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Mark Your Calendar:

March 30, 2018

Early Release - Agency closes at 3 p.m.

 

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:

Wireless Maintenance, Monday,
April 2, 6-8 p.m.
GWAEA PRIDE: April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and Occupational Therapy Month
The Big Picture: GWAEA Updates Organizational Goals and Priorities
GWAEA to Relocate Off-Site Behavior Program
Family Educator Partnership (FEP) Facts
BrightBytes Clarity Survey
Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes 
Choosing the Right Place for
Health Care
The Iowa Department of Education's Each and Every Child e-newsletter
Best Place to Work Survey to Launched March 26, 2018
2018 Building Bridges Outstanding Assistive Technology/AAC Special Education Technology Teacher/
Team Nomination Form
Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order
Congratulations!
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Keep the Files Coming!
GWAEA Blood Drive
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
Let's Celebrate the Arrival of Spring with a Wellness Challenge!
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due
March 30
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
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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Wireless Maintenance,
Monday, April 2, 6-8 p.m.

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Wireless maintenance will be performed the evening of Monday, April 2 between 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
This will impact all three GWAEA facilities during this time

 

For questions, contact Brandon Watson, GWAEA network administrator.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and Occupational Therapy Month

The GWAEA Autism Services Team and Occupational Therapists are celebrating April as national Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and Occupational Therapy Month.

 

Congratulations to these staff members for the work they do for students and families in the Grant Wood AEA service area. Thank you!

 

The GWAEA Autism Team serves area families and school districts with exceptional services in:

  • Professional Development

  • Consultation

  • Student Services

  • Community Outreach

  • Early ACCESS

Photo of GWAEA Autism Team


The GWAEA Autism Services Team
: Left: Lindsey Bascom, Robin Endsley, Julie, O'Malley,
De Wagner, Kelsey Sasina, Denise Wedel, Jennifer Rinas
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Center,
front row: Laura McDonald, Monica Ryan-Rausch, Michelle Nuehring. Back row: Courtney Butler, Lindsay Swartzendruber, Ann Griffin, Michelle Sunner, Kelli Robertson, Janel Lesan.
Right
: Nancy Waldeschmidt, Wendi Kaiser, Katie Lytle, Mayasa Elgabaly.

The GWAEA OT Early ACCESS and special education services focus on the following skills to help children participate as fully as possible in their home and school environments:

  • Fine motor

  • Self-care

  • Self-regulation

  • Play and leisure

  • Work and vocational

  • Accessibility and positioning

Photo of GWAEA Occupational Therapists

 

GWAEA Occupational Therapists, front row: Stephanie Lyman, Buffy Johnson
Carole Martin, Channing Doehrmann, Christina CarlsonLeAnn Trana.
Back row: Lauri Jennisch, Ann Marie Dworzynski, Patricia Soldner, Teresa Hamilton Garrett, Patty Holzmiller, Anne Stupar, Sarah MillerNaomi Schield, Pat FehlbergAudrey White, Tabatha Ohl, Traci Pepin, Monica Packard, Amy Grahs.


The Big Picture

GWAEA Updates Organizational Goals and Priorities

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At this month's meeting the GWAEA Board of Directors approved enhancements to the agency's goals and priorities (see the revised agency goals graphic above). Staff will note that we will continue on the same path established more than six years ago, but our organizational focus now includes a priority in mathematics. Additionally we have clarified the language for our third agency goal to better explain our work in this area. Finally, staff will notice the reference to helping ensure students are college and career ready.

 

"We actively focus our work and dedicate resources to support our agency's goals," said Chief Administrator Joe Crozier. "We're staying the course, but are using these updates to ensure we have continued alignment and collective commitment to the work related to the success of all learners. I hope staff will see these adjustments as an accurate reflection of our continued work to support student achievement."


GWAEA to Relocate Off-Site Behavior Program

Grant Wood AEA will be relocating the agency’s off-site behavior program, currently at 4050 River Ridge Rd NE in Cedar Rapids, to a new location this fall.


