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Mark Your Calendar:

Friday, March 30, 2018
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

National Czech and Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids


In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE - VAST Center 25th Anniversary
The Big Picture
Legislative Advocacy
W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
IRS Form 1095 Distribution
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 17
Nominations due March 5 for the GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 30
First Responder & CPR Renewal
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
GWAEA Clothing Order
AEA Learning Online's
28 Days of OLLIE
Feed the Need Lunchbox Fundraiser
Student Loan Relief
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities

 

Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes

GWAEA GROW

 

Past Issues of
The Bulletin Board

 

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

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

25th Anniversary of the GWAEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST)

The Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) is celebrating 25 years of providing hands-on science learning experiences for students and educators.


The GWAEA VAST Center supports:

  • Opportunities to learn in a hands-on, minds-on oriented classroom using research based, comprehensive curriculum for all students.

  • The structure to experience science with the integration of reading, writing and mathematics.

  • Assistance to districts and educators with curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development.

Dean Hartman

KiDS Doing Science Project launched in 1992

The predecessor of the VAST Center was the KiDS Doing Science Project, which launched in 1992 by
Dean Hartman (left), who was a GWAEA educational consultant - science.

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Rebecca Netwton prepares a science materials unit for delivery to a school.

The VAST Center science area with materials stored on multiple storage shelves.

VAST Center science units in various colors of storage tubs.

VAST Center science units in gray color storage stacked along the wall.

Today, the VAST science curriculum units include everything a teacher needs for a particular unit, including an investigations guide and online support to aid with instruction and learning explained Kathy Schultz, GWAEA VAST Center consultant.


“During the 2015-2016 school year, the VAST Center served 2,000 teachers from 70 school districts across Eastern Iowa,” she explained. “All of Grant Wood AEA's districts are served in some way by the VAST Center--from full implementation (K-8) to possibly just elementary or just middle school. The VAST Center also serves Keystone, Mississippi Bend and Great Prairie AEAs.”


“We project the unit materials are used by 60,000 students and we have close to 6,000 orders for science units this school year,” she continued.

Current and former staff members of the VAST Center, include, front row: Dawnelle Wyman, 
Sara Cosgrove, Mary Zobeck, Kathy Schultz, Deb Johnson. Back row: Jeanne Bancroft, Aimee Mussman - The Iowa Children's Museum, Steve Bartlett, Kathy Fielder, Patrick Mahoney, Phyllis Anderson, Rebecca Newton, Donna Alger, Michelle Wyman, Carol Mann, Bart Mason.

Current and former staff members of the VAST Center, include, front row: Dawnelle Wyman,
Sara Cosgrove, Mary Zobeck, Kathy Schultz, Deb Johnson. Back row: Jeanne Bancroft, Aimee Mussman - The Iowa Children's Museum, Steve Bartlett, Kathy Fielder, Patrick Mahoney, Phyllis Anderson, Rebecca Newton, Donna Alger, Michelle Wyman, Carol Mann, Bart Mason.

 

Visit the GWAEA blog for a historical timeline about the VAST Center well as a recent interview with
Dean Hartman on the beginning of the project. Congratulations!


The Big Picture

Update on Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel

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OPN met with  representatives from second floor of the GWAEA Sixth Street office earlier this month and presented a very preliminary floor plan that highlighted concepts for a redesign of the work spaces and common area on that level of the building. The group is looking at several furniture options, considering both modular and digital storage options, and incorporating the storage needs of programs housed on the second floor as part of this work.

We know some staff are here full time and others are more itinerant, and there's a great need for storage of files and materials.  Keeping this in mind, some fundamental considerations for the redesign include:

  • There will be assigned work spaces for staff who are full-time and at the facility more than 20 hours a week,

  • There will be 80-90 spaces at tables, cubicles, group meeting space, and other flexible options for staff who are coming in to use the space. 

This month the staff who are meeting with OPN were provided some very preliminary plans to share and solicit feedback from other staff.  Staff who would like to see the preliminary ideas suggested by OPN can contact the staff members who have been collaborating on this work since October (listed below) and share thoughts with this subcommittee. The subcommittee members will forward the feedback on to OPN,  OPN will take the collective feedback and incorporate it into an updated proposal, then present an updated floor plan to cabinet for additional consideration.

 

Tentatively, staff can anticipate that work will begin on the second floor as early as May 1 when construction teams will begin updating the windows and skylights. Additional information and a more definitive timeline on the other parts of the remodel effort will be dependent on the recommendations that are decided at a later time.

