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Oct. 24, 2017

GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive

In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: October is National Physical Therapy Month
GWAEA Staff Invited to Participate in United Way Campaign Oct. 6-27
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff!
Fire Drill Sixth St. and 33rd Ave. on Friday, Oct.13
Phone Spoofing
Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens
Two Factor Authentication
Promising Practices Search - Family and School Partnerships
GWAEA Sixth Street Location Blood Drive, Oct. 24, 2017
Telehealth Benefit for Our Health Plan Members Expanded
Lunch and Learns planned in October for launch of iOS11 for iPads, iPhones
MackinVIA eBooks for Beginners
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
Improve Your Student Loan Situation
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Staff Training
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 of
The Bulletin Board


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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Front row: Suzie Johannes, Emily Tiedtke, Colleen Knipper,
Glen Schmitz.
Back row: Nicole Hall, Laurie Smith, Connie Haneline, Kris Baldwin, and Audrey Mensen.


October is National Physical Therapy Month and we want to congratulate the agency’s physical therapists for the work they do for students in the Grant Wood AEA service area.

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Physical therapy services are provided for students with physical disabilities to facilitate optimal functioning and maximize accessibility in the educational environment. Positioning and mobility specifically are addressed and modifications/adaptations are made as needed.

As members of educational teams, school physical therapists evaluate and treat functional needs of students as they affect daily programming, instruct staff in appropriate goals and care, and coordinate with members of respective medical teams as necessary for continuity of care.


Congratulations and thank you!

GWAEA Staff Invited to Participate in United Way Campaign Oct. 6-27


Our staff work closely with individuals in our community, and our staff know first hand the need to support their fellow neighbors. 


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. 


We again will offer payroll deduction and one-time giving opportunities for our staff to lend their support to the United Way, and tomorrow all staff will receive an email 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

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff



Anne Stupar
Occupational Therapist

M.A., St. Ambrose University

Anne's background includes an OT position at St. Luke's Hospital for 14 years.


GWAEA Fire Drill, Friday, Oct.13, 2017

Sixth St. at 10:00 a.m.
33rd Ave. at 10:30 a.m.


The agency will hold a fire drill on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Sixth St. and 33rd Avenue facilities per the following schedule:

Sixth St., 10:00 a.m.

33rd Ave., 10:30 a.m.


Please take a minute between now and Oct. 13 to review the map at Sixth St. or 33rd Ave. for the nearest exits. When the alarm goes off, plan to exit the building based on the information on these maps.

When you exit the building, please walk to the other side of the parking lot away from the building. In the event of a real emergency, fire and/or police would need quick access to the buildings.
A designated individual at each facility will announce an all clear for staff to return to the building following the drill.


Please contact Dave Brousard or Renee Nelson with questions.

Phone Spoofing

Recently, a staff member experienced an instance of phone spoofing from a Grant Wood AEA phone number.

What is phone spoofing? From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website, "'Spoofing' occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. It is used to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally."

For more information, visit the website of the Office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

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.

Two Factor Authentication

All agency staff are participating in learning to help protect the organization from online threats, and now staff can take an additional step to better protect our users and the confidentiality of our employees and clients.

GWAEA The Big Picture graphic

All staff are asked to activate Two Factor Authentication on your agency email account.  This will better secure  your email from hackers or other fraudulent use.



Here is a video on how to set up two factor authentication and some explanation of what it is. 
As explained in the video, you need to use a device capable of getting a text message or a phone call to complete this task. If you do not have access to a device that does this we will make arrangements for you. 


You'll be learning more about this in your upcoming team meetings as well. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like assistance in setting this up, you may contact tech support,  

Promising Practices Search - Family and School Partnerships

Are there exciting and innovative programs going on in your school related to family and school partnerships? Would you like to be recognized by the Iowa Department of Education for these programs?

The Iowa Department of Education is searching for Promising Practices taking place across the state, which are related to family and school partnerships. These practices can be a program, service, strategy or policy that shows potential for developing into an evidence-based practice. Promising practices can be in the early stage of implementation. 


The Practices selected will be recognized during the Summer Symposium in June 2018. Please use this link to find out more and to apply for or nominate someone for this recognition.

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.


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.

Mark Your Calendar...

Digital Learning Consultants planning Lunch and Learns in October for launch of iOS11 for iPads, iPhones

On Sept. 19, Apple released iOS 11 for iPads and iPhones. Although you do not need to update immediately when prompted by your device, the new update does have a number of very useful features for GWAEA staff such as screen recording, better multitasking, document scanning, drag and drop, screenshot annotations, and more. If you are interested in learning about these new additions, consider signing up for one of the lunch and learn sessions that are scheduled for October, or contact one of the Digital Learning Consultants. Check out the video below for a taste of what to expect!


