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In This issue:


Holiday Early Release Dates
GWAEA Shirt Order Arrives
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
2nd Annual United Way Chili Cookoff
New Professional Resources in the GWAEA Media Center
Next Round of Core Ordering
Thank you!
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Financial Fitness Academy
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Dec. 5 or 6, 2016
  - Lunch and Learn
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.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Chuck Gustafson receives 2016 ICTM Lifetime Achievement Award



Congratulations to Chuck Gustafson, GWAEA curriculum consultant, on receiving the 2016 Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck received the award during the ICTM Annual Conference held during October.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to mathematics education during the his/her lifetime. ICTM Executive Board members nominate individuals for this award. The recipient is determined by vote during the Executive Board meeting.


Congratulations, Chuck!

Haneline, Johannes Author Journal Article

Congratulations to Connie Haneline and
Suzie Johannes, GWAEA physical therapists, joining authors from the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University on the section, A School-Based Intervention to Improve Fitness and Function in Severe Cerebral Palsy: A Pilot Study. The article will appear in the Pediatric PT journal. Haneline and Johannes will present during the 2016 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference in Colorado, Nov. 12.

Connie Haneline

Suzie Johannes

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 Online
Shirt Order
Has Arrived!

The GWAEA Online Shirt Order arrived to the agency this week. If you did not receive your order, please contact Carla Green or Cathy Nelson. Another order is planned in April. Watch future issues of The Bulletin Board for updates.

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. 

This change will be implemented at all three facilities. This change will affect mainly the Agency staff computers (iPads or other devices connected to the “gwguest” network will not be affected.)


The reasons for the switchover are:
1.       Extra layer of encryption for greater security
2.       Faster network speed


Change over instructions are in the attached Microsoft Word document for Windows 7, Windows 10, and Mac. Mac Users: the file will be downloaded to your downloads folder, and you can open it from there. See screencaptures of the Microsoft Word document below.


If you are a Mac user and you do not know your Active Directory domain credentials, please see Brandon or John in the network department.


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

Grant Wood AEA United Way Campaign Underway


November 1 all GWAEA staff members should have received an email 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

bowl of chili


The 2nd Annual United Way Chili Cookoff is planned on Nov. 18, 2016, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Grant Wood AEA Conference Center. Watch for details in upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.


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.

Thank you!

I would like to thank all of the GWAEA staff who helped with the Oct. 13 GWAEA Open Minds, Open Doors Conference.

open minds, open doors

From Powerschool, to Creative Services, to Professional Development, to the Business Office. From the front desk, to the van drivers, to tech services -- and to those who held doors and helped me push some very full carts!  Thank you all!!!  Finally, a special "thank you" to Beth Swantz, Emily Tiedtke and Monica Packard for serving as workshop presenters at the conference! It was a great day and your support, encouragement and involvement were appreciated by me, the planning committee, and the 537 girls in attendance! 


Susie Green


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, 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: November massage days are Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 14-15. 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.

Lunch and Learn

Date: Nov. 10, 2016

Time: 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood Room

Join Hy-Vee Dietician Alicia Aguiar for a discussion on healthy eating during the holidays.
See Lunch & Learn flyer for details.



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


See flyer for 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

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. (Modeling by Andrea)


Lost and Found:

These keys were found on the second floor of the Sixth St. facility.





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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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