 

GWAEA staff supporting the second floor redesign include: 

Ambre Chittenden
Chris Klosterman
Emily Logan 
Erin Welsh
Jeannie Wade Nagle
Jennifer Floss
Jody Clark
John Zimmerman

Karen Michalec
Linda Elliott
Sharon Clark
Stephanie Lyman
Sue Lala
Tabatha Ohl
Tara Johannsen
Tracy Petersen 



Legislative Advocacy at the Capitol

Superintendents from the Grant Wood AEA service area traveled to the capitol this week along with Chief Administrator Joe Crozier to meet and talk with state senators and representatives. Many of the legislators representing constituents in our service area attended legislative advocacy sessions sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) and Iowa's AEAs.

Rep. Dave Jacoby, Joe Crozier, Ken Howard (South Hamilton supt),  Jim Green, GWAEA Board president.

 

Supt. John Speer, Supt. Brad Buck, Rep. Ashley Hinson

 

Supt. Dani Trimble, Supt. Chris Dyer, Sen. Liz Mathis

 

Mary Jo Hainstock

 

Joe Crozier, Supt. Steve Murley, Sen. Joe Bolkcom

 

Supt. Steve Murley, Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Supt. Mary Jo Hainstock, Supt. Kevin Hatfield

 

Joe Crozier, Supt. Chris Dyer, Supt. Dani Trimble, Sen. Liz Mathis, Supt. Brad Buck, Rep. Art Staed, Supt. Gary Zittergruen, Jim Green, GWAEA Board President

 

Joe Crozier, GWAEA Chief Administrator, Rep. John Forbes

Supt. Dani Trimble, Supt. Chris Dyer, Sen. Liz Mathis, GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier

Joe Crozier, GWAEA Chief Administrator, Rep. Todd Taylor, Jim Green, GWAEA Board President

Supt. Gary Zittergruen, Sen. Tim Kapucian

Joe Crozier (Grant Wood AEA Chief Administrator), Adam Krell (SEP), Dirk Halupnik (SEP supt), Jim Green (Grant Wood AEA)

 


W-2 Wage and Tax Statements

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Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 2017 were released to the Employee Self Service (ESS) system January 22, 2018 specifically for those who consented to receiving their W-2 Statement electronically. Paper W-2 Statements were mailed January 23, 2018 for those who didn’t consent to electronic method of delivery. Everyone will be able to view their 2017 W-2 Statement on the ESS system as of January 31, 2018.

 

Now is a good time to review your tax withholding status. If you’ve had a family change (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, child no longer a dependent) you may want to update your W-4 tax withholding forms. Your current W-4 status can be found in the ESS system in the ‘Payroll Information’ tab.

 

Questions regarding your W-2 Statement or W-4 tax withholdings should be directed to
Cathy Kearns
, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706.


IRS Form 1095 Distribution

Form 1095, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage statements for calendar year 2017 were released to the Employee Self Service (ESS) system January 29, 2018 specifically for those who consented to receiving their 1095 form electronically.  Paper 1095 forms were mailed January 30, 2018 for those who didn’t consent to electronic method of delivery.  Everyone will be able to view their 1095 form on the ESS system as of February 9, 2018.

 

Keep this form with the other tax materials you give your tax preparer.  If you prepare your own taxes, you may need to refer to this information as you prepare your return.

 

Questions regarding your 1095 form should be directed to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706.


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Thursday, May 17, 2018

National Czech and Slovak Museum

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids

 

5:30 p.m. - Social Hour

6:00 p.m. - Dinner

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National Czech and Slovak Museum

More information on purchasing tickets for this year's event will be available soon. Until then, please save the date!


Nominations due March 5 for the Grant Wood AEA
Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile." The categories you may nominate individuals for are:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.

 

Nominations for these awards can be submitted here. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of GWAEA staff members in March. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified in April.


The 2018 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet is planned Thursday, May 17 at the National Czech and Slovak Musem. Watch for additional details to appear in
The Bulletin Board.


Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due March 30

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

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

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

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

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

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

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


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

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


First Responder & CPR Renewal

The AEA will be providing First Aid/CPR training for staff who are interested in being part of the first aid/first responder teams at any of our offices. If you are interested in participating in the training and supporting this work, please contact Renee Nelson.

March 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sixth Street Facility

Course Number: 9676-17-01

Fees: None

Contact GWAEA Professional Development for information.


IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

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Get detailed information about your retirement account. Learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options.

 

Individual Appointments:
April 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2018

 

Hiawatha

Location: Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center
ICAN Entrance
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha

Individual Appointments:
April 30, May 1, 2 & 3, 2018

 

Coralville

Location: Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

Lower Level
2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA

 

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.


Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order

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

 

 

 



AEA Learning Online's 28 Days of OLLIE during February

February 2018 marks AEA Learning Online’s fourth annual 28 Days of Online Learning for Iowa Educators (28 Days of OLLIE). To participate in the 28 Days of OLLIE, join the community found here. Once you have joined the community, you will receive an email notifications for posting that are occurring in the OLLIE community. To see the videos, go to the 28 Days of OLLIE community. And follow 28 Days of OLLIE on AEA Learning Online's Facebook and Twitter.


Feed the Need Lunchbox Fundraiser

Join us for the February Lunchbox Fundraiser being offered February 13th, 14th, and 15th. Businesses, organizations, and individuals can order lunches for only $12 and have them delivered. $6 of each meal will go directly to Meals on Wheels and their broader department programs working to end hunger in our community. To order for yourself, your group or your event contact Cathy Nelson, 6544.

Send your choice and payment (cash or check made payable to Horizons Lunchbox) to the attention of Cathy Nelson, Sixth Street front desk. Orders need to be submitted in advance so please use the following schedule to assure you get a lunch on the day you choose.

 

To get a lunch on Tuesday, February 13 order by 9:00 am, Monday, the 12th
To get a lunch on Wednesday, February 14 order by 3:00 pm, Monday, the 12th
To get a lunch on Thursday, February 15 order by 3:00 pm, Tuesday, the 13th 

 

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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

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

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


Last session this season

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation


Get Moving, Get Healthy Live Healthy Iowa Challenge
Jan. 22 - March 30, 2018

Visit the Live Healthy Iowa website to register and learn more about this 10-week wellness challenge.


Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: Feb 8 and 22, March 8 and 21, April 11 and 25. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Feb. 20. Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Building Staff Efficacy
through a Multiplier Mindset

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

 

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

 

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

 

Number: 19505-17-01

 

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

 

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

 

Fees:

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

 

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

See flyer for details.

 

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


Standards-Based Grading Conference: Personalizing Education for All Learners

 

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

Course number: 19559-17-01

 

Conference Only
April 17, 2018 (only)

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

Course number: 19560-17-01

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

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See flyer for details, dates and locations.

Featured Presenters:

Rick Wormeli, Trevor Ragan, Darren Ellwein, Travis Lape

 

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

 

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

 

Fees:

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

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

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


Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium

National presenters include: Jan Hasbrouck, Lucy Hart Paulson, Michael Hunter,
Jeff Anderson, Sandi Novak, Sharon Walpole, Mary Dahlgren, Jean Ann, Maria Murray,
William Van Cleave, Sarah Brown Wessling, Cathy Angel

 

June 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
and
June 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Rd. NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

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See flyer for details


Course Number: 19485-17-01

 

Fees:
• Participants within the GWAEA area, $175
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $200
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


Parent Preview Day


DCDT National Conference 2018

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

 


GWAEA Professional Development Workshops

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development offers a variety of workshops as well as courses for credit throughout the year. Please check our website for a complete and updated list of
courses and workshops.

 

Below is a highlight of PD workshops with national and regional presenters. Please register electronically. Payment is due at the time of registration.

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February 2018

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

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

The ELL Critical Data Process, Feb. 8, 2018

Using the ELL Critical Data Process in Early Childhood and Preschool

Feb. 9, 2017

The ELL Critical Data Process, Feb. 8, 2018

Using the ELL Critical Data Process in Early Childhood and Preschool

Feb. 9, 2017

Rigorous Reading

Feb. 15, 2018

Rigorous Reading

Feb. 15, 2018

Instructional Coaching Seminars

Instructional Coaching Seminars: Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

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

Opt in for any single
day of the series.

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops Focus on Teaching
Feb. 26, 2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

Focus on Teaching
Feb. 26, 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

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018

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

Substitute Authorization Training

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

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

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

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

 

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

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March 2018

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

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


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

Teaching Transparently
March 6 & April 5, May 1, 
June 7, 2018

Teaching Transparently

March 6 & April 5, May 1,
June 7, 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

Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium

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

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.

 

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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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