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Oct. 5, 2015

Fire drill at Sixth St. facility

(Oct. 9 as an inclement weather back up date)


Oct. 12, 2015

Flu shot clinics through the
Visiting Nurse Association


In This issue:


Special Education Forms Website Updates
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions in Cedar Rapids
Special Education Staff Fall Opportunities to Retool and Refresh
info@gwaea, September 2015
Digital Learning Tech Tip- How to Upload iPad Photos and Videos to Google Drive
iPad App Orders Closed
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Weight Watchers at Work
Walk at the Whistle
GWAEA Book Club
Fight the Flu!
- Lunch and Learn
Retirement Celebration:
Gerry Hamm
lsland Fever, Oct. 3
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
- Wanted


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.


"Special Education Forms" Website Updates


The "Special Education Forms" website has begun to undergo some changes to better serve user needs. 


First, the website is now labeled "Special Education Resources." 


Second, we are updating the resources and adjusting the organization of resources. 


There will be more changes in the next month as we continue to review and update.
Thank you for your patience and understanding! 


All suggestions and feedback should be sent to Melissa Tandy (

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Kelli King
Computer Services Consultant
., Western Illinois University
Kelli's background includes experiences at North Scott CSD as a science teacher, 1997-2002; counselor, 2002-2014; district summer school administrator, 2007-2014; and as a learning team facilitator, Palm Beach County, 2014-2015.




Audrey White
Occupational Therapist

M.A., St. Ambrose University

Audrey has previous experience as a certified optometric vision therapist with Cedar Rapids Eye Care, 2007-2012.


Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens

To promote a safe working environment and prevent and control the transmission of communicable diseases, employees are to use universal precautions in the delivery of services.  Universal precautions are identified in the Agency’s exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens, which is reviewed on an annual basis. Key components of the plan are summarized here for employee information and reference.
Wallet-sized cards outlining these procedures have previously been provided to all staff.  If you need additional cards, have questions or would like more information, please contact the Human Resources Office, ext. 6703.  Thank you.

IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions in Cedar Rapids


Individual Appointments:
October 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2015

See flyer for details.



Residence Inn
1900 Dodge St. N.E., Cedar Rapids

Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.


Get detailed information about your retirement account by speaking with an IPERS representative during an individual appointment. Learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options.


To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849.  These appointment times will fill quickly, please call soon to reserve an appointment.

info@gwaea, September 2015

info@gwaea is monthly e-newsletter for teacher librarians and educators. Learn more about the resources available to educators in the
Grant Wood AEA Media Center.


In the September 2015 issue:

  • Welcome to the GWAEA Media Center

  • October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

  • National Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 25-31, 2015

  • Re(Introducing) the GWAEA Work Center

  • Resources from the GWAEA Media Center for Teen Read Week

  • "Think, Make, Innovate" GWAEA Digital Learning Team Makerspace Blog

  • Staff Feature: Jayne Kamberling

  • Blended Learning Spot

  • Washington HS Media Center Renovation

  • Save the Date: Student News Net Upcoming Events

For information, contact Deanna Weber,



info@gwaea, September 2015

Poetry Workshop Planned
Sept. 29, 2015

Location: Marion Public Library

If you or someone you know writes or wants to start writing poetry, this is your chance! An inaugural meeting of area poets is planned Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, 6-8 p.m., Marion Public Library conference room.


The goal is to create a supportive workshop for written and performance poetry where participants engage in generative work, readings, and exploration of poetic forms. Organizers want to make this group a real asset to the Creative Corridor.

Need more information? Email Laura at or

Digital Learning Tech Tip- How to Upload iPad Photos and Videos to Google Drive

After PD Palooza there were some tips the digital learning team wanted to share, so each week we will have a share a tip. Here is a quick and easy tutorial that shows how to upload photos and videos from your iPad to Google Drive in order to make more space on your iPad for apps and other media.



For more tips and support visit the Digital Learning Team Blog and our YouTube Channel.

iPad App Orders Closed

The ordering window is closed. We are in the process of getting apps ordered and distributed. If you ordered apps, you will be sent an email in the next couple weeks to let you know the apps are available in your account.


GROW News/Upcoming Events

- Weight Watchers, Sept. 22, 2015 - Feb. 2, 2015

- Walk at the Whistle, Oct. 7, 2015

- GWAEA Book Club, Oct. 8, 2015

- Fight the Flu, Oct. 12, 2015

- Volunteering - Discover the Benefits of Giving Back

- Lunch and Learn with a Hy-Vee Dietician,
Nov. 9, 2015




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 activities and events.

