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Mark Your Calendar

May 10, 2016

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

National Czech and Slovak Museum
Cedar Rapids


May 12, 2016

Organizational Leadership Development Graduation Ceremony
1-3 p.m., SCALE-Up Classroom


May 13, 2016

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Changes Due


June 13-Aug. 12, 2016

GWAEA Summer Hours


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:


Facilities Update: Remodeling Anticipated for 33rd Ave. Facility
Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 13-Aug. 12, 2016
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 10
Organizational Leadership Development Graduation Ceremony Planned on May 12
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Changes Due May 13
Grant Wood AEA Connect
Coming Soon: Grant Wood AEA Gardens!
Retirement Celebrations
CASE for Service Agencies - Grant Wood AEA
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



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.


Facilities Update: Remodeling Anticipated for 33rd Ave. Facility

At a special meeting in March our Board of Directors accepted an offer on the former Southern Facility building located on Holiday Road in Coralville. The closing of the sale is tentatively scheduled for June 2016.


“Selling commercial real estate takes time, and our patience has paid off with a very competitive offer for our former facility,” said Chief Administrator Joe Crozier. “As we have discussed over the past few years, the sale of this building will help us fund additional facilities projects like the second phase of remodeling our 33rd Avenue facility.”


The first phase of updating our 33rd Avenue facility began in September, 2014, which mainly concentrated on work on the first floor. “The remodeling work was top to bottom with new walls and floors, the addition of a much-needed loading dock to support the increased work from our


The sale of our former Southern Facility, pictured here, has created the opportunity to update our current 33rd ave location (below).


VAST team, and a new VAST training classroom on the first floor,” said Facilities Lead Dave Brousard. The work in phase one also included improvements to the front walkways to ensure the facility is ADA accessible, improvements to the fire protection systems in the building, and upgrades the heating, cooling and filtration systems.


The full scope of the second phase of the remodel effort is being finalized now, but will likely focus on improving the classrooms, break areas and other work spaces on the second level of the building. At this time staff can anticipate that construction will kick off during the 2016-2017 school year.


“This is a significant investment for our agency,” said Joe, “and one that we're not undertaking without thoughtful consideration. But each year our staff comments in our Top Workplaces survey validate the importance of their work environment, and we're excited to be in a position to begin moving forward with this next phase of our remodeling effort.”


Staff will have an opportunity to learn more about the details of the remodel and the accommodations needed to support our staff based at the 33rd Ave facility through emails and Bulletin Board articles over the next several months.   

Grant Wood AEA summer hours, June 13 - Aug. 12, 2016

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the second Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.


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

Organizational Leadership Development Graduation Ceremony Planned on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Congratulation to the following Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership participants completing their second cohort year and preparing for graduation on Thursday, May 12, 1-3 p.m., SCALE-Up classroom:


Myka Forrest



Tina Gudenkauf

Special Education Consultant


Jonathan Wylie

Technology Consultant


For questions or information, contact Keith Stamp at

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,  or  319-399-6706.

Registration Now Open!

Grant Wood AEA Connect - Connecting youth and community

For students going into 7th-12th grades

June 20-July 1, 2016
1:00-4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids


$190 per student

Space limited to 20 students


2016 Theme: Doorways and Intersections


Connect is a summer program for middle and high school students coordinated by
Grant Wood AEA
. The intent of this program is to connect youth to the community around them through a hands-on, experiential learning approach.

Coming Soon: Grant Wood AEA Gardens!

There is a wonderful area on the north side of the Sixth St. building where the new sidewalk for walking is located, and we have been approved to use a patch for a flower garden! Our area has shade and sun so we will be able to use all different kinds of plants. What we would like is to have staff bring in a plant from their own flower garden (if you have ones that need splitting) and then take some time after work one day and plant, water and mulch. If you would be interested in bringing in something to beautify our garden or would like to plant, email Stacy Murphy, or call ext. 6888. We will plant the week of May 16 or 23, depending on individual schedules and the weather. Thank you!



A reception on April 29, 2016 celebrated retiring GWAEA speech-language pathologists (l to r) Debbie Mills, Sheila Matheson, Anne Steffensmeier, and Helen Nagel. Their celebration included a gameshow Q&A, "Name That SLP," featuring a glimpse of their past GWAEA activities and highlighting future plans. Congratulations!

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!

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 June, July

- Mindfulness 101

- Strut Your Pup Challenge

- Money Smart Week Iowa

- Coloring Supplies in GWAEA Break Rooms

- Weight Watchers

- Yoga Club at GWAEA


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.

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.


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. See the April 28, 2016 issue of The Bulletin Board for details.

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.)



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 ( 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.


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





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. Learn more at

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.




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.


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.

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




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

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 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, Fierce Conversationand iEvaluateA letter from the DE/BOEE is attached. Please contact the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development office if you have further questions.

Buy, Sell or Trade

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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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