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Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

National Czech and Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids

 

Monday, May 28, 2018
GWAEA closed in observance of Memorial Day

 

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours

 

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: Significant Disabilities
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
The Big Picture- Sixth St. 2nd Floor Remodel Update Notes
Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours, June 11 - Aug. 10, 2018
Organizational Leadership Graduation, May 9, and Projects
BIG Updates to Gmail
Celebrations!
Jacob's Coast-to-Coast Cycling Trip for the Lustgarten Foundation
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Significant Disabilities Team

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

The GWAEA Significant Disabilities Team consists of 10 staff members with regional representation who have focused for the past four years on supporting our 32 school districts to conduct the newly state selected
Alternate Assessment.

 

The agency built capacity with building-based staff, and has trained, coached and supported teachers and administrators with this new system. While 100% participation in this assessment is the goal, this year the student participation rates have been at an all-time high, reaching 96% and 97% for the fall and winter testing windows. Spring data is anticipated to be just as successful.

 

The team is excited to move beyond supporting districts to give the assessment and are planning new efforts and training to consider using the data to design more specific specially designed instruction aligned to the core.

 

Several innovative programs have been visited across the state and the team will be working toward implementing standards-based IEPs in multiple pilot schools this fall. The team's efforts will utilize many of the strategies that have been vetted through the SDI grants with the DE/site schools, which have shown to be effective in closing the gap for some of our students with significant disabilities. Expanding the program to other districts is planned.

The GWAEA Significant Disabilities Team (left to right): Sarah Svejda, Jamie Beedle Vakiner,
Brandee Gehl, Tina Hoffman, Terri Knipper, Natalie Hahn-Mauck, Megan Burke-Brunscheen,
Sheryl Yates.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

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Alexis Schmidt
Graphic Designer

B.F.A., Iowa State University

Alexis has previous experience as an art director with Meyocks, May 2017-April 2018.

     

The Big Picture

Sixth St. 2nd Floor
Remodel Update

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  • Check your mailboxes and take your mail before Friday, May 18. On Friday, May 18, the mail will be removed from the mailboxes as they will be relocated to the main hall outside the Business Office/Human Resources on Sunday. Any mail picked up on Friday, May 18, will be redistributed after the mailboxes are relocated.

     

  • The scoring computers and Protocol filing cabinets are located in the SDC during the remodel. 

     

  • For those staff that wanted filing cabinets, your request is on hold until it is determined how many cabinets will be needed for storage for staff that wish to home office.

  • Staff from the second floor are working per the following locations during the remodel:

    - Revere Room - Central File staff 

    - Stone Room - Karen Michalec, Dawn Hrabak, Meg Gillette

    - Scale-UP - Elizabeth Gants, Early Access Service Coordinators

    - Glass Room - Erlene Spicer, Linda Elliott

    - 33rd Avenue, 2nd Floor drop in offices: Merion Sadowitz, Nicole Clymer



  • A poster with the preliminary second floor design is posted outside of the Wellness Room, first floor of the Sixth St. facility.

A poster with the preliminary second floor design is posted outside of the Wellness Room, first floor of the Sixth St. facility.

 

Watch for additional updates in future issues of The Bulletin Board.

 

For additional information, please contact Dave Brousard, dbrousard@gwaea.org, or
Cliff Ehlinger
at Cliff.Ehlinger@uweci.org.


Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours, June 11 - Aug. 10, 2018

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the second Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.


Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.

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2018 Organizational Leadership Cohort: The Learning Continues

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

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

 

Keith shared, "As the current Organizational Leadership participants depart the formal part of Organizational Leadership, I wish each person much continued success as they continue to deepen their leadership skills to make further improvements to education that support greater levels of student success."

 

One aspect of the agency's Organizational Leadership Program is the selection and development of an individual culminating project.The goal of the culminating experience is to broaden the participant’s experiences through involvement and/or internships in the organization and larger community. Projects may include opportunities to positively influence decisions on policy, community relations, setting organizational direction, project management (planning, implementing, and monitoring), etc.

 

The members of the 2018 Organizational Leadership cohort presented their culminating learning projects during graduation on May 9. Read more about their ongoing projects below.

