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In This issue:

Partnering

October is National Physical Therapy Month
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Financial Fitness Academy
Self Perception Survey
AEA 267 Name Will Change to
Central Rivers AEA
Upcoming eBooks Classes in the GWAEA Media Center
GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, Oct. 25, 2016
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Chair Massage Schedule - Oct.
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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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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and we want to take a moment to congratulate the agency’s physical therapists for the work they do for students in the Grant Wood AEA service area.

 

Physical therapy services are provided for students with physical disabilities to facilitate optimal functioning and maximize accessibility in the educational environment. Positioning and mobility specifically are addressed and modifications/adaptations are made as needed.

 

As members of educational teams, school physical therapists evaluate and treat functional needs of students as they affect daily programming, instruct staff in appropriate goals and care, and coordinate with members of respective medical teams as necessary for continuity of care.


Congratulations and thank you!

 

GWAEA Physical Therapists

Kris Baldwin

Nicole Hall

Connie Haneline

Audrey Hentges

 

Suzie Johannes

Colleen Knipper

Marilyn Muhle

Glen Schmitz

 

Laurie Smith

Emily Tiedtke

 


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Dawn Radack
Data Services Technician - PowerSchool

B.S., Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota

Dawn's background includes positions as a financial systems analyst for 16 years at Transamerica, and community volunteering with VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance.)

     

Financial Fitness Academy

Thank you to those who have visited the online Academy!  To date:

  1. 16 initial checkups have been completed

  2. 11 employees have enrolled in one or more tutorials

  3. 40 tutorials have been selected

While these numbers are a bit lower than the launch of the Spring Challenge, it's been reported a few technical errors have occurred with the automated invitation email system and the Academy engineers are working to fix the error.

 

A few individuals have also reported getting an error message when they attempt to enroll in a tutorial after completing their Initial Checkup (see sample screenshot).  This error is also being investigated.  If this has happened to you, you can help the Academy resolve the problem by notifying Jackie Schreder in the HR Office. 

 

 

If you haven't yet started the Academy to participate in this free learning opportunity, there is still plenty of time and please do so!

  1. This is the link you and also your family and friends can use to start the program:  https://grantwood.financialfitness.center

  2. The Initial Checkup takes about 10 minutes.

  3. You will have access to 400+ online tutorials 24/7 from any Internet-connected device via the "Add Tutorial button"

  4. Each tutorial includes a pre-test, content and post-test.

  5. The Final Checkup will be activated in late October/early November, and participants will be notified and invited to complete a Final Checkup.

  6. Staff who successfully complete a post-test for at least 12 tutorials (total of 3 hours during the 8-week program) and complete the Final Checkup will be entered in a drawing for one of four $25 gift certificates.

  7. The Fall Academy will end on 11/18/16.

If questions, please contact Jackie Schreder, jschreder@gwaea.org, 319-399-6731.

 

Please see prior issues of The Bulletin Board for further details. 

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Sept. 29, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Sept. 22, 2016

- The Financial Fitness Challenge is Back, and Even Better!, The Bulletin Board, Sept. 15, 2016


Self Perception Survey

We are continuing to track our work as an agency around our agency goal to “Increase student acquisition and application of 21st Century skills and knowledge (prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship).”

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Our continued focus will be around communication and collaboration skills. As was shared on opening day to measure progress towards our agency and region goals we are administering the Communicator/Collaborator Self-Perception Survey again for all staff. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes.  If you don’t understand how to rate yourself on the scale or what the task is then feel free to score yourself low (it’s ok!).


Here is a link to a doc for you to look at in advance to see the I can statements and scale prior to the survey. The text is kind of small for the scales on the survey link.


Once you complete the survey check you email to see your responses. Leadership teams and the digital learning team will look at the data without names to help us plan support. These data have been used to plan targeted professional learning throughout the agency. You will get a copy, so you can see how are doing and track your own professional growth!


