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Mark Your Calendar:

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:

Partnering

GWAEA PRIDE
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive for Contracted, Management Staff Approved by GWAEA Board
New gwaea.org Brings Mobile-Friendly Design, Improved Function to Agency Website
Second Floor Redesign - GWAEA 33rd Avenue Facility
Agency Calendar Pay Dates
Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
iPad Refresh
Wanted: Dog Walking for Lucy
EAP Reminder
Happy Holidays from the Media Center Staff
New Resources in the Media Center
info@gwaea, December 2016
Have Student Loan Debt or Going Back to School?
GWAEA Teams for Bowl for Kids' Sake
Donations for Animal Rescues
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Possible Return of GWAEA Health Screenings
- Lunch and Learn Video, Managing Holiday Stress
- You Still Have Time to Invest in You!
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Chair Massage Schedule for January
  - Mindfulness 101: Stress Reduction and Wellness
  - Grant Wood AEA Book Club Rescheduled to Jan. 5, 2017
  - 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

GWAEA GROW

 

Past Issues

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

 

Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Wednesdays. Submit your items email to
Valerie Taylor Hill
,
GWAEA Public Information Specialist

 

 

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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Blanchard and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Leaders Work to Improve Instruction

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Congratulations to Chad Blanchard and area Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. Blanchard and the teachers have been developing technical skills assessments for content areas, and will begin to analyze the evidence from the assessments this year to determine how CTE instruction should be changed.

 

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Career and technical education (CTE) in Iowa includes organized educational programs offering a sequence of courses which are directly related to the preparation of individuals in employment in current or emerging occupations. These programs include competency-based, applied learning, which contributes to an individual’s academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, and occupational-specific skills.

 

"Through my job as a GWAEA School Improvement Consultant, I have the pleasure of serving as the Grant Wood AEA Perkins Consortium (GWPC) Coordinator," Blanchard said. "This role allows me to provide area schools guidance and support related to Federal and State Career and Technical Education (CTE) legislation."

 

Blanchard explained, "Currently, the CTE service areas supported by the GWAEA consortium (Agriculture, Business, FCS, and Industrial Technology) are engaged in professional learning focused on the development and implementation of model programs of study. CTE legislation outlines the required components of a program of study. While engaging in this work, our consortium has selected two CTE Teacher Leaders per service area to assist myself in developing and implementing professional learning."

 

CTE Teacher Leaders include:

Agriculture

Business

Family Consumer Science

Industrial Technology

"Our professional learning is helping area schools develop, implement, and refine our consortium developed model programs of study," Blanchard continued. "The GWPC would not be where it is today without the leadership and support of our teacher leaders."


"During the 2016-17 school year, our CTE service areas are developing technical skill assessments that will be used consortium wide to measure student proficiency in identified critical competencies.  As collaborative teacher teams, we will analyze our student data to make instructional decisions that support instruction, assessment, and student learning."

 

Congratulations, Chad and the CTE Teacher Leaders.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

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Kristy Bruce
Computer Services Consultant - Finance

M.B.A., Indiana University

Kristy's background includes positions as Business Manger, Center Point-Urbana, 2008-2016; Technology Support, Vinton-Shellsburg Schools, 2002-2008; Stay-at-Home Mom, 1995-2002, and Systems Analyst at Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, 1990-1995.

     

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Heidi Gaeta
Paraeducator

Paraeducator Certification, Kirkwood Community College

Heidi worked at Norstrom Direct for 10 years prior to completing the paraeducator certification requirements.

     

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Helen Joens
MIIP Administrative Assistant

     

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Vanessa Raue
Computer Services Consultant - Finance

M.B.A., University of Dubuque

Vanessa's background includes positions as Payroll/Benefits Manager with the Cedar Rapids School District, June 2008-Nov. 2016, and Center Point-Urbana Business Manager/Board Secretary, Nov. 2003-June 2008.

     

$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.


The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Jan. 5.

Have an enjoyable winter break!

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New gwaea.org Brings Mobile-Friendly Design, Improved Function to Agency Website

 

 

Staff are invited to visit the newly revised GWAEA website before the site's official launch the week of Dec. 19. 

