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Mark Your Calendar:

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours

 

The Bulletin Board summer publication dates:

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:

GWAEA PRIDE: VAST Science Curriculum Units Return for Summer Updates
The Big Picture: Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Introducing The Carpool Lane:
Where Parents Pick Up Resources From GWAEA
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
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

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

VAST Science Curriculum Units Return for Summer Repack

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) staff members are busy repacking the over 7,000 totes the center will provide to area districts in preparation for the beginning of the school year.

 

 

The Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) provides educators and students:

  • Opportunities to learn in a hands-on, minds-on oriented classroom using research-based, comprehensive curriculum for ALL students.

  • The structure to experience science with the integration of reading, writing and mathematics.

These are just a few of the VAST Center's summer statistics:

  • The VAST Center received back over 7,000 totes from all of the buildings/districts served for the summer repacking.

  • Our AEA partners will store approximately 1,300 pieces during the summer at their AEA's.

  • Grant Wood AEA employs six temporary staff for the summer turn-around, in addition to our permanent VAST Center staff.

During the 2017-2018 school year, the VAST Center served 1,453 K-8 science teachers that are a part of the GWAEA service area.

 

Kathy Schultz, GWAEA curriculum consultant - science, shared, "The VAST Center is also converting a 4th-grade earth science unit to the newest edition. And, we are converting two middle school units to the newest editions as well as adding four new units to our middle school framework."

 

Congratulations!

 

Current and former staff members of the VAST Center, include, front row: Dawnelle Wyman, 
Sara Cosgrove, Mary Zobeck, Kathy Schultz, Deb Johnson. Back row: Jeanne Bancroft, Aimee Mussman - The Iowa Children's Museum, Steve Bartlett, Kathy Fielder, Patrick Mahoney, Phyllis Anderson, Rebecca Newton, Donna Alger, Michelle Wyman, Carol Mann, Bart Mason.

Current and former staff members of the VAST Center in this photo from Feb. 1, 2018 include, front row: Dawnelle Wyman, Sara Cosgrove, Mary Zobeck, Kathy Schultz, Deb Johnson. Back row: Jeanne Bancroft, Aimee Mussman - The Iowa Children's Museum, Steve Bartlett, Kathy Fielder, Patrick Mahoney, Phyllis Anderson, Rebecca Newton, Donna Alger, Michelle Wyman, Carol Mann, Bart Mason.


The Big Picture

Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update

Work continues on the Sixth St. Facility second floor remodel.

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Cliff Ehlinger shared the following update:

  • Carpet should be completed by Friday, June 29.

  • Painting of the open area will be completed by July 5.

  • Some files that are not being replaced have been repainted.

  • Stairwells have been painted and the railings should be done by June 30.

  • Furniture will begin being delivered on July 16.

  • We are still on target for completion by Aug. 15.

Visit the photos below to expand to larger mirror views as the remodel continues.

Sixth St. - North side, June 25, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, June 25, 2018

 

 




Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Lynn Benkusky

 

Lynn Benkusky
Data Services Technician

B.S., Iowa State University

Lynn's background includes positions with McDonald's Corporation (5 years), Sensory Solutions, Inc., (15 years) and Xavier High School (2 years).

     

Peggy Pearson

 

Peggy Pearson
Data Services Technician

M.B.A., University of Iowa

Peggy has experience as a business analyst at AEGON/TransAmerica for 13 years, and as a Pearson project coordinator, PARCC call center, for one year.

     



Introducing The Carpool Lane:
Where Parents Pick Up Resources From GWAEA

 

Since our agency formed more than 40 years ago, we’ve understood the importance of providing parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the planning and provision of educational services for their children.

 

And now we’re expanding on that concept. This summer, we'll roll out a new blog for parents called The Carpool Lane. Our goal is to use this blog to share the wealth of knowledge from our staff with parents in our partnering districts. We envision using this blog to provide tips on behavior strategies, insights on enhancing literacy, highlight great math resources and help parents find special education resources to help their learner.  

 

In August and September, GWAEA Communications will reach out to our consultants to coordinate an editorial calendar to ensure a steady flow of information is available to parents through this blog. All GWAEA staff can help us spread the word about The Carpool Lane this fall by sending them to a special Facebook page where we'll share our blog posts that have been written especially for parents.


We know partnerships with communities improve student well-being and we hope The Carpool Lane will help us build even stronger connections with students, families and educators. We look forward to sharing more information with you about this vehicle for parents this fall.


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

Liberty High School, North Liberty

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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. 


Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts

The names of GWAEA staff serving school districts is available on the agency's website, gwaea.org. This information is currently being updated and will be available beginning in August. Follow the steps below to access the GWAEA staff assigned to buildings. This reminder information will be shared with educators in the GWAEA service area this fall.

 

 


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 wellmark.com/GoMobile. 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 Wellmark.com. 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 www.ipers.org.


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 the family of Barb Proctor who passed away on June 14, 2018, at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Cedar Rapids. Services were held on Friday, June 22, at
    First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. Barb was a GWAEA records technician, 1993 - 1999.


The Bulletin Board...

...has entered a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for email issues on the following dates: July 12, July 26, and Aug. 9.


GROW Quicklinks

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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: 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 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.

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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.)

Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

Peers Join In: Improving Social Communication
Aug.
13, 2018

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

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

 



September 2018

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018
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Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019


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.

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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 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 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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