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Mark Your Calendar:

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Scale-Up Classroom

 

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Coralville Facility Coffee and Desserts Potluck

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 500

 

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, 3 p.m.
Agency closes for winter break and will reopen on Tuesday,
Jan. 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m.

 

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


In This issue:

Big Picture Update:
Literacy Team Plans Framework To Build Upon Literacy Successes
Chief Administrator Search
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
Agency Holiday Potlucks
Holiday Early Release Dates
And the Winner is...
AEA Learning Online Upcoming Courses
Student Loan Relief
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
Heads, Shoulders, Hands & Toes Collections
Donations for Vinton Friends of the Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue
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

 

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Big Picture Update:
Literacy Team Plans Framework To Build Upon Literacy Successes

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While our literacy consultants remain focused on supporting differentiated accountability in our schools as we work toward continued gains in literacy, they also are in the planning stages to pilot several new initiatives to offer additional help to support teachers, administrators and students.

 

Starting at the Top
The team is looking at ways to help to build capacity of principals and administrators in terms of content knowledge, pedagogy and curriculum knowledge. “These literacy initiatives are a challenge if district administrators don’t have the background knowledge around literacy, so we’re working with them to help build their culture, and help them build a literacy leadership team to support the work in their buildings,” said Josh.

 

Piloting a Framework for Secondary
Many districts have adopted a strong Response to Intervention (RTI) framework at the elementary level, explained Literacy Link Josh Lyons, but it’s not as prevalent at the middle and high school levels. “We’ve started to look at ways to scaffold this work, and continue helping elementary students while expanding our support to secondary levels.” The literacy team is developing a framework of support and will be piloting efforts to address this expanding need.

 

Additional, Targeted Support Efforts Piloted Next Year
The team also is looking at another pilot program to help those districts that might need additional literacy resources. In January they hope to have plans for a pilot program to help GWAEA offer more concentrated support for literacy in those districts that have the greatest need.

Popular PD Returning This Summer

This summer the literacy team will bring back a popular literacy learning opportunity. Last June GWAEA hosted its first ever Literacy Symposium, and it was warmly and positively received by the 350 attendees who were mainly from GWAEA districts. “This year in our planning for June 2018 we’re looking at more practical learning and less theoretical discussion.

GWAEA Summer Literacy Symposium

We are hoping to focus on differentiated accountability and fluency, and help our attendees take the content from the conference and put it into place in our buildings.  We want to share the information with them, and then help them realize there is literacy support available to help with implementation,” Josh added.

 

Rooted in DA
While several pilot programs and other efforts are underway, the focus of the literacy team remains rooted in Differentiated Accountability. Our literacy consultants continue to support districts with student assessments and guide them through universal instruction, data-based decision-making, and intervening appropriately. The team continues supporting elementary teachers and buildings in alignment with our agency’s priority of third grade proficiency.


Chief Administrator Search

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Staff received an email on Nov. 22 outlining the Chief Administrator search process following
Joe Crozier’s planned retirement this spring. The following is a summary of the Nov. 22 email:

 

November 17, 2017: The Board met with our search firm, Ray and Associates, and developed a preliminary timeline for this process.

 

Through December 5, 2017: Employee feedback on the qualities needed for the agency’s chief administrator will be included in a position profile the GWAEA Board will develop to use for advertising the position. Employees are invited to provide their feedback via this link,* which will be active until December 5. *Please note- This is an elective opportunity, not a requirement. Staff may choose not to participate. Any staff who are considering applying for the position also should exclude themselves from this opportunity.

 

Early December 2017: The position will be posted publicly including the criteria solicited from agency staff as the desired applicant qualifications.

 

December 4, 2017: A face-to-face dialogue meeting with our search firm is planned. Staff from a variety of regions, classifications, and disciplines will provide qualitative feedback on the process and on the desired traits of a new Chief Administrator. Staff invitations were sent from Kim Martin (on behalf of GWAEA Board President Jim Green) to participate in this special face-to-face meeting.

 

January 22, 2018: Deadline for applications.

 

February 2018: Staff participating in the initial face-to-face dialogue meeting in December will have interview time with the finalists. Employee groups will share candidate strengths and weaknesses; ultimately it is the responsibility of the Board to select the next Chief Administrator. Public disclosure of candidates will be held until the two or three finalists are named to maintain the process confidentiality.

 

Early spring 2018: We hope to extend an offer for the Chief Administrator position.

 

For questions about the search process, contact Kim Martin, GWAEA board secretary.


$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.


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Agency Holiday Potlucks

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Please join us for good food, good friends, good fun. Bring a dish to share.

Sixth Street Facility
Holiday Potluck

Friday, Dec. 8

11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Revere/Stone Rms.

