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Mark Your Calendar:

Nov. 1-18, 2016

GWAEA United Way Campaign


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


Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
2017 Flexible Spending Account forms due


Holiday Coffee and Desserts

6th Street

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
Scale-Up Classroom
3:00-4:00 p.m.



Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Rm. 500
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, 3 p.m.
Agency closes for winter break and will reopen on Tuesday,
Jan. 3, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff

In This issue:


The "Big Picture" at GWAEA
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board
The Did You Receive the Phone Test Call on Nov. 14?
Flexible Spending Accounts – 2017 Plan Year Enrollment
Grant Wood AEA Job Readiness Fair, Jan. 31, 2017
Holiday Early Release Dates
Coffee and Desserts Potluck
Get Well Wishes
A View From the Grant Wood AEA Coralville Facility
New Wireless Network for Grant Wood AEA
Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?
LEAP Transition Fair
Grant Wood AEA United Way Campaign Underway
Holiday Horizons of Hope
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Possible Return of Health Screenings
  - Financial Fitness Academy
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Dec. 5 or 6, 2016
  - 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



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.


The “Big Picture” at
Grant Wood AEA

This week, "The Big Picture" focuses on PowerSchool.


PowerSchool is a student information system that contains student demographic information, scheduling, gradebook, and attendance records.

GWAEA The Big Picture graphic

The Grant Wood AEA PowerSchool team includes Deb Broghammer, Shawn Driscoll,
Kristi Storey
, Pat Yossi, Dawn Radack, David Maiers, Mark Hartung, and Jane Harney.


The PowerSchool Team at Grant Wood Area Education Agency serves 80 districts and over 135,000 students across the state of Iowa.


PowerSchool is hosted on Grant Wood AEA servers and provides ongoing support and training for Iowa school districts.


Student Systems written by Grant Wood AEA for use with PowerSchool include but are not limited to Assessment, Behavior Management, District Wide Lookup, E-Registration, Health, and Document Vault.


Dave Brousard, GWAEA Director of Information Technology, said that E-Registration is an electronic data collection system tied to PowerSchool. “E-Registration allows for parents to go online and enter their student(s) emergency information. In the past, this was done via paper and pencil and data collected was emergency contact information, early out addresses, doctor names and numbers, health concerns, etc.”


Brousard explained that sales of E-Registration nationwide helps offset the cost the agency charges districts for PowerSchool and keeps increases at a minimum.

Future plans for Powerschool are Tier 1 support for the new tool, PowerSchool Unified Classroom. Key components of the tool include:

  • PowerSchool Learning - As part of the unified classroom experience, the cloud-based learning management solution empowers teachers with real-time student interaction inside and outside the classroom bringing in more social and collaborative learning.  

  • PowerSchool Assessment - Gives teachers the tools to increase student growth and prepare students for summative assessments.    

  • PowerSchool Analytics - Gives administrators and teachers the power to make decisions that will increase student achievement and graduation rates.

These new PowerSchool tools are available for districts to purchase. Districts may direct questions  about these tools to Deb Broghammer.

$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).


See the complete article in the Nov. 10, 2016 issue of The Bulletin Board.

Did You Receive the Phone Test Call on Nov. 14?

Winter weather is around the corner, and the agency tested its notification system the evening of Nov. 14. If you didn't receive the call, please log on to the GWAEA Employee Self-Service System to update your phone numbers.


Please see The Bulletin Board, Nov. 11, for the complete article. Contact Renee Nelson with questions about this process or last Monday's test of the notification system.


Flexible Spending Accounts – 2017 Plan Year Enrollment


We are in 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.


Questions can be directed to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services.
See The Bulletin Board, Nov. 10, 2016, for details.

Registration deadline extended to Nov. 30

Grant Wood AEA Job Readiness Fair

Jan. 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
(Snow makeup day, Feb. 7, 2017)


Location: Grant Wood AEA Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, Iowa


The GWAEA Job Readiness Fair is a demonstration-based learning event that will apply career education lessons from the classroom. Registration is open to teams of 10th and 11th grade students with IEPs, accompanied by a teacher from their school. Each school must register 5 students for their team. Space is limited.

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis.



