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Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Early Notification Incentive for All Employee Groups

 

Friday, March 30, 2018
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due


In This issue:

Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 30
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
IEP Training for New/Late Hires
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Agency Calendar: Pay Dates
Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
Our Condolences
Hope Blooms...It's Daffodil Time!
Agency Holiday Potlucks
GWAEA Logo Clothing Order
Thank You
Retirement Celebration
Student Loan Relief
News from the YMCA
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
5th Annual Cropping 4 Kids
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade
Lost and Found

 

Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes

GWAEA GROW

 

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
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GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due March 30

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at Grant Wood AEA and are interested in applying for the 2018-2019 Organizational Leadership program.

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The Organizational Leadership program exists to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership. This two-year program exists to:

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational level issues, contexts and dilemmas

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

  • Participate in networking opportunities to debrief and observe leaders as they tackle real problems and issues

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents, to Lisa Wilson by Friday, March 30, 2018. Applications and overview for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found here.


Formal interviews will be scheduled in April with selections to be made by May 9, 2018.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Lisa Wilson at lwilson@gwaea.org.


$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups

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At their meeting on Wednesday, November 8, the GWAEA Board of Directors approved a recommendation to offer an early notification incentive for all staff (including contracted, management, classified, management support, salaried positions) to help support a timely hiring process for 2018-19. 

 

To participate in this incentive, interested staff members must complete a full work year of agency service for 2017-18, and must commit to resigning or retiring at the end of this current work year, in writing, to Human Resources between November 9, 2017, and January 9, 2018. If the retirement or resignation is accepted by the board no later than its regular meeting on January 10, 2018, the staff member will receive an incentive of $1,500, payable to them on June 29, 2018 (conditional upon the staff member satisfactorily completing his or her employment obligations for the year).

 

See the complete article in the Nov. 9, 2017 issue of The Bulletin Board.


IEP Training for New/Late Hires

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Please see the following information regarding IEP training for new/late hires in special education. In order to gain & keep access to the IEP system, special education staff must complete these training modules.

 

The format of the IEP training for new LEA/AEA staff will consist of three required components:

  1. Online learning modules with a focus on content (approximately 8 hours), which must be completed one week prior to the first half day face-to-face training. (Attached is the AEA PD Online Training System directions document.)

  2. One half day face-to-face training on January 18, 2018, including application activities and a collaborative review of an IEP. Registration is available on the GWAEA Professional Development site and the course number is: 19371-17-05

  3. One half day face-to-face training on January 30 OR February 5, 2018, including additional learning on IEPs to build on the previous training. Registration is available on the GWAEA Professional Development site and the course numbers are: 19462-17-0119462-17-02, 19462-17-0319462-17-04  (staff attend one of the four options)

If you have questions, please contact Erin Welsh (ewelsh@gwaea.org).                     


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

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Pam Tichy
Materials Distribution Associate

B.S., Mount Mercy University

 

     

Agency Calendar: Pay Dates

Below is the Agency calendar for December and January. Please note the circled pay dates. Our normal bi-weekly pay schedule falls within Winter Break, thus moving up a pay date to
December 22 and extending the next pay date to January 12.

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Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  Log in with your username and password.  Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History menu item.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give your consent” link to give your consent.  The Terms of Electronic Consent to receive W-2 form are displayed.  Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC W-2 DELIVERY button and confirming consent.

 

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Note:  Staff who consented to electronic W-2 delivery last year will receive electronic delivery again this year unless the staff member removes the consent.  Staff wanting to receive their W-2 statement with this earlier electronic delivery option should make their consent by January 12, 2018 to secure this delivery method.  Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper W-2 in the mail no later than January 31, 2018.

 

Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent. 


Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form 1095’s electronically to employees who give consent. By giving electronic 1095 consent, this means you will not receive a paper Form 1095 in the mail. Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your Form 1095 is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Log in with your username and password. Under ‘my information’ column select the 1095 History menu item. Read through the Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give consent” link to give your consent. The Terms of Electronic Consent to Receive 1095 form are displayed. Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC 1095 DELIVERY button and confirming consent. Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper 1095 in the mail no later than January 31, 2018.

 

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Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about 1095 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.


Our Condolences

  • to Joan Hellmann and family on the passing of her mother, Mary Jane Feldman of Dyersville on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville. Joan is a GWAEA library associate.


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Save the date!

Hope Blooms ... It's Daffodil Time!

Orders will be accepted through Jan. 30, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Watch for order information in next week's issue of The Bulletin Board.


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Agency Holiday Potlucks

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Staff at the Coralville facility celebrated with a coffee and desserts potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

 

Staff at the Coralville facility celebrated with a coffee and desserts potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

 

Staff at the Coralville facility celebrated with a coffee and desserts potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 19.


Retirement Celebration!

Congratulations to Gail Cummins on her retirement celebration held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Congratulations to Gail Cummins on her retirement celebration held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.


Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order

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Please see the directions (right) for ordering GWAEA logo clothing through Lands' End. Note: Step 4 does not have a promo code for GWAEA.

