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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:


April is Occupational Therapy Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10
Best Place to Work Survey to Launched April 4
The GWAEA Work Center Will Be Closed Wednesday, April 13
Remote Work Site Program
New Process for Reserving Agency Vehicles
Our Condolences...
Wellmark is Offering Identity Protection Services to its Members
GWAEA Video Celebrating National Library Week to Launch April 14
Financial Fitness Challenge
Open Minds, Open Doors Conference Receives Recognition
"The EdTech Takeout”
Tech Tips
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes



Past Issues








Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Wednesdays. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist




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


Recognizing the Contributions of our OTs

Our GWAEA occupational therapists work alongside local teachers and staff to meet the needs of all learners across our seven county service area.


April is Occupational Therapy Month, and this month we wanted to highlight this effort in our districts.


Read more about our GWAEA occupational therapists in "Comments and Quips from the AEA's Executive Cabinet" blog.


Check back next week as we recognize Autism Awareness Month.


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


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).

Best Place to Work Survey to Launched April 4

Survey will close on Friday, April 18


Grant Wood AEA is again participating in the online survey for best places to work in Iowa, which is sponsored by The Des Moines Register. We were pleased to learn that our employees ranked us as one of Iowa's top workplaces the previous two years, and want to make sure we have the opportunity to continue giving employees a forum for feedback.

On April 4, staff received an email with a link to the online survey. The survey will remain open through April 18. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback.

The survey is being conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, an independent research company. To protect your confidentiality, WorkplaceDynamics will not disclose your individual responses to agency management. The survey is broken down into only the largest agency work groups – classified, contracted, salaried, management support and management. Please be aware that managers will see any written comments you may provide on the final page of the survey. If you wish to make a comment you may want to avoid writing anything that will identify you personally.

Please note:

  • If you do not receive the survey email, please check your spam or junk email for a message from "Workplace Survey." To open the survey invitation, you may first need to mark the email as not spam.

  • If you accidentally delete the survey email, you will receive a reminder email a few days later that will allow you to take the survey.

  • Please do not forward the survey email to a colleague, as each email has a unique code to prevent multiple responses from a single person.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WorkplaceDynamics directly at 800-405-8381 or reply to your survey email. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

The GWAEA Work Center Will Be Closed Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More than 200 educators will participate in the 2016 Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference planned at the Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. facility on Wednesday, April 13. Parking, break rooms, and restrooms will be impacted.


The conference will utilize all of the agency's common spaces. A session planned in the
Media Commons may expand into The Work Center, and the decision was made to close The Work Center for the day.


If you have any questions or needs for that day, please contact Tara Johannsen at ext. 6740 or Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



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.

New Process for Reserving Agency Vehicles

We have simplified the reservation system for staff requesting to use one of our two agency vehicles.

To reserve a vehicle you can now go into the Employee Self Service (ESS) site and select Vehicle Reservations.

-> Click on Make a Reservation to begin the process of requesting a vehicle by completing the request form.

-> By clicking on Calendar you can check the availability before filling out the form.

-> After you click on Submit a window will pop up letting you know if your reservation was successful.


  • Before filling out the form for the first time and then periodically after read the Procedure for use of Agency Vehicles to check the guidelines for usage.  If a car is available and the guidelines are followed you can then fill in the new online form to reserve a vehicle.

  • If you are traveling with a group and members of that group are eligible to drive please indicate who all the drivers will be in the field under Questions??

  • By checking the Send me a copy of my responses box at the bottom of the reservation form a confirmation will be sent back to you via email letting you know the status of your request.

  • Keys and credit card may be picked up the day before departure from the front desk.

  • The reservations will continue to be coordinated by Front Desk Receptionist Cathy Nelson
    (ext. 6544), and you can contact Cathy with any questions.

Our Condolences...

  • to Kay Schieffer on the passing of her mother, Dorothy Turney, on April 3. The funeral service is planned on Saturday, April 91:00 p.m. at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church,
    Baldwin City, Kansas.  A memorial service is planned in the future at First Christian Church, Hugo, Oklahoma. Kay is a GWAEA early education specialist.

Wellmark is Offering Identity Protection Services to its Members

Wellmark is enhancing their value-added benefits by offering identity protection services to eligible members in 2016.  These services continue to support Wellmark’s commitment to protect members’ overall health and financial well-being, and safeguard against the fraudulent use of personal and financial information.  Starting immediately, MIIP health plan members may enroll in identity protection services through their myWellmark account.


