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


Aug. 13, 2015

The Bulletin Board summer publication schedule concludes


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:


Server Upgrade Planned Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.
GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza
The Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa Project Update
Furniture GIveaway
All-Agency Inservice, Aug. 17
Updates to Iowa TIER
Integrating MackinVIA ebooks into Your Curriculum
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
Have you signed up to join the Blue Zones Project™?
Mindfulness 101: Stress Reduction and Wellness
Blue Zones Project™ 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.


Server Upgrade Planned Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

The Grant Wood AEA web server will be down for upgrade/maintenance beginning Monday, Aug 3, at 4 p.m. The server is expected to be back up and running by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. There may be some outstanding “bugs” when the conversion is completed that will be worked through on Tuesday as they are brought to our attention.

For information, contact Brandon Watson, Network Administrator, ext. 6569.


Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

After great response last year, we will again kick off the year with two days of technology PD days for GWAEA agency staff! The goal of these two days is to provide staff opportunities to learn some new skills and ask questions about some of the tools being used throughout the agency. There will be some one hour and some two hour workshops along with informal round table sharing of iPad Apps at scheduled times. Throughout the two days feel free to drop in during help desk times to get individual questions answered by our digital learning team! Make sure you to preregister for the workshops. Please go to the GWAEA Professional Development website and click on GWAEA Staff Training to register. Space is limited! Additional workshops on technology integration will be offered throughout the school year and open to LEA and AEA staff. Feel free to come by and check out the new digital learning and makerspace area in the media center!


Here is a document with more details!

Grant Wood AEA’s Move to The Kirkwood Center at the
University of Iowa


Moving from Holiday Rd.,


... to Oakdale Blvd., Coralville.

Furniture Giveaway

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 1 - 4 p.m., furniture at the old Southern Facility on 200 Holiday Rd. in Coralville will be offered to Grant Wood AEA staff. You are free to take to your district school building for professional use. Once the furniture enters your district building it becomes the property of that building.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., furniture will be offered to any of our schools in AEA 10. An email will be going out to superintendents and building principals.


If there is still furniture available after these two giveaways, it's possible there may be a giveaway to the general public at which time GWAEA staff may take items to use in your home office.


For more information, please contact Dave Brousard, 319-399-6795, or

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.

Updates to Iowa TIER

Connor Hood, Bureau of School Improvement, Iowa Department of Education, shared the attached updates regarding Iowa TIER.


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.

The Bulletin Board... publishing on a bi-weekly summer production schedule. Watch for the next email issue on
Thursday, Aug. 13.

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.

Mindfulness 101:  Stress Reduction and Wellness

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 Sept. 22, 29, Oct 5, 13, 20, 27 and Nov 3, 10 and 17 from 5-7 p.m. The Nov. 3 class will meet from 5 – 8 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 under the Grant Wood Employee link.

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

October 2015

November 2015

December 2015

Save the Date!

Oct. 9 and 19, 2015: Diagnostic Reading Assessments and Intervention Planning, Hilbert/Pettit,
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Oct. 14, 2015: Making the Most of Inclusive Preschool Environments, Phillip Strain, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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: 2006 Toyota Camry LE, 4 cylinder, 168,000 miles. Well taken care of, new tires, very good condition. Son, moved to Chicago and didn't need to take car with him. $5,500 or best offer. Call Sara at 319-929-3786.




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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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