Coralville Facility
Coffee and Desserts Potluck

Tuesday, Dec. 19

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 500


Holiday Early Release Dates

The early release dates when the Agency will close at 3 p.m. include:

  • Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 (last work day before winter break)

  • Friday, March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)


And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Jodi Flynn (aka "Flo") who received the most votes during the costume contest held during the October hot dog luncheon. Second place to Stuart Weinbrenner and third place to Jayne Kamberling and Brittany Egesdal. Congratulations!


AEA Learning Online’s Upcoming Courses

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Earn graduate or license renewal credit by taking one of AEA Learning Online’s online courses.
Click here to view our calendar of upcoming courses.

 

 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Courses Now Available

The Healthy Kids’ Act requires that prior to graduation a student in a school district or accredited nonpublic district must complete a course in CPR.

AEA Learning Online and the American Red Cross have partnered to bring this lifesaving e-curriculum to students across the state.


The two courses currently available include:

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Training

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Training

For more information about how to access and use this contact click here or contact cmohr@aealearningonline.org.

 

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For information about the Iowa Healthy Kids Act CPR requirement, click here.


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.


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

  • Merry Tuba Christmas- Dec. 2 | 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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

  • Parachute Fun- for Pre-K ages | December 4 | 10:00-10:30 a.m.

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

 

FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND
Dec. 9 - NW Rec Center 1340 11th St. NW Cedar Rapids | 1:00-3:00 p.m. Visit Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Facebook for more information.


Kindness Calendar, December 2017

Thanks to Sue Heath and members of the GROW Committee for sharing a kindness calendar for the month of December.

 

The calendar suggests good deeds to do throughout the month to help spread a little more happiness in our communities. Click on the graphic for the calendar.



Weight Watchers At Work

Weight Watchers At-Work - Session Hiatus

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We will not hold a Tuesday Weight Watcher meeting at Grant Wood AEA until sometime after the 1st of January, 2018.


Watch for registration information for a January 2018 Weight Watchers' session.


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


Apps Promote Wellness and Wellbeing

Thanks to Kelli Robertson, GWAEA Autism Consultant and member of the GROW Committee, for sharing apps that promote wellness and wellbeing.

Momentum

Kelli shared, "Momentum is a Google Chrome Extension. Once you add it and set it up, you will get a scenic view whenever you open a new window, complete with a personal greeting and a motivational quote of the day - as well as a task list of top priorities for the day to focus on and check off. I find it to just be a periodic 'mindful' interruption to breathe and remember my goals for the day."


Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: Dec. 13, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 . Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Heads, Shoulders, Hands & Toes

Collections to The Teacher Store by Linn Area Credit Union

The Teacher Store with Linn Area Credit Union is gathering new hats, scarves, mittens, and socks for students in kindergarten-5th grade, sizes small - XL youth.s

 

The items will be donated to The Teacher Store so that educators can supply them to students in need of warm clothing. The donation box can be found in the break room of the Sixth St. facility.


Donations for Vinton Friends of the Shelter and
Last Hope Animal Rescue

Donations for Vinton Friends of the Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue

 

Stacy Murphy is collecting donations for the Vinton Friends of the Shelter and Last Hope Animal Rescue. The donations are being gathered by the IMS/Central File area at Sixth St.

 

Also available is the option to “adopt” one of the cats or dogs from the tree and purchase food and/or treats. Both groups can also use paper towels and laundry detergent.

 

See the flyer for details or contact Stacy for information.


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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Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

GWAEA Seminar Series


Building Teacher Efficacy Through Professional Learning and Collaborative Conversations

There are four tenets for building a coaching culture: all teachers deserve coaching; every teacher should have a growth plan and growth necessitates feedback; the stronger a teacher becomes the more coaching they should receive; and teacher leaders are the first to request coaching as they work to build the culture. A focus from school administrators and teacher leadership on these four tenets can create a vision and understanding of coaching that increases teacher openness and vulnerability to seek the rewards of coaching for themselves and their students. Steve Barkley will discuss the four tenets for building a coaching culture and ways in which continuous collaborative improvement occurs through the combination of PLCs and coaching supports

 

Dec. 6, 2017, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Number: 19504-17-01

 

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

See flyer for details.

 

For the past 30 years, Steve Barkley has served as an education consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century.

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

 

Registration deadline: 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2017

 

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 Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


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.

 

2017-2018

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December 2017

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

2017-2018

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

 

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

Instructional Coaching Seminars

Instructional Coaching Seminars: Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

Dec. 11, 2017 • Feb. 23, 2018 • April 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Opt in for any single
day of the series.

Leading the Learning: Enhancing Math Teaching K-5, Dec. 14, 2017

Leading the Learning: Enhancing Math Teaching K-5, Dec. 14, 2017


January 2018

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

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness 101: Changing Your Relationship with Stress


February 2018

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

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

Rigorus Reading

Feb. 15, 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

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

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March 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

 

 

 


June 2018 - Save the Dates

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

Grant Wood AEA
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.

Found in the women's restroom,
Sixth St. facility, Revere/Stone rooms.

key with blue plastic horizontal keyring

 

 

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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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