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June 12-Aug. 11, 2017

GWAEA Summer Hours


The Bulletin Board resumes weekly publication on Aug. 10, 2017.



Aug. 16, 2017

GWAEA All-Agency Inservice
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Solon Performing Arts Center


Aug. 17-18, 2017
PD Palooza


In This issue:

Sixth Street 2nd Floor Network Outage Planned on Aug. 2,
4:30 p.m

All-Agency Inservice, Wednesday, Aug. 16

GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza - Aug. 17-18

The Big Picture: Facilities Update
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Staff Assignment/Job Changes
AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
Staff Reminder: Recycling, Trash
MackinVIA eBook Curriculum Integration Class
Discounted Football Tickets
School Board Elections
Improve Your Student Loan Situation
GWAEA Health Screening/Fight the Flu
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
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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Sixth Street 2nd Floor Network Outage Planned on Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m

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There will be network maintenance work occurring on Wednesday, Aug. 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m. that will affect any staff who may be working at Sixth St. on the 2nd floor at that time. This work will take several hours. Network, phone, and internet access will be affected during this outage time.


This outage is for upgrades to GWAEA core network infrastructure. For questions, contact Brandon Watson, GWAEA network administrator.

Plan to Attend All-Agency Inservice, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Registration from 8:00-8:55 a.m.; Inservice begins at 9 a.m.

Please join your colleagues for our GWAEA
All Agency Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 16
in the Solon Performing Arts Center (map).

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Plan to arrive between 8:00-8:55 a.m. in the performing arts center foyer for registration and an opportunity to visit with your colleagues. Our annual meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.


Our All-Agency meeting will wrap up before lunch, allowing staff an opportunity to attend their regional meetings in the afternoon. If you need additional information on regional meetings, please follow up with your supervisor.


Staff have received letters and a map to their home address with directions with inservice information. We look forward to welcoming you back on Aug. 16.

GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza - Aug. 17-18, 2017

As we work toward our agency goal to increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge, we will again be holding two days of professional development for GWAEA staff on Aug. 17-18. Registration is open. Take a look at the schedule and get signed up!

Facilities Update

The facilities improvements are progressing well at our Sixth Street and 33rd Ave facilities. Below is an update of the progress, and updated estimates for work completion:

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Sixth Street First Floor

  • Conference center bathrooms are nearing completion.


  • The front lobby outside the conference center has new carpet, and the restrooms will be opened by early next week.

Sixth St. conference center

  • We are anticipating that staff who have been relocated during this time will have their boxes and supplies back in their offices by Friday, Aug. 11 and staff will be able to begin working from their offices again on Monday, Aug. 14 (with the exception being the IT offices and IT work area, which may take a day or two longer.) If an office is completed earlier, the staff member will be able to move in earlier as well.

  • Staff may staff hook up their own computers and call Tech Support if needed.


Sixth St. second floor office

Sixth St. second floor conference room

Sixth Street Second Floor

  • The second floor restrooms remain under construction, and while there was a slight delay with carpet, desks and overhead cabinets, we are now making great progress on updates to this level.

  • Our timeline projects that this phase of work on the second floor will be done Aug. 4, and second floor staff can expect to move back and work from their updated office beginning Monday, Aug. 7.

Staff also should note that our Board of Directors has set aside the funds for additional refurbishing of the second floor for this upcoming year. Additional details will be shared as those plans take shape.

33rd Ave

  • We have experienced a delay with obtaining office furniture for the science and autism offices, and the furniture will not be available until the end of August. This will require us to be a little flexible with our temporary office situations.

33rd Avenue 2nd floor

  • We expect that our autism and science consultants and staff will be able to move into the area currently occupied by our IT staff. When the IT areas at Sixth Street are completed and IT is able to move into their new space, our autism and science staff will temporarily locate in that same space on temporary tables. 

  • We also will set up conference room tables and chairs in the 33rd Ave rooms Aug. 7- 8.

  • Staff also should note that this week our Board members approved an agenda item to purchase additional soft furniture and tables for the lobby area of 33rd Ave. 

Thanks for your patience as we work through this phase of our facility upgrade!

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Photo - Stacie Brietbach


Stacie Brietbach
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator
- Cedar Rapids
B.A., William Penn College

Stacie has been an Early ACCESS service coordinator with Horizons for five years, and a day coordinator with Four Oaks, Inc.for 18 years.