 

 

 


Thank You

I want to thank everyone who donated for our Last Hope and Vinton Friends of the Shelter Angel tree! Every year, I am amazed at our co-workers and all they do and donate to help these two adoption centers. Both groups work tirelessly to help the dogs and cats in
Cedar Rapids and Vinton find a home with those that love them, but more importantly, they show them love, give them the medicine/food they need and a warm bed while they are waiting for their forever home. Thank you!

Stacy Murphy

Last Hope and Vinton Friends of the Shelter Angel tree


Student Loan Relief

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Grant Wood AEA 10, in partnership with ISLoan Solutions, will educate you and provide options for forgiveness* and refinancing, that may help lower, or even eliminate, your student loan payment.

 

Join your colleagues who are saving an average of 79% on their monthly payments and are projected to receive an average of $66,271 in tax-free loan forgiveness.

Visit: https://grantwood.myisls.com/register

Enter code: AEA10 to learn more

If loan forgiveness 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

As of Oct. 26, 2017:  

  • More than 22% (1,287) of the 5,800 teachers, counselors, teacher librarians, nurses and paraeducators in our GWAEA area have contacted ISLS and/or scheduled a meeting with an ISLS Advisor.

  • 625 (roughly 48%) qualify for student loan forgiveness. Typically, individuals do not qualify because their debt to income ratios do not align with the program criteria (typical disqualification rates are 32-47%).

Peace of Mind & Savings 
“When I decided to change careers at the age of 32 to become a teacher, I was really nervous about the amount debt I was going to incur. I knew I would qualify for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, but had no knowledge of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Because of ISLoan Solutions, I will save over $40,000 in student loan payments once I complete my 120 payments. This has allowed me to save more money now and for my future, as I am able to contribute more to my retirement accounts. Best of all, they take care of everything for me.  For a fair price, I never had to worry about my paperwork being submitted on time or being sent to the correct place. The peace of mind and savings have lifted a very heavy burden off my shoulders.” Matt O. - Science Teacher

 

*In 2007, Congress established Public Service Loan Forgiveness to help full-time employees reduce their student loan burden and incentivize them to stay in public service. PSLF is available to all full-time employees regardless of position. PSLF is not Teacher Loan Forgiveness.

 
Questions, or trouble logging in? Call 1-513-645-5400, email or visit their website at isloansolutions.com for more information and success stories.


The Y's 150th and Camp Wapsie's 100th Anniversaries, January Membership Special and more!

Click on the link to find activities at the YMCA.  

NO JOIN FEE with January membership enrollment, the YMCA turns 150 years in 2018 and Camp Wapsie celebrates 100 years.

 

Contact Deanna Haddy, YMCA Corporate Contact for GWAEA, at dhaddy@gwaea.org 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

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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.

Free Events - Blue Zones Approved

HAPPIER HOUR
Social get-together at NewBo City Market. Thursdays, through April | 5:00-8:00 p.m. Each week will feature a different activity to engage with friends and family, relieve stress, move more, and discover new things to help us all live with purpose. All are welcome!

 

THE DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS LIBRARY

  • On Demand- for Teens  | Choose your fun | Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Visit http://www.crlibrary.org/ for details on these and many other programs offered throughout the week.


Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation


HAPPY NEW YEAR
HAPPY NEW YOU!
WW at Work Program

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Weight Watchers recently launched the WW Freestyle program.

 

The WW Freestyle program offers you 200+ foods you don’t have to portion or track, including corn, eggs, chicken, and more.
This gives you greater flexibility and makes eating on the program simple. Rollovers give you even more flexibility.

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With 15 registered members, a new WW At Work session will begin on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

 

Membership is open to all staff, family, and friends - GWAEA on Tuesdays: private weigh-in 4:30 p.m. with a meeting from 4:45 pm-5:15 pm.

 

If the GWAEA location is not convenient, you may attend meetings at any community location.

 

Payment options: Payable at time of registration one check or credit card payment. Payment option of 3 checks at the time of registration, the checks are deposited during different weeks of the session.

 

Contact Kim Martin (kmartin@gwaea.org) or Elizabeth Gants (egants@gwaea.org) with questions


Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, 2018 . Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Jan. 17 and Feb. 20 2017. Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


5th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

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

 

See the information and registration flyers for details and costs. For questions, contact Emily Lee, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

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Building Staff Efficacy
through a Multiplier Mindset

An interactive workshop introducing Multiplier leadership, workplace implications, and direct application. The workshop will cover the following topics:
1. The Multiplier Effect (the research)
2. The 5 Disciplines of the Multiplier
3. The Accidental Diminisher
4. The Art of the Question
5. Becoming a Multiplier

 

March 7, 2018, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

Location: Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

 

Number: 19505-17-01

 

Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Consultants

 

Registration deadline: 6:00 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2018

 

Fees:

• Participants within the GWAEA area, $40
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $65
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full

 

Grant Wod AEA Seminar Series. Steve Barkley, Building Teacher Efficacy Through Professional Learning and Collaborative Conversations

See flyer for details.

