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Mark Your Calendar:

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 PRIDE: May is Better Hearing & Speech Month
The Big Picture: Furniture On Sixth St. Second Floor Available to Staff for Off-Site Job Assignments, May 15-25
Open House Honoring
Joe Crozier
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Thursday, May 17, 2018
2018 Organizational Leadership Graduation, May 9
Our Condolences
Remote Work Site Program (2018-19)
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
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.
Submit items to
Valerie Taylor Hill
GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Grant Wood AEA speech-language pathology and hearing staff provide support for communication/hearing disorders.


Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and SLP paraeducators work with staff and students to support educationally significant communication disorders in the areas of articulation, language, stuttering and voice. Services include:
• Screening
• Evaluation
• Consultation
• Therapy

Services provided by the Audiologists, Audiometrists, and Itinerant Teachers include:
• Screening and diagnostic hearing testing
• Medical and educational recommendations

• Amplification support for eligible students who are deaf/hard of hearing

• Educational planning and services for eligible students who are deaf/hard of hearing

The team approach helps our hearing and speech staff to support the education and development of children and students.


We celebrate our Grant Wood AEA hearing and speech staff and their dedication to children and families. The following are staff that were available for the photos completed earlier in the year.

Front row: Joan VanBerkum, Joell Smith, Laura McGraw, Emily Lee, Jacqueline Carder,
Jennifer Floss

Back Row: Hannah Smith, Amber Miller. Kim Lestina, Nonalee Gardner, Niki Boller, Kelly Varnum, Sandy Pereboom, Diane Daugherty


Front row: Colleen Elin, Katelyn Flynn, Hannah Hartlieb
Back row: Becca Brummett, Kelly Brousard, Connie Tucker, Joe McElwee, Taresa Fetzer, Vicki Klein-Girard, Lynn Bucheit, Michelle Graykowski, Julie Warrington, Karen Easton


Front row: Lindsey Duncan, Cassie Fettkether, Cassie Schwennen
Back row: Liz Donnelly, Amy Manthe, Sarah Riley, Lynde Boettcher


Front row: Lynda Lanus, Melinda Mohr, Tracie Arens, Julie Lambert

Back row: Monique Smith, Emily Doolittle, Nancy Almasi, Deb Hollensbe


Front Row: Deanna Haddy, Joan Wolfe, Angela Krejci, Tedi Wilson, Kalli Semler


Front row: Kelsey Arens, Hannah DeJong, Alicia Hoefing, Heidi Primrose, Andrea Dechant, Anne Schlabaugh

Middle row: Whitney Achenbaugh, Jess Krob, Rachel White, Jamie Zearley,
Maggie Slaymaker

Back row: Julie Freed, Mallory Heckert, Amanda Miller, Mary Lindstrom, Ying Liu, Lindsey Volkers, Courtney Butler, Kassie Adams, Sarah Ries


Front row: Jill Klein, Jenn Kaiser, Connie Cranny
Back row: Deb Wilke, Nancy Hakes, Erika Davis, Alissa Mullikin, Kathy Colton,
Donna Claflin, Laura Post, and Tracy Petersen

The Big Picture

Sixth St. Second Floor Furniture Available to Staff for
Off-Site Job Assignments, May 15-25, 2018

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The furniture currently being used on the second floor will be available for staff use at an offsite job assignment, May 15-25. (For example, if a SLP needs a filing cabinet at a district.) Please note that furniture will not be made available for staff personal use. Staff are responsible for delivering the items to their offsite job locations.


Staff interested in any of this furniture may label it with a name, and it will be made available for pick up at a later time. See your region secretary for a label.

All remaining partitions and furniture will be made available for our partnering districts.


For additional information, please contact Dave Brousard,, or
Cliff Ehlinger

Open House Honoring Joe Crozier

Grant Wood AEA Invites You to A Retirement Open House in Honor of Joe Crozier, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Raids, Friday, May 18, 2018, 3-5 p.m., Winter/Spring Rooms.

