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Mark Your Calendar

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

 

Aug. 18-19, 2016

SAVE THE DATES: Various technology sessions offered for GWAEA staff. Registration coming soon.


In This issue:

Partnering

Shouldering the Impact of Budget Cuts to Iowa’s AEA System:
A Message from Chief Administrator Joe Crozier
I Plan and GEI Update
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Changes Due May 13
The “Top 10” Professional Reading List for Educators • 2016
Retirement Celebration
CASE for Service Agencies - Grant Wood AEA
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10
Our Condolences
Remote Work Site Program
Financial Fitness Challenge Concludes on April 22
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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Shouldering the Impact of Budget Cuts to Iowa’s AEA System: A Message from Chief Administrator Joe Crozier

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In last Sunday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette, I was joined by superintendents in the metro area in signing our names to a letter that outlined the true impact of underfunding education in Iowa. 
(http://www.thegazette.com/the-true-cost-of-underfunding-education-in-iowa-20160417

 

This letter addresses the disparity in Supplemental State Aid (SSA) that’s being allocated to the AEAs and school districts from the state of Iowa each year. In short, the letter notes that despite healthy state revenues, the funding for our services has been slipping. The state general fund revenue has grown to $1.448 billion, or 24.9 percent, from 2011 to 2017. Just last year FY 2015 state general fund revenue growth was in excess of 6 percent, but AEAs and schools were given a 1.25% increase in the state cost per pupil for FY 2016.

 

The challenge of inadequate SSA was amplified when news broke late last week that the leaders of the House and Senate intended to cut the AEAs funding by an additional $5 million additional dollars. For Grant Wood AEA, this proposal amounts to a reduction of about $650,000-$700,000. A cut of this magnitude would not only effectively wipe out any budget increase that would have been generated by the 2.25 percent supplemental state aid rate that was signed by the governor earlier this year, it would further reduce the AEA budget across the state by an additional $500,000.
  
The AEA and its supporters lobbied our legislators hard in response to this cut. As many legislators heard from AEA and educational leaders across the state that this cut would have real implications to our work, many acknowledged that they were between a rock and a hard place. By prioritizing other funding ahead of education, they had a shortfall in balancing their budgets and our budget was one of the places where legislators looked to close that gap. 

 

As we post this message, the legislature is in the process of finalizing the FY 2017 budget deal and hopes to adjourn soon. Late last night we learned we may have been effective in reducing the cut to a $3.75 million reduction instead of the proposed $5 million. These numbers certainly remain in motion as we continue working with legislators as the session comes closer to conclusion, but I want our staff to know that either way, this decision will make our finances look starkly different from what we budgeted just a few months ago.
  
Even with the proposed reduction in funding, we are federally mandated to support students with special needs, and we will not pass along the brunt of this decision on our most vulnerable students. Instead, at Grant Wood AEA, we will shoulder the impact of this funding deficit for our upcoming budget cycle by using some of our reserves to absorb the impact of the budget cut. If we did not have our reserves in a position to cushion this blow, an additional $5 million would have equated to eliminating eight staff people who should be supporting kids in our schools .But we need to be clear: our current operations cannot continue sustaining reductions in funding like these, and further future cuts will have an even greater impact on our ability to support students. With additional funding reductions like this, we will most certainly reduce our budget in the future. We simply can't absorb the impact long-term.
  
The AEA system has weathered many challenges since its inception more than 40 years ago, and we’ve persevered by continuing to focus on the learning outcome for students. That’s the most important work at hand, and I know the good work of our staff and educational partners will help carry us through these challenging times and to a better space of collaboration. I look forward to celebrating the positives with you as we continue on our journey together.

 

Joe


I Plan and GEI Update

The following is information about a minor change to ONLY AEA staff/admin accounts in the GEI and I-Plan systems.

In an active effort to reduce the number of active accounts and limit access of users who no longer should have access to the these systems, ALL passwords have been reset for AEA staff.


LEA/Teacher accounts should not have been affected in the I-Plan System, unless they ‘re account was setup as an admin account .An Admin account is any account which provides a user access to add staff and change passwords of staff in a building.


AEA staff continue to be the contact person for your buildings to add users and change passwords for LEA staff in the I-Plan system.


The GEI system continues to be maintained by district administrators, and AEA staff shouldn’t have responsibilities maintaining user accounts.  


Region Secretaries continue to be the contact point for AEA staff who need to be added to the I-Plan system, or who need to have their passwords reset when the “Forgot Password” option does not work. Please check your spam mail before contacting a region secretary.

 

Our request of you:

  • If a GEI or  I-Plan user contacts you and is unable to get into the GEI or I-Plan systems, please ask him/her to use the Forgot Password feature.   A temporary password will be sent to his/her email.

