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June 13-Aug. 12, 2016

GWAEA Summer Hours

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Aug. 17, 2016

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

College Community

Aug. 18-19, 2016

PD Palooza

In This issue:


Plan to Attend All-Agency Inservice Wednesday, Aug. 17

  PD Palooza is Coming!
GWAEA “Read to Me! Talk to Me!” Initiative Complete Book Assembly
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
Register Now for MackinVIA
Professional Development
IPERS is Coming to Cedar Rapids
Training System Update from
AEA PD Online
Our Condolences
Tech Tips
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
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.


Plan to Attend All-Agency Inservice, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Registration from 8:00-8:55 a.m.; Inservice begins at 9 a.m.

Please join your colleagues for our GWAEA
All Agency Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17
in the Concert Hall at College Community. (map)


Please plan to arrive between 8:00-8:55 a.m. in the concert hall foyer for registration and an opportunity to visit with your colleagues. Our annual meeting will begin in the hall promptly at 9:00 a.m.


Our All Agency Meeting will wrap up before lunch, allowing staff an opportunity to attend their regional meetings in the afternoon. If you need additional information on regional meetings, please follow up with your supervisor.


Staff have received letters and a map to their home address with directions to available parking areas at College Community on the day of the inservice. The map notes two areas as no parking areas:


- the parking lot north of the football field will be blocked off for band camp activities

- no parking on the road/grass that curves on the west side of the Concert Hall

We look forward to welcoming you back on Aug. 17.

GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza - Aug. 18 and 19

As we work toward our agency goal to increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge, we will again be holding two days of professional development for GWAEA staff on Aug. 18-19. Registration is open. Take a look at the schedule and get signed up!

GWAEA “Read to Me! Talk to Me!” Initiative Complete Book Assembly


The Grant Wood AEA Special Education Emergent Literacy Team completed book sets for supported preschool programs on July 20-21 at the GWAEA Sixth St. facility.


GWAEA staff and volunteers placed labels with vocabulary and definitions on the correct pages of the books and then bagged the books with prompt cards. 

The "Read to Me!--Talk to Me! project aligns with the GWAEA Special Education Literacy team's emergent literacy efforts.


This year's effort has been supported by two organizations:
the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded the program $1,000, and the Alliant Energy Foundation awarded $3,000.

These funds were used to purchase books that GWAEA will distribute through district preschool programs so they can establish home check-out libraries in their early learning classrooms.


Each book is paired with a prompt card developed by the GWAEA Emergent Literacy Team that are designed to help parents build their child's language and literacy skills as they read the book several times with their child.


For information, contact Kim Smith, or Connie Cranny,

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!


Donna Alger

33rd Avenue Facility

The Bulletin Board...

...will resume weekly publication on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

Register Now for MackinVIA
Professional Development

Looking for PD to help you understand more about eBooks? Consider signing up for this MackinVIA course.

1. Register to attend for just one day on August 8th for no credit at this link.


Session Full/Waiting List Only

2. Earn 1 relicensure credit available by signing up at this link and also registering at 
AEA PD Online


The "for credit option" will include developing a plan for implementation of MackinVIA resources into the curriculum and including connections to the Iowa Core. The continued learning will take place online using Moodle.

IPERS is coming to
Cedar Rapids

Individual Counseling Sessions

When: Sept 19-23, 2016

Where: Residence Inn, 1900 Dodge St N.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402


Call early to reserve your time slot. Appointments fill up quickly.


Who should register for an appointment? Anyone nearing retirement with questions on their IPERS accounts.


How to Register: Call 1-800-622-3849. Please have your Member ID, Spouses Date of Birth (if married), and potential retirement dates ready for the Benefits Officer when you call. 


Appointments are 30 min. each and are by appointment only. IPERS will send out estimates prior to the appointment. Please bring those estimates to the appointment.  


  • to Kristi and Jon Miiller on the birth of Charlotte Dorothy Miiller on
    July 6, 2016, 6 lbs. 3 oz., 19 1/4 inches. Everyone is doing great, and siblings Beckett and Eloise love their new sister. Kristi is a GWAEA behavior coach.

I wanted to say thanks to those of you who provided treats, cards, and well wishes on Wednesday as I transition from the Marsden staff to becoming a van driver for the agency. I have lots of wonderful memories from the last five years here in the building, and am looking forward to many more years around the agency. 

I will be around a few more days next week and then begin my duties as GWAEA staff on Aug. 8. Most of you that have been in the Sixth Street facility over the past few week have met my replacement. Those of you who have not, please introduce yourselves as you come back to work after your summer break. His name is Patrick Horsfall and he will be here most days
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 


Rick J. Smith

We are suspending our collection of used pens, pencils, and markers for recycling until another recycler can be located. If you still have any in your building, send them to the Sixth St. facility, and we will store what we have currently until another recycler can be located. 

