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June 12-Aug. 11, 2017

GWAEA Summer Hours


The Bulletin Board summer publication dates:

June 29, July 13, July 27, and Aug. 10, 2017



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:

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

Staff Assignment/Job Changes

New VPN Client for Windows and Macintosh Computers
Summer Van Delivery
MackinVIA eBook Curriculum Integration Class
AEA PD Online: Thanks a Million!
Transition from AEA267 to Central Rivers AEA
Regional Title Meetings
Our Condolences
Improve Your Student Loan Situation
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
GWAEA Health Screening/Fight the Flu
Summer Time Fun at the YMCA
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes



Past Issues of
The Bulletin Board


Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Tuesdays.
Submit items 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

PROPeL Initiative: Overcoming Problems of Literacy

Grant Wood AEA's Shelters and Detention classrooms are joining Fort Dodge Alternative High School, Midland Park School at Eldora, and Waverly-Shell Rock Lied Center in the first cycle of the PROPeL Initiative, Overcoming Problems of Literacy.


Teachers working with the grant include: Katie Young, Foundation 2 Shelter; Celestina Holliday and John Berning, Youth Emergency Shelter; Colleen Rivera and Marcia Booth, Linn County Juvenile Detention Center.


PROPeL is an innovative two-year initiative in which the Iowa Reading Research Center will work with select schools to address an identified literacy problem.


During the 2017-18 school year, the initiative includes the development of individualized plans, implementation and evaluation. The above schools represent different regions and demographics in Iowa.


Grant Wood AEA's Regional Administrator Lisa Haverkamp, said, "The PROPeL grant has helped our GWAEA Offsite classrooms move closer to achieving quality literacy instruction for the students in Shelter and Detention classrooms in our area.  The students' learning is interrupted by the events in their lives.  As educators we need to be able to quickly assess and deliver targeted instruction to meet their needs. We look forward to the professional learning and focus on data to help us achieve our goals."


Lisa joined a recent discussion with educators involved in the PROPeL Initiative hosted by the Iowa Reading Research Center. Learn more about the PROPeL Initiative in this video.

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help. Please note the following deadlines.


June 9, 2017 

Final deadline to submit all remaining fiscal year (July 2016 – June 2017) invoicing requests.

June 30, 2017

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current work year (July 2016 – June 2017).

June 30, 2017

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel

reimbursement for the fiscal year (July 2016 – June 2017).


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Staff Assignment/Job Changes

This ongoing update reflects the new assignment and job changes to date. Additional changes will continue to be shared through future editions of The Bulletin Board.

New VPN Client for Windows and Macintosh Computers

The current VPN will be shut down July 1

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The agency is in the process of moving to a new VPN client for Windows and Macintosh computers. VPN is used primarily for the following reasons when staff is offsite from one of the three Grant Wood AEA offices:

  • Avamar computer backups and restores

  • Shoretel Soft-phone software

  • Shared server drive access (Not Google Drive)

The current VPN will be shut down July 1, 2017.  If you utilize any of the above when you are offsite or any other services that require connecting to the VPN, please stop into the technology department to have the new software installed on your computer before July 1.


For questions, contact Brandon Watson, GWAEA network administrator.

GWAEA Summer Van Delivery
June 12 - Aug. 15, 2017

Summer delivery begins Monday, June 12 and ends on Tuesday, August 15.


Please communicate the following to your colleagues:


• Delivery in the summer is to one designated building in the district.
• This building is your district’s designated delivery point.
• Summer delivery occurs every other week.


The GWAEA cataloging system takes into account the delivery schedule when materials are scheduled. Click here to view the Summer Van Route Schedule 2017.

Mark Your Calendar for the MackinVIA eBook Curriculum Integration Class

Pass this on to Classroom Teachers


As you plan your summer schedule, consider signing up for the MackinVIA course. This course was offered last summer and received rave reviews. Credit and no-credit options are available. The course starts on Aug. 8. For details and to register for credit options, go to AEA PD Online. Also, please register your attendance for Aug. 8 face to face session at this site.


For more information on this learning opportunity, please contact Deanna Weber.

AEA PD Online: Thanks a Million!

AEA PD Online is celebrating 1 million completed courses! This accomplishment represents millions of hours of professional learning and reflects Iowa educators’ dedication to ensuring all Iowa students experience high-quality learning opportunities and environments.


The millionth training was completed by Tyler Rodgers, interim elementary principal at Harlan and Salem Elementary Schools in the Mt. Pleasant CSD. During 2017-2018, Tyler will return to work at the high school as the MOC/work experience coordinator.


The AEA PD Online infographic shares usage data.

Transition from AEA267 to Central Rivers AEA Begins
July 1, 2017

As we told you last fall, AEA 267 is changing its name to Central Rivers AEA. The name will officially change on July 1, 2017, but you’ll notice the change in email addresses and website soon. This video from their agency tells more about the change and how it will roll out.

Regional Title Meetings

Date: June 21, 2017

Location: Grant Wood AEA - Kirkwood Regional Ctr.

2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA 52241


The following information is from Dave Tilly, Iowa Department of Education:


In the upcoming Regional Title Meetings, there are a several items to share in preparing for the meetings.

  1. There will be printed handouts at the face-to-face meetings. Regional Title Programs Handouts are available to those attending by zoom.