Note: Not all apps will work with iOS 11. Apps that have not been updated for some time will not work. You can check to see if you have any of these apps before you update by going to Settings > General > About > Applications. Apps listed here will not be available to you in iOS 11, but alternatives may exist. In addition, we always recommend you back up your iPad before updating your software. You can do that by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup. Please contact Tech Support if you have any questions.


MackinVIA eBooks for Beginners

If you’ve never used eBooks before with students and are unclear what MackinVIA is, this session is for you. Beginners are welcome.


In just one hour, you will learn how to:

• Create your personal account
• Access reader features
• Checkout books for yourself and students
• Integrate books into your curriculum

Join Deanna Weber for one of session options  below to attend a 1 hour workshop to get started.
eBooks and Your Curriculum for Elementary School Teachers - October 12 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
eBooks and Your Curriculum for Elementary School Teachers - October 12 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
eBooks and Your Curriculum For Secondary School Teachers - October 11 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
eBooks and Your Curriculum For Secondary School Teachers - October 11 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Improve Your Student Loan Situation

Innovative Student Loan Solutions

To help improve your student loan situation and overall financial well-being, our local education agency, Grant Wood AEA, is partnering with an advisory company, ISLoan Solutions, to educate you and provide options, including loan forgiveness and refinancing, that may help lower, or even eliminate, your payment. All employees with student loans are encouraged to find out if this voluntary benefit can help you. Join your colleagues who have reduced monthly payments by 81% (avg), and expect $66,471 in projected tax-free loan forgiveness.

Click this link: enter registration code: AEA10

If PSLF 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

Some may be able to lower your payment through the program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF is not Teacher Loan Forgiveness*). For those who won’t benefit from PSLF, refinancing may work for you.


The Gift of Financial Well-being

"Don’t hesitate to learn about the program. ISLoan Solutions tells you everything you need to know and will not pressure you.  I have complete peace of mind now when it comes to my student loans and can pay off other debts, travel, purchase my own home and save additional money for retirement. Not having that financial burden in my life anymore has been a gift.”

Sarah Tomer, School Psychologist, Ohio

Contact us: 1.866.831.5564, email or visit for more information and success stories.


For those who registered with ISLoan Solutions in the past and were told you would not benefit from PSLF, login to your MyISLS portal, and you will be directed to the refinancing option.

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.

Grant Wood AEA Team Joins 2017 Especially for You®
Race Against Breast Cancer,
Oct. 1, 2017

Grant Wood AEA's Especially for You team joined the runners/walkers at last Sunday's event. Congratulations to all who participated!

Especially for You Race logo

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.



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

Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Oct. 10, 12

Grant Wood AEA Book Club will kick off the year with the book "Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy" by John W. Quinn. Come join your colleagues in a great discussion about this resource.


gwaea book club

Dec. 5, 12-12:30 p.m. or

Dec. 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10, 12 -12:30 p.m. in Media Center Commons
Oct. 12, 4:00-4:30  p.m. in Media Center Commons


Please contact Deanna Weber for further information.

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.

Reminder for veteran GWAEA staff: 2 upcoming training activities

Oct. 9, 2017- Experienced AEA & LEA IEP Training with Procedural Update.

Come and invite your LEA friends!
Course number: 19305-17-02

Nov. 7, 2017 - EER Case Study for Veteran Staff

Bring a GW buddy and come and learn!

Course number: 19333-17-01

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

GWAEA Seminar Series

Creating a Culture of YES

We’ve all walked down a hallway or stepped into a room where we know getting what we want is going to be a struggle. In these times we tend to shut down. Many times people won’t even enter into a conversation unless they are convinced the outcome will be favorable to them. This mindset completely inhibits the opportunity for growth. Creating a culture of YES helps leaders see the opportunities for those they lead as opposed to the reasons why ideas won’t work. Developing an environment where trust and YES are the default can transform the learning for students and staff. 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.


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 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.



Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























October 2017

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement - sessions

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement - sessions

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech


GWAEA Child Find Courses

2017-2018 Grant Wood AEA Child Find Courses

Document Based Questions (DBQ) Project Workshop Sept. 26, 2017

Document Based Questions (DBQ)

Project Workshop

Sept. 26, 2017

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness 101: Changing Your Relationship with Stress

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

Instructional Coaching:
Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

Instructional Coaching:
Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

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

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



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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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