 

A few notes for staff during this preview period before the new gwaea.org goes live:  

  • The 'search' function of this site will not be operational until the site goes live.

  • The 'staff' area is where employees will link to ESS and other business applications. This area also will not be operational until the site goes live. We will provide information on how to use your Google account information to log into this section of the website.

  • Note that the program information from our "Yellow Pages" is now available in a directory of programs and services, but in most cases we have removed staff names from each of these program descriptions. With our new staff directory, it's now much easier to locate contact information for staff in our organization. Additionally, for members of the public, we hope to connect them to the right person by routing general inquiry calls to our switchboard and our support staff.

  • Our website's content has been reduced and streamlined compared to what existed on the former site. We will continue working with our staff to ensure the information that's most useful is available for educators, parents and our community partners. Renee Nelson and Valerie Taylor Hill will be connecting with departments to help collect feedback and continue the revision of our content.

Contact Renee Nelson in Communications to share your thoughts.


2nd Floor Redesign - GWAEA 33rd Avenue Facility

Reconstruction work is underway on the second floor of Grant Wood AEA's 33rd Avenue facility. Four new conference rooms will be created as well as a new Structured Teaching classroom for Autism and office space for both science and autism.

 

Bids were collected in October and presented to the GWAEA Board in November. Watch for future updates in The Bulletin Board.

 

GWAEA 33rd Avenue Phase II reconstruction plan blue print of design.

Grant Wood AEA - Phase II

GWAEA 33rd Avenue second floor construction and open area photo with walls removed.

Dec. 1, 2016

 

GWAEA 33rd Avenue second floor construction and open area photo with walls removed.

Dec. 14, 2016


Agency Calendar: Pay Dates

Below is the Agency calendar for December and January. Please note the circled pay dates. Our normal bi-weekly pay schedule falls within Winter Break, thus moving up a pay date to
December 23 and extending the next pay date to January 13.

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Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  Log in with your username and password.  Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History menu item.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give your consent” link to give your consent.  The Terms of Electronic Consent to receive W-2 form are displayed.  Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC W-2 DELIVERY button and confirming consent.

 

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Note:  Staff who consented to electronic W-2 delivery last year will receive electronic delivery again this year unless the staff member removes the consent.  Staff wanting to receive their W-2 statement with this earlier electronic delivery option should make their consent by January 13, 2017 to secure this delivery method.  Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper W-2 in the mail no later than January 31, 2017.

 

Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent. 


Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form 1095’s electronically to employees who give consent. By giving electronic 1095 consent, this means you will not receive a paper Form 1095 in the mail. Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your Form 1095 is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Log in with your username and password. Under ‘my information’ column select the 1095 History menu item. Read through the Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give consent” link to give your consent. The Terms of Electronic Consent to Receive 1095 form are displayed. Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC 1095 DELIVERY button and confirming consent. Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper 1095 in the mail no later than January 31, 2017.

 

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Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about 1095 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.


iPad Refresh

We are ready to refresh the iPad Airs to iPad Air2s (32GB). This will be the year 1 of our three-year refresh cycle and will be refreshing approximately 120 devices. Employees who are eligible for this refresh have gotten an email from 
Stacy Behmer
 with details and need to sign up for a case and pick up window by 5:00 p.m. on December 16.  If you do not have an iPad Air2 already you should have gotten an email. If you haven't please contact Stacy. Dates on the back of iPad Air2s are December 2014 and December 2015. 

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Plans will be made to repurpose many of the devices for staff check-out and use. If you have any suggestions for other ways in which they might be repurposed, please email Stacy Behmer, sbehmer@gwaea.org.


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Wanted:

Someone to walk dog. Lucy would be very happy to show off the Jefferson High School neighborhood. Single time or recurring options are available, M-F. EOE!. Contact Robyn Robbins at 319-310-8699.


