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Mark Your Calendar:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Deadline for Nominations
GWAEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet


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


Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

All Agency Inservice

Liberty High School
1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty

In This issue:

Raise Your Voice
Date and Location Set for August, 2018 All Agency Meeting
Assignment Change Procedures
Registration begins March 1 for the 2018 GWAEA College for Kids
GROW Quicklinks
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
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
AEA Learning Online's
28 Days of OLLIE
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


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.
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Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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Raise Your Voice


Earlier this month we shared with you the photos of more than 150 superintendents who joined together with Area Education Agency staff to meet with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol. While urban and rural districts might differ in their needs, they were united that day on asking for adequate Supplemental State Aid and extending the SAVE tax. We had respectful conversations with our legislators and appreciated their time and support.

As the legislative session moved forward, we saw the introduction of two large initiatives that will impact our work at the AEA. The first I explained to you in an email last week: legislators have asked the AEA system to evaluate ways to create greater efficiencies. This is an opportunity for each of our AEAs to work collectively to better serve the needs of students, and we'll accept this opportunity with a continued focus on kids. As I explained last week, we'll be in communication with you as details emerge to ensure you're aware of plans and ideas as we begin to work through them.

*Also, on Tuesday night one of the greatest potential threats to public education appeared on the horizon in the form of legislation that supports vouchers. We agree that parents should have the choice to enroll their child in a private or religious school, and Iowa offers parents that opportunity through its current open enrollment system. Our concern is the use of public taxpayer funds to support private education. While this legislation might appear to only impact our school districts,
I want you to know that this voucher program will directly impact the funding that's available for AEAs to support schools.

Research from other states that have enacted vouchers show that public schools will lose 10 to 15 percent of their students in the first several years following implementation. We might assume that very few special education or the neediest students would use the education savings account, and would remain in public schools, yet the loss of the students using the voucher program would impact the other students due to the loss of special education aid that would no longer be available. If you looked at numbers:

Assuming 480,000 public school students in Iowa 
-10% loss of students due to the voucher program
= 48,000 fewer students in public schools
48,000 x $300 per student lost special education dollars
 = $14,400,000 lost revenue. 
Assuming the average cost of one AEA staff member is $85,000, we would need to reduce 169.4 FTE in the AEA system.

There are three ways to share your opinion in support of education. 

First, thank our legislators for supporting Supplemental State Aid.They are in the process of trying to finalize a one percent SSA increase for education. I think we can respectfully thank them for this support when budgets are tight, while acknowledging that we look forward to continued support in the future.

Second, email your legislators with your concerns about vouchers and the impact on Iowa's public education system. IASB has great talking points on this issue for your reference. (Please send your email on your personal time from your personal email account.) 

Third, show your support by rallying your neighbors and friends to attend the Parents for Great Iowa Schools meeting March 1 at 7 p.m. at Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville. This group is making the rounds to many communities to share information on current state legislation affecting Iowa’s public schools, and engage parents, community and business leaders in advocacy. As a non-partisan group, their mission is to ensure that district stakeholders have the facts and can make informed decisions when it comes to voicing an opinion. The districts in our AEA are inviting parents to learn more about this important effort during the March 1 meeting.

But don't wait until March 1 to get involved. Legislators often comment that they don't hear from constituents, and I believe the voucher legislation is a very real threat to public education and to our AEA's work of equalizing opportunities for students. Raise your voice, and thank you for your hard work.


Joe Crozier


*"Please note- the voucher bill was pulled out of the House Education Subcommittee late Thursday. Although a similar bill is alive in the Senate Appropriations Committee, it is not likely to progress further during this session."

Date and Location Set for August 2018 All Agency Meeting

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Liberty High School, North Liberty


The GWAEA All Agency meeting date and location have been set for this fall and will be held Wednesday, August 15 at the new Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty.
We will begin the day with registration from 8-9 a.m. and will kick off the meeting promptly at 9 a.m. Staff should plan on professional attire for this meeting, which will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. Additionally, once the date gets closer, staff should coordinate with their supervisors about any plans or meetings for that afternoon.


New this year: Please note that The Bulletin Board will be your communication channel for information about this meeting. We will only send paper letters with the date and location of this fall's All Agency meeting to new hires, and will not be sending a paper letter to returning staff. 

Assignment Change Procedures


Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff
As a reminder, contracted staff wishing to be considered for a change in assignment, to work in another region, may access on the Agency’s website the Procedures for Assignment Changes within a Job Category.  The procedures can be found in either the Business/HR section of the Staff Website or on the Business/HR Google site at: Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff.


Please note: These procedures are followed only when a contracted staff member wishes to be 1) considered for an assignment to work in a different region, 2) within their current job category. These are not the procedures followed when 1) staff assignments are realigned within their current region or 2) when staff is interested in applying and being considered for a different job category.


