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Mark Your Calendar

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!
IPERS is Coming to Cedar Rapids
Discounted Football Tickets
Our Condolences
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found

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.


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 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 sign up!

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.  

Discounted football tickets - Iowa AND Iowa State games


Due to an overwhelming response last year, Bravo Sports is again offering Iowa AEA staff an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to Iowa Hawkeyes or Iowa State Cyclones football games. Tickets are available to all AEA employees and offered at no cost to the statewide AEA system.


Iowa Hawkeye ticket link:


Iowa State ticket link:

Our Condolences...

  • to Amy Jackson on the passing of her mother, Sandra "Sandy" Lee Sanborn, on July 18 in Cedar Rapids. A Celebration of Life was held at The Avacentre at Brosh Chapel in
    Cedar Rapids on July 21. Amy is a GWAEA school social worker.


  • to Ambre (Bernards) Chittenden on the passing of her father, Richard "Rich" Bernards, on Aug. 1. A Celebration of Life is planned at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Aug. 13. Ambre is a GWAEA school social worker.

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 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





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.





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.

Lost and Found


Found: In the Human Resources conference room. Please see Cathy at the switchboard to claim.



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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