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In This issue:


Organizational Leadership Cohort Welcomes Area Business Leaders
Agency Mileage Chart
New Telehealth Benefit for Our Healh Plan Members
Hope Blooms! It's Daffodil Time
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
- Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need
- Literacy Leaders Workshop
- Trauma Informed Care, Schools & Your Approach to Students/Yourself
- Standards-Based Grading
- Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference
- Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium
- Grant Wood AEA Leadership Symposium


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.


Organizational Leadership Cohorts Welcomes Area Business Leaders




The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohorts welcomed area business leaders to their learning discussion on Jan. 12. The cohorts welcomed Nancy Kasparek, president, U.S. Bank, and
Doug Kopp, senior vice president, Alliant Energy, for a discussion of effective leadership.


What is effective leadership? Kasperak and Kopp shared that effective leaders are enthusiastic, positive and build a culture that promotes learning among all of the organization's employees.
Both referenced the many ways that a positive organizational culture promotes unity, and thrives amidst the bottom line.


The GWAEA Organizational leadership Program exists to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership. This two-year program exists to:

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational level issues, contexts and dilemmas

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

  • Participate in networking opportunities to debrief and observe leaders as they tackle real problems and issues

Year 1 cohort members include: Liz Donnelly, speech-language pathologist; Natalie Hahn-Mauck,
school psychologist; Laura Johnson, curriculum consultant; Terri Knipper, special education consultant; Jason Marshall, technology consultant; Jessica Smitterbergh, special education consultant; Lindsey Volkers, speech-language pathologist, and Deanna Weber
media specialist.


Year 2 cohort members include: Julie Cook, curriculum consultant; Shawn Driscoll, Computer Services consultant; Melissa Grennan, speech-language pathologist; Brent O'Rourke, school psychologist; Erin Platner, school psychologist; Gina Rogers, technology consultant; and
Kathy Schultz
, curriculum consultant.


Lisa Wilson, GWAEA Programs/Services Administrator, oversees the development of the Organizational Leadership Program, and Keith Stamp, GWAEA regional administrator, facilitates the learning for the participants.

Agency Mileage Chart

A link to the Agency Mileage Chart can be found here. This is an updated version with the new Coralville facility included.

New Telehealth Benefit for Our Health Plan Members

Did you know that Grant Wood AEA health plan members have a new benefit that allows you to see a doctor anywhere you are?

Doctor On Demand is a virtual visit platform that immediately connects you to a board-certified physician by live video on your smartphone, tablet or computer.


See and talk to a doctor face-to-face anytime without waiting rooms or having to travel across town. Doctor On Demand can treat many common medical conditions, including:

  1. Colds and flu

  2. Allergies

  3. Skin and eye issues

  4. Sore throat

  5. Pediatric issues

  6. Bronchitis and sinus infections  

  7. Urinary tract infections

  8. Diarrhea and vomiting

Top Doctors
Doctor On Demand offers the highest quality care by working only with board-certified medical doctors.


Sign up before you get sick
Be prepared when a urinary tract infection, skin rash, pink eye or influenza strikes.  Log in to myWellmark on your computer to set up your Doctor on Demand account.  Then, download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.


You’ll be glad a doctor is only a few taps away on the day you can barely get out of bed. Prescriptions can even be instantly sent to your nearest pharmacy.*


How Does It Work?
Check out the Doctor On Demand YouTube channel.


Doctor On Demand operates subject to state laws and is not currently available in Alaska, Arkansas or Louisiana due to state regulations. Doctor On Demand is not meant to replace an in-person primary care provider visit.


*Doctor On Demand physicians do not prescribe Drug Enforcement Administration controlled substances, and may choose not to treat or prescribe other medications based on what is clinically appropriate.

info@gwaea is a 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 January 2017 issue:

  • Preparing Students for Their Futures

  • Critical Thinking Research Lesson Idea

  • Announcing 50+ New Professional Ebook Titles

  • Online Resources Feature: SIRS 9-12

  • Beginner Workshop: Profesional Ebooks

  • Think, Make, Innovate

  • and much more!

