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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:

The Big Picture - Creative Services Introduces Online Order System
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Agency Calendar: Pay Dates
Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
Agency Holiday Potlucks
Holiday Early Release Dates
Retirement Celebration
Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order
Our Condolences
Student Loan Relief
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
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
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The Big Picture

Creative Services Introduces Online
Order System for School Districts

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Earlier this fall, Grant Wood AEA Creative Services introduced an online order system for school districts. Tara Johannsen, Creative Services supervisor, explained that during October and November, the focus has been on the development of online catalogs offering districts the option to complete reorders for items that do not normally require changes.


Team members from Creative Services worked with Greg Bickal, GWAEA programmer, to develop the online order system.

 

“We hope to have all of the school districts transferred into catalogs by the end of the school year,” Tara explained. “After winter break, Creative Services will contact each district to test their catalogs, determine how they are working, and to add and subtract documents. Our goal is to provide districts support for managing their online order processes.”



$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.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

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Gail Cook
Early Education Consultant

M.A., University of Missouri

Gail was a GWAEA school psychologist serving early childhood from 2002-15 and from 2015 to the present has provided sub and mental health coordination services.

     

 

 

Sarah Oelmann
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator

B.A., Buena Vista University

Sarah was previously an Early ACCESS service coordinator with Horizons for 5 years.

     

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.


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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)


Retirement Celebration!

 


Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order

25% off order via website through Friday, Dec. 8

business.landsend.com/store/gwaea

Land's End is promoting 25% off order via our website homepage through Friday, December 8.

Details:

  • Promotion: 25% Off

    • Excludes Promotional Products

  • Promo Codes:

    • WESAVE25 – Website

  • Fine Print:

    • Additional 25% savings reflected at checkout when promo code is entered. Excludes screen print t-shirts and other promotional products with existing quantity discounts, logo setup fees, logo application fees, monogramming, gift boxing, gift cards, taxes and duties, or other fees. Ends 12/8/17 at 11:59pm CT.

 

Not valid on previous orders or at Lands' End, Sears or Kmart retail stores, on Sears.com, LandsEnd.com or Kmart.com, or when combined with any other promotional offer or program discount. This offer has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash.

 

Fleece samples are available in each office if anyone wants to see the quality before placing an order for fleece apparel. At 6th Street, Carla Green has fleece samples; at the 33rd Avenue building see Donna Alger; at Coralville see Sue Heath or Susan Krob.


Our Condolences

  • to the family of Joe Hostak, who passed away on Dec. 4, 2017 at Evergreen III. As per Joe’s wishes there will be private family services. Joe was a GWAEA van driver from March 1979 to June 1996.


Student Loan Relief

IS Loan Solutions logo

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.


Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Educator Weekend

Friday Vs Chicago
Saturday Vs Dubuque

$4 OFF - No Limit

Visit the website to purchase tickets and use the promo code teacher.

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER WEEKEND
The RoughRiders will be wearing Ugly Christmas Sweater Jerseys and YOU SHOULD TOO!
Wear your ugly Christmas Sweater to the games and you could WIN A PRIZE!


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.

  • 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.


Meditation


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

Weight Watchers @ Work Program logo

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


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 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.


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

 

 


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

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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