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In This issue:

Partnering

Message from Joe Crozier:
A Look Ahead at the Legislative Session and How it Might Impact Your AEA
GWAEA PRIDE
GWAEA Transition Night, April 13
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Telehealth Option Available Beginning January 1, 2017
Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
Thank You
Agency Receives Gift of Marbled Paper Created by Katie Virden
Hope Blooms! It's Daffodil Time
Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
Friday, Jan. 13, end of the day
News from the YMCA
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Weight Watchers at Work
- Chair Massage Schedule for January
- Grant Wood AEA Book Club Rescheduled to Jan. 26
- 4th Annual Cropping 4 Kids
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities

 

Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes

GWAEA GROW

 

Past Issues

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2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

 

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.

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A Message from Joe Crozier:
A Look Ahead at the Legislative Session and How it Might Impact Your AEA


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This week our elected officials marked the start of the 86th Iowa General Assembly along with many newly elected leaders. With Republican control in both chambers, we expect a markedly different legislative session from those we've had in recent years.  

 

A Preview of Changes to K-12 and AEA Funding
K-12 education will be a hot topic again this session, and we do expect to see changes to our ways of doing business. This week the Department of Education Director Ryan halted Smarter Balanced implementation at the request of the Governor's Office. Additionally, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer commented on Monday, "If we are to improve the opportunities provided by an education in Iowa’s public schools, the expectation should be that we can broaden the conversation to ways to provide for flexibility and innovation while retaining a focus on the students." 

 

This sentiment was echoed with the Governor's proposed budget this week. Based on the early numbers we're seeing and feedback from our lobbyists in Des Moines, there is the potential that districts and the AEA will see a reduction in funding for TLC support and Core implementation dollars, and Supplemental State Aid established early in the session, at a rate of 2% or lower. Preliminary budget figures do indicate that the Governor supports restoring the late session budget cut that directly impacted our AEA system.

 

We also will be closely watching decisions made what the new federal administration will do to impact Part B special education funding, and we'll watch that dynamic carefully in the upcoming year.

 

Impact on GWAEA
We have been hard at work at Grant Wood AEA to estimate the impacts of these funding changes on our organization. We don't have a crystal ball, and we continue to work with estimates and rough figures, but at this time we do plan to continue adding the ten special education positions for the upcoming year as we had projected, along with a few others. This is possible because of budget adjustments and cost savings from retirements and resignations that will help ensure we remain in balance. 

 

How You Can Support the Legislative Conversation
This legislative session we'll again host regular forums for local superintendents and LEA Board members to engage with legislators, and in February we'll take our lobbying effort to Des Moines to ensure our voices are heard as it relates to the legislators' support of the work you're doing. 

As constituents, I encourage you to get involved as well. While we must be careful to participate in the legislative process on our own time and from our personal email accounts, all staff have the right to share stories and explain the good work that you're doing in your jobs: and you should. Legislators often remark to me that the stories of the work in the field make a lasting impression. They also remark that they rarely hear from educators and the individuals physically and emotionally supporting the work. In some of my meetings with staff, I've been asked to provide sample letters: you can find a couple of examples here.

 

I look forward to partnering with you as we continue to participate in and support the work of our legislators this legislative session.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Grant Wood AEA Participates in LEAP
(Learning Experiences: an Alternative Program for Preschoolers)
Educators learn during the LEAP workshop held August 2016.

GWAEA is involved with a two-year project with the DE to do three Early Childhood LEAP replication classroom sites - one in Linn-Mar and two in Cedar Rapids. LEAP (Learning Experiences: an Alternative Program for Preschoolers) classrooms focus on engaging children who are developing typically and those on IEPs (especially those who are at risk of being on the autism spectrum) in social relationships.

 

As we work with the two consultants from The University of Colorado, Denver, they have been so pleased with the progress the EC teachers are making under the guidance of GWAEA consultants,
Melanie Reese and Peggy Daugherty, they have started working on data sheets with the teachers - something that often does not happen until the second year in the project.


