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June 13-Aug. 12, 2016

GWAEA Summer Hours

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


July 4, 2016
Agency closed in observance of Independence Day


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:


PEP Program Becomes Family & Educator Partnership (FEP)
Save the Date! All-Agency Inservice Wednesday, Aug. 17
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Our Condolences
Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2016 Convention
Retirement Celebrations
Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
Hot Dog Day, July 8
Quota Golf
Tech Tips
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Lunch and Learn Videos
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.


PEP Program Becomes
Family & Educator Partnership (FEP)

PEP Program Becomes Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) 
On July 1, 2016, the Grant Wood AEA Parent-Educator Partnership Program (PEP) will change its name becoming the Family & Educator Partnership. This name change will allow for consistency across all AEA's in the statewide network.

The Grant Wood AEA Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.

FEP links families and educators to facilitate better understanding and communication. As part of a statewide network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; parent and student panels; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.


For more information about the Family & Educator Partnership, contact:
Jennifer Cira-Debban, FEP Educator Partner, ext. 6719

Sara Kane, FEP Parent Partner, ext. 6702

Elizabeth Steffensmeier, FEP Secretary, ext. 6849
Jeanie Wade-Nagle, Early Education Supervisor, ext. 6574

Save the Date!

All-Agency Inservice
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

9:00-11:30 a.m.

The Concert Hall at College Community


The Bulletin Board...

...has entered a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for email issues on the following dates: July 14, July 28, and Aug. 11.

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help.  Please note the following deadlines.


June 10, 2016 

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year (July 2015 – June 2016) invoicing requests.

June 30, 2016

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2015 – June 2016).

June 30, 2016

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel

reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2015 – June 2016).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Our Condolences...

  • to Lisa Kieffer-Haverkamp and family on the passing of her father,
    George Crozier Kieffer. Services will be held on Friday, July 1, 11 a.m. at
    South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island. Lisa is a GWAEA regional administrator.

2016 Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention


Area educators participated in the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, June 21-22, 2016, held at Simpson College in Indianola.

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise joined convention participants for the opening session. (left to right) Kathy Szabo, CR Coolidge Elementary and the Iowa Skippers;
Ann Griffin
, GWAEA adapted physical education consultant; Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise. (back row) Tanner Roos, CR Hiawatha Elementary; Jennifer Schnell, IAHPERD co-executive director; Cindy Hutcheson, CR Harding Middle School and 2016 Iowa Middle School PE Teacher of the Year; Grant Schultz, CR Arthur Elementary and district physical education coordinator. 


A retirement reception for Deb Johnson was held on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Deb is a GWAEA secretary, 33rd Avenue facility.


Refrigerator Cleaning Planned

Before July 1 - Take home condiments, salad dressings, etc., otherwise these items will be tossed. Return theseß items on July 5.


The end of the school year also means carpet cleaning in the conference center and other building areas.

Rick J. Smith, Marsden Building Maintenance


August Quota Club Golf Tournament Benefits
GWAEA Program

Registration deadline is Saturday, July 23; golf tournament, Saturday, Aug. 6

It's that time of year again and Quota International of Cedar Rapids is hosting the 14th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg. Check-in at 7 a.m.; start time, 8 a.m.


A portion of the proceeds from this tournament will be given to Grant Wood AEA's Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
to support their mission for children who are deaf and hearing-impaired.


Interested golfers and Grant Wood AEA teams are welcome. The registration deadline is July 23.



Click here for registration information or contact Emily Lee, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ext. 6899.

Technology Tip - Synergize Support in Mail/Calendar/Drive

Google has acquired Synergize in the last couple weeks, which means all of the training is FREE for Google for Education users. You may have noticed a new little icon in the top right corner when you are in your email or another Google App. If you select the icon you will get a help search that will walk you through the how-to within your own account. In order to see this icon, you must be logged into the Chrome web browser with your Grant Wood AEA email address. This is great way to support our learning to reach our goal using 21st century skills.



PD Palooza is Coming!

As we work towards our agency goal to increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge, we will again be holding two days of professional development for our GWAEA staff on August 18-19. Registration is now open. Take a look at the schedule and get signed up!


GROW News/Upcoming Events

Visit the GWAEA Grow website for the following:

- Adult Coloring Books

- Book Club
- Chair Massages

- Community Events

- Financial Fitness

- Gardening

- Healthy Food

- Lunch and Learn

- Mindfulness Class

- Treadmill Desks

- Walking Events

- Weight Watchers

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club


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.


