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In This issue:

GWAEA Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 19
GWAEA Staff to Receive e-Pledge Link for United Way Campaign Tomorrow
New Teacher Center Iowa Summit
Summit on Teacher Development and Retention for Student Success
GWAEA Clothing Order
GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, Oct. 24, 2017
Pre-­Retirement Information Workshop
Telehealth Benefit for Our Health Plan Members Expanded
Updates from AEA Learning Online
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
Student Loan Relief
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Staff Training
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes



Past Issues of
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Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Tuesdays.
Submit items to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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Open Minds, Open Doors Conference planned Oct. 19

21st year of STEM conference for middle school girls


The Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors Conference is celebrating 21 years of introducing STEM careers to area middle school girls.


Congratulations to GWAEA Student Programs Specialist Susie Green and the planning team who are preparing for the annual conference on Oct. 19. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.


A total of 550 girls in grades 7-8 representing 35 schools will attend the conference, which encourages girls to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Professional women working in STEM-related careers will provide volunteer presentations. Also featured will be the STEM Expo, and presentations by Iowa BIG and
Deborah Watson, a Coe College alumna and Ph.D. candidate at Iowa State University.


The conference originated in 1996 as an initiative of the Cedar Rapids Branch of the
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
with support from Coe College.

Susie said, "It is so rewarding to provide this conference opportunity to so many young girls each year, which is only made possible through tremendous community support by women working in STEM-related careers.”

GWAEA Staff to Receive e-Pledge Link for United Way Campaign Tomorrow


Tomorrow all GWAEA staff will receive an email from Renee Nelson with a direct link to support the United Way. 


Last year our GWAEA United Way campaign raised nearly $18,000 for the United Way of East Central Iowa and the United Way of Washington and Johnson Counties. For those who are less familiar with this organization, the United Way focuses on education, financial stability, and health issues in our community. They help raise awareness surrounding key issues, provide services to those most in need, and promote social change that helps strengthen people and our communities. 


As mentioned above, we again will offer payroll deduction and one-time giving opportunities for our staff to lend their support to the United Way, and on Friday, October 13 all staff will receive an email from Renee Nelson with an e-Pledge login to access a secure portal to make a donation.


Additionally this year, payroll deductions also are available for staff interested in supporting 
Iowa Shares, a statewide coalition of social change, environmental and cultural nonprofit organizations. Iowa Shares members give direct services and create progressive, long-lasting resources for children and communities. Online giving is not available for Iowa Shares, but campaign literature is available for staff and can be requested through Renee Nelson in Communications.

Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff:

We have an opportunity that's pretty unique: we go to work every day not because we're increasing the bottom dollar for a business, but because we know the future is brighter due in part to the support students receive from our staff and from our partners for education. 

Together, our team supports more than 70,000 young people in seven counties, and today I'm asking you to consider another way to positively impact our community. Making a contribution to the United Way is a tremendous way to influence the lives of others and in our community. Many United Way agencies partner with the Grant Wood AEA to provide programs and services to our community, and they rely on charitable giving to sustain their missions.


This month you'll see "Why I Give" pictures of Grant Wood AEA staff that highlight the reason they have personally decided to support our agency-wide United Way campaign. Last year our staff contributions totalled $17,630 for the United Way of East Central Iowa and the United Way of Johnson and Washington counties.

Our goal this year is to increase not only overall giving, but our overall staff participation. I know charitable giving is a personal choice, and I encourage you to reflect on what you would be comfortable contributing.

Thanks for your consideration,

Joe Crozier

Chief Administrator

Iowa Summit
Summit on Teacher Development and
Retention for Student Success

Oct. 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

New Teacher Center and Grant Wood Area Education Agency are hosting a Summit on Teacher Development and Retention for Student Success on Oct. 30, 2017. The goal of the Summit is to bring Iowa school districts, Area Education Agencies, and Pre-K-12 organization leadership teams together to learn from NTC's recent federal i3 study, which components are key to developing an impactful teacher mentoring and coaching program, to learn from each other, and to make time as a team to assess and strengthen your organization's teacher development system.
You are welcome and encouraged to attend and bring other team members responsible for teacher and school leadership development. Please register your team by Oct. 23. Teams of six or fewer are requested as space may be limited.