Photo - Christy Brown


Christy Brown
CART Service Provider
- Cedar Rapids
B.A., Wartburg College

Christine's background includes positions as an Early ACCESS service coordinator with Horizons for 14 years; a step-up preschool teacher with the Cedar Rapids School District; a preschool teacher, Clarke Co., Athens, GA; and Five Seasons Daycare director.


Photo - Julie Burton


Julie Burton
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator
- Cedar Rapids
B.A., William Penn

Juliel has been an Early ACCESS service coordinator in the Cedar Rapids area with Horizons for the last 10 years.





Carrie Christensen
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator
- Coralville


Photo - Emily Jacobson


Emily Jacobson
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator
- Cedar Rapids
B.S., Iowa State University

Emily has been an Early ACCESS service coordinator in the Cedar Rapids area with Horizons for the past three years.



Photo - Renee McArtor


Renee McArtor
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator - Coralville

B.A., Wartburg College

Renee's background includes a position as a service coordinator through Horizons for two years.


Photo - Jamie Moyer


Jamie Moyer
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator
- Cedar Rapids
B.A., University of Northern Iowa

Jamie has been an Early ACCESS service coordinator in the Cedar Rapids area with Horizons for the last 10 years.


photo - Rachel Ronan


Rachel Ronan
Early ACCESS Service Coordinator - Coralville

B.A., University of Northern Iowa

Rachel has been a service coordinator with Horizons for the last eight years.

Staff Assignment/Job Changes

This ongoing update reflects the new assignment and job changes to date. Additional changes will continue to be shared through future editions of The Bulletin Board.

AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update

The AEA Special Education Procedures Manual (aka "red book") has been updated as of July 1, 2017. Please refer to this link for the Special Education Procedures Release Notes - July 1, 2017. (On the GWAEA website, visit Educators, Special Education, Procedures and Forms.)

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The Release notes highlight the changes that have been made in the updated manual. The key update topics include: Types of IEP Meetings, Guidelines for Making Changes to an IEP, Unique Placement (including 4+ Programs), Expectations for IEP Goal Monitoring, FBA/BIP Updates, Discipline Flowchart, Medicaid References in the Procedures, Placing Weighted Enrollment Factor Matrices Back in Procedures, Updated Parental Right Summary (Note: Your existing stock of summaries may be used, but the June 2017 version should be used for new print orders).

You may want to download the updated AEA Special Education Procedures Manual to your laptop or iPad for easier access. 

For information, contact Erin Welsh, GWAEA facilitator, Special Education Procedures,
ext. 6806.

IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions

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Get detailed information about your retirement account by speaking with an IPERS representative during an individual appointment. Learn about possible retirement dates, benefit option payouts, and service purchase options. These retirement planning sessions are an excellent resource if you are thinking of retirement in the next 5 years.


Aug. 21-24, 2017


Location: Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha   

Individual Appointments - Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 2017


Individual Appointments:
Nov. 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2017


Cedar Rapids

Location: Residence Inn
1900 Dodge Rd NE
Cedar Rapids 

Individual Appointments:
Dec. 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2017



Location: Country Inn & Suites
2571 Heartland Pl


Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.


Visit the IPERS website for a complete listing of the Statewide Individual Counseling Sessions.


To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849. Appointment times will fill quickly. Please do not delay in calling to set up an appointment.

Staff Reminder: Recycling, Trash

A reminder to staff to place trash in the garbage cans by desks. Items for recycling, other than cardboard, should be placed in the gray recycle bins. Please breakdown cardboard and place it beside the gray recycle bins.
Thank you.

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Mark Your Calendar for the MackinVIA eBook Curriculum Integration Class

Pass this on to Classroom Teachers

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As you plan your summer schedule, consider signing up for the MackinVIA course. This course was offered last summer and received rave reviews. Credit and no-credit options are available. The course starts on Aug. 8. For details and to register for credit options, go to AEA PD Online. Also, please register your attendance for Aug. 8 face to face session at this site.


For more information on this learning opportunity, please contact Deanna Weber.

Discounted football tickets - Iowa AND Iowa State games

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Discounted tickets are available to employees in any AEA and this was offered at NO cost to the AEA system. Tickets are available to seven Iowa games, and the UNI vs. ISU game. 


Thanks to Bravo Sports for this opportunity!


Iowa tickets:


Iowa State tickets:

2017 School Board Elections

The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) encourages sitting board members to offer their expertise for another term and asks motivated community members to consider serving on their local school board.

IASB needs leaders that care about our children and our communities. 


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Visit the IASB website for a toolkit to help interested citizens understand school boards in Iowa and their role, qualifications and steps to become a school board candidate, school election dates and deadlines, FAQs, rewards of school board service, and more. 