 

Deanna Weber

Deanna Weber

AEA Scout Plan
The Scout is a portal that has been created by the State AEA online learning system to standardize and personalize content. AEA Scout is a single sign-on system that will allow users to access content from online resources, eBooks and AEA media center content. AEA Scout has a text reader with features such as text to speech, notetaking, and highlighting tools. The rollout will happen during the 2018-2019 school year with targeted training for AEA and LEA staff.

 

Managed Services

Grant Wood AEA has developed and is offering a fee for services for GWAEA schools where GWAEA will outsource technology services. Each instance of support is unique to the school district’s needs. The goal is to provide dependable, quality technology services at an affordable cost for districts.

 

Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall

 

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

Exploring Professional Development Opportunities for LEA
GWAEA strives to provide on-going professional development for its LEAs. As a literacy consultant, I encountered teachers across content areas who wanted recertification professional development options that would be immediately useful and convenient. The goal of this project was to explore and expand ways that GWAEA can offer recertification credit for classroom teachers. The project had a twofold approach: developing and delivering courses at LEA sites and offering credit options for the Summer Literacy Symposium.

Alternate Assessment Website
The Alternate Assessment website was created to increase access and awareness to Alternate Assessment resources. The site is available at GWAEA and includes links to assist individuals in meeting timelines, developing assessment plans, and implementing the assessments. The goal of the project is to build LEA independence in the implementation of the assessments.

Terri Knipper and Natalie Hahn-Mauck

Terri Knipper and

Natalie Hahn-Mauck

 

Liz Donnelly and Lindsey Volkers

Liz Donnelly and

Lindsey Volkers

The Carpool Lane
The Carpool Lane is a blog-based resource for parents to access information to enhance their child’s education in an easier, more efficient way. The Carpool Lane introduces parents, families, and other stakeholders to monthly contentspecific
knowledge centering on speech and language milestones. These Grant Wood AEA services related to early literacy development, parent tips,
and other content-specific information promotes awareness of educational milestones and what they can do to enhance the student’s learning. The
Carpool Lane provides online support to improve learning outcomes for all families and students.

Literacy Resources
Grant Wood has a total of 35 literacy consultants serving our districts across the AEA. With this number of professionals, comes an abundance of literacy knowledge. The three literacy teams do not have many opportunities throughout the school year to meet as a whole team to share knowledge. Michelle, member of the general education literacy team, and Julie, member of the special education literacy team, have partnered together to create a Google website with a bank of resources about literacy. The ease of access to these resources with hopefully eliminate gaps in our professional knowledge.

 

 

Julie Cook

Michelle Heiserman

 

Julie Cook and
Michelle Heiserman

Jessie Smitterbergh

Jessica Smitterbergh

Transition Task Force
The Transition Task Force is made up of a variety of people that include AEA staff from the different disciplines, district staff, and agencies that deal with students in the area of transition services. Our opportunity was to work together to create supports for students by providing multiple secondary
transition tools/materials for the diverse needs of students.


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.

Here is a resource to get you started with the updates.

 

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!


Celebrations!

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.

 

Retirement Celebration - Jayne Kamberling

May 30, 2018, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Autumn Room

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


Jacob's Coast-to-Coast Cycling Trip for the
Lustgarten Foundation

 

Northwest Region school psychologist
Jacob Nelson will be cycling across the United States this summer for a charitable cause. Read more here.

 


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

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 23; June 13, 27; July 11, 25. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: 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 dhaddy@gwaea.org or call 319-350-4123 for questions regarding the YMCA.

YMCA


Respect Training - Cedar Rapids

Recognizing Everyone’s Strengths by Peace building, Empathizing, Communicating and
Trust building

 

RESPECT is a free, four-day workshop focused on relationship building and conflict resolution. You will learn skills and strategies that can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict.

 

Dates: July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 6, Sept. 26
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hy-Vee Club Room
20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids 52404

 

See the flyer for registration details. Register early. Space is limited.


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
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

 

Grant Wood AEA Summer Literacy Symposium

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

Grant Wood AEA Summer Leadership Symposium


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.

 

Brad Gustafson shared a video highlighting his upcoming presentation at the GWAEA Summer Leadership Symposium, June 26, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

 


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.

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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

#GWAEALeaders, #GWAEA

 


August 2018

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback
2018-2019

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback
2018-2019

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

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

2018-2019 GWAEA 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.)


September, October, November 2018; January, March 2019

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018
-2019

 


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 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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