There is no cost to attend and a light lunch will be provided.

Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order

Please see the below directions for ordering GWAEA logo clothing through Lands' End.
Step 4 does not have a promo code for GWAEA.


  • to Deb Robin on the birth of her granddaughter. Raya Maxine Robin was born on Oct. 10 at 10:30 p.m. to Sarah Petrovic and
    Colin Robin. Raya weighed 8 lbs 2.6 oz. and 19" long.
    Deb is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.

DCDT National Conference 2018

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


GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, Oct. 24, 2017

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA – Scale-Up Classroom 


All bood drive participants will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.


For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Nelson or call ext. 6544.


Pre-­Retirement Information Workshop

Thursday, Nov, 30, 2017

Best Western PLUS Longbranch
90 Twixt Town Road NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5:00 p.m. – Registration & Dinner
5:45 p.m. – Program

Pre-­Retirement Information Workshop
~ Complimentary light dinner provided
~ Spouses welcome


Hosted by: AARP Iowa, Cedar Rapids Area Retired School Personnel Association, Grant Wood AEA, Iowa Public Employees Retirement System, Iowa Retired School Personnel Association, and Senior Health Insurance Information Program.


Pre-­Retirement Information Workshop

See flyer for details.




REGISTER by Nov. 27
CALL: 1-­877-­926-­8300, or go on-­line at:

Telehealth Benefit for Our Health Plan Members Expanded

Did you know that Grant Wood AEA health plan members have a benefit that allows you to see a doctor anywhere you are?

Doctor On Demand is a virtual visit platform that immediately connects you to a board-certified physician by live video on your smartphone, tablet or computer.


Doctor on Demand physicians are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This allows members with this benefit to schedule their visits before or after their own working hours or on holidays if necessary. (Note: 24/7 availability is not yet available in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, or North Dakota.)


See and talk to a doctor face-to-face anytime without waiting rooms or having to travel across town. Doctor On Demand can treat many common medical conditions, including:

  1. Colds and flu

  2. Allergies and Asthma

  3. Skin and eye issues

  4. Sore throat

  5. Pediatric issues

  6. Bronchitis and sinus infections  

  7. Urinary tract infections

  8. Diarrhea and vomiting

Top Doctors
Doctor On Demand offers the highest quality care by working only with board-certified medical doctors.


Sign up before you get sick
Be prepared when a urinary tract infection, skin rash, pink eye or influenza strikes.  Log in to myWellmark on your computer to set up your Doctor on Demand account.  Then, download the mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.


You’ll be glad a doctor is only a few taps away on the day you can barely get out of bed. Prescriptions can even be instantly sent to your nearest pharmacy.*


How Does It Work?
Check out the Doctor On Demand YouTube channel.


Doctor On Demand operates subject to state laws and is not currently available in Alaska, Arkansas or Louisiana due to state regulations. Doctor On Demand is not meant to replace an in-person primary care provider visit.


*Doctor On Demand physicians do not prescribe Drug Enforcement Administration controlled substances, and may choose not to treat or prescribe other medications based on what is clinically appropriate.

Updates from AEA Learning Online

PBS LearningMedia Overview Module

IPTV and AEA Learning Online are excited to offer the "PBS LearningMedia Overview" online module. This overview module introduces teachers to the great tools and resources available through the free-online service, PBS LearningMedia. This module is free for all teachers in public and non-public schools and participants are able to earn a certificate upon completion.


To access this module:

  1. Go to

  2. Log in

  3. Select “catalog”

  4. Search “IPTV”

  5. Select “register”

Teacher Personalized Learning System (TPLS) Portfolio Feature

Are you looking for a way to curate your professional learning artifacts? Look no further. AEA Learning Online's Teacher Personalized Learning System (TPLS) now features a portfolio.

The portfolio feature allows educators to:

  • Upload artifacts (certificates, transcripts, images, etc.)

  • Hyperlink to websites

  • Write reflections

  • Connect to Iowa teaching standards

  • Share with district administrators

Managing your professional learning has never been easier. Watch the video below to learn more. Contact Deborah Cleveland for information,


IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System logo

Get detailed information about your retirement account by speaking with an IPERS representative during an individual appointment. Learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options. These retirement planning sessions are an excellent resource if you are thinking of retirement in the next 5 years.


