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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

Registration 8-9 a.m.;
Meeting 9-11:30 a.m.

(Communication in The Bulletin Board for returning staff. U.S. Mail letters to new staff only.)


In This issue:

Getting to Know John Speer
GWAEA PRIDE - March is School Social Work and Brain Injury Awareness Month
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 17
Nominations due March 5 for the GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
GROW Quicklinks
Shred vs. Recycle Bins
Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice
Assignment Change Procedures
Autism Seminar Series - Boast
Central Files Needs Hanging Files
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 30
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
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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Getting to Know John Speer

Wednesday morning GWAEA's Board of Directors named
Dr. John Speer as the next chief administrator for our agency.

 

Here is a little more about John:

 

 

Dr. John Speer

Dr. John Speer

  • He is very familiar with Grant Wood AEA's programs, services and culture. John is an active participant in the GWAEA superintendent meetings and learning that's provided for superintendents each month, and has served on the superintendent advisory committee. He is a regular attendee at the AEA functions at the Iowa Capitol, and has been a strong advocate for AEA services.

  • John's family includes his wife, Anne, and daughters Emmerson, who is 14, and Ellaine, who is 11. As you might expect, Emmerson and Ellaine are students in the College Community School District.

  • One thing John is proud of is that he recently obtained his doctorate in education from the University of Northern Iowa.

  • In his spare time, John enjoys family travel and activities, reading, cooking and golfing.

  • When asked about supporting the AEA in this new capacity, John shared, "My entire career has been focused on helping students and improving teaching and learning. I'm honored to continue that effort by working with the dedicated staff at Grant Wood AEA. I feel like this is a unique opportunity to expand my reach and focus by impacting even more students and districts. I’m excited to begin the next phase of my professional career with an organization known nationally for quality people and programs, a service-oriented nature, and an entrepreneurial spirit.”

John will begin serving as GWAEA Chief Administrator July 1. 


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

March is School Social Work and Brain Injury Awareness month

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

March is School Social Work and Brain Injury Awareness month and we want to congratulate the agency’s school social workers and members of the Brain Injury Resource Team for the work they do for students in the Grant Wood AEA service area. Congratulations and thank you!

 

Social Workers - Leaders. Advocates. Champions.

Grant Wood AEA school social workers support students and families with:

  • Behavioral Interventions

  • Consultation

  • Evaluation

This team approach helps school social workers to solve social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with a student’s education and development.


Photo of GWAEA School Social Workers


Front Row: Kim Malcolm, Kimberly Phillips, Ambre Chittendon, Maggie Arnold, Katie Gephart,
Stephanie Olson. Second Row: Alissa Dloughy, (student), Karly Barnard, Shari Melhoff,
Samantha Bennett, Bethany Votroubek, Julie King, Katy Lee, Amy Jackson, Lynne Currie
Third Row:  Kristine McEnany, Shana Wagner, Amy Thompson, Lindsey Kutcher,
Shannon Sterling, Rachel Manternach, Kristine Warford.
Not pictured: Janel Brush,  Erica Buffington, Kathryn Goddard,  Marti Hurst, Karin McKeone, Jane Meyer, Ashley Mills, Catrina Miiller, Loretta Mitvalsky, Katie Pahlas, Cathie Stutsman, Nancy Veldhuizen, Stephanie Watson-Mendoza, Kristine Wheeler.

The Grant Wood AEA Brain Injury Resource team (BIRT) collaborates with AEA teams, LEA teams and families in order to provide consultation and resources for children who have sustained a recent brain injury (such as an accident or concussion) or trauma to the brain in the past (seizure disorder, syndromes, etc).

Mark is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Photo of GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team

 

Members of the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource team: (left to right) Amy Cameron,
Jack Rainey, Victoria Klein Girard, Alissa Mullikin, Nancy Almasi, Kelly Wise,
Deb Scott-Miller, Pat Lussenhop. Not pictured: Jill Ries, Michelle Sunner.

Did you know?

There are approximately 5.3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury.
Source: http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/brain-injury-statistics

 

For more information or to make a referral, see the Brain Injury Resource Team webpage or contact Amy Cameron, 319-399-6801, or acameron@gwaea.org.


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

National Czech and Slovak Museum

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids

 

5:00 p.m. - Social Hour

6:00 p.m. - Dinner

National Czech and Slovak Museum
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.