Weight Watchers at Work


The excitement just keeps growing …

- New session: 9/22/2015 – 2/2/2016 (you may join at any time)

- Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends
- (You may attend at GWAEA on Tuesdays or any community location)

- Incentive available for new GWAEA staff enrollees: The GROW committee is offering new enrollees a GWAEA participation reimbursement incentive of $50.00. To be eligible at the end of week 19 (Feb 2, 2016), you will need to provide your WW record books showing you attended a weekly meeting for 17 weeks (excluding the holiday weeks—Dec 21 and Dec 28).

Payment options – payable at time of registration
- one check or credit card payment in the amount of $186 (made payable to Weight Watchers) or three checks submitted at time of registration in the amount of $62 each. The checks will be deposited one week 1, week 5, and week 9.


Contact:  Kim Martin /399-6710/

Grant Wood AEA's Walk at the Whistle

Oct. 7, 2015, 11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

The 1 kilometer walk coincides with the outdoor alarm heard at noon in many communities.


The GROW committee will sponsor an indoor walk route this year that will showcase several GWAEA departments in the Sixth Street facility.  Tour the departments between 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. or enjoy the virtual route option. Look for additional details in next week’s issue of
The Bulletin Board.


Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet on Oct. 8

The Grant Wood AEA Book Club will kick off the year on Oct. 8 with the selection
"The Nightingale: A Novel" by
Kristin Hannah.


Choose either noon or 4 p.m. in the Creative Commons area to come relax and enjoy conversation and social time with your co-workers. If you would  like to participate, but can't be here on site, let Deanna Weber know and she will send you a Zoom invite. See Deanna,
ext. 6494,
for access to print or digital copies.

Fight the Flu

Oct. 12, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Sixth St. Facility - Grant Wood Room

Coralville Facility

Link to register


Flu Shots planned at Grant Wood AEA through the
Visiting Nurse Association. Bring your insurance information. VNA will direct bill your insurance company.


As a reminder, and for employee reference, the Agency health plans provide flu shot benefits, which includes:

  1. Full 100% coverage, with no co-pay, for shots received through in-network or
    out-of-network providers.

  2. Under the HMO Essential plan, however, individuals must go to an in-network provider for the shot or the shot will not be covered.

  3. If another non-preventive service in addition to the flu shot is performed in the doctor's office, individuals are then responsible for the office co-pay.

If there are questions about your health plan benefits, please contact Cathy Kearns, Payroll/Benefits Specialist, at ext. 6706 or

For information, contact Connie Dvorak,



Volunteering - Discover the Benefits of Giving Back

Aside from the emotional benefits of volunteering, there are significant health benefits associated with giving your time. Studies have noted lower rates of disease as well as reduced healthcare costs among people who volunteer regularly. It seems that volunteers gain as much as they give!


Area volunteer opportunities include:

United Way of East Central Iowa

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program for Linn & Jones Counties - CASA for Children is a network of 949 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.


See these flyers for additional information: CASA Volunteer, National CASA Infographic.

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.


Nov. 9, 2015, Noon-12:30 p.m., Linn/Johnson Room, Sixth St. facility

Topic: Healthy food options to make it through the holidays.

Leadership for Continuous Improvement Learning Sessions

See flyer for presenters, dates and fees.



Retirement Celebration for Gerry Hamm, Sept. 30


Please join us for a Retirement Celebration for
Gerry Hamm, on Sept. 30, 4 p.m., in the Scale-Up Classroom.


Gerry is a member of the night cleaning crew at Grant Wood AEA. He joined us on July 1, 2010 when Marsden first took over the cleaning contract at GWAEA, and has been a valuable asset to our team.


Gerry's last day of work will be on Sept. 30. Cards or donations can be left with Cathy Nelson at the reception desk.



Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 6:00pm to 11:30pm

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville

Benefiting: Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, Operation Backpack & Team Breast Friends

Visit the website for details. For information, contact Bart Mason,


Due to the generosity of a number of corporate sponsors, complimentary tickets for this special charity event are being made available to agency employees, family members & friends. Complimentary tickets can be obtained from Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street facility or from Susan Heath/Stephanie McKenna at the Coralville facility.   

Special Education Staff Fall Opportunities to Retool and Refresh

The following workshops are available for special education staff as an opportunity to refresh your skills and knowledge. Please review and discuss these opportunities with your supervisor.  Additional professional learning workshops with national, regional and agency presenters and courses for credit are listed under the professional development listing below and on the professional development webpage

2015-2016 TQ Dates

Dec. 2, 2015, Feb. 24 and 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.







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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.

Buy, Sell or Trade:

Wanted: 8 to 24 ounce plastic containers with lids for the GWAEA VAST Center. Containers from yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, and margarine would be ideal. The containers will be used to ship red worms to teachers who are teaching the Animals 2 x 2 and Living Systems units. Please send to the
VAST Center via van mail.


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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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