2017 Job Readiness Fair

(Registration deadline: Nov. 30)

For information, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist or
Megan Burke-Brunscheen
, GWAEA special education consultant.

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

Following Up on Your Feedback from Agency Advisory



Last month representatives from our GWAEA regions attended the Agency Advisory meeting. The minutes are available here, and a few of the discussion items already have been explored further.


Mileage Reimbursement
Staff mentioned their interested in improving the process for entering mileage. While a programming fix is something that is still being considered, staff might find this chart to be a helpful resource in quickly calculating mileage between agency and district buildings.

Cell Phone Reimbursement
Some staff members commented in the meeting about our policy related to cell phone reimbursement. Since the meeting we have polled the other AEAs in the state and discovered two AEAs do not offer any kind of reimbursement for staff cell phones, and others have a variety of procedures and processes for reimbursement. We will continue researching potential improvements and changes and present ideas for consideration at the next Agency Advisory meeting.

The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Have an enjoyable Thanksgiving!


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)

Coffee and Desserts Potluck

Get Well Wishes

  • Robyn Robbins, GWAEA School Psychologist, is currently recovering from a bicycle accident that left her with several broken bones. She hopes to return to work in January. If you wish to send her well wishes:

    1815 8th Ave SW
    Cedar Rapids 52404

A View From the Grant Wood AEA Coralville Facility

Christopher Soldat, GWAEA curriculum consultant, and Jaelynn Kluber, GWAEA occupational therapist, complete their agency work activities from the Coralville facility.


Our thanks to Karin McKeone, GWAEA school social worker, for sharing these photos for inclusion in The Bulletin Board.



Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?

Innovative Student Loan Solutions

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

GWAEA Staff Closes in on United Way Goal

UnitedWay graphic gwaea giving graphic 16,000.00 and 13,223.96

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.)

Horizons Holiday of Hope Toy Drive graphic, toys, bears

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.

Possible Return of GWAEA Health Screenings

A request has been made to the Agency Advisory Committee to bring back the yearly health screenings at Grant Wood AEA. The screening would be provided by the Visiting Nurses Association and would be a 12-hour FASTING TEST, which is a finger prick, and tests cholesterol - HDL & LDL, triglycerides and glucose. They have a machine which will analyze the test immediately and answer any questions our staff may have regarding the findings. This takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.


This screening is 100% covered when included in a doctor’s visit. As a convenience to staff, we are able to offer an on-site screening for a fee of $20.


We would first like to find out how many would be interested in this service as we would need a minimum of 6 people to make this a go. Please go to this link IF you are interested in participating in the health screening.

The Financial Fitness Academy™ is being extended!

The Financial Fitness Academy™ that was originally scheduled to end 11/18/16 will now be available through the end of the year (12/31/16)! We hope you will take advantage of the extra time to learn about financial topics that are interesting to you. To summarize the program and help you get started:

  1. Complete the Financial Fitness Checkup™ at to discover your Financial Fitness Score™. (All GWAEA employees should have received an email from on 9/26/16 inviting you to participate.)

  2. This program is available at no cost to you!

  3. The Academy is confidential - personal information including individual names and scores for tutorials are not shared with others.

  4. The initial Checkup takes about 10 minutes.

  5. Participants will be able to access 400+ online tutorials 24/7 from any Internet-connected device

  6. Complete a Final Checkup, which is to be activated in November. Participants will be notified and invited to complete the Checkup when it's available.

  7. Family and friends of GWAEA may also participate in the Academy by visiting and
    - entering their personal email address, and
    - clicking on the icon "Get Started!"

  8. The Fitness Academy ends on December 31, 2016.

  9. 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.

In Spring 2016 over 100 staff participated in the Financial Fitness Challenge.  To date, the numbers for the Fall 2016 Academy include:

  1. 38 initial checkups have been completed

  2. 27 employees have enrolled in one or more tutorials

  3. 294 tutorials have been selected

  4. 129 tutorials have been completed

If questions, please contact Jackie Schreder, jschreder@gwaea.org319-399-6731.


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

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Nov. 10, 2016

- 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


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. Those who want to commit to joining can receive a discount by talking to Kim or Elizabeth by Nov. 22.

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, 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.

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


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.

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

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.

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.


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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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