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Grant Wood AEA Transition Night
Your Child's Future...the Possibilities Are Endless

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility

 

Grant Wood AEA Transition Night provides information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services.

 

Services in the areas of living, learning and working will be presented.

 

The evening keynote speaker will be Denise Little, who is a successful adult with dyslexia who has spent her life trying to help students so they do not have to struggle through school the way she did.

 

Denise is a Title 1 reading teacher for the College Community School District, director for the Slingerland Institute for Literacy and is currently president of the Iowa Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

 

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning workshop at Grant Wood AEA, March 21-23, 2017.

See flyer for details

Transition Night Schedule:
4:30-5:30 p.m. Breakout Session - Student Panel Self-advocacy/determination
5:00-6:00 p.m. Local service provider booths
6:00-6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Denise Little, Teacher, Dyslexia Specialist and Advocate
7:00-8:00 p.m. Breakout Session - When Students Transition to Adults - Financial aspects

 

Registration is recommended but not required. On-site registration will be available.

Register through GWAEA Professional Development: Number: 19052-16-01.


For more information about Transition Night, contact, Susan Groff-VanArendonk at
sgroff-vanarendonk@gwaea.org.

 

Please share the above flyer with MS/HS Special Education teachers and parents.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Catherine Fettkether
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Catherine is beginning her career with her first job at
Grant Wood AEA.

     

 

 

Holli Fiala
Secretary
B.A.
, University of Iowa

Holli's background includes a receptionist position with the
City of Iowa City since fall of 2012.

     

 

Erika Davis
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.S., Western Illinois University

Erika previously served as SLP at ChildServe in Johnston.

     

 

Cassie Johansen
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

 


Telehealth Option Available Beginning January 1, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2017, Grant Wood AEA health plan participants will have access to a new telehealth option. Wellmark has partnered with Doctor on Demand to provide a fully integrated telehealth service.

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Doctor on Demand integrates next-generation video consultation with physicians within your health plan to conveniently treat minor medical issues. As long as members have an internet connection, access to a Doctor on Demand virtual visit can be made from any smartphone, tablet or computer. More information can be found at www.doctorondemand.com.

 

Visit www.mywellmark.com to activate your account and download the app. There is no office
co-payment for this new service. See the attached flyer for further details.


Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  Log in with your username and password.  Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History menu item.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give your consent” link to give your consent.  The Terms of Electronic Consent to receive W-2 form are displayed.  Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC W-2 DELIVERY button and confirming consent.

 

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Note:  Staff who consented to electronic W-2 delivery last year will receive electronic delivery again this year unless the staff member removes the consent.  Staff wanting to receive their W-2 statement with this earlier electronic delivery option should make their consent by January 13, 2017 to secure this delivery method.  Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper W-2 in the mail no later than January 31, 2017.

 

Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent. 


Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form 1095’s electronically to employees who give consent. By giving electronic 1095 consent, this means you will not receive a paper Form 1095 in the mail. Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your Form 1095 is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Log in with your username and password. Under ‘my information’ column select the 1095 History menu item. Read through the Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give consent” link to give your consent. The Terms of Electronic Consent to Receive 1095 form are displayed. Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC 1095 DELIVERY button and confirming consent. Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper 1095 in the mail no later than January 31, 2017.

 

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Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about 1095 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.


Thank You

I would like to thank my AEA family for surrounding my daughters and I with love and care at the time of the unexpected death of my husband. Each kindness was so appreciated and went straight to our hearts for comfort.

 

Bonnie Winslow-Garvin


Agency Receives Gift of Marbled Paper Created by Katie Virden

 

 

Grant Wood AEA has been gifted marbled paper created by Katherine "Katie" Virden.

 

Katie passed away on Sept. 3, 2016. She was a GWAEA art consultant and school improvement consultant for 18 years, retiring in June 2006. Prior to joining the agency, she was a teacher in the
Cedar Rapids School District for 12 years.

