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Mark Your Calendar:

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours


The Bulletin Board summer publication dates:

June 28, July 12, July 26, and
Aug. 9


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:

Ten years later...remembering GWAEA Flood Recovery 2008
Organizational Announcement - Summary of Manager and Region Assignments
2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
Important Message to Health Plan Participants – New Wellmark ID Card Coming Soon
IPERS Contribution Rates are Changing July 1, 2018
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Our Condolences
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
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


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Ten years later...remembering GWAEA Flood Recovery 2008

Photo: - YouNewsTV

Grant Wood AEA joined the thousands of Iowa individuals, businesses and organizations impacted by the catastrophic floods of June 2008.


On Friday, June 13, 2008, flood water from Prairie Creek south of Hawkeye Downs Road entered the first floor of the Sixth Street facility. The Cedar River in
Cedar Rapids crested on that date at a record 31.12 ft,
which was 19.12 ft. above the 12 ft. flood stage.


Photo: Tyler Martin

In 2008 the crest was forecast at 24 feet for the Cedar River, but then there was a surge of rainfall along the Cedar as the crest moved downstream coupled with last minute local rains.


Grant Wood AEA's Sixth St. facility is bordered by Prairie Creek, a usually quiet stream that connects to the Cedar. In 2008 when the Cedar River reached record highs, Prairie Creek could not drain quickly and backed up into the AEA. At the time, the agency had 10 inches of water in the building. 


The AEA was only flooded for for 12 hours, but this was an extremely damaging amount of time. 

June 16, 2008

Three days after the flood, support to staff who were personally impacted was a high priority.


A situation and briefing room (left) was organized at the 33rd Avenue Facility. Staff donated cleaning supplies and other essential items to support their colleagues. The GWAEA Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) provided support and a phone bank helped to coordinate efforts from the 33rd Avenue Facility.

June 17, 2018

Four days after the flood, support to staff who were impacted continued and recovery efforts began at the Sixth St. facility.


Each day, GWAEA staff supporting the agency's recovery efforts joined
Ron Fielder, GWAEA chief administrator, for updates.


The updates were held on the back patio of the Sixth St. facility at the end of the day.


These daily briefings continued through Monday, July 7, when Maria Cashman announced to the group that this would be the last daily flood update. As Maria explained, “This is an indicator that we’re moving out of crisis mode and back into our daily routines."


Barb Harms, GWAEA Business Manager, shared figures related to the damages. "We submitted nine separate FEMA claims for the clean-up, remodeling and contents which totaled $3,176,000. After FEMA review they deducted about $700,000 ($500,000 was a penalty due to lack of flood insurance), but they also approved a flood mitigation proposal for the flood wall around the building for $580,000.  It took four years to finalize the claim/reimbursement process, but the net total we received from FEMA and the State of Iowa was $3,062,000."


"Support to GWAEA staff directly affected by the floods through the GWAEA Employee Relief Fund raised $23,605 in 2008 and funds were provided to 11 different staff members," Barb continued. "Three staff were displaced from their homes for several months. The monetary donations were in addition to the volunteers that helped them and the donations of cleaning supplies, fans, etc."


A diary of pre-flood preparations and post-flood recovery appeared in The Linker, Fall 2008. The text highlighted agency service delivery and flood recovery relocation efforts.


"The Flood," a slide presentation documents the support extended to agency staff, and recovery efforts at the
Sixth St. facility.

Agency Open House Celebrates Flood Recovery, Nov. 4, 2009

gwaea ribbon cutting


The Sixth Street Facility celebrated recovery from the 2008 flood with an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, from 2:30-7:00 p.m. GWAEA Board members, staff and members of the Chamber of Commerce were on hand to facilitate guest tours of the revitalized facility.

Since the flood of 2008, the following updates/improvements have been completed to the
GWAEA Sixth St. facility:

1. Sixth St. remodel of first floor
2. Installation of flood gates
3. Lights converted to a more energy efficient florescent bulb

Organizational Announcement

Summary of Manager and Region Assignments

GWAEA The Big Picture graphic

This time of year often presents us the opportunity for reorganization, and again this year we have several leadership and organizational changes to share with the agency.

