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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving

In This issue:


$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board
Winter Weather Closing System Test Monday Evening, Nov. 14: Reminder to Update ESS Info
Honoring Veterans Day, Nov. 11
National School Psychology Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18
Additional Changes, Improvements for GWAEA Facilities
Flexible Spending Accounts – 2017 Plan Year Enrollment
Holiday Early Release Dates
New Wireless Network for Grant Wood AEA
Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?
LEAP Transition Fair
Our Condolences
Grant Wood AEA United Way Campaign Underway
2nd Annual United Way Chili Cookoff
Holiday Horizons of Hope
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Financial Fitness Academy
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Dec. 5 or 6, 2016
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.


$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board 

At their meeting on Thursday, November 10, the GWAEA Board of Directors approved the offering of an early notification incentive to help support a timely hiring process for 2017-18. 

The financial incentive is available to Contracted and Management staff for providing the agency with early notification of their pending resignation or retirement. Specifically, Contracted or Management staff would need to commit to resigning or retiring at the end of this current work year, in writing, to Human Resources between November 11, 2016, and January 10, 2017. If the retirement or resignation is accepted by the Board no later than its regular meeting on January 11, 2017, the staff member will receive an incentive of $1,500, payable to them on June 16 (conditional upon the staff member satisfactorily completing his or her contract obligations for the year).


This is the third year the Agency is offering an early notice incentive, which has promoted a notable increase in the number of early notices provided by staff. "This incentive has greatly facilitated the Agency's ability to fill positions in a timely manner. And we are pleased to be able to offer something for those staff who know they will be concluding their employment with the Agency and can inform the Agency early in the hiring season," said Human Resources Coordinator Jackie Schreder.


The incentive is available for Contracted and Management staff (and does not apply to other employee groups) since the contractual nature of these positions provides a small window of opportunity for hiring.  As a result, the application pool and availability of candidates for these positions is significantly affected depending on the timing of the position postings. The same limitations do not apply, however, for the hourly and salaried employee groups as hiring for those positions occurs all throughout the year. 

In summary:

  • The GWAEA Board of Directors has approved a $1,500 early notification incentive for Contracted and Management staff who provide early notification of their retirement or resignation.

  • This incentive is available for Contracted and Management staff.

  • Staff who are eligible for this incentive and who intend to resign or retire at the end of the 2016-17 work year must notify HR in writing before 4:30 p.m. on January 10, 2017 (email notice is acceptable).

Staff with questions about the incentive are welcome to contact the HR office at x6703.

Winter Weather Closing System Test Monday Evening, Nov. 14: Reminder to Update ESS Info

Winter weather is around the corner, and the agency will be testing its notification system Monday evening, Nov. 14.


As a reminder, if the decision is made to close one or more of the Agency Centers, the communications office will notify staff using the following methods:


  • A voice mail message will be sent to all staff via the SchoolMessenger system. This system will call the numbers that you establish in the Employee Self-Service System (see below.)

  • We will record a message that will be available in all agency voice mailboxes. Through the all-call voice message, staff will be informed regarding (a) which centers are affected, (b) when the center(s) will close, (c) when the agency anticipates reopening the center(s), and (d) when the next employee update will be available.

  • We will include information on the front page of the agency website. 

  • And finally, we will contact KCRG-TV to include it in their list of closings.

Employees must update the following information in ESS to ensure they are notified through the SchoolReach system:

  • Launch ESS

  • Select Personal Information

  • Check the drop down categories available for each phone number listed.  If a number is listed as "agency use" or "Public", it will be called during our test and in the event that we activate the calling system.

Please contact Renee Nelson with questions about this process or Monday's test of the notification system.

Honoring Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Thank you to the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country, and protecting our freedom.


National School Psychology Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18, 2016

National School Psychology Awareness Week is the week of Nov. 14-18. Grant Wood AEA's school psychologists provide consultation and assessment for students who have school-related learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems. The emphasis is on intervention and remediation through the team approach.