Assignment Openings (all employee groups)
Also, as a reminder, assignment information is updated on a daily basis, as openings become available, and this info is posted online at Staff Openings.  Each opening is posted for at least 5 Agency days.
Since assignment postings may change on a daily basis, employees interested in actively seeking other opportunities within the Agency are advised and encouraged to:

  1. Check the posting at least one time each week, on the same day of each week, in order to be certain a timeline is not missed to apply for the opening;

  2. Bookmark the Staff Openings page for regular access;

  3. Set up a Google calendar reminder to check the Staff Openings page on a weekly basis; and/or

  4. Use the Quick Link for Staff Openings that can be found in the left margin of each weekly issue of the Bulletin Board.

The newest or most recent openings will appear first in each employee group listing (Contracted, Classified, etc.)

Registration begins March 1

2018 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids Grant Wood AEA College for Kids

Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is a summer program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible talented and gifted students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered advanced or specialized curricula, and have the opportunity to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.


Programs, Dates & Locations:          





June 18-29

College for Kids - Session A

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College

July 9-20

College for Kids – Session B

8:30 – 11:50 a.m.

Coe College


Student nomination information was sent to schools during February.


"This is always an exciting time of the year as we look forward to the start of registration," said Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist. "The students have so many fantastic courses to choose from so we are hopeful our numbers will be strong again this summer."


For information, contact Green at ext. 6775.

GROW Quicklinks - Survey Results Due Friday, Feb. 23, 2018



The Grant Wood AEA GROW Committee would like your feedback! Visit this GROW Survey Link to share ideas about future Lunch and Learn topics and wellness activities. Survey feedback would be welcomed by Friday, Feb. 23. Watch for the survey results in future issues of The Bulletin Board. Thank you for your feedback!


Visit more GROW updates below.

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

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.


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


The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohorts welcomed Superintendents
Dani Trimble, Alburnett Community Schools, and Brad Buck, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, on Feb. 14, 2018 for a discussion on educational leadership.

Registration is now open...

The Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

"Transforming Education and the Workforce" 

The Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit brings together leaders from business and industry, education, nonprofits, elected officials, students and others to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce with a focus on expanding work-based learning and computer science instruction.


Cost: Adults, $50. Students, $0. Vist the website for information and to register.

Grant Wood AEA Young Writers' Conference
Registration begins February 2018

A celebration of student writing for 4th and 5th grade students

Thursday, May 3, 2018

9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
(check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)


Location: Coe College, 1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


$12 per student
(limited to 180 students)


Visit this link for registration information.




2018 Young Writers' Conference


Grant Wood AEA is pleased to offer the Young Writers’ Conference for 4th and 5th grade students. Accompanied by a teacher from their school, students will attend an author session, a workshop session, and a sharing session where students will share samples of their own writing. Concurrent learning sessions also available for teachers during the conference.


For information, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist.

IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System logo

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



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

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



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.

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.

Upcoming Events at the YMCA

Click on this link to find current activities at the YMCA.  

YMCA Highlights for February
Check out these special activities happening at the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan YMCA locations.
YMCA TrivYa Night on Feb. 23
Family Night @ Helen G Nassif YMCA on Feb. 17
Parent's Night Out @ Marion YMCA on Feb. 17
Indoor Sprint Triathlon @ Stoney Point YMCA on Feb. 24
Camp Wapsie summer camp registration & candy sales happening now.


Stop by any CR Metro YMCA location, or contact Deanna Haddy, YMCA Corporate Contact for GWAEA, at or call 319-350-4123 for any questions regarding the YMCA.

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

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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

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!



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

Visit for details on these and many other programs offered throughout the week.

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. 22, March 8 and 21, April 11 and 25. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Feb. 20, March 20, April 24, May 15

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



• 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


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. 



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


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



See flyer for details

Course Number: 19485-17-01


• 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

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.


Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























February 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 Focus on Teaching
Feb. 26, 2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

Focus on Teaching
Feb. 26, 2018

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


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



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

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

21st Century Homework Practices Connected to Grading and Re-Do'sMarch 20, 2018

21st Century Homework Practices Connected to Grading and Re-Do's
March 20, 2018

(Rescheduled from
Feb. 6, 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

Instructional Coaching Seminars

Instructional Coaching Seminars: Intersections Between Collaboration, Content and Coaching

April 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Opt in for any single
day of the series.


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

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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

Wanted: Microwaves, Roller Skates/Roller Blades. The Offsite Region is seeking donations of working microwaves and roller skates/roller blades (child and teen sizes). Please contact Elizabeth at ext. 6849 or if you have items to donate. Thank you!


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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.