First, we want to highlight key leadership transitions for the AEA:

  • Director of Information Technology Dave Brousard will be retiring this month. You will note that we have created .5FTE interim operations/facilities position to take over some of Dave’s responsibilities, and distributed others among other managers.  

  • Regional Administrator Josh Lyons has accepted the Director of Teaching and Learning position with the Solon Community School District.

  • Regional Administrator Jill Ries has requested and accepted a position as a GWAEA special education consultant.

  • At last night's Board meeting, contracts were extended to two new Regional Administrators. Please join us in welcoming Carrie Klein and Tim Salmon to GWAEA:


    Carrie Klein, Regional Administrator:
    Carrie has served as a special education teacher in the Marion Independent School District and as a Mentoring and Induction Coach with Grant Wood AEA's Mentoring and Induction Consortium. She then moved into her most recent position where she has served as an associate principal at the middle school in the Marion School District.


    Tim Salmon, Regional Administrator:
    Tim began his career in the Aldine Independent School District in Texas where he held progressively responsible roles and responsibilities in the district including teacher and director of both the district’s magnet school and oversight of the district’s federal and state programs. His talents brought him to the Johnston Community School District as a teacher, coach and principal. He most recently served as the superintendent and principal at the
    United Community School District in Boone.

Summary of GWAEA Leadership Assignments for 2018-19

  • Bart Mason – NE Region and Anamosa, Lisbon, Monticello, Science/VAST, School Improvement Consultants, TLC (co-link), RLD

  • Keith Stamp – NE Region and Midland, North Cedar, Olin, Tipton, West Branch, CTE, Math (co-link), Org. Leadership, Perkins

  • Janel Lesan – NW Region and Center Point-Urbana, Benton, Vinton-Shellsburg, Autism, Mediation and SE Consultants

  • Shane Boeve – NW Region and Alburnett, Central City, North Linn, Springville, Mt. Vernon, Blended Learning, OT/COTA 

  • John Zimmerman – CR Region and Cedar Rapids, SPEL and GEL

  • Julie Jensen – CR Region and Cedar Rapids, Learning Supports (PBIS and Behavior Coaches)

  • Tim Salmon – Central/NE Regions and College Community, Solon, Math (Co-Link), and Hearing 

  • Jill Weigel – Central Region and Linn-Mar, Marion, CISM, Learning Supports (Challenging Behavior Team and Crisis Prev Int), Mediation

  • Tracy Liebermann – Iowa City Region and Iowa City, Psych (co-link), PT and School Social Work

  • Terri McGraw – Iowa City Region and Iowa City, Hiring and SLP

  • Lisa Haverkamp – SW Region and Highland, Lone Tree, Washington, English Valley, HLV, VITAL, Curriculum Directors, ELL, and Talented & Gifted

  • Tina Hoffman – SW Region and Clear Creek Amana, Belle Plaine, Iowa Valley, Mid-Prairie, Williamsburg, Facilities (Coralville) , Hiring, Internal Mentoring, Low Incidence (Alternate Assessment and Vision)

  • Carrie Klein – GWAEA Behavior Programs, HomeSite Programs (Anamosa State Penn, Foundation 2, IMCC, Linn Cty Det, YES) and BIRT

  • Kim Owen– Mentoring & Induction and TLC (co-link)

  • Tara Johnannsen – Print Shop, Graphic Designers, Mail Room, Distribution, Teacher Work Center, and Support Team (co-link)

  • Jason Marshall – Tech Support - iPad mgmt, PowerSchool/Infinite Campus, Managed Services, Network Oversight & Security, E-Rate Consulting/Technical Assistance, Finance/payroll, Internal Programming and LEA Tech Directors

  • Sherry Sines – Professional Learning, Eval Approval, Psych (co-link) and Teacher Quality 

  • Stacy Behmer– Digital Learning, Assistive Tech, Media Center and Staff Distribution Center