Join us as we celebrate the agency’s school psychologists for the work they do for students and families in the Grant Wood AEA service area. Congratulations and thank you!


Additional Changes, Improvements for GWAEA Facilities

Changes continue related to our GWAEA facilities.

Former Coralville Office
As we communicated previously, the previously accepted and approved offer for our Holiday Road office in Coralville fell through, but our organization accepted a new offer last Friday. The process for formally moving ahead on the offer will includes several additional steps including Board approval, and we'll keep you posted on this important transaction.

GWAEA Southern Facility

American Gothic Room

6th St.
Remodeling efforts continue on the
Victorian room. As we explained earlier, the renovations of this space will help provide staff a modern meeting area for staff. The space will hold approximately 20 people and will be equipped with monitors and mics to allow for group Zoom meetings in addition to traditional face-to-face gatherings. When the work is completed later this year, the new space will give homage to Grant Wood AEA’s most famous painting and will be called the American Gothic room.

33rd Ave.
Staff at the 33rd Ave location will see an increase in activity next week. Many specifics related to the schedule for work activities will be ironed out during a pre-construction meeting next Tuesday when the construction team will meet with AEA staff to prioritize and coordinate work.

33rd Avenue facility

The scope of work for this renovation includes:

  • A new handicap-accessible driveway that’s closer to main entrance of the building,

  • Construction of a wind block and overhang/roof to protect the front entry of the building and help make building easily identified from the road,

  • New bathrooms on the main floor,

  • A complete remodel to the second floor which includes four conference rooms, updated office space for VAST and science team members, and a Structured Teaching classroom,

  • An updated staff break room, kitchen and a second floor common area, and

  • Replacement of all the windows in the building.

Parking change during construction
Staff using or visiting the 33rd Ave location can begin parking in front of the 33rd Ave building and should use their key card to access the side/employee entrance beginning next Wednesday. Staff should not use the back door or the main entrance during construction.

Flexible Spending Accounts – 2017 Plan Year Enrollment


We will begin our enrollment period for the 2017 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan year.  The FSA program allows you to set aside money from your paychecks on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses.  The following documents are available for further guidance and enrollment:

Employees are encouraged to review these materials immediately upon receipt as there are timelines involved to participate.  Employees must complete the ASI Flex Enrollment Form if electing to participate in a health and/or dependent care flex account for the 2017 plan year.  Please submit the enrollment form to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, by November 29, 2016.


Remember:  Our FSA program runs on a calendar year basis, January 1 through December 31.  Participants must re-enroll in the FSA program each year, even if you don't want your election amount to change.


New in 2017:  The IRS announced an increase in the health care FSA maximum employee contribution limit from $2,550 to $2,600 for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.  Grant Wood AEA has adopted the increased maximum limit for our plan.


Payroll deductions for health, dental and vision insurance premiums are automatically made on a pre-tax basis.  An annual pre-tax election for this is not necessary.  Employees who want to have their insurance premiums deducted post-tax are to contact Cathy Kearns prior to November 29, 2016.



ASI, our flex benefits administrator, offers many features including:

  • Daily Reimbursements  --  Once a flexible spending claim is processed, reimbursement will be made to participants the following day.  Claims are typically processed within two days of receipt.

  • On-Line Access  --  Participants have password protected access to account information, including balance available and reimbursements made.

  • Direct Deposit and E-mail Notifications  --  If you choose, there is an option available for direct deposit into your bank account for reimbursements and e-mail notification of your account transactions.

