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GWAEA Summer Hours:
June 15 - Aug. 14, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


July 30, 2015

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule


Aug. 14, 2015

Agency summer hours end


Aug. 17, 2015 (morning)

All-Agency Inservice

College Community


Oct. 12, 2015

Flu shot clinics through the
Visiting Nurse Association


In This issue:


The Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa Project Update
All-Agency Inservice, Aug. 17
Thank You
Integrating MackinVIA ebooks into Your Curriculum
AAC Apps Around the Clock
Quota Golf Tournament
Request from the VAST Center
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Blue Zones Project™ 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.


Construction Continues in Preparation for Grant Wood AEA’s Move to The Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa

(Phone service to the current Coralville facility will be disconnected Friday morning, July 17)

Construction and set-up continues in preparation for Grant Wood AEA’s move to the fifth floor of The Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., in Coralville.

Phone and Internet service to the current Coralville facility on Holiday Rd. will be disconnected on Friday, morning, July 17. Grant Wood AEA Tech Support will provide three cellular hotspots for staff members that remain at the Holiday Rd. facility to use, but these will only accommodate a handful of users at a time. Phones will be activated at the new facility as soon as possible, but there are issues outside of our control.

External calls to a Coralville facility number will not be answered with the exception of the 319-351-2510 number, which will be transferred to the Grant Wood AEA Northern facility switchboard. Calls made internally at either Sixth St. or 33rd Ave. to a Coralville facility number will go to voicemail.


The building is not yet feasibly accessible for staff to visit or move in as construction and set-up continues. For information about the facility move, contact Tina Hoffman, GWAEA regional administrator. For questions on phones or Internet, contact Dave Brousard, GWAEA Director of Information Technology


Our thanks to Dave for sharing the following photos for today's issue of The Bulletin Board.


The hearing booth at Holiday Rd. moves to...


... the facility at 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville.


Furniture installation is underway.


A new reception area welcomes visitors.


Furniture for the conference room and ....


... for the break room.

Plan to Attend All-Agency Inservice, Aug. 17, 2015

Registration from 8:00-8:55 a.m.; Inservice begins at 9 a.m.

Each year, GWAEA staff gather at the All-Agency Inservice to welcome back those who have had the summer off, and take time to catch up with staff who have been working throughout the past few months on services and projects.


This year’s All-Agency Inservice will be Monday, August 17, at 9 a.m. in the Concert Hall at College Community. (map) Staff should plan to arrive between 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. in the Concert Hall foyer for registration and an opportunity to visit with your colleagues. The annual meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. While the All-Agency Inservice will wrap up before lunch, staff should plan to attend regional meetings in the afternoon.


Staff will receive letters and a map to their home address with directions to available parking areas at College Community on the day of the inservice. The map notes two areas as no parking areas:


- the parking lot north of the football field will be blocked off for band camp activities

- no parking on the road/grass that curves on the west side of the Concert Hall

Staff should follow up with their supervisors for additional information on the day’s activities.
We look forward to welcoming you back on Aug. 17.

Thank You


Sincere thanks for the cards, gifts and kind words upon my retirement.  I am retiring on the 40th anniversary of my first contract as a Grant Wood SLP in 1975, and share an anniversary with Grant Wood AEA’s beginnings, as well.  I have enjoyed my years as an SLP, where I have always had the support and expertise of a dedicated staff at my disposal. It was my high honor to work with the Grant Wood AEA staff and with my cherished students over the years. Words cannot express my thanks to you, and I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come.


Cindy Brokens

Integrating MackinVIA ebooks into Your Curriculum


Are you interested in selecting and using e-books that relate to Iowa Core? Are you looking for a course for re-certification credit or graduate credit that relates to your work? Do you want to incorporate e-books into student-centered instruction?

If so, check out "Integrating MackinVIA ebooks into Your Curriculum" which is being offered from Aug. 10-Oct. 15, 2015. Click here for more information.


Reminder: Grant Wood AEA has more than 400 professional and student e-books available for checkout.

AAC Apps Around the Clock

Monday, August 31, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 (boxed lunch included)

Course Number: 19376-15-01

This fast-paced workshop will introduce EIGHT
popular AAC iPad apps. Invited vendor reps will
provide a 30-minute remote overview of each
AAC app.


See flyer for details

Time will be provided between presentations for small group discussion of the various AAC apps and their respective features. This presentation is intended for GWAEA SLPs, however, others interested are welcome to attend.

August Quota Club Golf Tournament Benefits
GWAEA Program

Registration deadline is Saturday, July 25; golf tournament, Saturday, Aug. 8

It's that time of year again and Quota International of Cedar Rapids is hosting the 13th annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8 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 26.



Click here for registration information or contact Sandy Pereboom, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ext. 6458

Request from the

The GWAEA VAST Center is collecting tissue tubes to use during the Animals 2x2 science unit trainings this fall.

The participating teachers will use the tubes to create "binoculars."


Collection boxes are available in both the
Sixth St. and 33rd Ave. break rooms.


Thank you!


Kathy Schultz

VAST Curriculum Consultant


The Bulletin Board... publishing on a bi-weekly summer production schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, July 30.

GWAEA Designated a
Blue Zones Worksite™


Through the efforts of many staff members, Grant Wood AEA earned designation as a Blue Zones Worksite during a ceremony held on Feb. 11, 2015.

Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?

Participants have access to an online well-being community available at no cost. See the May 8 issue of The Bulletin Board for a list of well-being community activities. Sign up today at (remember to use the Grant Wood AEA code: GWAEA) and take the personal pledge. And, receive a Grant Wood AEA water bottle for signing up.


Contact a member of the GROW Team for more information.


Blue Zones Project™
Upcoming Corridor Events

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. Visit these links for upcoming activities and events.

Renew Your Commitment to
Yourself this Summer

by Joining the Grant Wood AEA
Weight Watchers At Work!


Employee Renewal and New Enrollee Opportunity for Employees and/or Household Members


New Session Begins Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Join at any time during the 12-week session

New Enrollment Opportunity for your family members to join the Grant Wood AEA Weight Watchers at Work group. All participants may attend the meeting at Grant Wood AEA or at any community meeting location. Meeting Every Tuesday in the Grant Wood AEA, Northern Facility, weigh in from 4:00-4:15 p.m./meeting start time 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. (GWAEA Summer Hours)


Contact:  Kim Martin, 319-399-6710,

2015-2016 TQ Dates

Sept. 16, Dec. 2, Feb. 24 and May 25
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.

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.








August 2015

September 2015

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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