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Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Network Outage Planned


April 10, 2017

GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive


April 13, 2017

Your Child's Future...the Possibilities Are Endless - GWAEA Transition Night


April 14, 2017

Early Release -
Agency closes at 3 p.m.


May 3, 2017

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin


Aug. 16, 2017

GWAEA All-Agency Inservice
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Solon performing arts center


Aug. 17-18, 2017

PD Palooza


In This issue:

Network Outage Planned on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8 a.m.
Reminder to Staff
Holiday Early Release Date
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 3
April is Autism Awareness and Occupational Therapy Month
2nd Floor Redesign - GWAEA 33rd Avenue Facility
Our Condolences
Grant Wood AEA's Little Free Library at Sixth St. Facility
Grant Wood AEA Online
Shirt Order
GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, April 10
Your Child's Future...the Possibilities Are Endless
Next Round of Core Ordering
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
- Weight Watchers at Work
- Chair Massage Schedule for March
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.

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

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Network Outage Planned on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8 a.m.

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There will be a network outage on Saturday, April 8, starting at 8:00 a.m., which will impact all offices and functionality in the offices (internet, phone, wireless, etc.)


This outage is for upgrades to GWAEA core network infrastructure. For questions, contact Brandon Watson, GWAEA network administrator.

Reminder to Staff:

In response to a concern shared during a recent Agency Advisor meeting, staff are asked to limit solicitation of fundraising items or the sale of other items to the agency break room areas only. Please do not use agency email or work areas to sell or promote items or materials. Thank you.

Holiday Early Release Date

The Agency will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 3, 2017



All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.


Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Melissa Bray, Preschool Teacher, Linn Grove Elementary - Educational Partner 

Rockwell-Collins Retired Volunteers - Friend of Education 

Duane Van Horn, Van Driver - Caring Colleague

Mick Starcevich, President, Kirkwood - Leadership for Learning 


Date: May 3, 2017

Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $13

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $25 per person

Reservations Due: Monday, April 24, 2017

Please contact Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544, to request tickets and arrange for payment Checks may be made payable to grant Wood AEA.​ Click to access the banquet invitation.

April is Autism Awareness and Occupational Therapy Month

Our GWAEA autism services team, occupational therapists and COTAs work alongside local teachers and staff to meet the needs of all learners across our seven-county service area. Congratulations on April as Autism Awareness and Occupational Therapy month.

Grant Wood AEA's Little Free Library at Sixth St. Facility

Grant Wood AEA is excited to offer our version of the Little Free Library located in the children's waiting area near the receptionist in the conference center. The way it works is simple:

-      We initially stocked the Little Free Library with a variety of good quality children’s books that we hope will be of interest to children.

-      You stop by and take whatever book catches your fancy.

-   You can return and contribute books to any Little Free Library.

2nd Floor Redesign - GWAEA 33rd Avenue Facility

Dave Brousard shared this week with the GWAEA Executive Team that 33rd Ave is progressing well and should be done in the next month or so. Windows are starting this week and carpet will come next. We anticipate that the remodel will wrap up in a month or so.


The following photos are from March 10 and April 5, 2017.

GWAEA 33rd Avenue entrance

GWAEA 33rd Avenue second floor construction.

GWAEA 33rd Avenue second floor construction. GWAEA 33rd Avenue second floor construction.

Our Condolences...

  • to Amy Grahs and family on the passing of her father, Jim Shaffer, on Sunday, April 2. The arrangements are:

    Wake: 1-5 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at the Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003.

    Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday, April 10, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2105 St. Joseph St., Dubuque, IA 52001.


    Amy is a GWAEA occupational therapist.

Grant Wood AEA Online
Shirt Order




Staff have the opportunity to purchase agency branded shirts. Staff can pick from men’s or women’s sizes in two different shirt types, and can select size, color before placing an online order.


Shirt Selection

We suggest staff start their shopping experience by looking at the shirt colors that are available
by viewing the “Logo Examples”
category. Staff will use this page to ensure they are selecting their preferred color on the ordering page.


Sample shirts are available at the 6th Street front desk through Cathy Nelson for staff who would like to check the fit of sizes before ordering. (Sorry, there are no 2x, 3x or tall samples.)


Please note your color choice in ‘logo examples’ to ensure you’re selecting your preferred color when you get to this ordering screen.


Ordering Details

Staff can place an order directly with the shirt vendor through the online portal or print the ordering screen and return a check payable to IMS Branded Solutions to Cathy Nelson at the 6th street office.

Staff will have the option of picking up their shirt from any GWAEA office location through the ordering process.