EAP Reminder

The Agency provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to support staff and family members with additional resources when faced with challenging situations. This program is provided through Mercy EAP Services and includes professional and confidential

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counseling and referral services for a variety of personal issues including grief/loss, stress, illness, financial concerns and relationship issues. The goal of the program is to assist employees in effectively identifying and resolving personal concerns in a proactive manner before they affect job performance. 

 

All clinicians with Mercy EAP are licensed mental health counselors and are experienced in assisting individuals in meeting the challenges of today’s busy lifestyles. The EAP is confidentialand easy to use – just call 319-398-6694 or 1-800-383-6694 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost to employees for initial discussions – up to three sessions per employee family member per year (July 1-June 30) are provided. Whenever necessary, you will be referred to another resource that can best serve your needs. In most cases, your insurance may be used to cover the cost of additional help. If you need help that is not covered by insurance, the counselor can recommend services that are based on ability to pay.


It is hoped employees and families always lead happy and healthy lives, however if problems do occur and additional support or assistance would be helpful, the Agency is pleased to provide this valuable resource through the EAP. If you are ready to try this approach to addressing challenges in your life, please remember Mercy EAP Services.


If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to call the Human Resources Office at x6703, refer to the Business Services & HR Procedures Manual or view brochure.


New Resources in the GWAEA Media Center

New professional resources and Classroom VAST collection resources have been added to the GWAEA Media Center. Contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist, for information.

info@gwaea is a monthly e-newsletter for teacher librarians and educators. Learn more about
the resources available to educators in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center.

 

In the December 2016 issue:

  • Happy Holiday from the GWAEA Media Center Staff

  • Critical Thinking Research Lesson Ideas

  • Student Books to Supplement VAST Kits

  • Grant Wood AEA Holiday Hours

  • Media Center Late Start and Snow Day Procedures

  • Online Resources Feature: TrueFlix

  • and much more!

For information, contact Deanna Weber, dweber@gwaea.org.

Happy Holidays from the Media Center Staff

GWAEA Media Center staff holiday photo. Front row: Michelle Tressel, Christine Robertson, Deanna Weber, Judy Bibeau. Middle row: Shirley Feickert, Rene VanGerpen, Jayne Kamberling, Gail Cummins, Jodi Flynn. 
Back row: Hope Runge, Stacy Craft, Joan Hellmann, Kim Novotny, Tara Johannsen, Dulcie Lauritsen, Kathleen Goslinga.

Front row: Michelle Tressel, Christine Robertson, Deanna Weber, Judy Bibeau.
Middle row: Shirley Feickert, Rene VanGerpen, Jayne Kamberling, Gail Cummins, Jodi Flynn.
Back row: Hope Runge, Stacy Craft, Joan Hellmann, Kim Novotny, Tara Johannsen, Dulcie Lauritsen, Kathleen Goslinga.


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.


GWAEA Teams for Bowl for Kids' Sake

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Last year GWAEA was represented among the corporate teams participating in our local Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Are you interested in joining a team? Please contact Renee Nelson for more information.


 

Donations for the Vinton Friends of the Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue in Cedar Rapids are being accepted by the NE/NW/Central File mail boxes.

 

See the flyer for details or contact Stacy Murphy.


GROW News/Upcoming Events

Visit the GWAEA Grow website for the following:

- Adult Coloring Books

- Book Club
- Chair Massages

- Community Events

- Financial Fitness

- Gardening

- Healthy Food

- Lunch and Learn

- Mindfulness Class

- Treadmill Desks

- Walking Events

- Weight Watchers

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club

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Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

Visit these Facebook links for upcoming activities and events:

Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project

Iowa City Blue Zones Project

Marion Blue Zones Project

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Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas.


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.

 

Lunch and Learn Video

Join Mercy EAP Coordinator Lisa Lahr for a presentation recorded Dec. 10, 2015 on managing holiday stress. [27:50]

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Take advantage of the Financial Fitness Academy™ before it ends 12/31/16

Staff will be entered in a drawing for one of four $25 gift certificates by participating in the Financial Fitness Academy and a) taking an initial checkup, b) successfully completing a post-test for at least 
12 tutorials and c) completing the Final Checkup.