Wellmark is working with identity protection services provider ID Experts to deliver a robust list of identity protection services.  ID Experts will provide members with the same level of service they expect from Wellmark.  Eligible members will have access to the following services at no cost:

  • Credit monitoring:  Monitors activity that may affect a member’s credit record

  • Cyber monitoring:  Monitoring the web 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure member information has not been stolen

  • Fraud detection:  Alerts members when activity has been identified and protects them from all types of identity theft

  • Complete identity recovery:  Concierge-style services to help members recover your identity if it has been compromised

  • Reimbursement insurance:  $1 million of identity-theft recovery insurance

MIIP health plan members can enroll in identity protection services through their myWellmark account or over the phone by calling 866-486-4812. Members will need their Wellmark ID card and the enrollment code:  4170999624 — also found on members’ myWellmark account — when they sign up for services


Here is a brochure about the free identity protection service and a Q/A for a reference.


GWAEA Video Celebrating National Library Week to Launch April 14

In celebration of National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, GWAEA Media Center interviewed GWAEA staff to create a video answering the following 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?


Production of the video is underway! Watch next week's issue of The Bulletin Board for the video debut and learn how libraries continue to inspire your GWAEA colleagues.

April is Financial Literacy Month!

There are 3 ½ weeks before the Financial Fitness Challenge program is done - that date is April 22 at midnight.  There is still plenty of time for anyone to start if they have not already.


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 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 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,, 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.

Open Minds, Open Doors Conference Receives Recognition

Congratulations to the Open Minds, Open Doors Conference for receiving the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval. The Seal acknowledges those STEM opportunities impacting students outside of the STEM Council's efforts that help achieve and advance the Iowa STEM mission. In return, the Seal can be leveraged for promotion, funding and other types of support.

Open Minds, Open Doors is a half-day conference coordinated by Grant Wood Area Education Agency and held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids that brings together nearly 500 middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to explore career fields with foundations in STEM.


A joint initiative between Grant Wood AEA, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Coe College, Open Minds, Open Doors is facilitated by Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist.

“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.


We would love you to join our growing audience! More information about the show, as well as how to subscribe, can be found here:

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!

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

- GWAEA Sixth St. Location Blood Drive, April 11

- Live Healthy Iowa 5K

- Strut Your Pup Challenge

- Money Smart Week Iowa

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers

- Yoga Club at GWAEA

- GWAEA Book Club to meet April 5 or 7


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


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.

National Nutrition Month

For more ideas to improve your nutrition—and your health—go to


Links to:

Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens

20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy Eating on the Run

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.


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.

GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, April 11, 2016

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA – Scale-Up Classroom 


For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Nelson at ext. 6544 
or e-mail


LIVE HEALTHY IOWA 5K, April 9, 2016
Sponsored by The University of Iowa 

Live Healthy Iowa, in partnership with 16 communities, will host a 5K run/walk and 1K kid’s run on
Saturday, April 9, 2016.  Proceeds from these events benefit the local wellness coalitions in partner communities, as well as Live Healthy Iowa Kids initiatives. Hiawatha is the race location for our area!

Money Smart Week Iowa

April 23-30, 2016

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.



Weight Watchers At Work


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.)


No need to wait until the next session. New registrations accepted each week.

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

Contact Kim Martin ( or Elizabeth Steffensmeier, (

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.


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


gwaea book club


"One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes

April 7, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.



Full/Waiting List Only

Pre-registration is required

The GWAEA Assistive Technology Team and the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research presents…

Building Bridges:

Assistive Technology Conference

April 13, 2016

8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Keynote Speaker:

Kirk Behnke, M.Ed., ATP
Lead for Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN)

See flyer for details

Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants


Number: 19018-15-01


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




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.



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.

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.


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




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.






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.

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




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




See flyer for details

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



  • 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
The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the
Teacher Quality Committee
link. Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the
TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.


TQ funds are available to support professional learning. All contracted staff in a position that requires educational licensure are eligible. Funds can be used to support learning time and resources for agency-wide proposals, region/discipline/program proposals and individual proposals. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 proposals were approved to support professional learning in Literacy, Math, Early Childhood, Autism, Behavior, Science, Coaching, Mentorship, Speech Language, ELL, and Leadership Development. The application documents can be accessed on the Staff Portal. Committee members are happy to answer questions about proposal development. Contact Sherry Sines, Terri McGraw,
Lisa Haverkamp, Hillary Prall, Susan Parker, and a member to be determined.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Opportunities


Information for Professional Development National Speakers is now available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
on the homepage. Pre-registration is required for all participants including practicum, interns and student teachers.








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Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits.  The course options include Assessing Academic Rigor and iEvaluate.A letter from the DE/BOEE is attached for additional information. Please contact the PD office if you have further questions.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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