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Monday, Sept. 4, 2016
Agency closed in observance of Labor Day

 

In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: Lessons from our pilot: Building a Successful Blended Learning Program
Reminders for the Beginning of the School Year
How GWAEA Communications & Creative Services Can Help You
Update for GWAEA Staff on FastBridge - Literacy Rollout
Education Directory Update
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Staff Assignment/Job Changes
Security Awareness Training Surveys Coming Out to GWAEA Staff 
iPad App Orders- App Order is OPEN and the form Closes
Sept. 5!
All Agency Calendar
Our Condolences
AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update
IPERS Retirement Planning Sessions
Discovery Education STEM Leadership Symposium, Oct. 5
Feed the Need Lunchbox Fundraiser
Discounted Football Tickets
Improve Your Student Loan Situation
GWAEA Health Screening/Fight the Flu
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
GWAEA GROW News/Upcoming Events
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade

 

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

Lessons from our pilot: Building a Successful Blended Learning Program


 

Grant Wood AEA was featured Aug. 24 in an article written by Lisa Wilson,

"Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program," in EdSurge. The article highlights the agency's support extended three years ago as Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state.

 

As Lisa shared in her article, "Blended learning is an instructional methodology that combines face to face and online learning to personalize the learning experience to meet the specific needs of each student."


Congratulations to Lisa and the GWAEA staff supporting blended learning.


Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Reminders for the Beginning of the School Year

Staff Work Attire, Agency Badges, Agency Vehicles

As the school year is underway, here are a few reminders regarding staff work attire, agency badges, and use of agency vehicles.

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Staff Work Attire
Grant Wood AEA is proud of our familiar, comfortable culture and understands that many of our staff work in very different settings. While we want our employees to work comfortably in our workplace, we still need our staff to project a professional image for our districts, educational partners, potential employees, and while working in the community.

Business casual dress is the general standard for working at our agency, which gives staff the flexibility to dress according to his or her schedule for the day, and in a manner that promotes a tasteful, respectful impression of our agency. On days when staff need to dress more casually due to their work activities, employees must exercise a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing. In particular, staff are reminded that not all casual clothing is suitable for the office. As a general guideline, clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs or exercising may not be appropriate for a professional appearance at work.

Additionally, staff are asked to not wear jeans, sweatshirts, or tennis shoes to work. Staff can wear jeans on Fridays unless your department has previously communicated other expectations to you regarding attire. Please note that staff who are attending an all-day meeting or PD session should still treat the day as they would any other work day. The expectation is that staff will not wear jeans during these sessions. If you are unsure about what clothing is acceptable while you're at work, please ask your supervisor for additional guidance.

 

Agency Badges

Staff should wear their agency badge when representing the agency in district buildings and the community, and should have them accessible (i.e. at a desk, in a laptop bag, etc.) when working in an agency facility.

 

Agency Vehicles
Grant Wood AEA has two Agency vehicles available for staff to check out for trips outside the AEA. Please remember that whenever you are in an agency vehicle you are representing
Grant Wood AEA, observe all applicable laws, and be a courteous driver. Remember, people are watching and all have cameras, and they do not hesitate to take pictures and video of driving they deem inappropriate. Every year, we receive several driving complaints that we investigate, so don't let it be you. 

 

Grant Wood AEA Policy # 7240 Use of Agency Equipment outlines the use of Agency equipment, including Agency vehicles, provided for support of the Agency mission and official business. The policy outlines that employees shall use Agency equipment and vehicles in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner.

 

The agency policy prohibits cell phone use unless it's done with a hands-free option. Texting and sending of emails is prohibited.

 

If you are interested in checking out a vehicle for agency use, please visit the Employee Self Service (ESS) site and select Vehicle Reservations. The reservations are coordinated by Front Desk Receptionist Cathy Nelson (ext. 6544).


How GWAEA Communications & Creative Services Can Help You

Grant Wood AEA makes a remarkable impact on the education of students in our area, and it's important that the communications from our organization be shared in a similar voice and style.

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The marketing of Grant Wood AEA is facilitated through two departments, Communications and Creative Services. Below are a few tips on how this team can help you tell the story of our AEA:

 

Internal Communications via The Bulletin Board
Each week we share information with our own GWAEA staff through The Bulletin Board.  If you have information to share with GWAEA staff, please submit it to Renee Nelson or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office.  Approved content can be submitted for the current week's issue of
The Bulletin Board by emailing it to Valerie Taylor Hill before close of business Tuesday. The draft of The Bulletin Board will be sent to you for review before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and all changes need to be returned to Val by 11 a.m. on Thursday. The Bulletin Board will publish Thursday afternoons.

Google Sites and Web Pages
It's important to have clear, branded and accessible content available to external audiences like our teachers, administrators and parents. Communications manages content on our gwaea.org web pages, and is continuing to work with disciplines to update these pages with fresh content. 

