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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

Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2016
New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Changes Due May 13
VAST Center Summer Help
Our Condolences
Retirement Celebrations
CASE for Service Agencies - Grant Wood AEA
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10
Remote Work Site Program (2016-17)
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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Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2016
“School Boards Matter: Making a Difference for Iowa’s Students”

Volunteer school board members serve thousands of hours each year working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education.

 

May is annually designated School Board Recognition Month by the Iowa Association of School Boards in recognition of the dedicated service of Iowa's nearly 2,000 volunteer school board members.

 

This year’s theme, “School Boards Matter: Making a Difference for Iowa’s Students,” recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing innovative leadership, through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are able to grow and prosper through their education.

 


A nine-member board of directors elected by area school boards governs Grant Wood AEA. Board members represent designated segments of the agency’s service area called director districts. They are elected for four-year rotating terms by the school district board members in their director districts. The board is responsible for approving AEA policies, programs and budget.

 

We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication.

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Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

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Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009



Lynne Cannon,
Vice-President

Director District 3
Joined 1980

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Sue Gates
Director District 4
Joined 2003

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Marlene L. Hill
Director District 5
Joined 2002

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Robert Schneider

Director District 6
Joined 2002

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Jim Green, President
Director District 7
Joined 1995

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Randy Bauer
Director District 8
Joined 2013

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Mary Meisterling
Director District 9
Joined 2005


New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced

We are very pleased to announce the new cohort for the Organizational Leadership program for 2016-17:

 

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Liz Donnelly
Speech-Language Pathologist

Natalie Hahn-Mauck
School Psychologist

Laura Johnson
Curriculum Consultant

Terri Knipper
Special Education Consultant

 

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Jason Marshall
Technology Consultant

Jessica Smitterbergh
Special Education Consultant

Lindsey Volkers
Speech-Language Pathologist

Deanna Weber
Media Specialist


Participants spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also take part in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work.

 

This year, the following GWAEA staff began their first year of leadership development:
Julie Cook, curriculum consultant; Shawn Driscoll, Computer Services consultant;
Melissa Grennan
, speech-language pathologist; Brent O'Rourke, school psychologist;
Gina Rogers
, technology consultant; Kathy Schultz, curriculum consultant; and
Erin Welsh
, school psychologist.

 

2016 Organizational Leadership Graduation

May 12, 2016, 1-3 p.m., SCALE-Up Classroom

Mark you calendar for Organizational Leadership Graduation on May 12 and celebrate with this year's graduates: Myka Forrest, programmer, Tina Gudenkauf, special education consultant, and Jonathan Wylie, technology consultant.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Micheal Beamer
Technology Systems Technician

Cedar Rapids

Micheal's background includes positions with Wells Fargo, Pomeroy IT Solutions and Siemens.

     

VAST Center Summer Help

The Grant Wood AEA VAST Center may need some additional help this summer. If you know of someone who might be interested in a temporary work assignment (up to 40 hours per week for 6-10 weeks) over the summer, have them contact Kathy Resewehr, GWAEA Human Resources.


Our Condolences...

  • to Pat Fehlberg on the passing of her father, Frank VanderPloeg, on April 13, 2016.
    Pat shared that her father was three days shy of his 90th birthday. Pat is a GWAEA occupational therapist.


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.


Celebrations!

 

 

 


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).


Remote Work Site Program (2016-17) Applications due May 1

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).


Please see the March 31 issue of The Bulletin Board for details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form. 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. 


If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. 


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 June and July

Marcia will be here June 9 and July 14. 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.


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.

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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

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


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

 

 

2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Resources for Educators and Parents Working or Living with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

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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


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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

 

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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

Proposal Deadline: 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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