Training System Update from AEA PD Online

AEA PD Online finished its annual update to the training system on Friday, July 8.

The most important change of note is that all staff will need to reset their passwords the first time they log in. This adds an additional layer of encryption for extra security.

Visit the AEA PD Online blog for specific information regarding the password reset process and other training system updates.

Our Condolences...

  • to Jake and Tonya Vitense on the death of Jake's stepfather, Daniel Lehn, who died in a bicycle-automobile accident on July 19, 2016. Services were held on July 23 at
    Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Jake is a GWAEA behavior consultant and Tonya is a GWAEA school psychologist.

  • to June Teigland on the passing of her husband, Larry, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Services were held on Monday, July 25, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. June was a GWAEA secretary/registrar, retiring from the agency in May 2008.


  • to the family of Steve Kepros, who passed away on July 23, 2016. Steve was a GWAEA cataloger in the Media Center. He retired from the agency on June 30, 2001. Services were held on Wednesday, July 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion.

Technology Tip - Synergize Support in Mail/Calendar/Drive

Google has acquired Synergize in the last couple weeks, which means all of the training is FREE for Google for Education users. You may have noticed a new little icon in the top right corner when you are in your email or another Google App. If you select the icon you will get a help search that will walk you through the how-to within your own account. In order to see this icon, you must be logged into the Chrome web browser with your Grant Wood AEA email address. This is great way to support our learning to reach our goal using 21st century skills.



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.

Weight Watchers At Work

Since November of 2014 our Weight Watchers at Work Group has lost 760 pounds!!


This discounted offer is available to current participants and future participants who pay for the next session early. Our current session ends on Aug. 30, and we start the fall session the following week. If you are interested in joining and want the reduced rate, please pay Elizabeth Steffensmeier or Kim Martin no later than Aug. 17 at 4:00 p.m.


We will currently pay to continue for a 12-week reduced cost session: $132.60 total (payable by cash, check, or credit card in one lump sum or three checks of $44.20 each)


We would prefer to do a reduced cost 17-week session; however, we need to get more people to join to get this longer session: $158.10 total (payable by cash, check, or credit card in one lump sum or three checks of $52.70 each)**


*Any payments received after Aug. 17 will be at the full rate of $156.00 for the 12-week session (payable in one lump sum or 3 checks of $52.00) or $186.00 for the 17-week session (payable in one lump sum or 3 checks of $62.00)


**If we are able to move from a 12-week session to a 17 week session, we will need one extra payment during the start of the fall session of $25.50

Chair Massage Schedule for August and September

Marcia will be here Aug. 11, Sept. 6 and the morning of Sept 8. Please email Stacy Murphy for an appointment.

2016-2017 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

The 2016-2017 LCI series is a joint effort supported by GWAEA consultants and national presenters. This professional learning provides leadership teams and educators the opportunity to interact with relevant content and work collaboratively to implement this content into district improvement plans.


See flyer for the various offerings.


Further information will be provided by the GWAEA regional administrator or school improvement consultant for your district.


For information, contact:

Grant Wood AEA





English Language Learners in the Early Childhood Setting PK to K

Aug. 3, 2016,
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Aug. 4, 2016,
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.




Aug. 24, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA


Target Audience:
Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers and Other Early Education Professionals who serve programs with English Language Learners or who may potentially serve ELL students in the future.


Number: 4742-16-01

Registration deadline: July 18, 2016, 6:00 a.m.


• Total for Renewal: $25, Total for Morningside credit: $75, Total for Drake credit: $100



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


• Instructional Coaching Seminar

Aug. 15-16, 2016

Number: 19351-16-01


• High Impact Instruction

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016

Number: 19353-16-01


• Focus on Teaching, Using Video to Gather Data

March 3, 2017

Number: 19355-16-01


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

See flyer for details

Assistive Technology Academy for School Professionals

AT 101 - Reading/Writing Supports


Dates: Aug. 24-Oct. 26, 2016
Face-to-Face times 4:30-5:30 p.m. on
Aug. 24 & Oct. 26


Target Audience: LEA Special Education/General Education Teachers;
AEA Support Staff


Location: Online class with the first and last meeting face-to-face at Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street S.W., Cedar Rapids



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.





Coaching for Tech Confidence & Competence

Participants will learn how to effectively coach teachers for technology confidence and competence. Coaches will learn foundations of coaching adults and how to best meet the needs of all the teachers they work with, novice to veteran. Additionally, coaches in this cohort will begin to develop a PLN to help assist their learning of how to support teachers with technology integration.


Relicensure, Drake-EDMA, or Morningside credit is available –
3 sem. hrs.




See flyer for dates and details

Registration information is available here.


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.


