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In This issue:

Partnering

Celebrating GWAEA's Top Workplaces Designation
Additional Job Postings This Fall
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Reminder to Update Emergency Contact Information and Beneficiaries
Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens
Scoring Software Installed on Agency Scoring Computers
Grant Wood AEA Online
Shirt Order
Assessment Courses
Congratulations!
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
  - Financial Fitness Academy
  - Fight the Flu
  - Weight Watchers at Work
  - Chair Massage Schedule - Oct.
  - GWAEA Try the Y
  - Eastern Iowa Miles for Myeloma
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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Celebrating GWAEA's Top Workplaces Designation

In Sunday's Des Moines Register, Grant Wood AEA was honored as the 16th mid-sized business in the Register's Top Workplaces survey. This year's ranking placed GWAEA as the highest ranked educational organization in the mid-sized category!

 

Staff can celebrate this achievement by adding the Top Workplaces sticker, distributed at the All Agency meeting in August, to their laptops or devices, and also by adding this signature to their email messages. Congratulations!

 

Updating your email signature with "Top Workplaces" logo
1. Click the 'gear' in the top right corner of your gmail.
2. Go to 'settings'
3. Paste the information below into your 'signature' space, and edit to to reflect your own name, title and contact information
4. Click 'save changes.'

 

FIRST LASTNAME

TITLE • DEPARTMENT 

Grant Wood Area Education Agency

4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

319-399-xxxx • Fax 319-xxx-xxxx

 

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Grant Wood AEA 

is honored to rank as one of Iowa's Top Workplaces.

 



Additional Contracted Staff Job Postings This Fall

Our agency was very successful in filling open positions early for this work year, and staff should note that several additional positions will be posted this fall.

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Late this spring we received additional special education support from the federal government above what had been anticipated and higher than what we’ve managed to for the past five years.
This increase in funding will allow us to increase staffing levels aligned through our equity formula.

 

The equity formula ensures equitable support of our districts based on several factors:

  • Student resident enrollment

  • Weighted tuition based on students enrolled in special education services

  • A factor used to equalize services available for accredited, non-public schools

  • Non-weighted home interventions and Individualized Family Service Plans

  • Additional special education weighting for kids age 3-21

Beginning Monday, Sept. 26 we will be posting positions for SLP and school psychologists. These are the job categories most likely to have mid-year graduates seeking employment, and we can be proactive in hiring these additional direct service positions immediately rather than waiting a full work year for the typical hiring timeline in the spring.

 

Please contact HR with any questions about these new postings.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

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Jessica Knudson
Admin. Specialist - HR

B.S., Iowa State University

Jessica's background includes positions as an HR Assistant with Genesis Health System in Davenport and as a Professional Development Associate with BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.

     

Reminder to Update Emergency Contact Information and Beneficiaries

In the event of an emergency, we want to be sure to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information on file for employees.  To ensure that this information is current, employees are asked to review this information annually.  As a reminder, in an emergency situation, we will always try to contact a spouse first, if identified, then Contact 1 or Contact 2.

 

To update:

1)

Go to GWAEA home page, click on Staff Website, click on Employee Self Service
(https://business.gwaea.org/cfapps/gwess/Login.cfm)

2)

Enter username (first initial & last name) and your password (click on green box if you have forgotten your password) 

3)

 Click on Emergency Contacts (found under my information) 

4)

Click on the record you wish to update or Add New Contact 

5)

Click on Save Changes or Delete this Contact

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6703.  Thank you for keeping this information current.

 

Please also remember to update beneficiary information as family changes occur.  Employees designate beneficiaries for the group life and IPERS benefits. Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, at ext. 6706, to make any beneficiary changes.


Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens

To promote a safe working environment and prevent and control the transmission of communicable diseases, employees are to use universal precautions in the delivery of services.  Universal precautions are identified in the Agency’s exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens, which is reviewed on an annual basis. Key components of the plan are summarized here for employee information and reference.

 

Wallet-sized cards outlining these procedures have previously been provided to all staff. If you need additional cards, have questions or would like more information, please contact the Human Resources Office, ext. 6703. Thank you.