  • If a person is no longer employed by the district or AEA, it will be impossible for the person to retrieve the temporary password that is sent to his/her district or AEA email.

If after trying to reset your password using the “Forgot Password” option you are unsuccessful, please contact your region secretary for additional support.  

 

Region Secretaries will only reset AEA staff passwords.

 

If you have teachers who need are unable to access their passwords using the forgot password option, you will need to reset their passwords using your I-Plan account.  Here is a video with instructions.

 

For more information, contact Austin or Hillary.

 

 

 


Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Changes Due May 13

Each year, employees have the opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance elections.  Informational materials have been provided to all employees to review.  If you want to make changes, the application process must be completed by May 13, 2016 with the effective date of the change as July 1, 2016.

 

If nothing is submitted by the May 13 deadline, it will be understood you wish to remain with your current insurance elections.

 

Any information not included in your packet may be obtained from Cathy Kearns, Business Services, ckearns@gwaea.org  or  319-399-6706.


The “Top 10” Professional Reading List for Educators • 2016

For the past 14 years, GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier has published a “Top 10” professional reading list for educators.

 

The 2016 "Top 10" list and archival years are available on the
Grant Wood AEA website.

 

Individual titles are available for checkout in the GWAEA Media Center catalog.

 

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“Top 10” Professional Reading List for
Educators • 2016

 


 

 


CASE for Service Agencies - Grant Wood AEA

A reminder for staff to complete the online survey. Follow this link to participate.

 

See the April 14, 2016, issue of The Bulletin Board for the complete article. Thank you for taking part in this important initiative and helping us reach our agency goals!


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
May 10, 2016

 

 

All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

 

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Terra Huber - Educational Partner 

Shaun Barry, Hills Bank - Friend of Education 

Debbie Mills - Caring Colleague

Jim Pedersen - Leadership for Learning 

 

Date: May 10, 2016

 

Location:
The National Czech and Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids

Museum open: 5:00 p.m.

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $13

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $25 per person

Reservations Due: April 22, 2016

Request banquet tickets here. (Open in Google Chrome). Please submit the online form or call/email Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544, for assistance.​ Groups may reserve a table. Please submit all reservation requests to Cathy Nelson at Sixth Street, ext. 6544.


Click to access the banquet invitation. Printed copies are available if needed.
See Cathy at the front desk. Include cash or check (payable to Grant Wood AEA).


Our Condolences...

  • to Lisa Haverkamp and family on the passing of her mother-in-law, Dorothy E. Haverkamp on Monday, April 18, 2016. Services were held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in
    Iowa City on April 21, 2016. Lisa is a GWAEA regional administrator.

  • to Sue Askeland and family on the passing of her nephew, Michael S. Corrie, on April 16, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Services were held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux City. Sue is a GWAEA autism consultant.


Remote Work Site Program (2016-17)

This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
 
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:


1)       Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2)       Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3)       The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4)       Employees must apply for program participation each year.  Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  
5)       Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
 
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement. Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.


Financial Fitness Challenge Concludes April 22

The Financial Fitness Challenge program will conclude on Friday, April 22 at midnight. 
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 emaifrom 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!

  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, 141 staff have completed the initial Checkup97 staff have enrolled in a Learning Plan, and 20 staff have completed a Learning Plan!

  7. The names of all employees who have completed a Learning Plan before the program ends on 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, March 3, 2016

 

"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.


Technology Tip - Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

If you want to share something in your Google Drive with someone for a limited period of time you can now do that. You share the file and then roll over their name and click on the clock that will appear and set the expiration date. Read more about it here.


GROW News/Upcoming Events

- Blue Zones Project Upcoming Events

- National Nutrition Month

- Chair Massages during May

- Mindfulness 101

- Strut Your Pup Challenge

- Money Smart Week Iowa

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers

- Yoga Club at GWAEA

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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.


Chair Massage Schedule for May

Marcia will be here May 3 and 5. Please email Stacy Murphy for an appointment.


Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility

Class dates are June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 21, 26; Aug. 2, 2016, 1:00-3-30 p.m.

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 June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 21, 26; Aug. 2, 2016, 1:00-3-30 p.m.
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.


Money Smart Week Iowa

April 23-30, 2016

www.moneysmartweekiowa.com

Several FREE events are offered.  See listing at link above.

Shred It Up! Free document shredding. Document Destruction & Recycling Services, 4250 6th Street SW (across the street from Grant Wood AEA). Time to discard confidential documents, up to three boxes per household).  Staples and paper clips are ok.  Remove binder clips).  No

registration required.