 

Early in her career, Elise Foster was happy as an engineer, managing high-profile global projects to solve complicated problems. But, it wasn’t long before she realized she wanted to
solve different types of problems. Today, Elise is a leadership coach who enables education and business executives to unlock their potential and achieve even greater success.


Standards-Based Grading Conference: Personalizing Education for All Learners

 

School Visits and Conference
April 16-17, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Course number: 19559-17-01

 

Conference Only
April 17, 2018 (only)

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Course number: 19560-17-01

DoubleTree Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 1st Ave., NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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See flyer for details, dates and locations.

Featured Presenters:

Rick Wormeli, Trevor Ragan, Darren Ellwein, Travis Lape

 

Target Audience: PreK-12 Teachers, Teacher Librarians, Reading Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Counselors, Administrators, Early Childhood

 

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2018, 06:00 a.m. 

 

Fees:

  • Participants within the GWAEA area, $225 for April 16 & 17, $150 for April 17

  • Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $250 for April 16 & 17, $175 for April 17

  • Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


DCDT National Conference 2018

For information, contact Susan Groff-VanArendonk or Megan Burke-Brunscheen

 


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.

 

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January 2018

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

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

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

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness 101: Changing Your Relationship with Stress

Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb. 13, 20, 27
Mar. 6, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2018
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Teaching Transparently
Jan. 17 & 24, March 6, 
April 5, 2018

Teaching Transparently

Jan. 17 & 24, March 6,
April 5, 2018

Making Math Learning Visible - Elementary Grades

Jan. 24, 2018

Making Math Learning Visible - Elementary Grades

Jan. 24, 2018

Visible Learning: Using the SOLO Taxonomy for Student Engagement

Feb. 27, 2018

MOC Course Development and Support for
Students at Work

Jan. 24, 2018

Teaching Transparently
Jan. 17 & 24, March 6, 
April 5, 2018

Substitute Authorization Training

Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 2, 2018 and
Feb. 3, 2018

 

 

 


February 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Feb. 1, 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Feb. 1, 2018

21st Century Homework Practices Connected to Grading and Re-Do's
Feb. 6, 2018

21st Century Homework Practices Connected to Grading and Re-Do's
Feb. 6, 2018

The ELL Critical Data Process, Feb. 8, 2018

Using the ELL Critical Data Process in Early Childhood and Preschool

Feb. 9, 2017

The ELL Critical Data Process, Feb. 8, 2018

Using the ELL Critical Data Process in Early Childhood and Preschool

Feb. 9, 2017

Rigorous Reading

Feb. 15, 2018

Rigorous Reading

Feb. 15, 2018

Instructional Coaching Seminars

Instructional Coaching Seminars: Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

Feb. 23 • April 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Opt in for any single
day of the series.

Visible Learning: Using the SOLO Taxonomy for Student Engagement

Feb. 27, 2018

Visible Learning: Using the SOLO Taxonomy for Student Engagement

Feb. 27, 2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

2017-2018

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018

Teaching Transparently
Jan. 17 & 24, March 6, 
April 5, 2018

Substitute Authorization Training

Feb. 27, 28, March 1 & 2, 2018

 

 

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

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March 2018

Teacher Clarity: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, Day 1: Dec. 5
Day 2: March 1

Teacher Clarity: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, Day 1: Dec. 5;
Day 2: March 1, 2018


Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency, March 6, 2018Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 6, 2018

Practical Strategies for Strengthening the Teaching and Learning of Secondary Mathematics
March 27, 2018

Practical Strategies for Strengthening the Teaching and Learning of Secondary Mathematics
March 27, 2018


April 2018

Meaningful Engagement in the Classroom, School and Community
April 9, 2018

Meaningful Engagement in the Classroom, School and Community
April 9, 2018


Standards-Based Grading Conference: Personalizing Education for All Learners, April 16-17, 2018

Standards-Based Grading Conference: Personalizing Education for All Learners
April 16-17, 2018

Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference, April 19, 2018

Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference
April 19, 2018

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for Autism Spectrum
April 25, 2018

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for Autism Spectrum
April 25, 2018

GWAEA Child Find Courses

2017-2018 Grant Wood AEA Child Find Courses

 


May 2018

Developing Adolescent Writing, May 18, 2018

Developing Adolescent Writing
May 10, 2018

 

 


June 2018 - Save the Dates

Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium, June 18-19, 2018

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Summer Literacy Symposium
June 18-19, 2018

Grant Wood AEA
Summer Leadership Symposium
June 26, 2018

Grant Wood AEA
Summer Leadership Symposium
June 26, 2018


2017-2018 TQ Dates

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 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 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. Visit 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. 


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.


Buy, Sell or Trade

 

For sale: Full size Ethan Allen floral couch. Cream with green and burgundy floral pattern. Around 10 years old but in excellent condition. $200. Email Kelly Jones (kjones@gwaea.org) if interested.

Lost and Found:

See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard to claim.

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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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