  • Customer Service Center  --  Calls are answered live, and the Customer Service Center has extended hours:  7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday.  Phone:  1-800-659-3035   E-mail:   Web:

Holiday Early Release Dates

The three occasions where the Agency will close at 3 p.m. include:

  • Wednesday, 11/23/16 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving)

  • Friday, 12/23/16 (last work day before Winter Break)

  • Friday, 4/14/17 (Good Friday)

Grant Wood AEA's The Linker, Fall/Winter 2016


In the Fall/Winter 2016 issue:

- Coming Soon: New Website for GWAEA, Sign Up to Receive The Linker by Subscription Email

- Submit Your Print Jobs Online

- 2017 Building Bridges Conference

- Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?

- PEP Program becomes FEP

- GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team

- Announcing SUPER SEARCH

- GWAEA Professional Development


The Linker, is available for viewing and download of archival copies.


For information, contact
Valerie Taylor Hill
in the GWAEA Communications Office,
319-399-6824 or 800-332-8488.




GWAEA's The Linker, Fall/Winter 2016

New Wireless Network for Grant Wood AEA

Update Before Dec. 2, 2016


We have enabled a new wireless network for Grant Wood AEA called “gwstaff.” This will replace the “gwuser” network.  Updates are needed before Dec. 2, 2016. See The Bulletin Board,
Nov. 3, 2016
, for details.


This new network, “gwstaff" is already enabled and you can switch to it whenever you please. 
We ask that you do your switchover prior to December 2, 2016, as that will be the date we permanently disable the “gwuser” network.


If you have any trouble with the cutover, contact Tech Support at ext. 6738 or

Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?

Did you know there is a Federal program offering student loan forgiveness for nonprofit employees? 


While some educators may benefit from Teacher Loan Forgiveness, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) is for any full-time staff member. The loan forgiveness amount is individually determined and tax-free. 

Grant Wood Area Education Agency and the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) have partnered to provide you with information and expertise on a program available through  Innovative Student Loan Solutions, our trusted advisory service to provide education about this program. 


We encourage all full-time employees with federal student loan obligations to learn more about this voluntary benefit, and find out if PSLF makes sense for you. It’s quick and easy to find out if you're eligible. Click Here and enter Registration Code: aea10.  Answer a few simple questions, find out your potential savings instantly, and schedule your no-obligation telephone consultation with an Advisor today.

You should consider the program if you have federal student loans, including Parent Plus Loans, and would like to:
    •    Immediately lower your monthly student loan payment
    •    Reduce your student loan obligation.
    •    Significantly reduce your cost of earning additional degrees
    •    Receive a personalized 10-year loan forgiveness plan outlining your savings

Join your colleagues who are reducing their standard repayments by an average of 79% and looking forward to $66,324 in tax-free student loan forgiveness.

Innovative Student Loan Solutions knows there are other companies advertising in the student loan space making claims that sound similar, most of them are only selling loan consolidations.  Remember, they do not charge any fees up front, fully educate you about all available options, and provide a ten year individualized plan before you decide to hire them.  Please, do not move forward and consolidate your loans until you have spoken with them first.  Consolidating loans could make you ineligible for student loan forgiveness.

Save the Date!

LEAP Transition Resource Fair

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Commons, Rm. 118

The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd.
Coralville, Iowa

The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) and the Iowa City Community School District present a resource fair for students, parents, and teachers featuring exhibitors, informative sessions, and family activities about services and resources available to assist low vision and blind students navigate their school careers and prepare for postsecondary education and/or employment.



  • Information sessions:

    • “Introduction to IDB Services” - Vocational Rehabilitation , Orientation Center, Library, Instructional Materials Center, Aids & Devices Store

    • “Converting Text to Audio --  How to Scan Books”

    • “Early Intervention in Low Vision and Blind Students Lives”

    • Vocational Rehabilitation – “Today’s Learners Become Tomorrow’s Earners”

    • The Orientation Center – “Nonvisual Skills and Independence”

  • Exhibitors and resource tables focusing on the transition theme

  • Cambus Service from Iowa City

  • Close to I-80, services, and dining options

  • Free and open to the public

Our Condolences

  • to the family of Kenneth McCullough, who passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Mechanicsville Specialty Care Center. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville. Ken was a GWAEA Supervisor, School Psychology,
    July 1972 - December 1993.