GROW Quicklinks

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Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

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

The GWAEA GROW Committee maintains an archive of historical Lunch and Learn videos.
As spring approaches, visit the archive for a variety of gardnening videos:

  • Deanna Thursby on preparing for spring gardening.

  • Steve Bartlett on pond gardening.

  • Phil Pfister on spring and organic vegetable gardening.

GROW Lunch & Learn videos

 


Thrive Gym

Discounted Memberships Available to GWAEA Staff

Thrive Gym

Grant Wood AEA GROW Committee member Sue Heath recently took a tour of Thrive Gym in Coralville and shared the following from a Thrive Gym representative:

 

Thrive Gym, 2205 E Grantview Dr., Coralville, is a new, fun, all–encompassing fitness facility that offers great open gym hours as well as group classes, small group personal training, cooking classes, smoothies and coffee in a clean and modern environment.


Classes include kickboxing, exercise for beginners, boot camp, spin, rowing, yoga, and swing dancing. Thrive Gym also provides cooking classes in a fully-equipped and modern demo kitchen.

 

Discounted Thrive Gym memberships are available to GWAEA Staff.

  1. Tell our staff Kaaren sent you and get a FREE SMOOTHIE!

  2. Let Thrive Gym staff know you are from Grant Wood AEA for your discounted membership rates. $55/month for unlimited gym access and unlimited small group classes; for $85/month you will also receive small group personal training up to 2x/week. There are no contracts.

Thrive Gym
2205 E Grantview Dr., Coralville
319-499-1009         
www.thrivegym.com

Hours of operation:
Weekdays:  5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturdays:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Shred Bins vs. Recycle Bins

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Shred bins are for confidential information only. Books, magazines, anything that does not contain sensitive information should go in the recycle bins as they are much cheaper for us to dispose.

 

The difference between the shredding and recycling bins is the shredding has the locks on them.

 

Thanks,

Dave Brousard


Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice

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This is an annual reminder that Grant Wood Area Education Agency employees are able to participate in a voluntary retirement savings program administered by the Retirement Investors' Club (RIC).  Please see the attachments for further details.

Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice - memo
See flyer for details

Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice
See flyer for details


Assignment Change Procedures

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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.)


March Session Autism Seminar Series "Boast" Group

  • A ‘lunch & learn’ 1-hour seminar learning series on rotating topics related to learning about EBP strategies/tools for students with autism learner profiles/characteristics.

  • Attend ANYWHERE via Zoom! There will also be an autism consultant at each AEA site (a room will be reserved at 33rd, 6th St, Coralville) to host the Zoom and facilitate discussions if you have more of an ‘in person’ learning style.

  • March 7 Zoom link: https://gwaea.zoom.us/j/158112807

  • BOAST Zoom link, Google Slides, and Session Discussion notes can also be found on our Tiny URL ‘landing page’ - https://tinyurl.com/BOASTautism

  • Questions? Contact Kelli Robertson (krobertson@gwaea.org) or Courtney Butler (cbutler@gwaea.org)


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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See the full article in The Bulletin Board, Jan 4, 2018.


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Wanted: Central Files Needs Hanging Files

Grant Wood AEA Central Files is in need of extra hanging files.
Please drop off or send your extras to Central Files, Sixth St. facility. Thank you!


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.


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

National presenters include: Peter DeWitt,
Jim Knight, Brad Gustafson,
Kristin Anderson, Jessica Hannigan,
Catlin Tucker

June 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Coralville Marriott Hotel &
Conference Center

300 E 9th St. Coralville, Iowa

 

Target Audience:
Administrators, Teacher Leaders,
Instructional Coaches

 

Course Number: 19570-17-01

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See flyer for details

 

#GWAEALeaders, #GWAEA

Fees:
• Participants within the GWAEA area, $275
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $300
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


GWAEA Professional Development Workshops

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

 

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

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March 2018

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

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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

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.)

Substitute Authorization Class
March 23, 2018 

March 24 & 25, 2018

Substitute Authorization Class
March 23, 2018

March 24 & 25, 2018

District ICAP Update Workshop
March 26, 2018

District ICAP Update Workshop
March 26, 2018


April 2018

Meaningful Engagement in the Classroom, School and Community
April 9, 2018

The Magical Journey of Building the Beginning Reader's Brain
April 3, 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

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

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

#GWAEALeaders, #GWAEA


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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