 

This is a different program than was offered in Spring 2016 when more than 100 staff participated.  To date, the numbers for the Fall 2016 Academy are:

 

1.    41 initial checkups have been completed
2.    30 employees have selected one or more tutorials
3.    341 tutorials have been selected
4.    242 tutorials have been completed

 

To participate:

  1. Complete the Financial Fitness Checkup™ at https://grantwood.financialfitness.center to discover your Financial Fitness Score™.  (All GWAEA employees should have received an email from support@financialfitnessgroup.com on 9/26/16.)

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

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

This program is available through the end of the year - December 31, 2016.

 

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, Dec. 8, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Dec. 1, 2016

- Financial Fitness Academy, The Bulletin Board, Nov. 17, 2016

- 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

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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

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


Chair Massage Schedule for January

Sixth St: Jan. 11-12, 2017. Please email Stacy Murphy for appointment times.

Coralville: Jan. 18, 2017. A link to a shared doc is available from Sue Heath to register.


Mindfulness 101: Stress Reduction and Wellness

Location: Grant Wood AEA Northern Facility, 4401 6th Street S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 25, 28; March 7, 2017

Number: 4793-16-02


Grant Wood AEA Book Club Rescheduled to Jan. 5, 2017

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.

 

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Jan. 5, 2017
at Noon
or  4 p.m.
Glass Room, Sixth St. Facility

Please choose from one of the following times to attend: Jan. 5, 2017 at noon or  4 p.m.
in the Glass Room. A ZOOM option is avaiable for those who cannot attend on site.
Contact Deanna Weber for information.


4th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

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.

 

Where:
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.

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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.

 

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.

 


 

Dr. Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought-after educational consultants in North America. A former teacher and principal, Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author and thought leader in equitable learning environments.

All Means ALL! Creating Equitable Learning Environments

Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. The author of several books including The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level, Dr. Muhammad will challenge teachers and administrators alike to be transformational leaders in districts and classrooms and to broaden their understanding of how they can positively influence the culture in their district.

Jan. 4, 2017, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Course Number: 19449-16-01
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, General Education and Special Education Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Consultants

Registration deadline: Dec. 14, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

 

Fees:

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


2016-2017 Instructional Coaching

Instructors: Jim Knight and Ann Hoffman

 

 

See flyer for dates, times, and locations

 

Target Audience:
Instructional Coaches, Administrators, Lead/Model Teachers

 

• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01


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 

Fees:

  • 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 

Fees:

  • 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.


Expanding Expressive Language Workshop

 

See flyer details

April 6, 2017

Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience:
PreK-6 Speech-Language Pathologists, General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Support, Early Childhood Staff

 

Number: 19464-16-02

 


2016-2017 TQ Dates

Feb. 15, 2017
May 3, 2017

 

Visit the new TQ Google site.

The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the
Teacher Quality Committee
link. Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at ssines@gwaea.org by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.

 

TQ funds are available to support professional learning. All contracted staff in a position that requires educational licensure are eligible. Funds can be used to support learning time and resources for agency-wide proposals, region/discipline/program proposals and individual proposals. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 proposals were approved to support professional learning in Literacy, Math, Early Childhood, Autism, Behavior, Science, Coaching, Mentorship, Speech Language, ELL, and Leadership Development. The application documents can be accessed on the Staff Portal. Committee members are happy to answer questions about proposal development. Contact Ambre Bernards, Lisa Haverkamp, Susan Parker, and Sherry Sines.


Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

BoEE Update

Please take a moment now to visit the BoEE website and update your contact information. Go to www.boee.iowa.gov and click “update my information” in the left column. The “Search for a license” tool is helpful to see your license type and expiration date. The FAQ page replaces the old BoEE handbook and has the most current and relevant information for educators in a user-friendly format. For BoEE updates, please review the August newsletter. 

 

You can subscribe to the BoEE Quarterly Newsletter from the BoEE webpage. 


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Opportunities

 

Information for Professional Development National Speakers is now available on the link to
GWAEA Featured PD
on the homepage. Pre-registration is required for all participants including practicum, interns and student teachers.

 

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Ealuator Appoval 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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