Strut Your Pup Challenge

April 18 - May 27, 2016
Registration opens March 21

Cost: $8 per participant

Grab the leash and get moving! Live Healthy Iowa has gone to the dogs! Dog walking is great for your health. Studies have shown that people who regularly walk dogs may benefit from lower blood pressure, have a trimmer waistline and suffer from fewer chronic diseases. Dogs are a great accountability partner; keeping you active and on schedule. See the website for details.

See flyer for details


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

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Since the November 2014 launch of the Grant Wood At-Work Weight Watchers program, members have lost a total of over
720 pounds (or the weight of three full-grown zebras)!

 

Weight Watchers At-Work Current Session Runs Til 6/7/2016

Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends (you may attend at any community location or at GWAEA on Tuesdays weigh-in available at 4:30/meeting begins at 4:45 p.m.)

 

 

Renew Early Discount/New Member Discount for summer 17-week session. New registrations accepted each week.

 

 

Payment options – payable at time of registration one check or credit card payment (Renewal/New member discount of $9.30 per week instead of the prorated $10.94 for weeks remaining in session).


Contact Kim Martin (kmartin@gwaea.org) or Elizabeth Steffensmeier, (esteffensmeier@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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Upcoming GWAEA Lunch and Learn Sessions

Thursday, April 28, 2016
11:30
a.m., Victorian Rm.
GWAEA Northern Facility

Gardening

Monday, May 9, 12-12:30 p.m., Scale Up Classroom

Alicia Aguiar - Hy-Vee Dietician

Tips for promoting healthy eating in conjunction with Weight Watchers


2015-2016 Innovation in Education Workshops

May 4, 2016

Aaron Maurer

"Makerspace Movement"

 

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

 

Location Change:

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

Rm. 118

2301 Oakdale Blvd. Coralville, Iowa


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

 

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See flyer for details

Number: 19368-15-01

Registration deadline: April 27, 2016


Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.

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2016-2017 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

The 2016-2017 LCI series is a joint effort supported by GWAEA consultants and national presenters. This professional learning provides leadership teams and educators the opportunity to interact with relevant content and work collaboratively to implement this content into district improvement plans.

 

See flyer for the various offerings.

 

Further information will be provided by the GWAEA regional administrator or school improvement consultant for your district.

 

For information, contact:

Grant Wood AEA

319-399-6767

gwaeapd@gwaea.org

 

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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.


2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Assistive Technology
Professional Learning Opportunities

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

See flyer for dates and details


Coaching for Tech Confidence & Competence

Participants will learn how to effectively coach teachers for technology confidence and competence. Coaches will learn foundations of coaching adults and how to best meet the needs of all the teachers they work with, novice to veteran. Additionally, coaches in this cohort will begin to develop a PLN to help assist their learning of how to support teachers with technology integration.


Registration:

Relicensure, Drake-EDMA, or Morningside credit is available –
3 sem. hrs.

 

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See flyer for dates and details

Registration information is available here.

 


Grant Wood AEA Math PD Courses, 2016-2017

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

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See flyer for dates and details


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.

 

Two days of training:

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.


Strategies for Improving Reading

Each workshop will focus specifically
on strategies supporting instruction
for one of the five Components of Reading – Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Participants will engage in demonstrations, practice and application of learning, including an emphasis on:


• Core instruction (whole group and differentiated)
• Assessments (including FAST screening and diagnostic)
• Interventions
• Iowa Core Standards

 

See flyer for dates and registration information.

 


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

 

Hands-On Equations®

Making Algebra Child's Play

In this workshop you will see how the visual and kinesthetic approach of Hands-On Equations demystifies the learning of algrbra, thereby providing students with a foundation for algebraic thinking and for a traditional Algebra 1 course. Since algebra is the language of mathematics, success with algebra is essential to the further study of mathematics and science.

 

Dec. 13, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Number: 19120-16-01

 

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

 

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 Administrators, Math Teachers, General and Special Education Teachers

 

everylearner

 

See flyer for details

Registration Deadline: 11/29/2016, 6:00 a.m.

 

Fees:

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 60

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 85

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

Credit: 5.75 Contact Hours

 


 

2015-2016 TQ Dates

May 25, 2016

 

Visit the new TQ Google site.

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: 15 yr old Maytag Neptune front load washer & gas dryer set. This set is currently in use, but purchased new set, which will be delivered on the 27th. They both work fine. The washer was repaired by Maytag shortly after we bought it. A little over a year ago, my husband replaced the bearings on the washer. Asking $75 each, or $125 for the set. Contact: Michelle Bendickson, 319-350-4871.

 

For Sale: 2009 Dark Blue Honda Accord LX 4-door, 90K miles, Automatic, 4-cylinder, 2.4 L. with power windows, power locks, air conditioning, and light gray fabric interior.  Well maintained.  Recently detailed inside and out. Price: $9,500 O.B.O.  Contact Linnea Starkey for more info: lstarkey@gwaea.org

 
 

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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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