  2. All handouts are in draft form as we transition to ESSA. 

  3. The Adel meeting will be recorded and posted at a later date.

  4. The agenda for the meeting is here. Please note - lunch is on your own.

  5. The Regional Title Meeting schedule and registration is here.

Looking forward to seeing you or a representative from your school or district at one of the meetings.

Our Condolences...

  • to Kelli Robertson and family on the passing of Kelli's mother, Kathie Short, on June 6 in Norfolk, Nebraska. A private service was held.

  • to Ken Benson and family on the passing of Ken's wife, Doralyn, on June 7. A Celebration of Life will be held at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha at 7 p.m. on June 15. Ken is a former GWAEA school social worker.

Improve Your Student Loan Situation

Innovative Student Loan Solutions

To help improve your student loan situation and overall financial well-being, our local education agency, Grant Wood AEA, is partnering with an advisory company, ISLoan Solutions, to educate you and provide options, including loan forgiveness and refinancing, that may help lower, or even eliminate, your payment. All employees with student loans are encouraged to find out if this voluntary benefit can help you. Join your colleagues who have reduced monthly payments by 81% (avg), and expect $66,471 in projected tax-free loan forgiveness.

Click this link: enter registration code: AEA10

If PSLF makes sense, you will be able to:
• Immediately lower your monthly student loan payment

• Reduce your student loan obligation
• Significantly lower your cost to earn additional degrees

• Receive a personalized 10-year loan forgiveness plan outlining your projected tax-free savings

Some may be able to lower your payment through the program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF is not Teacher Loan Forgiveness*). For those who won’t benefit from PSLF, refinancing may work for you.


The Gift of Financial Well-being

"Don’t hesitate to learn about the program. ISLoan Solutions tells you everything you need to know and will not pressure you.  I have complete peace of mind now when it comes to my student loans and can pay off other debts, travel, purchase my own home and save additional money for retirement. Not having that financial burden in my life anymore has been a gift.”

Sarah Tomer, School Psychologist, Ohio

Contact us: 1.866.831.5564, email or visit for more information and success stories.


For those who registered with ISLoan Solutions in the past and were told you would not benefit from PSLF, login to your MyISLS portal, and you will be directed to the refinancing option.

IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

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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.

Thank You!

The Linn County Detention Center school received a $1,000 from the HyVee Community Grant. Students and staff are very excited to have received this monetary grant. The money will be used to make improvements to their existing garden project, which includes adding a second garden bed and adding extended year covers to them.


Thank you, HyVee, for supporting our students at the Linn County Detention Center.

Marcia Booth (center) joins Linda Ashley and Kristy Staker with Hy-Vee for the grant presentation on June 2.


Congratulations to Michelle Tressel, GWAEA instructional data facilitator, who celebrated during a retirement reception held on June 9. Congratulations!

GWAEA Health Screening/Fight the Flu

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Sixth St. Facility
Scale-UP Classroom



Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
7:00-9:00 a.m

Coralville Facility


The GROW Committee would like to offer Blood Profile Screenings and Flu Shots to any interested staff members this fall.


The screening will be a 12-hour FASTING test provided by the Visiting Nurses Association at a cost of $20.00 per person, cash or check is due the day of the screening. VNA will have almost immediate results, which they will go over with you during your appointment, so plan on being here at least 15 minutes.


Flu shots will also be available that day. The VNA will bill your insurance company, so be sure to bring your insurance card with you.


Registration for both events will be announced in August. For information, contact
Connie Dvorak

Summer Time Fun at the YMCA

Click on the link to find summer activities at the YMCA.  

Members can work out and earn rewards with our summer punch cards. Swim lessons for members and non-members will have new titles of classes and updated curriculum starting in June 2017.


Fun-filled activities for families and kids along with volunteer opportunities. Contact Deanna Haddy, YMCA Corporate Contact for GWAEA, at or call 319-350-4123 for any questions regarding the YMCA.

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


New Session is underway!

Our program fits your life! Mid-session applications welcome. Our program fits your life! Join Today!

Membership opportunity extended to staff, family and friends (you may attend at any community location or at GWAEA on Tuesdays. Tuesday’s meeting private weigh-in is available at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting is 4:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m). You are not required to attend the Tuesday meetings, you can go to any other community meetings that suit your schedule.

Weight Watchers for Diabetes

Weight Watchers for Diabetes

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.

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

Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: June 28-29, July 26-27. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Will resume in September. Contact Sue Heath for the shared registration link.

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

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























June 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

Building Literacy in 
Social Studies

Cognitive Coaching: Planning and Reflecting

July 27-28,
Sept. 18-19, 2017

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

Teaching Transparently

July 20-21, Sept. 27, 2017,
Jan. 17, 2018


Building Literacy in 
Social Studies

GWAEA Resources for Educators, Parents Working or Living with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

August 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops


Blended Learning for School Teams

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

2017-18 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS) in Partnership with the New Teacher Center


September 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

GWAEA Assistive Tech



March 2018

GWAEA Math PD Courses

Teaching Transparently Support Workshops
March 28, May 1, 2018



2017-2018 TQ Dates

Sept. 13, 2017
Dec. 7, 2017
Feb. 9, 2018
May 8, 2018

Visit the TQ Google site. The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

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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, Arlene Brant, Lisa Haverkamp, 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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