Often referred to as “River Ridge” by our staff, the GWAEA Off-Site Behavior Program has been housed at its current location in a Unity Point facility on River Ridge Rd NE in Cedar Rapids for more than 10 years. While it has served the agency well, the opportunity was presented to the AEA to lease space from the Marion School District. The new location for the GWAEA Off-site Behavior Program is currently being used by the Marion district for its homeschool assistance program.


This new location will offer students enrolled in our program an opportunity to interact with same age, non-disabled peers as appropriate. This relocation also allows potential access to typical school-like resources and amenities such as a Marion school playground and the Marion YMCA located in lower level of Marion High School.


Additionally, with this three-year lease, we anticipate a monthly cost reduction of more than $2,000, a savings that will directly benefit our school districts.


The lease agreement was approved last week by the GWAEA Board of Directors. We will begin preparing for this move immediately and will open the new space this August.


Family Educator Partnership (FEP) Facts

Did you know?
What is FEP?

FEP is a statewide program building partnership between families and educators (including AEAs, LEAs and community organizations) to promote success for children and youth with disabilities birth to 21.

Who are our Family Educator Partners at Grant Wood AEA?

Sara Kane, Jen Cira, Elizabeth Gants

Sara and Jen are family educator partners (not parent advocates).

 

Is there a certain protocol for contacting FEP or using FEP services?
There is no specific referral process. AEA/LEA and agencies can contact FEP directly to refer a family or families can contact us directly.

 

What are FEP Services and Resources?
- Support to families and educators through personal, face-to face, phone or email contact.
- Attend/assist with preparation for IFSP/IEP meetings.
- Link families and educators to resources with the AEA and the community.
- Support families and educators by building relationships to promote success for children and youth with disabilities.
- Scholarships for families to attend local conferences.

 

What is the Statewide FEP Redesign?
- The redesign began in the Spring of 2015 with the purpose of looking at consistency in the role of FEP across the state.
- AEAs were asked to be involved in the Statewide Redesign by forming a team for input and guidance for implementation at each AEA.
- Create professional development  and vet tools  to be available statewide so that everyone at the AEA and LEA will feel equipped to work with families at the universal tier level.

 

Where can I find electronic FEP Materials to use with educators and families?
www.gwaea.org > Parents > FEP or Iowa DE website

 

Are there any upcoming trainings that will provide tools in promoting good parent/educator relationships?
RESPECT Training is planned July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 6 and Sept. 27. Watch The Bulletin Board for additional information. RESPECT is a training that empowers educators and families to work together.

 

Sara and Jen want to share that the FEP State survey is coming out again in April. GWAEA staff will receive a survey link, and the GWAEA FEP Team encourages your participation. Thank you!

 

For more information about the Family & Educator Partnership, contact:
Jennifer Cira-Debban, FEP Educator Partner, ext. 6719

Sara Kane, FEP Parent Partner, ext. 6702

Elizabeth Gants, FEP Secretary, ext. 6849
Jeanie Wade-Nagle, Early Education Supervisor, ext. 6574


BrightBytes Clarity Survey

Survey to be completed by April 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

In order to track our growth toward our agency goal “ To increase educator capacity to bring equity and accessibility to learning through technology, resources and innovative practices,” we need to revisit our own strengths and areas for growth related to technology.  

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 To track these data, we would appreciate staff completing our BrightBytes Clarity Survey for 21st Century Service Agencies by Friday, April 20.

 

We are asking ALL staff to complete this survey again. As a reference here are some of the terms that may help clarify what we use for tools.  There are items here that we haven't addressed this year, but will be revisiting in the future phases of support.

 

You can access the questionnaire from any device with internet access. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. We would like the survey to be completed by April 20, 2018, so we can use the results to plan supports for the upcoming year. Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

 

Follow this link to participate: http://www.BByt.es/AX9KE


Please contact Stacy Behmer, sbehmer@gwaea.org if you have any questions.


Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes 

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As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms before registering for classes. The form is available on the GWAEA website under the Staff. Business Services/Human Resources page, or with this link: Salary lane change application form.

 

Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures. 


Choosing the Right Place for
Health Care

Did you know, when you're sick or hurt, making smart choices about where you go for care can help you save big?

 

You can lower your health care bills and save time in the waiting room.

 

Just follow this one simple rule .... see the flyer for details.


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The Iowa Department of Education's Each and Every Child e-newsletter is designed to inform, educate and challenge those who live and work in the field of special education.

 

In the April 2018 issue, "Exercising the mind (and body) - This physical education class builds more than bodies" features an interview with Michael Tierney and Cheryl Kiburz, Prairie Ridge Elementary, College Community, and Ann Griffin, GWAEA adapted PE consultant.


Best Place to Work Survey to Launched March 26, 2018

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Grant Wood AEA is again participating in the online survey for best places to work in Iowa, which is sponsored by The Des Moines Register. We were pleased to learn that our employees ranked us as one of Iowa's top workplaces the previous four years, and want to make sure we have the opportunity to continue giving employees a forum for feedback.

On March 26, staff received an email with a link to the online survey. We look forward to your feedback.


2018 Building Bridges Outstanding Assistive Technology/AAC
Special Education Technology Teacher/Team Nomination Form

Nominations Due March 30, 2018

Grant Wood AEA Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference

It's that time again, to nominate a Special Education teacher or team for recognition at our upcoming Building Bridges Outstanding Assistive Technology Conference on April 19, 2018
We are inviting any GWAEA staff interested in nominating either a Special Education teacher and/or building team in the Grant Wood AEA area who has thoughtfully considered, embedded and integrated the use of assistive technology and/or augmentative communication into their classroom environments to complete this form.

 

Assistive technology use includes but is not limited to technology tools/supports for reading, writing, communication,  vision, mobility and access to instructional materials. Nomination forms should be submitted by Friday, March 30.  Thank you for helping us recognize outstanding educators in our GWAEA area.


Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order

Offer good 3/22 thru 4/6/2018

Promotion Details:

Promo Offer: Free Logo + Free Shipping

Promo Code: MTFLFS2

 

See website to place order:

business.landsend.com/store/gwaea


Congratulations!

Retirement Celebration for Rita Merta, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Business Office/HR Conference Room

Congratulations to Rita Merta, GWAEA financial accounting assistant, who celebrated with a retirement reception on March 27. Congratulations, Rita!


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.


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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

GWAEA GROW logo

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

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club

- YMCA - Thrive Gym

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.


Live Healthy Iowa Strut Your Pup Challenge, April 16-May 25, 2018

Click to learn more


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know?

Mark is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. The best available evidence tells us that CTE is caused by repetitive hits (not just concussions) to the head sustained over a period of years. Athletes who begin playing contact sports at younger ages are at greater risk for CTE. Several published studies show that exposure to head impacts before age 12 is associated with worse outcomes than starting after age 12. 

 

Reference: https://concussionfoundation.org/CTE-resources/what-is-CTE 

 

For more information about the Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT)  or to make a referral, see the BIRT webpage or contact Jessica Knudson, ext. 6801, jknudson@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

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

 

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.


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.

 


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

 

MTSS in Secondary Schools

Instructor: Austin Buffum, Solution Tree

This professional learning session will help secondary schools design or refine their
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) implementation in their buildings. MTSS ensures that the structures to provide timely, targeted and systematic help for struggling students
through a tiered approach are in place. This workshop will show how a tiered approach paired with PLC concepts and strategies can ensure that all students receive the time and support necessary for school success.

 

June 14-15, 2018

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

 

Grant Wood AEA
1120 33rd Ave S.W., Cedar Rapids

 

MTSS in Secondary Schools

See flyer for details


Course Number: 4956-17-01

Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on May 29, 2018
Credit: 1.0
Fees:
• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, total for non-credit, $75.00
• Total for Renewal, $110.00
• 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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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

#bb2018

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.

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

2017-2018

 

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018


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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