Individual Appointments:
Nov. 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2017


Cedar Rapids

Location: Residence Inn
1900 Dodge Rd NE
Cedar Rapids 

Individual Appointments:
Dec. 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2017



Location: Country Inn & Suites
2571 Heartland Pl


Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.


Visit the IPERS website for a complete listing of the Statewide Individual Counseling Sessions.


To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849. Appointment times will fill quickly. Please do not delay in calling to set up an appointment.

Student Loan Relief

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.

Innovative Student Loan Solutions

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.


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

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 for more information and success stories.

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

Blue Zones Project logo

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.

Lunch and Learn

Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season with Hy-Vee Dietician Kim Proctor

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Time:12:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Grant Wood Room


See the flyer for details.

Weight Watchers At Work

New registrations accepted each week!

Weight Watchers @ Work Program logo

Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends of Grant Wood AEA (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.


Contact Kim Martin ( or Elizabeth Gants ( with questions or to sign up.

Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.

October Membership Special

Join in October: 25% OFF with $0 Join Fee for Adult, Couple, & Family Membership

YMCA logo

Now’s the best time to get fit at the YMCA – and to bring the entire family on board - because we have a fantastic new-member discount during the month of October. People who join this month will receive a 25% discount off their membership rates for an entire year. This is a greater discount than the corporate partner discount (GWAEA corporate discount is 15%). Plus, there’s no join fee in October.


Come into any branch location in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area to receive a Welcome Gift with your new membership. Your membership dues will be prorated for October.

If you’re currently a member of the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area and you refer a friend to join this association in October, we’ll give you a $25 gift card to Scheels as a thank you for your referral. However, be sure your friend tells us your name at the time of registration.

YMCA New Employee flyer


Contact Deanna Haddy for more information: or

Shoe Drive to Benefit
Friends of the Shelter


Friends of the Shelter is hosting
a shoe drive through Oct. 15.


Donate gently worn, used or new shoes.
The collection box will be in the breakroom.


See contact Stacy Murphy for details.


Shoe Drive to Benefit Friends of the Shelter

See flyer for details.

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

GWAEA Seminar Series

Creating a Culture of YES

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo will identify 10 problems with school leadership, provide dynamic, right-now solutions, and demonstrate how to increase learning by leaving the office and engaging directly with all teachers and learners. Selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education, Sanfelippo co-wrote the book “Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.”


Nov. 1, 2017, 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Location: Benton CSD Middle/High
600 First St., Van Horne, Iowa


Number: 19503-17-01


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


Grant Wod AEA Seminar Series. Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, Creating a Culture of YES

See flyer for details.


Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in
Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Registration deadline: 6:00 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2017



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

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 2017-2018 PD workshops with national and regional presenters. 
Please register electronically  or complete a registration form. Payment is due at the time of registration.



Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























September 2017

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech


GWAEA Child Find Courses

2017-2018 Grant Wood AEA Child Find Courses



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




October 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops


GWAEA Mathematics Professional Learning Courses 2017-2018

GWAEA Mathematics Professional Learning Courses 2017-2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

The Write Stuff Workshop

Oct. 27, 2017

Instructional Coaching:
Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

Instructional Coaching:
Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching



November 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

STAR Autism Program Training



January 2018

Teaching Transparently

Teaching Transparently

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



April 2018

Teaching Transparently Support Workshops

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



2017-2018 TQ Dates

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

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

Teacher Quality Professional Development graphic

Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.


TQ funds are available to support professional learning. All contracted staff in a position that requires educational licensure are eligible. Funds can be used to support learning time and resources for agency-wide proposals, region/discipline/program proposals and individual proposals. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 proposals were approved to support professional learning in Literacy, Math, Early Childhood, Autism, Behavior, Science, Coaching, Mentorship, Speech Language, ELL, and Leadership Development. The application documents can be accessed on the Staff Portal. Committee members are happy to answer questions about proposal development. Contact Ambre Bernards, Arlene Brant, Lisa Haverkamp, and Sherry Sines.

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

BoEE Update

Please take a moment now to visit the BoEE website and update your contact information. Visit 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.

Lost and Found:

See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard to claim.

lost and found water bottles

silver earring

Found in the Sixth St. parking lot.



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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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