As you consider running, IASB encourages individuals to consider what board service means to you. Make a difference for students, your community, and ultimately the future of Iowa. Invest in the future--serve on your local school board. 

Improve Your Student Loan Situation

Innovative Student Loan Solutions

To help improve your student loan situation and overall financial well-being, our local education agency, Grant Wood AEA, is partnering with an advisory company, ISLoan Solutions, to educate you and provide options, including loan forgiveness and refinancing, that may help lower, or even eliminate, your payment. All employees with student loans are encouraged to find out if this voluntary benefit can help you. Join your colleagues who have reduced monthly payments by 81% (avg), and expect $66,471 in projected tax-free loan forgiveness.

Click this link: enter registration code: AEA10

If PSLF makes sense, you will be able to:
• Immediately lower your monthly student loan payment

• Reduce your student loan obligation
• Significantly lower your cost to earn additional degrees

• Receive a personalized 10-year loan forgiveness plan outlining your projected tax-free savings

Some may be able to lower your payment through the program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF is not Teacher Loan Forgiveness*). For those who won’t benefit from PSLF, refinancing may work for you.


The Gift of Financial Well-being

"Don’t hesitate to learn about the program. ISLoan Solutions tells you everything you need to know and will not pressure you.  I have complete peace of mind now when it comes to my student loans and can pay off other debts, travel, purchase my own home and save additional money for retirement. Not having that financial burden in my life anymore has been a gift.”

Sarah Tomer, School Psychologist, Ohio

Contact us: 1.866.831.5564, email or visit for more information and success stories.


For those who registered with ISLoan Solutions in the past and were told you would not benefit from PSLF, login to your MyISLS portal, and you will be directed to the refinancing option.

GWAEA Health Screening/Fight the Flu

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Sixth St. Facility
Scale-UP Classroom



Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
7:00-9:00 a.m

Coralville Facility


The GROW Committee would like to offer Blood Profile Screenings and Flu Shots to any interested staff members this fall.


The screening will be a 12-hour FASTING test provided by the Visiting Nurses Association at a cost of $20.00 per person, cash or check is due the day of the screening. VNA will have almost immediate results, which they will go over with you during your appointment, so plan on being here at least 15 minutes.


Flu shots will also be available that day. The VNA will bill your insurance company, so be sure to bring your insurance card with you.


Registration for both events will be announced in August. For information, contact
Connie Dvorak

GROW News/Upcoming Events

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

- Weight Watchers

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club


Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

Visit these Facebook links for upcoming activities and events:

Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project

Iowa City Blue Zones Project

Marion Blue Zones Project

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Keep improving your well-being by participating in one of the many Blue Zones Project events in the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City areas.

Weight Watchers At Work

New registrations accepted each week!

Next session starts August 22, 2017

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Incentive for New GWAEA Employees: Any new member to our fall At Work meeting will receive $50 at the end of the session or they can apply the $50 towards the spring session.*


Incentive for New Member: Free item if you join prior to Aug. 23. **


Membership Opportunity extended to staff, family and friends of Grant Wood AEA (you may attend at any community location or at GWAEA on Tuesdays. Tuesday’s meeting weigh-in is available at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 4:45 p.m.). You are not required to attend Tuesday’s meetings, you can go to any other community meetings that suit your schedule.


*$50 reimbursement incentive will be refunded or used towards next session if you attend 80% of the weekly meetings during the 12-week session this fall
**Free items available while supplies last


Payment options: Payable at time of registration one check or credit card payment. You can also pay 3 checks, which will be deposited during different weeks of the session. If joining mid-session, cost will be pro-rated for remaining weeks.


Contact Kim Martin ( or Elizabeth Gants ( with questions or to sign up.

Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: July-27. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Appointments will resume in September. Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.

Save the Date... Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Watch for information in future issues of The Bulletin Board. Registration is available online.



Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

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 the 2016-2017 PD workshops with national and regional presenters. 
Please register electronically  or complete a registration form. Payment is due at the time of registration.



Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month























August 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops


Blended Learning for School Teams

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

2017-18 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS) in Partnership with the New Teacher Center

September 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

GWAEA Assistive Tech


GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

Document Based Questions (DBQ)

Project Workshop

Sept. 26, 2017


GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

Mindfulness 101: Changing Your Relationship with Stress

2017-2018 TQ Dates

Sept. 13, 2017
Dec. 7, 2017
Feb. 9, 2018
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.

Buy, Sell or Trade

Pioneer TV 53" - In working condition.
Free - you haul. Contact Kathy Resewehr,


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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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