  • to the family of Hazel Campbell, who passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at Cedar Manor Nursing Home. Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Mount Vernon City Cemetery. Hazel was a Cedar Rapids School District programmer officed with GWAEA Computer Services during the 1990's.

GWAEA Staff Closes in on United Way Goal


GWAEA staff members should have received two emails inviting them to participate in the agency's annual United Way campaign. Last year, agency staff contributed $14,940 to United Way of East Central Iowa and to the United Way of Johnson and Washington counties, and this year our combined goal is $16,000.


You may give directly through the online portal link that was emailed to you, or you can contact Renee Nelson to request a paper donation form. The agency's campaign will run November 1-18.  (Please note that you can ensure donations are specifically routed to the United Way of Johnson and Washington counties or other non-profit organizations by selecting 'donor designation' through the online portal and listing the agency of your choosing. If you do not designate an organization or agency, the funds will be donated to the United Way of East Central Iowa, the organization that maintains the online portal.)

Mark Your Calendar!

2nd Annual United Way Chili Cookoff


New Professional Resources in the GWAEA Media Center

New professional resources have been added to the Grant Wood AEA Media Center.
A list of these new resources is available here.

Next Round of Core Ordering

 The second round of Core Ordering is just around the corner! Watch for an email with the Google Form link coming Nov.15. The form will shut down on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., so don’t be late. Any questions, please contact Kim Novotny, 319-399-6838.

The Horizons Holiday of Hope toy giveaway provides gifts to the families with children that we work with at Horizons. Your donation of toys, money, gift cards or time would make a family’s holiday. Last year, we were able to collect enough items to serve 103 families and 248 children.


Please place any donated items in the box located in the Staff Break Room at the Sixth St. office by Dec. 11, 2016.

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.

You still have time for the Financial Fitness Academy™!

In just 10 minutes a day, the Financial Fitness Academy™ can help GWAEA staff, family and friends improve your financial fitness now so you can build a better financial future for yourself and your family. Just follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Complete the Financial Fitness Checkup™ at to discover your Financial Fitness Score™ and receive a learning recommendation to help you improve your unique financial situation.

Step 2: Choose the financial tutorials that are most interesting to you. Each interactive tutorial includes a pre-quiz and a post-quiz to track your progress. 

Step 3: Continue exploring to see how a little learning and small changes in spending and saving can go a long way to making you more financially fit!

The Financial Fitness Academy™ is available 24 hours a day from any Internet-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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.

The Fall Academy is scheduled to end on 11/18/16.


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

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Nov. 3, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Oct. 27, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Oct. 20, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Oct. 13, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Oct. 6, 2016

- 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

Weight Watchers At Work


New registrations accepted each week! Since November 2014, our total weight loss is 936 pounds! This is a little over how much Hercules the Liger weighs + a standard size microwave!

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 November and December

Sixth St: Dec. 14-15, 2016. Please email Stacy Murphy for appointment times.


Coralville: Chair massages by Jennifer Sackett will be starting once a month for November and December at Coralville office: Nov 16, 1:00-4:15 p.m. and Dec. 14, 1:00-4:15 p.m. 15 min. for $15.00 Cash, check, and credit cards (including Apple Pay/Android Pay) accepted. A link to a shared doc is available from Sue Heath to register for appointments.

Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Dec. 5 or 6, 2016

Looking for something new to read?
GWAEA Book Club might be what you are looking for. Join us to discuss "Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening" by John Elder Robison.


gwaea book club

Dec. 5, 12-12:30 p.m. or

Dec. 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Please choose from one of the following dates to attend:  Dec. 5 from 12:00-12:30 p.m. OR
Dec. 6 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Glass Room. We will also be available VIA ZOOM for those who cannot attend on site. Please contact Deanna Weber for further information.