  • Mike Kiely (interim part-time operations/facilities manager) – SubCentral, Van Drivers/Routes, Facilities, Marsden Contract

  • Erin Welsh –Child Find, IMS, Transition and Iowa IDEA

  • Jeanie Wade Nagle – Early Educ Sup (EA/EC), FEP and Support Team (co-link)

  • Renee Nelson –  Communications, First Responder Training, Zone Leaders, Legislative Advocacy

  • Jackie Schreder – Human Resources, Blue Zones, Equity Committee, Induction and PI

  • Barb Harms –  Business Manager,  MIIP

2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Liberty High School, North Liberty


The GWAEA All Agency meeting date and location have been set for this fall and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the new Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty.
We will begin the day with registration from 8-9 a.m. and will kick off the meeting promptly at
9 a.m. Staff should plan on professional attire for this meeting, which will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. Additionally, once the date gets closer, staff should coordinate with their supervisors about any plans or meetings for that afternoon.


New this year: Please note that The Bulletin Board will be your communication channel for information about this meeting. We will only send paper letters with the date and location of this fall's All Agency meeting to new hires, and will not be sending a paper letter to returning staff. 

Important Message to Health Plan Participants – New Wellmark ID Card Coming Soon

All employees enrolled in a health plan through Grant Wood AEA will soon receive a new Wellmark ID card in the mail. Your new ID card includes a new Wellmark ID number, so it will be important to put it in your wallet and destroy any old ID cards. To make sure you are using the most recent card, look for the print date shown in the lower-left corner on the front of your ID card. Start using your new Wellmark ID card for all your health care and pharmacy services beginning July 1, 2018 going forward. If you use an old card, your benefits may not apply correctly and payment of your claims could be delayed or possibly denied.


Prefer to get your Wellmark ID card on your smartphone? Download the Wellmark mobile app!  You can download the mobile app from any of the app stores, or visit Open the app and select myWellmark. Log in using your myWellmark user ID and password. If you aren’t registered for myWellmark yet, create an account by going to You will need an email address and your Wellmark member ID, found on your ID card.


If you have questions about your new ID card or your health plan benefits, contact Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706.

IPERS Contribution Rates are Changing July 1, 2018

Below is a table of the IPERS contribution rates for fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Beginning with the July 13, 2018 paychecks, Grant Wood AEA employees will have a 0.34% increase in their IPERS withholding. Employers will have a 0.51% increase in their contributions. 

To access your IPERS account, review the member handbook or other benefit information go to

A Note From Business Office/Human Resources

In an effort to wrap up Grant Wood AEA’s fiscal year end in a timely manner the
Business Office/Human Resources staff is asking for your help. Please note the
following deadlines.


June 8, 2018 

Final deadline to submit all invoicing requests for the fiscal

year ending 6/30/18

June 29, 2018

Final deadline to submit all leave forms for the current
work year

June 29, 2018

Final deadline to submit claims for mileage and travel
reimbursement for the fiscal year


Thank you from the Business Office/Human Resources staff.

Our Condolences

  • to Whitney Achenbaugh on the passing of her father, CDR Dennis Allen Achenbaugh, USN Retired, on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in
    Iowa City. A visitation was held on Tuesday, June 12, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 13, at the Emerson United Methodist Church in Emerson, Iowa. Whitney is a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.

The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for email issues on the following dates: June 28, July 12, July 26, and Aug. 9.

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

Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: June 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.

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

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.

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 Dates
Aug. 2-3, 2018
Oct. 25, 2018
Dec. 6, 2018
March 7, 2019

Coaching opportunities with a one-on-one principal coach will be provided 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.

Registration Fee: $650

License Renewal Credit Available: 2 credits, $70

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























June 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

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.)

Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

Peers Join In: Improving Social Communication Outcomes for Children with ASD
13, 2018

The 8 Essential Elements of Daily 5
Aug. 14, 2018

The 8 Essential Elements of Daily 5
14, 2018



September 2018

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations


Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations


2018-2019 TQ Dates

Sept 7Nov 12, 2018, Feb 15 and May 6, 2019

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 Chittenden,
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.