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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

 

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:

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 17
The Big Picture: Creative Services Online Ordering
GWAEA Blood Drive, April 2
GROW Quicklinks
Blood Profile Screening
Let's Celebrate the Arrival of Spring with a Wellness Challenge!
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 30
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
Follies 2018
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Lost and Found

 

Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes

GWAEA GROW

 

Past Issues of
The Bulletin Board

 

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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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

 

2018 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet

 

All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2017

Location: National Czech and Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids

Social Hour: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Register and Reserve a Table Online

Cost: GWAEA Board Members and Employees: $13

Spouses, Friends and Retired Staff: $25 per person

Reservations Due: May 11, 2018

The Evening's Menu:
Caesar Salad, Fresh Fruit, Rolls, Green Beans Almandine, Baked Potatoes with Butter & Sour Cream, Zesty Chicken, Roast Beef, Coffee, Ice Tea & Water, and Assorted Desserts

 

Please contact Cathy Nelson, ext. 6544, to request tickets and arrange for payment. Checks may be made payable to Grant Wood AEA.​ Click to access the banquet invitation.


The Big Picture

Creative Services Online Ordering

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Creative Services

 

Have you tried Creative Services Online Ordering? This system has been developed so that staff have access to the Print Shop, graphic artists and The Work Center while working in schools, at home, or in the office. Online ordering includes access to quick forms, including business cards, posters, PODD Books, and other items.

 

Online ordering requests may have the advantage of getting done faster than requests sent to
Creative Services staff as they are automatically entered directly into the print cue. 

 

How to setup an account:
1. GWAEA Homepage
2. In the center of the page under Educators, click Creative Services
3. Along the left side of page, click Online Ordering
4. Under Please Sign In, Are you a first time…..click Click Here
5. Enter your email address and 4 Digit Verification Code
6. Submit
7. An email will be sent to you from Tara Johannsen containing your Login and Password
8. Click on the link and fill in the form - For GWAEA staff the District will be Grant Wood AEA and
the Building will be your discipline. Be sure to have the account number that you typically use
available to enter into the form. All information will be held in your record so that you don’t have
to enter the information each time you submit a job electronically.

 

If you are in need of assistance setting up your account, please contact Hope Runge, ext. 6435,
or hrunge@gwaea.org.

 

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Keep the Files Coming!

Grant Wood AEA Central Files would like to thank everyone for the response to request for files. More files are needed! Please drop off or send your extras to Central Files, Sixth St. facility. Thank you!


GWAEA Blood Drive

Monday, April 2, 2018

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Sixth St. facility

New donors will receive a $5 Hy-Vee gift card. There will also be a drawing for all donors for a $15 Amazon gift card.

 

To sign up online, click here! Questions?
Contact Cathy Nelsoncnelson@gwaea.org.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

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

Let's Celebrate the Arrival of Spring with a Wellness Challenge!

To participate, all you do is complete one wellness activity for 15 days (Mon-Fri) from 3/19 through 4/6. The activity choices are based on four of the categories of the Blue Zones® healthy lifestyle habits: (A) Move Naturally, (B) Right Outlook, (C) Eat Wisely, (D) Belong. 

 

You record your daily wellness activity on the Wellness Tracker. Copies are available at the front desk in each GWAEA building or print a copy of the Wellness Tracker.   

GWAEA 20 Days 'Til Spring Wellness Challenge

Send the original form or a scanned copy of the Wellness Tracker to kmartin@gwaea.org no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, to be eligible for the drawing of a gift certificate for a chair massage at the GWAEA Coralville or GWAEA Cedar Rapids facilities. The winners will be announced in The Bulletin Board on Thursday, April 12.


Check out the GROW Page 

Link to Lunch and Learn Video Library

Live Healthy Iowa Events

 

Happier Hour, NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids, October through April, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Blood Profile Screening Spring 2018

Last fall, the GROW Committee offered blood profile screenings provided by the VNA. We would like to once again offer them this spring. Please fill out this quick survey by March 26, so we have an idea of how many would be interested. Watch for additional details after March 26.