 

Katie's marbled paper is on display in the hallway on the way to the SCALE-UP Classroom in the Sixth St. facility.

 


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Hope Blooms ... It's Daffodil Time!

Orders no later than Jan. 26, 2017 at 4 p.m.

It's time to place your order for some daffodils that are being sold by the Gems of Hope organization. They will sell the same choices at the same prices and use the profits for cancer patients and their families. You can visit their website, www.gemsofhope.com to see other ways they help with the fight against cancer.

 

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution toward the fight against cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street facility front desk.
(399-6544, canelson@gwaea.org)

 

The options are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch

  • Bunch 'n a Vase: $15

  • Mini Daffodils: $15. Potted and ready to replant.

  • Giraffe 'n a Bunch: $25. This is a snugly giraffe and a bunch of daffodils.

  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.

  • Giraffe Hugs: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with a stuffed Monkey, given anonymously.

  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.

  • A new option this time is a set of 5 Watercolor Daffodil Notecards by Pat Brand, $10

Pictures of these are at the front desk.

 

Orders will be taken from now until Jan. 26, 2017. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 8, 2017. (Please make checks payable to Gems of Hope.)

 

Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call Cathy at
Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.


Refrigerator Cleaning Planned
Friday, Jan. 13, end of the day

Refrigerator cleaning is planned end of the day on Friday,
Jan. 13. Please take home condiments, salad dressings, etc., otherwise these items will be tossed. The items can be returned on Monday, Jan. 16.

 

Thank you!

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YMCA January Membership Special

With New Year's resolutions fresh on our minds, now is a great time to join the YMCA. Throughout the month of January, the YMCA is offering a "no join fee" special when you sign up for a Y membership. This is a savings of $50 for a single adult membership or $75 for a family membership.  Plus, GWAEA employees can receive a 15% corporate discount simply by showing your GWAEA ID badge or pay stub.


See the YMCA flyer.

 

For more information, please contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.

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Family Night at the YMCA

Saturday, January 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
FREE event for Y families at the
Stoney Point YMCA, 300 Stoney Point Rd. SW in Cedar Rapids.

 

Members with family memberships can invite a non-member family to join them at this free event.

 

For more information, please contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.

10th Annual TrivYa Night

Join us for a fun evening of trivia, costumes, Y games, food and fun!  Get your friends together to dress up as a theme and put your table in the running for winning our costume contest and great prizes. If you're not a trivia master, you can purchase answers to help your team get an advantage. Hosted by "Trivia Masters"
Eric Hanson and Ric Swann.

 

Friday, February 17, 2017
Opens at 6:00 p.m.
Trivia starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hotel Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids

 

To sign up, contact Sadie Range:  
319-366-6421 x124 or range@crmetroymca.org

Click for flyer

 


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

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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

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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.


Weight Watchers At Work

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Weight Watchers At-Work
New Session - 1/10/2017

Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends (you may attend at any community location or at GWAEA on Tuesdays. Tuesday’s meeting weigh-in is available at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 4:45 p.m.). You are not required to attend Tuesday’s meetings, you can go to any other community meetings that suit your schedule.

 

Payment options: Payable at time of registration one check or credit card payment. You can also pay 3 checks, which will be deposited during different weeks of the session. If joining mid-session, cost will be pro-rated for remaining weeks.

Weight Watchers for Diabetes

Weight Watchers for Diabetes

Contact Kim Martin or Elizabeth Steffensmeier with questions or to sign up.


Chair Massage Schedule for January/February

Coralville: Jan. 18, 2017. A link to a shared doc is available from Sue Heath to register.

Cedar Rapids: Feb. 8-9. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.


Grant Wood AEA Book Club Rescheduled to Jan. 26, 2017

Calling all Book Club enthusiasts! Its still not too late to read our current book club selection

"Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening" by John Elder Robison.

 

Due to delays, book club will not meet until Thursday, Jan. 26 for social time and discussion. Please select either 12 p.m. or 4 p.m. time on the 26th to attend.If you would like to attend via Zoom, please contact Deanna Weber for more information.

