Enhance your Financial Fitness?", The Bulletin Board, Feb. 18, 2016.

 

"Financial Fitness Challenge: Message from Joe Crozier regarding a financial learning opportunity," The Bulletin Board, Feb. 11, 2016.


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.  

 

See the flyer or the Feb. 4 issue of
The Bulletin Board
for details.

 


Thank You

Thank you for the memorial contributions for my father. Some of the contributions went toward a memorial brick, and the remainder to the American Legion Post 298 in Marion.

 

Rob Mitchell


“The EdTech Takeout” is Out!

The Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood AEA is always looking at new ways to augment the professional development and work we do with teachers. With that in mind, we have recently launched a brand new way for educators to stay current with the latest technology tools and trends for the classroom - The EdTech Take Out podcast. The podcast can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, Macs, PCs and Chromebooks so teachers can listen to it anywhere, and at any time.

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We would love you to join our growing audience! More information about the show, as well as how to subscribe, can be found here: http://www.dlgwaea.org/blog/the-edtech-take-out-a-brand-new-podcast-for-teachers


We think that this could be a great opportunity for you and would be grateful if you could pass this along. If you have any questions, let me know. If you have an agency iPad, download it and listen on a drive or listen on the Digital Learning Blog!


Spring Agency App Order Coming

The spring agency app order will open on Wednesday, March 23, and will be open until Friday, April 1.


Technology Tip-Zoom Chrome Extension

Want to start a Zoom meeting right from your Google calendar? Add this Zoom Chrome extension and you will be able to start a meeting within a calendar invite or from a button on your browser.


GROW News/Upcoming Events

- Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events

- Celebrate Cedar Rapids: A Blue Zones Community!

- 20 Days Til Spring Wellness Challenge

- Financial Fitness Challenge

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers

- Yoga Club at GWAEA

- GWAEA Book Club to meet April 5 or 7

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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

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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.


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



Here are some other Power 9 Principles to help you out:
Move Naturally – Take a walk
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.

 

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

 

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Weight Watchers At Work

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


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  • New Weight Watchers At-Work Session:  2/16/2016 – 6/7/2016

  • 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.

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GWAEA Contact:  Kim Martin, 319-399-6710, kmartin@gwaea.org


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 YouTube.

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Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet April 5 or 7

The next Book Club book choice will be "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes. Join us for a relaxing social gathering and great conversation. Please choose to attend either April 5, 12:00- 12:30 p.m. or April 7, 4:00-4:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the Media Center Commons. Questions? Contact Deanna Weber,
ext. 6454 or dweber@gwaea.org.

 

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"One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes

 

April 5, 12:00-12:30 p.m. or
April 7, 4:00-4:30 p.m.


Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.

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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

 

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

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


Instructional Coaching

Instructors: Jim Knight and Ann Hoffman

 

Target Audience: Administrators

• How Principals Can Support Coaches and Vice Versa

June 16, 2016

Number: 19350-14-01

 

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See flyer for dates, times, and locations

2016-2017 Instructional Coaching

Instructors: Jim Knight and Ann Hoffman

 

 

See flyer for dates, times, and locations

 

Target Audience: Instructional Coaches, Administrators, Lead/Model Teachers

 

• Instructional Coaching Seminar

Aug. 15-16, 2016

Number: 19351-16-01

 

• High Impact Instruction

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016

Number: 19353-16-01

 

• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01

 


iPad U: 2016 Show What You Know

July 6-8, 2016

8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Featured Speaker:

Clay Reisler, Technology Integration Specialist

 

Featured Speakers:

Sarah Lalk, Instructional Coach

Josh Allen, Technology Integration Specialist

 

Target Audience: PreK-12 Educators


Number: 4628-16-01

Registration deadline: June 28, 2016, 6:00 a.m.

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See flyer for details

The goals of the iPadU are to provide educators with support and training in the implementation of iPad use in the classroom so educators can begin utilizing the device for teaching and learning. This year, there will be a theme to help teachers utilize the iPad with students to “show what you know.” Sessions will connect with the universal constructs of communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.


Leading Groups: Effective Strategies for Building Professional Community

 

Instructor: Bruce Wellman

 

Group leaders wear many hats at once as they bring positional responsibility, technical knowledge and information to meetings and work sessions. Mindful leaders perform a delicate balancing act by knowing when and how to assert themselves with their groups and when and how to integrate themselves with their groups. Skillful leaders are able to manage three simultaneous agendas with and for their groups; task focus; process skill development; and relational development.

 


 

See flyer for details

These sessions explore a leadership repertoire that flexes between the stances of presenting, collaborating and facilitating when communicating important information and to support groups in generating and processing information. Knowing when and how to flex between these stances allows skilled leaders to productively and confidently influence positive outcomes for groups and manage difficult topics and conversations. Flexibility in stance also allows the group leader to preserve a place at the table so his or her voice as a colleague has a space for participation.

 

July 27 & 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Target Audience:
Target Audience: All Educators

 

Course Number: 9461-16-01
Registration deadline: June 27, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

 

Credit: None
• A materials fees of $40 is included in other fees.
• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $210
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $235
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


GWAEA Staff Only

Summer Literacy Institute

The Summer Literacy Institute is designed to provide GWAEA employees with basic literacy information. The session includes information on the Early Literacy Implementation Legislation, Literacy components and strategies for instruction, Iowa Core Standards for Literacy, FAST assessment system, and Collaborative Literacy Supports.

 

August 23 & 24, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. S.W.

Cedar Rapids

 


 

See flyer for details

Target Audience:
K-3 Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants, Audiologists, Paraeducators, General and Special Education Teachers

 

Course Number: 19428-16-01
Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016,
6:00 a.m.


2016-2017 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)

Purpose: to establish a comprehensive multi-year regional program to develop important teacher leader skills and competencies and build capacity among a network of teacher and district leaders to promote long term system sustainability aligned with the Iowa Department of Education’s TLC Layered Approach for Support.

 

Fee Structure:
$1200 for District Annual Membership Fee and $750/instructional coach for one year of professional learning sessions.


2016-2017 AEA Teacher Leader Support System,
NTC Professional Learning Sessions Systems of Support for TLSS Districts
, and

Access to Optional Courses

 

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See flyer for details

 


2015-2016 TQ Dates

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.

 

Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale: Heavy-duty Spirit SR240 Treadmill. New $2,000 at Northtowne Cycling. 12 years old. Works fine. Asking $100. Call Stuart at 363-8466 or ext. 6718.

 

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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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