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

The reservation deadline is May 11.
Guts & Glory: The War Train that Shaped a Nation
the new WWI exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum, will be available for staff viewing during the social hour from 5-6 p.m. The exhibit includes a virtual reality component in collaboration with students and teachers at Iowa BIG and Metro High School STEAM Academy.

Free parking is available
. See the map to the right for options.

NCSML free parking


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.


Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Scott Koepke, GROW Johnson County - Friend of Education
Suzie Johannes, GWAEA Physical Therapist - Caring Colleague
Ellen Reddies, Anamosa Middle School - Education Partner

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2017

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

Parking Guide

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.

2018 Organizational Leadership Graduation
May 9, 2018, 2-4 p.m., Scale-Up Classroom

Mark you calendar and join the 2018 Organizational Leadership Graduation on May 9 and celebrate with this year's graduates. Their presentations will be held in the Scale-Up Classroom, Glass Room and Creative Services Commons. Congratulations!


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Julie Cook
Curriculum Consultant

Liz Donnelly
Speech-Language Pathologist

Natalie Hahn-Mauck
School Psychologist

Laura Johnson
Curriculum Consultant

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Terri Knipper
Special Education Consultant

Jason Marshall
Educational Technology Services Coordinator

Jessica Smitterbergh
Special Education Consultant

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Lindsey Volkers
Speech-Language Pathologist

Deanna Weber
Media Specialist


Our Condolences

  • to the family of Mike Ostlund, who passed away on Friday, April 20. Mike was a GWAEA school social worker for 24 years, retiring in June 2014. A funeral service celebrating Mike’s life was held on Wednesday, April 25 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. 

Remote Work Site Program (2018-19)

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This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:

1) Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2) Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3) The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4) Employees must apply for program participation each year.  Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  
5) Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement. Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.

GROW Quicklinks


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

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.

Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: May 11, 23; June 13, 27; July 11, 25. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: May 15. The Coralville office will take a break throughout the summer and will resume in September 2018. Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.

Lunch & Learn, Tuesday, May 8

2018-2019 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS) in Partnership with
New Teacher Center

Purpose: To establish a comprehensive multi-year regional program to develop important teacher leader skills and competencies
and build capacity among a network of teacher and district leaders to promote long-term system sustainability aligned with the Iowa Department of Education’s TLC Layered Approach for Support.


Systems of Support for TLSS Districts
$1200 for District Annual Membership Fee and $800/person for one year of professional learning sessions.


See the flyer for information and session dates.


See flyer for details

Improving Student Achievement through
Actionable Feedback

Instructor - Kim Owen

Moving beyond a narrow focus on teacher evaluation processes, Improving Student
Achievement professional learning and
follow-up support is designed to develop the leadership skills that result in measurable improvement in teacher effectiveness.


Leaders learn how to provide meaningful, actionable feedback to develop teachers’
instructional practices with a focus on the social and emotional learning needs of teachers and students. This session also equips participants with the skills to analyze student work through the lens of rigorous state standards, ensuring school leaders have the learning data they need to coach for results.



See flyer for details

Sessions will be held at the following locations. See the flyer for dates, times, registration information, and costs:


GWAEA Induction Consortium Schools – Evaluator Approval
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Non-GWAEA Induction Consortium Schools – Evaluator Approval
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Prairie Lakes Area – Evaluator Approval

Prairie Lakes AEA
500 NE 6th St.
Pocahontas, Iowa


Target Audience:
Principals, Site Administrators and Individuals responsible for teacher development and supervision

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
• 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.
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

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


See flyer for details



• 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.


Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























April 2018

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech


GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


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

Differentiated Instruction: Using Instructional Strategies
Developed by
Sharon Walpole and Michael McKenna
May 7, 2018

Developing Adolescent Writing, May 18, 2018

Developing Adolescent Writing
May 10, 2018


June 2018

Differentiated Accountability Overview for GWAEA Staff
June 7-8, 2018

Differentiated Accountability Overview for GWAEA Staff
June 7-8, 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


August 2018

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center


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.

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: Offsite Region is in need of a donation of a small dorm-size refrigerator. Please connect with
Katie at or Elizabeth at to arrange drop-off.


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.