For information, contact Deanna Weber,


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, 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.


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.

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.


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

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


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.

Weight Watchers At Work


Accepting Mid-Session Membership Applications

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. 25, 1:00-4:15 p.m. 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.



gwaea book club

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

4th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids


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.


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.


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

Building School 2.0:
How to Create the Schools We Need

As we thrive to provide learning that is equitable and personal for all learners, there is a growing desire to re-examine education and learning. Educators use the phrase “school 2.0” to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need is a larger discussion of how teachers and school leaders can change student education, learning and our physical school spaces to reflect the changing nature of our lives brought on by new technologies.

March 1, 2017
, 1:00-3:30 p.m.


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


Number: 19450-16-01


Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, General Education and Special Education Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants


Grant Wod AEA Seminar Series. Zac Chase, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

See flyer for details.


Zac Chase is a thought-leader on combining pedagogy and technology for teaching and has led schools and systems in Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, and Pakistan to consider the intersection of learning, inquiry, reflective pedagogy, technology, and project-based learning.

Registration deadline: Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.



• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $40
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $65
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


See flyer for 2016-2017 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

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


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

See flyer for dates, locations


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

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 


  • 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 


  • 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



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

Standards-Based Grading Conference 2017
with presenter
Dr. Doug Reeves

April 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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


This conference is designed to support practicing educators to learn how to effectively develop, design and implement a standards-based grading system that aligns with a vision for improved instruction, assessment, and grading and reporting practices that supports
the Iowa Core Curriculum.


See flyer for details

Classroom practitioners will have the opportunity to share resources and practices that have led to successful implementation. Additional breakout sessions will be offered by area practitioners experienced in implementing SBG in their schools.


Number: 19272-16-01


Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Consultants


Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017, 06:00 AM 



  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, total for non-credit $150

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, total for non-credit $175

  • 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


Building Bridges:

Assistive Technology Conference

April 25, 2017

8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Keynote & Featured Speaker
Mark Coppin, Director of Assistive Technology at the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, N.D.


Featured Speaker
Dan Herlihy, Private consultant from Hoosick, N.Y., providing Assistive Technology training and professional development to educators.

See flyer for details

Audience: K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants


Number: 19018-16-01


Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on April 7, 2017



• Participants within the GWAEA area, $75
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $100
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium

June 20, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and
June 21, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


National presenters include:

Richard Allington

Jim Burke

Antonio Fiero

Laura Justice

Dave Kilpatrick

Tim Rasinski

Deb Reed

Tim Shanahan

William Van Cleave


The Literacy Symposium is designed
to provide area educators with an opportunity to hear from national literacy experts whose research focuses on effective practices that support early readers, struggling readings, writing, and the integration of literacy instruction across content areas. The symposium will engage participants in learning that supports the implementation of research-based effective practices that lead to a strong core literacy program.


Fluency, Early Literacy, Secondary Literacy, Vocabulary, Reading-Writing Relationship, Handwriting, Dyslexia

GWAEA Summer Literacy Symposium


Target Audience
PreK-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Reading Specialists, Speech Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Staff, Consultants


Number: 19485-16-01


Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on June 9, 2017



Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium

June 27, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

300 E 9th St.
Coralville, Iowa


This symposium will provide educational leaders with an opportunity to participate in engaging learning sessions with national experts. The sessions will focus on how to lead school-wide efforts that are cohesive and collaborative resulting in educational equity and increased student learning. Sessions will be hosted by nationally known experts including Doug Reeves, Andy Hargreaves, Ken Williams, John Almarode, Kristin Anderson, Trudy Arriaga, and George Couros.


Leadership strands will include the following:


• Leaders as a Collaborator
• Leader as an Influencer
• Leader as a Synthesizer


Target Audience
Administrators, Teacher Leaders


Number: 19496-16-01

GWAEA Summer Leadership Symposium



• Participants within the GWAEA area, $125
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $150
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on June 12, 2017

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 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 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.

























January 2017

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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