Lunch and Learn Videos

Date: May 9, 2016

Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aguiar shares information on healthy food options. [27:36]



Date: April 28, 2016

Philip Pfister, Linn County Master Gardner, presents on spring garding. [52:15]



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





English Language Learners in the Early Childhood Setting PK to K

Aug. 3, 2016,
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Aug. 4, 2016,
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.




Aug. 24, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA


Target Audience:
Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers and Other Early Education Professionals who serve programs with English Language Learners or who may potentially serve ELL students in the future.


Number: 4742-16-01

Registration deadline: July 18, 2016, 6:00 a.m.


• Total for Renewal: $25, Total for Morningside credit: $75, Total for Drake credit: $100



See flyer for details

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


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

See flyer for details

Assistive Technology Academy for School Professionals

AT 101 - Reading/Writing Supports


Dates: Aug. 24-Oct. 26, 2016
Face-to-Face times 4:30-5:30 p.m. on
Aug. 24 & Oct. 26


Target Audience: LEA Special Education/General Education Teachers;
AEA Support Staff


Location: Online class with the first and last meeting face-to-face at Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street S.W., Cedar Rapids



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

2016-2017 Behavior PD Courses


Register for 2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Behavior PD Courses through
GWAEA Professional Development


See flyer for details on course offerings, dates, and locations.





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

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.


Visible Learning for Literacy

Doug Fisher, Heather Anderson, Aida Allen

Sept. 30, 2016


What if you knew the literacy practices that ensure students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning for a year spent in school?

Doug Fisher and colleagues will show you how to use the right approach at the right time to intentionally design classroom experiences that hit the surface, deep and transfer phases of learning.

Participants will apply Hattie’s research to develop practices that are “visible” for teachers and students to see. Because their purpose has been made clear, visible practices are implemented in the right moment in a student’s learning and their effect is tangible.


See flyer for information


Course Number: 19445-16-01
Registration available after May 15, 2016

$150 GWAEA Educators
$175 Non-GWAEA Educators

Visible Learning Foundations

Dr. John Hattie, Steve Ventura

Oct. 10, 2016

DoubleTree Cedar Rapids
Convention Complex

350 1st Ave N.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

During the Visible Learning Foundation Day Institute, participants will identify and discuss the most important messages from the Visible Learning research, learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and know the difference between the influences that ‘do’ and ‘do not’ make a significant difference to student achievement. This Institute provides practical activities and take-away tools and is the first step of the Visible Learning Foundation Series that will help you become a Visible Learning School.


See flyer for information


Visible Learning is an in-depth school change model of professional learning and development based on the research of Professor John Hattie. Through the lens of Visible Learning evidence, you will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to determine the “impact” on student achievement and learning. By considering the effects of the practices of teachers and leaders, schools will be able to make substantial gains in student achievement.

Audience: All Educators

Course Number: 19440-16-01
Registration deadline: Oct. 3, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.


• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $175
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $200


2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

National presentations brought to you locally by Grant Wood AEA.


1:00-3:00 p.m.

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


Oct. 5, 2016 - 19446-16-01

Buddy Berry - The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education


Nov. 2, 2016 - 19447-16-01

Dr. Robert Dillon - How Digital Learning Helps Close the Gap Around Educational Equity


Dec. 7, 2016 - 19448-16-01

Thomas Murray - Creating Schools and Classrooms that are Future Ready

See flyer for dates and registration information.


Jan. 4, 2017 -19449-16-01

Dr. Anthony Muhammad - All Means ALL! Creating Equitable Learning Environments



March 1, 2017- 19450-16-01

Zac Chase - Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

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


2016-2017 TQ Dates

Sept. 14, 2016

Dec. 7, 2016
Feb. 15, 2017
May 3, 2017


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 Conversations and iEvaluate. A letter from the DE/BOEE is attached. Please contact
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development
for questions.

Buy, Sell or Trade


For Sale: Bunk bed. Good condition. $75 or best offer. Call Susie 399-6775 or email


For Sale: Men's golf shoes. 2 pairs of Footjoy (size 11 1/2; size 12) and 1 pair Nike Lunar Cypress size 12. $50 each. Contact Karen, ext. 6821.


Lost and Found

Lost: The Brain Injury Resource Team is looking for a test that belongs in their resource library. If you happen to find the Executive Functions Test Elementary, please contact Amy Cameron at ext. 6801. The two books included in this kit are pictured below.



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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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