Scoring Software Installed on Agency Scoring Computers

Late last spring, the software on the scoring computers at the Sixth Street and Coralville offices was updated. As much as possible, the same software is installed on multiple computers. Here is a current list of the scoring software that is installed on the scoring computers:

 

 

6th Street; Computer on Left Side

6th Street; Computer on
Right Side

Coralville; Station 1

Coralville; Station 2

ABAS-3

X

X

X

X

Achenbach 8.1b (Ages 1.5-5)

X

X

X

X

Achenbach 8.1b (Ages 6-18)

X

X

X

X

Attainment’s Social Networks

X

X

X

X

Boardmaker

 

X

 

X

BOT-2

 

X

 

X

Bracken-3

X

X

X

X

Communication Displays for Engineered Preschool Environments

 

 

 

X

Communication Displays for Engineered Adolescent Environments

 

 

 

X

Conners 3

X

X

 X

 X

DECA-I/T

X

X

X

X

KeyMath 3 Diagnostic Assessment

X

X

X

X

KeyMath 3 Essential Resources Level 1

X

X

X

X

KeyMath 3 Essential Resources  Level 2

X

X

X

X

OWLS-II

 

X

X

 

SALT 16 Clinical           

X

 

X

X

SRS-2

X

X

X

X

SSIS Rating Scales

X

X

X

X

WIAT-III

X

X

X

X

Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey-Revised

 

X

 

X

 

The passwords and keys are posted near each computer.

 

If you have questions about the scoring computers, please contact Kim Novotny at 319-399-6838 or knovotny@gwaea.org.


Education Directory Update

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There are two ways to access information about our LEA partners. You can access details:

 

1.  Through this map on our website, which has been updated with this year's information,

or 

2. Access the 2016-17 Education Directory. This data has been updated and is current for the year. We no longer printing large quantities of this document, but will coordinate hard copies for staff who would like one. You can make requests for the directory here.


Grant Wood AEA Online
Shirt Order

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Staff now 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 between August 29-September 23. Shirts will be delivered to the indicated pick up location by October 15.

 

Next Ordering Opportunity

We plan to open the online store for staff to order additional shirts again the first week of April.

 

To order using the online portal, visit http://tinyurl.com/GWAEAstore


Assessment Courses

Are you looking for more assessment tools used to
dig into children’s learning challenges?

 

Are you looking for ways to make assessments provide more information for the need section of the EER?

 

There will be opportunities this fall to hear about and work with a variety of assessments that are commonly used in the problem solving process. The goal is to build capacity of agency staff to have a wide breadth of assessment options to chose from when trying to answer specific diagnostic questions.

 

See the Assessment Courses flyer for information or contact Austin Beer or Hillary Prall.


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Congratulations!

  • to Jake and Tonya Vitense on the birth of their son, Remy Daniel, on Monday, Sept. 19. Remy weighed 6 lbs, 5 oz and was 20 inches long. Jake is a GWAEA behavior consultant and Tonya is a GWAEA school psychologist


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.


Financial Fitness Academy

The Agency is pleased to offer this program because it's recognized that increased financial knowledge leads to better financial health and overall well-being.


The program will launch the week of Sept. 26.  Watch your email for an invitation from support@financialfitnessgroup.com to take the 10-minute Financial Fitness Checkup assessment and learn about personal finance through the Financial Fitness Academy. 

 

Participants will be able to access 400+ online tutorials 24/7 from any Internet-connected device. The program will be available for 8 weeks and will conclude Nov. 18

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Staff who successfully complete a post-test for at least 12 tutorials (total of 2 hours during the 8-week program) and complete the Final Checkup will be entered in a drawing for one of four $25 gift certificates to either a local bookstore, sporting goods store or community theatre.


Please see the Sept. 15 issue of The Bulletin Board for further details. 


Fight the Flu

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Sixth St. Facility - Grant Wood Room

Sign-Up

OR

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Coralville Facility

Sign-Up

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Flu Shots planned at Grant Wood AEA through the Visiting Nurse Association. Bring your insurance information. VNA will direct bill your insurance company. 

 

As a reminder, and for employee reference, the Agency health plans provide flu shot benefits, which includes:

  1. Full 100% coverage, with no co-pay, for shots received through in-network or 
    out-of-network providers.

  2. Under the HMO Essential plan, however, individuals must go to an in-network provider for the shot or the shot will not be covered. The Visiting Nurse Association is in the HMO network.

  3. If another non-preventive service in addition to the flu shot is performed in the doctor's office, individuals are then responsible for the office co-pay. 

If there are questions about your health plan benefits, please contact Cathy Kearns, Payroll/Benefits Specialist, at ext. 6706 or ckearns@gwaea.org.

For information, contact Connie Dvorak, cdvorak@gwaea.org.


Weight Watchers At Work

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New registrations accepted each week! Since November 2014, our total weight loss is 783 pounds! That is the combined size of a welsh pony, average football lineman, and a mid-size microwave!