 

 

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Jan. 26, 2017
at Noon
or  4 p.m.
Glass Room, Sixth St. Facility


4th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

 

See the information and registration flyers for details and costs. For questions, contact Emily Lee, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

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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, Child Find Courses

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.


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

 

 

Strategies for Improving Reading
dates and registration information


2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

National presentations brought to you locally by Grant Wood AEA

 

1:00-3:00 p.m.

See flyer for dates, locations and registration information.

 

March 1, 2017- 19450-16-01

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

 

See flyer for dates and registration information.


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

 

• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01


Literacy Leaders Workshop

Iowa Core, Visible Literacy,
and the Gradual Release Model

January 24, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course Number: 19490-16-01

 

Instructional Strategies to Encourage Surface, Deep and Transfer Learning
February 14, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course Number: 19491-16-01

 

Using Differentiated Accountability
and Collaborative Inquiry to Design PD
March 7, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course Number: 19492-16-01

 

Address the CIQ/DI Instruction Pillars to Identify Areas of Strength and Areas of Improvement: Examine Data Use in PLC and MTSS Structures

April 11, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course Number: 19493-16-01

 

Discuss Building a Culture of Literacy as Related to School Improvement Plans and Goals: Examine Requirements of Smarter Balanced Assessments
May 9, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course Number: 19494-16-01

See flyer for dates, locations

 

About These Workshops
Geared for secondary administrators, instructional coaches, and building leaders, this workshop is designed to increase school leadership skills, knowledge, and action to accelerate students’ literacy achievement grades 6-12 in ELA and across the content areas.

 

Target Audience:
Middle and High School Administrators, Teachers, Consultants, Instructional Coaches


Math Interventions and Assessments for Students

Instructor: Karen Karp, Ph.D.

 

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

 

With the focus on multi-tiered systems of support, classroom teachers are seeking successful ways to assess and build instructional interventions for students who struggle in learning mathematics - particularly students with disabilities.

 

This session includes researched-informed, hands-on interventions and assessments in
number and operations for elementary students.

See flyer for details

Grades K-2

1/25/2017 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Number: 19417-16-01

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2017 06:00 AM 

Fees:

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 65

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 90

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

 

Grades 3-5

01/26/2017 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Number: 19418-16-01

Registration Deadline: 01/09/2017 06:00 AM 

Fees:

  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 65

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 90

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Trauma Informed Care, Schools & Your Approach to Students/Yourself

This training will assist school personnel in looking at how traumatic experiences may be affecting student behavior and also may be impacting their own behavior and health. It will provide staff the opportunity to discuss ways to connect to students and understand the meaning of those connections to building resiliency in themselves and in students.

 

March 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience
K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Nurses, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Consultants

 

Trauma Informed Care, Schools & Your Approach to Students/Yourself workshop

 

Trauma Informed Care, Schools & Your Approach to Students/Yourself

Number: 19487-16-014

 

Fees:

• Participants within the GWAEA area, $25
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $50
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full


Expanding Expressive Language Workshop

 

See flyer details

April 6, 2017

Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience:
PreK-6 Speech-Language Pathologists, General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Early Childhood Staff

 

Number: 19464-16-02

 


2016-2017 TQ Dates

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 ssines@gwaea.org 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 Ambre Bernards,
Lisa Haverkamp
, Susan Parker, and Sherry Sines.


Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

BoEE Update

Please take a moment now to visit the BoEE website and update your contact information. Go to www.boee.iowa.gov and click “update my information” in the left column. The “Search for a license” tool is helpful to see your license type and expiration date. The FAQ page replaces the old BoEE handbook and has the most current and relevant information for educators in a user-friendly format. For BoEE updates, please review the August newsletter. 

 

You can subscribe to the BoEE Quarterly Newsletter from the BoEE webpage. 

 

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Opportunities

 

Information for Professional Development National Speakers available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
. 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 GWAEA Professional Development for 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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