Functioning as a High Performing Leadership Team:
Focusing on Student Achievement

Instructor: Steve Ventura

Advanced Collaborative Solutions


Sept. 12, 2016; Jan, 12 and March 30, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, Iowa


Audience: Leadership Teams


Number: 4781-16-02

Registration deadline: Sept. 2 at 6:00 a.m.
License Renewal Credit: Additional $25


Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $250

Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $300


Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full. Priorities given to teams in LCI series.



See flyer for dates and registration information.

These sessions will provide the foundational learning necessary for further Achievement Team™ study. Registration will be confirmed after August 1.

Overcoming Anxiety and Frustration in Children and Teens

Instructor: Jed Baker, Ph.D.


Sept. 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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


Target Audience: PreK-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, Nurses, Counselors, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants


Number: 19469-16-01


Fees: Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $60
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $85



See flyer for details

Visible Learning for Literacy

Doug Fisher, Heather Anderson, Aida Allen

Sept. 30, 2016


What if you knew the literacy practices that ensure students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning for a year spent in school?

Doug Fisher and colleagues will show you how to use the right approach at the right time to intentionally design classroom experiences that hit the surface, deep and transfer phases of learning.

Participants will apply Hattie’s research to develop practices that are “visible” for teachers and students to see. Because their purpose has been made clear, visible practices are implemented in the right moment in a student’s learning and their effect is tangible.


See flyer for information


Course Number: 19445-16-01
Registration available after May 15, 2016

$150 GWAEA Educators
$175 Non-GWAEA Educators

Visible Learning Foundations

Dr. John Hattie, Steve Ventura

Oct. 10, 2016

DoubleTree Cedar Rapids
Convention Complex

350 1st Ave N.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

During the Visible Learning Foundation Day Institute, participants will identify and discuss the most important messages from the Visible Learning research, learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and know the difference between the influences that ‘do’ and ‘do not’ make a significant difference to student achievement. This Institute provides practical activities and take-away tools and is the first step of the Visible Learning Foundation Series that will help you become a Visible Learning School.


See flyer for information


Visible Learning is an in-depth school change model of professional learning and development based on the research of Professor John Hattie. Through the lens of Visible Learning evidence, you will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practice in order to determine the “impact” on student achievement and learning. By considering the effects of the practices of teachers and leaders, schools will be able to make substantial gains in student achievement.

Audience: All Educators

Course Number: 19440-16-01
Registration deadline: Oct. 3, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.


• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, Total for non-credit $175
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA area,Total for non-credit $200


From Words to Works - Developing Writing Skills in Elementary Students


From Words to Works - Developing Writing Skills in Middle School Students


Oct. 11 and 12, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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

From Words to Works- Developing Writing Skills in Elementary Students

Oct. 11, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Upper Elementary Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Reading Support, Parents, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants


Number: 19466-16-01

Registration deadline: Sept. 27, 2016, 6 a.m.
Credit: None


Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $40
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $65

From Words to Works- Developing Writing Skills in Middle School Students

Oct. 12, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood AEA,

4401 Sixth Street S.W. Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Middle School Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Reading Support, Parents, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Consultants


Number: 19467-16-01

Registration deadline: Sept. 28, 2016, 6 a.m.
Credit: None


Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, $40
Outside of Grant Wood AEA area, $65


2016-2017 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

National presentations brought to you locally by Grant Wood AEA.


1:00-3:00 p.m.

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


Oct. 5, 2016 - 19446-16-01

Buddy Berry - The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education


Nov. 2, 2016 - 19447-16-01

Dr. Robert Dillon - How Digital Learning Helps Close the Gap Around Educational Equity


Dec. 7, 2016 - 19448-16-01

Thomas Murray - Creating Schools and Classrooms that are Future Ready

See flyer for dates 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

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

2016-2017 TQ Dates

Sept. 14, 2016

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 Sherry Sines, Terri McGraw,
Lisa Haverkamp, Hillary Prall, Susan Parker, and a member to be determined.


Designing and Implementing Classroom Assessments To Be Used To Guide Future Instruction


Oct. 14, 2016, Feb. 27, 2017, and April 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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


The assessment and instruction class is designed to support classroom teachers and teacher leaders to plan and implement assessments that are aligned to learning targets from prioritized standards. The participants will collaborate with teacher partner(s) to analyze evidence from the assessment to plan and implement instruction that represents the results of the student’s performance on the assessment.


Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders

Number: 4839-16-01





See flyer for details


Registration deadline: Sept. 30, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.
Credit: R, D-EDMA, M - 1 Sem. Hrs.

Relicensure - $25
 Drake - $100
 Morningside - $75

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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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: Men's golf shoes. 2 pairs of Footjoy (size 11 1/2; size 12) and 1 pair Nike Lunar Cypress size 12. $50 each. Contact Karen, ext. 6821.


Lost and Found

Lost: The Brain Injury Resource Team is looking for a test that belongs in their resource library. If you happen to find the Executive Functions Test Elementary, please contact Amy Cameron at ext. 6801. The two books included in this kit are pictured below.



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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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