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mark is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know?

The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIAIA) is committed to leading efforts that make brain injury prevention, rehabilitation, and support services a priority within the state of Iowa. BIAIA works with policymakers at various levels to help grow services for those that have experienced a brain injury. 

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

  1. Allocate funding to reduce the waiting list for the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver for Brain Injury (BI)

  2. Increase funding by $100,000 to the Brain Injury Services Program (BISP) at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH)

  3. Protection of Iowa’s youth age 17 and under by requiring the use of a helmet when riding mopeds and motorcycles (“Line’s Law”)

  4. Reinstate Medicaid Retroactive Coverage back to 90 days.

Find more information: Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s 2018 Legislative Priorities:


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


REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

Are you looking for recycled surplus office supplies? 
Please donate items that no longer bring you joy to your favorite charity (i.e., coffee mugs, t-shirts, outdated books)
.

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Reuse or Recycle the following items:

Sixth Street facility: Shelf in the hallway between Van Distribution and the Dock for:

  • surplus binders

  • rubber bands

  • interoffice envelopes

  • desk organizer

Contact: Rene Van Gerpen, ext. 6743, rvangerpen@gwaea.org

 

Creative Services area in the Sixth Street facility

  • green hanging folders (8.5x11 and 8.5x14)

  • plastic tabs (long and short) and inserts / surplus tabs should be separated into long/short and remove insert

  • paperclips (standard and large, separated)

  • scratch paper and pads

  • 3-ring binders - binders will be sorted/surplus binders available on

  • surplus shelf in hallway

  • pocket folders

  • manila folders

Contact:  Hope Runge, ext. 6435, hrunge@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.


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.


Follies 2018, March 24-25, 2018


Come see Follies 2018 - "Dancin' thru Life", 
March 24-25, and support Education in the Arts.
The Follies raises funds for a unique arts fund, 
The Gene Whiteman Follies Scholarship
, which is awarded to deserving students in the greater
Cedar Rapids area who intend to pursue a career in the performing arts. The scholarship is named for beloved Cedar Rapids performer and educator 
Dr. Gene Whiteman
. Gene was a teacher and administrator in Iowa for decades. He was the first principal of Taft Junior High (now Taft Middle School), when it opened in 1965, and mentored dozens of students who later went into education themselves. 


Kim Novotny, GWAEA Team Leader-Media, is performing in her 11th year of the Follies.


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.


District ICAP Update Workshop

Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP)

Instructors: Keith Stamp, Lauren Keating

 

March 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

This workshop is intended to support district work on its ICAP plan as required in HF2392. Participants will learn about employer trends in the Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City Corridor. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate the employer trends learning into the
district ICAP plan.

 

District ICAP Update Workshop
March 26, 2018


See flyer for details

Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers, Administrators and Counselors

Course Number: 19573-17-01
Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on March 12, 2018
Credit: none


Building Bridges:

Assistive Technology Conference

"Presume Potential"

April 19, 2018

8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Keynote & Featured Speaker:
Kate Ahern, Intensive Special Needs Teacher and Assistive Technology Specialist, AACVoices.org

 

Featured Speaker
Mike Marotta, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional,
Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC.

 

Course Number: 19018-17-01

Building Bridges: 
Assistive Technology Conference
"Presume Potential"

See flyer for details


A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for the Autism Spectrum: Using the SCERTS Assessment to Identify Social and Emotional Priorities

April 25, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA

4401 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Target Audience
PreK-12 Teachers, Consultants, OT/PT, Psychologists, Early Childhood, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Parents, Administrators, Counselors, Paraeducators, Special Education Teachers

 

Instructor
Emily Rubin MS, CCC-SLP

 

Course Number: 19537-17-01

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for the Autism Spectrum: Using the SCERTS Assessment to Identify Social and Emotional Priorities

See flyer for details


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

2017-2018

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018

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

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


 

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

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

MTSS in Secondary Schools, June 14-15, 2018

MTSS in Secondary Schools
June 14-15, 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

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.


Lost and Found:

See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard to claim.

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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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