Orders will be accepted through April 23, 2017.


To order using the online portal, visit

GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, April 10, 2017

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA – Scale-Up Classroom 


For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Nelson or call ext. 6544.


Please share with MS/HS Special Education Teachers, Parents

Your Child's Future...the Possibilities Are Endless

Grant Wood AEA Transition Night,
Thursday, April 13, 2017


Grant Wood AEA Transition Night provides information to parents and professionals about the transition process for middle and high school students who receive special education services.


The keynote speaker will be Denise Little, who is a successful adult with dyslexia that has spent her life trying to help students so they do not have to struggle through school the way she did. Denise is a Title 1 reading teacher for the College Community School District, director for the Slingerland Institute for Literacy and is currently president of the Iowa Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


Join us for an evening featuring services in the areas of living, learning and working:


Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning workshop at Grant Wood AEA, March 21-23, 2017.

GWAEA Transition Night

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4:30-8:00 p.m.

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

4:30-5:30 p.m. Breakout Session - Student Panel Self-advocacy/determination
5:00-6:00 p.m. Local service provider booths
6:00-6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Denise Little, Teacher, Dyslexia Specialist and Advocate
7:00-8:00 p.m. Breakout Session - When Students Transition to Adults - Financial aspects


Registration is recommended but not required. On-site registration will be available.

Registration: 19052-16-01

Fees: None


For additional information, contact Su Groff-VanArendonk, 319-358-6278 or

Next Round of Core Ordering

 The third round of Core Ordering is just around the corner! Watch for an email with the Google Form link coming April 17. The form will shut down on May 15, at 4 p.m. – so don’t be late. Orders placed during this round will be available in August. Any questions, please contact Kim Novotny, ext. 6838.

IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System logo

Get detailed information about your retirement account. Learn more about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options.


Aug. 21-24, 2017


Location: Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha   

Individual Appointments - Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 2017


Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.


Visit the IPERS website for a complete listing of the Statewide Individual Counseling Sessions.


To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849. Appointment times will fill quickly. Please do not delay in calling to set up an appointment.

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

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

Weight Watchers At Work


Sign-up information: Payment can be made with Elizabeth or Kim during business hours or you can attend a Tuesday meeting (4:45-5:15 p.m., registration starts at 4:30 p.m.) to pay the WW leader directly. Payment can be made via credit card, one check, or three checks of $52.70 that will be cashed on different weeks during the next session.

Accepting Mid-Session Membership Applications

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.

Chair Massage Schedule for March/April

Cedar Rapids: May 3, 4. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: April 19, May 17, 1:00-4:15 p.m. Contact Sue Heath for the shared registration link.

GWAEA Professional Development Workshops

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development offers a variety of workshops as well as courses for credit throughout the year.  Please check our website for a complete and updated list of
courses and workshops.


Below is a highlight of the 2016-2017 PD workshops with national and regional presenters. 
Please register electronically  or complete a registration form. Payment is due at the time of registration.



Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























April 2017

Standards-Based Grading

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


GWAEA Autism Team

GWAEA Autism Team

Next Gen Iowa Core Science Standards

Next Gen Iowa Core Science Standards
See flyer for dates, locations

Literacy Leaders Workshop

Literacy Leaders Workshop
April 11, May 9, 2017

2016-2017 GWAEA Assistive Technology

2016-2017 GWAEA Assistive Technology

English Learner Leadership Institute

English Learner Leadership Institute

April 12, 2017

LCI Learning Sessions

LCI Learning Sessions

Building Bridges

Building Bridge Assistive Technology Conference

April 25, 2017


May 2017

Substitute Authorization

Substitute Authorization

May 1, 3, 5, 6, 2017


June 2017

Orthographic Mapping

Orthographic Mapping
June 2 & 5, 2017

Building Literacy in Social Studies for Grades 6-12

Building Literacy in Social Studies for Grades 6-12

Year 1 - June 8-9, 2017

Year 2 - June 13-14, 2017

Building Literacy in 
Social Studies

Building Literacy in
Social Studies

June 22-23, 2017


GWAEA Summer Literacy Symposium

GWAEA Summer Literacy Symposium

June 20-21, 2017

Full/Waiting List Only

GWAEA Summer Leadership Symposium

GWAEA Summer Leadership Symposium

June 27, 2017


July 2017

GWAEA Math PD Courses

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Math PD Courses



2016-2017 TQ Dates

May 3, 2017


Visit the new TQ Google site.


Teacher Quality Professional Development graphic

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. 

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 GWAEA 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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