Please complete this survey by Friday, October 14, 2016. Thank you in advance for providing us with this information and let me know if you have any questions!


Communicator/Collaborator Self-Perception Survey Link

 

For information, contact Stacy Behmer, sbehmer@gwaea.org.


AEA 267 Name Will Change to
Central Rivers AEA, July 1, 2017

The AEA 267 Board of Directors voted on Oct. 5 to unanimously change the agency name from
AEA 267 to Central Rivers AEA.

 

The name will officially change on July 1, 2017 with a transition period beginning Jan. 1, 2017.


Upcoming eBooks Classes in the GWAEA Media Center

eBooks and Your Curriculum for Elementary School Teachers
Learn about Grant Wood AEA's eBook Platform MackinVIA. Discover ways to integrate eBooks in your current practice.
NOTE: This class will be via ZOOM. Invitations will be sent out once registration is completed.

eBooks and Your Curriculum for Secondary Teachers
Learn about Grant Wood AEA's eBook Platform MackinVIA. Discover ways to integrate eBooks in your current practices.
NOTE: This class will be via ZOOM. Invitations will be sent out once registration is completed.


GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, Oct. 25, 2016

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA – Scale-Up Classroom 

 

For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Nelson at ext. 6544.
or e-mail cnelson@gwaea.org.

PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID AND EAT BEFORE DONATING.


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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New registrations accepted each week! Since November 2014, our total weight loss is 892.6 pounds! That is the combined size of 2 welsh ponies, 1 newborn calf, and 1 human brain!

Weight Watchers At-Work
New Session - 9/6/2016

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

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


Chair Massage Schedule for October

Marcia will be here Oct. 12-13. Please email Stacy Murphy for appointment times.


2016-2017 Leadership for Continuous Improvement
Learning Sessions

 

Registration is available for non-LCI teams.

 

See flyer for dates and registration information through Grant Wood AEA Professional Development.

 

 


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.


2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Resources for Educators and Parents Working or Living with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

See flyer for dates and details


2016-2017 Behavior PD Courses

 

Register for 2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Behavior PD Courses through
GWAEA Professional Development

 

See flyer for details on course offerings, dates, and locations.

 

 

BehaviorPD

 


Grant Wood AEA Math PD Courses, 2016-2017

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

coaching

 

See flyer for dates and details


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

 

See flyer for dates and registration information.

 


Visible Learning Foundations

Featuring:
Dr. John Hattie, Steve Ventura

Oct. 10, 2016

DoubleTree Cedar Rapids
Convention Complex

350 1st Ave N.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa


During the Visible Learning Foundation Day Institute, participants will identify and discuss the most important messages from the Visible Learning research, learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and know the difference between the influences that ‘do’ and ‘do not’ make a significant difference to student achievement. This Institute provides practical activities and take-away tools and is the first step of the Visible Learning Foundation Series that will help you become a Visible Learning School.

 

See flyer for information

 

Visible Learning is an in-depth school change model of professional learning and development based on the research of Professor John Hattie. Through the lens of Visible Learning evidence, you will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to determine the “impact” on student achievement and learning. By considering the effects of the practices of teachers and leaders, schools will be able to make substantial gains in student achievement.

Audience: All Educators

Course Number: 19440-16-01
Registration deadline: Oct. 3, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

Fees:

• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $175
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $200

 

From Words to Works - Developing Writing Skills in Elementary Students

and

From Words to Works - Developing Writing Skills in Middle School Students

 

Oct. 11 and 12, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


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

From Words to Works- Developing Writing Skills in Elementary Students

Oct. 11, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Audience:
Upper Elementary Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Reading Support, Parents, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants

 

Number: 19466-16-01

Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2016, 6 a.m.
Credit: None

Fees:

Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $40
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $65

From Words to Works- Developing Writing Skills in Middle School Students

Oct. 12, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Audience:
Middle School Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Reading Support, Parents, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants

 

Number: 19467-16-01

Registration deadline: Sept. 28, 2016, 6 a.m.
Credit: None

Fees:

Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $40
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $65

 

2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

National presentations brought to you locally by Grant Wood AEA

 

1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

 

Nov. 2, 2016 - 19447-16-01

Dr. Robert Dillon - How Digital Learning Helps Close the Gap Around Educational Equity

 

Dec. 7, 2016 - 19448-16-01

Thomas Murray - Creating Schools and Classrooms that are Future Ready

 

Jan. 4, 2017 -19449-16-01

Dr. Anthony Muhammad - All Means ALL! Creating Equitable Learning Environments


 

See flyer for dates and registration information.

 

 

 

March 1, 2017- 19450-16-01

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

2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

 


Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area.

Full - Waiting List Only
How Digital Learning Helps Close the Gap Around Educational Equity with
Dr. Robert Dillon

Structures, systems and tradition can sometimes block educators from their ultimate goal in improving the future of our most vulnerable students. Join Dr. Robert Dillon as he shares his passion for changing the educational landscape by building engaging schools for all students with digital tools and pedagogy that facilitate the learning for all students- especially those who have fewer resources and more obstacles to overcome in achieving success.

Nov. 2, 2016, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Course Number: 19447-16-01
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants, Technology Consultants

Fees:

• 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.


2016-2017 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)

Purpose: to establish a comprehensive multi-year regional program to develop important teacher leader skills and competencies and build capacity among a network of teacher and district leaders to promote long term system sustainability aligned with the Iowa Department of Education’s TLC Layered Approach for Support.

 

Fee Structure:
$1200 for District Annual Membership Fee and $750/instructional coach for one year of professional learning sessions.

 

2016-2017 AEA Teacher Leader Support System,
NTC Professional Learning Sessions Systems of Support for TLSS Districts
, and

Access to Optional Courses

 


 

See flyer for details


STAR Autism Program Training

Instructor: Lisa Kemmerer, Ph.D.,
STAR Autism Consultant

 

Nov. 3-4, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street S.W.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

The STAR Autism Program teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism.

 

STAR Autism Program Training

Audience:
PreK-6 Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Special Education Consultants, Psychologists, Parents, Social Workers, Behavior Interventionists

 

Number: 4549-16-01

Registration deadline: Oct. 20, 2016, 6:00 a.m.

Fees: $185 in GWAEA Educators; $210 outside Non-GWAEA Educators
Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

 

Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies (PIES) for Coaching Parents and Caregivers of Children from Birth to Age 5

 

Nov. 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists, Consultants

 

Credit: None

 

Number: 19473-16-01

 

Fees: $50 for educators in Grant Wood AEA;
$75 for outside of Grant Wood AEA

 

 

See flyer for details

 

Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies to Manage Behavior for Parents and Caregivers of Children Birth to Five

 

Nov. 28, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.


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

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents, Paraeducators, Caregivers, Care Providers

 

Credit: None

 

Number: 19474-16-01

 

Fees: $10 for individual in Grant Wood AEA;
$35 for individuals outside of Grant Wood AEA

 

 

See flyer for details


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

 

• High Impact Instruction

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016

Number: 19353-16-01

 

• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01

 


2016-2017 TQ Dates

Dec. 7, 2016
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. 


AEA PD Online

Staff who have received notice regarding completion of training for employment and/or licensure should submit certificates of completion for the required trainings to Tammy Carolan by Oct. 19. The trainings are available on
AEA PD Online
.

 

AEA PD Online is available for required online trainings and for online courses for credit. 


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. 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
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development
for questions.

 

Wanted:

The Off-Site Programs are in need of various types of legos for their students. If you have any legos that you are willing to donate, please drop them off at Elizabeth Steffensmeier's desk by Oct. 31.
Any donation is much appreciated.

 

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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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