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.





Grant Wood AEA Math PD Courses, 2016-2017

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.






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



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.


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


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 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series


Thomas Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools at the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, D.C.

Creating Schools and Classrooms

Future Ready Schools helps district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential. Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, digital learning initiatives, among others. This hands-on session will inspire educators and provide free tools and resources to empower school staff to transform their schools and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.

Dec. 7, 2016, 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Benton Community Middle/High School

600 First Street, Van Horne, Iowa 52346


Course Number: 19448-16-01
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants

Registration deadline: Nov. 23, 2016 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.

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

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

Registration deadline: Oct. 31, 2016


• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01



Developing the District Plan for Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP)


This workshop is to develop the district plan in response to HF 2392, Division 1, Individual Career and Academic Plan, approved by the legislative session in 2016. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to develop the framework for the district plan.


Dec. 2, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Number: 19481-16-01


Location: Kirkwood Regional Center at the Universitiy of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

Target Audience:
Middle-High School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors


Instructors: Keith Stamp and Lauren Keating

Hands-On Equations®

Making Algebra Child's Play

In this workshop you will see how the visual and kinesthetic approach of Hands-On Equations demystifies the learning of algrbra, thereby providing students with a foundation for algebraic thinking and for a traditional Algebra 1 course. Since algebra is the language of mathematics, success with algebra is essential to the further study of mathematics and science.


Dec. 13, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Number: 19120-16-01


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


Target Audience: Grades 6-12 Administrators, Math Teachers, General and Special Education Teachers




See flyer for details

Registration Deadline: 11/29/2016, 6:00 a.m.



  • Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $ 60

  • Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $ 85

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

Credit: 5.75 Contact Hours

Assistive Technology Academy for School Professionals
AT 101 - Reading/Writing Supports

This introductory AT Academy course
is intended to equip professionals working in the K-12 school environment with a solid understanding of the Assistive Technology Consideration process as it relates to the selection of appropriate AT accommodations. In addition, course instruction will broaden the awareness and understanding of participants regarding available assistive technology services and tools to support students with learning disabilities who struggle in the areas of reading and writing including the provision of accessible instructional materials.


Location: Online class with the first and last meeting face-to-face at Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street S.W., Cedar Rapids


See flyer for dates and details

Target Audience: LEA Special Education/General Education Teachers; AEA Support Staff

Date/Times: Jan. 11 - March 8, 2017. Face-to-Face times 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 & March 8

Number: 4739-16-02

Registration deadline: Jan. 4, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

Fees: Renewal - $35, Morningside -$75, Drake - $100

Math Interventions and Assessments for Students

Instructor: Karen Karp, Ph.D.


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

March 31, 2016
Number: 19417-15-01

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on March 17, 2016


Grades 3-5
April 1, 2016
Number: 19418-15-01

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on March 18, 2016


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

Fees: Fees: $65 for in Area 10 educators; $90 for outside of Area 10

Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency

Instructors: Jennifer Bay-Williams and
Gina Kling


March 24, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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


What does it really mean to be fluent with basic facts, and how is this idea reflected in the Iowa Core? Come explore how we can use strategies, games, and activities in meaningful ways to develop a trajectory for helping all students become fluent with basic facts, and consider ways to authentically assess fact fluency.


See flyer for registration details

Target Audience: Elementary General and Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Staff, Consultants

Date/Times: March 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Number: 19480-16-01

Registration deadline: March 10, 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

Credit: None


• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $50
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $75
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

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 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 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.

























November 2016

December 2016

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.


Buy, Sell or Trade

For Sale:

Just in time for cold weather or as a gift. For sale a woman's black Military Anorak styled winter coat, never worn. It  has large pockets, a faux fur removal lining, hood, and belt. Medium.  $35.00.  Please contact Hope at 399-6435. See photos in
The Bulletin Board, Nov. 3, 2016




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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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