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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:

New Statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration System is on the Horizon!
Packing and Purging?
Organizational Leadership Graduation, May 9
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Thursday, May 17, 2018
2018 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers at the VAST Center
BIG Updates to Gmail
Grant Wood AEA Family
AAC-tivity Night
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities


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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New Statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration System is on the Horizon!


Iowa’s AEAs and AEA Learning Online have been collaborating to move our individual professional learning and licensure registration systems to a statewide professional learning registration system. Having one registration system will provide participants with a much larger offering of professional learning activities through a statewide catalog. It also creates greater equity and consistency in programming and resources to help support quality professional development and licensure programming.

System Benefits

View All Offerings That Are Available Statewide

Individuals who use the system will be able to see all courses and activities that are available across the state. Users may search by specific courses, topics, location and more.

Instructors Will Find a User-Friendly System

There are system enhancements for instructors. Once an instructor enters a course in the system, they don’t have to repeat that process again. They simply enter a new section for that activity. That includes the syllabus. Once a syllabus is approved, it’s valid across all AEAs.

All Completed Courses Will be in One Transcript

In the new system, there will be one common transcript that shows all courses taken by an individual, including courses from AEA Learning Online. Anything that the individual has taken from an Iowa AEA will show up in one document. Users will be able to print their own transcripts and receipts for tax purposes.

Split the Payments!

Split payment options for credit cards and/or purchase orders will be available in the new system.

Login is Easy and Familiar

Users of the new system will log in using their existing email and password that they use to login to take AEA Learning Online courses as well as Mandatory Reporter and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings.

In the coming days, expect to see more information and updates through various AEA communication channels. If you have any immediate questions, contact Sherry Sines,
GWAEA Professional Development Coordinator.

Packing and Purging?

GWAEA Sixth St. Second Floor

Staff should have everything packed and personal items removed from the second floor by May 15. We will begin moving staff on May 15. See Packing and Purging for more information.


All furniture and other items will be removed the from second floor by May 18. 


At this time, the planned return date is Aug. 10, but watch The Bulletin Board for future announcements. 

Packing and Purging?

2018 Organizational Leadership Graduation

2018 Organizational Leadership photo

The 2018 Organizational Leadership cohort celebrated graduation on Wednesday, May 9.


Congratulations to (front row) Julie Cook, Jessica Smitterbergh, Lindsey Volkers,
Jason Marshall
, (back row) Deanna Weber, Natalie Hahn-Mauck, Laura Johnson,
Terri Knipper,
and Liz Donnelly on completing two years of leadership study and presenting their individual projects during the graduation event. The group was joined by Lisa Wilson and Keith Stamp, facilitators of the GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program.


We'll learn more about their individual projects in a future issue of The Bulletin Board. Congratulations!


New Organizational Leadership Program Cohort Announced

We are very pleased to announce the new cohort for the Organizational Leadership program for 2018-20:


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Janet Greene
Curriculum Consultant -

Jillian O'Rourke
Special Education Consultant

Sara Sheets
Curriculum Consultant - Literacy


Participants spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also take part in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work.


The following GWAEA staff completed their first year of leadership development and will continue in 2018-2019:


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Sharon Clark
School Psychologist

Michelle Heiserman
Consultant -

Laura Savicki (McDonald)
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Kristi Storey

Computer Services Support Specialist

Tonya Vitense School Psychologist


May 11 is Deadline for Reservations

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

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

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 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers Support the VAST Center

Thank you to employees from The ESCO Group for volunteering at the GWAEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) as part of United Way's Day of Caring on Thursday, May 10, 2018. The volunteers prepared materials for distribution with the VAST Center's newly purchased science units. Thanks to Kathy Schultz, GWAEA curriculum consultant - Science, for sharing the photos below.

BIG Updates to Gmail

BIG Updates to Gmail

Our agency email has an update available. At this point of time staff may opt into using the new interface by going to the gear (settings) in email and selecting “Try the new Grant Wood Area Education Agency Mail.”  There is the option to go back to the old mail, but in the next couple of months there won’t be that options.


There are not drastic changes, but some of the labs have been built in. Here are a few highlights:

View Calendar, Tasks, Keep & Add-ons

You can now use Google Calendar, Keep, Tasks, and Add-ons while in Gmail.


View Calendar, Tasks, Keep & Add-ons

Snooze emails until later

Postpone emails to a future date or time that's more convenient for you. Learn how to snooze emails.


You can learn more about all of the updates to email here.  There will be a session on making the most of your email this fall at PD Palooza!

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Thank You!

Grant Wood AEA Central Files would like to thank everyone for the response to request for files. Central Files no longer needs any hanging file folders.
Hope Runge in Creative Services is now taking any good hanging file folders.

Thank you!

Grant Wood AEA Family AAC-tivity Night

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.


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


Cost: FREE!

Who’s Invited:

Parents/guardians of children, ages 3-21, who uses Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) to support their communication & language learning AND who currently has an identified individual AAC system/device for their use.


See the flyer for details and registration information.

Grant Wood AEA Family AAC-tivity Night


Time to Celebrate - Deanna Haddy, Deb Wilke, Kathy Colton, Patty Sorsby

May 11, 2018, 3:15 p.m.
Autumn, Spring & Winter Rooms

Time to Celebrate - Arlene BrantMay 31, 2018, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Parlor City Pub and Eatery

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at the YMCA

Click on this link for a list of upcoming events. Stop by any CR Metro YMCA location or contact Deanna Haddy, YMCA Corporate Contact for GWAEA, at or call 319-350-4123 for questions regarding the YMCA.


Lunch & Learn, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kim Proctor, Hy-Vee dietician, shares spring avocado receipes from this Lunch & Learn session held on May 8. Click to access the video.

Lunch and Learn

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.

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


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.


Improving Student Achievement through
Actionable Feedback


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


Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium

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

Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium

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.


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series

2018-2019 Grant Wood AEA Principal Leadership Program

Professional Learning
Aug. 2-3, 2018

Providing Instructional Leadership in Literacy or Math

Oct. 24, Dec. 6, 2018 and March 7, 2019
(All dates tentative.)

Coaching opportunities with a one-on-one coach throughout the school year.


The Grant Wood AEA Principal Leadership Program is a comprehensive, year-long professional development program for preK-6 principals. It will build a principal’s capacity to successfully implement MTSS at the school level. This program will include job-embedded coaching in addition to workshop learning sessions.

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program


See flyer for information.

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























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

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


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.

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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.



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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.