Weight Watchers At-Work
New Session - 9/6/2016

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

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


Chair Massage Schedule for October

Marcia will be here Oct. 12-13. Please email Stacy Murphy for appointment times.


GWAEA Try the Y

 

GWAEA employees may join the Y during September and waive the joiner's fee.
That's a savings of $50-$75.


*Helen G Nassif (downtown)
*Marion
*Stoney Point
*Mercy Health Plaza (along Council St.)

 

For more information, please contact our YMCA Corporate Contact Deanna Haddy, 319-399-6762.

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YMCA: Everyone Belongs Here!

 

Discounted football tickets - Iowa AND Iowa State games

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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.

 

A $10 discount on the game ticket only for the Iowa/Northwestern game has been added on the AEA online order page.

 

Iowa Hawkeye ticket link:
https://bravosportsmarketing.com/product/aea-iowa-tickets/

 

Iowa State ticket link:

https://bravosportsmarketing.com/product/aea-iowa-state/


 

Eastern Iowa Miles for Myeloma kicks off five years of fighting multiple myeloma on Oct. 2, 2016 at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 4213 SE Sand Road, Iowa City.

 

With your help, by year's end we'll have donated over $100,000 to the
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Team Lori will once again be walking in honor of former GWAEA employee Lori Hilmer. 

 

For more information on joining the team or if you’d like to order a
Team Lori T-shirt, contact Amy Grahs, 319-551-7021, or go to milesformm.com for race details.


2016-2017 Leadership for Continuous Improvement
Learning Sessions

 

Registration is available for non-LCI teams.

 

See flyer for dates and registration information through Grant Wood AEA Professional Development.

 

 


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, Child Find Courses

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.


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.

 

 

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Grant Wood AEA Math PD Courses, 2016-2017

See flyer for course offerings, dates and registration information.

 

 

 

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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.

 


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


Full/Waiting List Only

Visible Learning for Literacy

Instructors:
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
Fees:

$150 GWAEA Educators
$175 Non-GWAEA Educators


Visible Learning Foundations

Featuring:
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.

Fees:

• 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

and

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

 

Audience:
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

Fees:

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

 

Audience:
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

Fees:

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

 

Buddy Berry is the superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Kentucky who has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience.

The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education with Buddy Berry

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how schools are being reinvented to personalize learning for students. Join Buddy Berry, superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Kentucky, to learn about dramatic results happening at his schools. Berry will talk about his school on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model, and how you can bring elements of that model into your classroom.

Oct. 5, 2016, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Course Number: 19446-16-01
Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Consultants

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 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


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


STAR Autism Program Training

Instructor: Lisa Kemmerer, Ph.D.,
STAR Autism Consultant

 

Nov. 3-4, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street S.W.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

The STAR Autism Program teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council. The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism.

 

STAR Autism Program Training

Audience:
PreK-6 Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Special Education Consultants, Psychologists, Parents, Social Workers, Behavior Interventionists

 

Number: 4549-16-01

Registration deadline: Oct. 20, 2016, 6:00 a.m.

Fees: $185 in GWAEA Educators; $210 outside Non-GWAEA Educators
Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies (PIES) for Coaching Parents and Caregivers of Children from Birth to Five

Presenter: Dr. Laura Riffel

 

Nov. 28, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience: PreK Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Staff, Psychologists, Consultants

 

Credit: None
Fees: $50 for educators in Grant Wood AEA; $75 for outside of Grant Wood AEA

 

Number: 19473-16-01

Registration deadline: Nov. 14, 2016, 6:00 a.m.

Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies to Manage Behavior for Parents and Caregivers of Children Birth to Five

Presenter: Dr. Laura Riffel

Nov. 28, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience: Parents, Paraeducators, Caregivers, Care Providers

Credit: None
Fees: $10 for individuals in
Grant Wood AEA; $35 for individuals outside of Grant Wood AEA

 

Number: 19474-16-01

Registration deadline: Nov. 14, 2016, 6:00 a.m.


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

 

• 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 TQ Dates

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 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 Sherry Sines,
Lisa Haverkamp, Ambre Bernards, or Susan Parker.


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. 


 

AEA PD Online is available for required online trainings and for  online courses for credit. 


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.

 

Wanted:

The Off-Site Programs are in need of various types of legos for their students. If you have any legos that you are willing to donate, please drop them off at Elizabeth Steffensmeier's desk by Oct. 15.
Any donation is much appreciated.

 

 

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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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