Communications also will be working with disciplines to discuss how we can help update existing Google sites. While Google is now pushing out a new, easy to use website tool, as a general rule, our agency will not be launching new Google sites that are available to external audiences. If you currently manage an existing Google site, you will have the opportunity to work with Communications to discuss options for sharing your content going forward.

 

Branding 
We can protect the image of our organization by properly using the name and logo. Communications and Creative Services have collaborated on an updated graphics and standards guide that clearly outlines how to use our name and logo in communications, and templates are available for you use on our Brand Central web page. 

 

External Communications
Do you have a story to tell to external audiences?  Please send your request for communications assistance to the Communications Office for review and consultation. The Communications Office will review for style, content and make recommendations related to news media and social media, and will partner with our Creative Services team to help staff with layout and design work, if applicable.  

Flyers, Note cards, Videos, Brochures, Posters and more! 
Our Creative Services team is a fantastic partner for our school districts, and offers a wealth of internal resources for GWAEA staff.  The Creative Services designers work alongside Grant Wood AEA Communications to ensure that our teams work together to design and create the most effective communications for your program or service.

 

For more information, contact Renee Nelson or Valerie Taylor Hill in GWAEA Communications.


Update for GWAEA Staff on FastBridge - Literacy Rollout

Work continues moving ahead as the DE prepares for FASTBridge and fall literacy testing windows. Here are a few things AEA staff should know to support districts with this effort:

Screening windows for 17-18 
The screening windows for all schools (other than the three year-round schools) are defined by the IDOE and shall not be changed by the district:

    1. Fall: Sept. 11 to Oct. 6

    2. Winter: Jan. 15 to Feb. 9

    3. Spring: April 23 to May 18

AEA Access
RAs are providing names of AEA staff who need access to FASTBridge so accounts can be established. Once the DE receives this information, they will set up AEA staff with a “Specialist” role, which will allow these staff to view all individual student data at the school and student, teacher, and grade level reports.

 

AEA Training for FastBridge
This Friday, Sept. 1 GWAEA will host "Getting Started with FAST Training" for AEA staff in both the Cedar Rapids and Coralville offices. This training will be helpful for staff members who access the FASTBridge system, and is the same training offered that was offered late this summer by the DE to help school districts transition to the new statewide data system from K-6 literacy. 

 

The course will provide a basic understanding of the reports in the FAST application, explain the differences in assessment administration, and includes an overview of how to use the knowledge base and ticket system for support.  (AEA staff who might have attended training this summer along with their LEA colleagues do not need to attend this session for AEA staff.)

 

The training session will be Sept. 1 from 8 a.m.-noon in Room 118 in the Coralville office, and in the Winter/Spring/Autumn rooms at the 6th street office. No registration is necessary. The session will be recorded and made available at a later time for staff who are unable to attend in person on Friday.

 

Stay Current 
Staff who are interested in more frequent updates on this topic can sign up to receive regular Early Warning System email updates from the DE.


Education Directory Update

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There are two ways to access information about our LEA partners. You can access details:

 

1.  Through this map on our website, which has been updated with this year's information, or 

 

2. Access the 2017-18 Education Directory. This data has been updated and is current for the year. We no longer printing large quantities of this document, but will coordinate hard copies for staff who would like one. You can make requests for the directory here.


All Agency Inservice Button

Interested in a button for your All-Agency Inservice collection? Please contact 
Cathy Nelson
, 6544 or click here  to place your button order by Friday, Sept.8, 2017.

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Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

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Mayasa Elgabaly
Paraeducator - Autism

M.B.A., Chifley Business School

Mayasa's background includes a position as an administrative officer with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, October 2010 - November 2016.

     

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Kaitlin Flynn
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.H.S., University of Missouri

Kaitlin is a new SLP, graduating in May of 2017

     

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Keith Gatrost
Paraeducator

B.A., William Penn University

Keith's background includes 32 years at Four Oaks, Inc., and the last five years at Center Point-Urbana High School as a p-t paraeducator and a p-t youth director at Center Point United Methodist Church.

     

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Mallory Gould
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Mallory's background includes a position as a SLP with
Great Prairie AEA, January 2016-July 2017.

     

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Hannah Hartlieb
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Iowa

     

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Sarah Kelley
Special Education Consultant

Strat II: LD/BD, Morningside College

Sarah's background includes a position as a modified autism teacher with the Iowa City Community Schools, 2012-2017.

     

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Lisa Klein
ELL Curriculum Consultant

B.S., Iowa State University; M.A., Asuza Pacific Univ.

Lisa was an ELL teacher, Linn-Mar Schols, 2005-2016 and with the Cedar Rapids Schools, 2001-2005. Prior to these positions, she held positions with three school districts in Southern California.

     

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Lynn Kleinmeyer
Technology Consultant

M.A., Reading and Library Science, University of Nebraska - Omaha

Lynn taught 7th grade reading for 13 years in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 2001-2014, and was a teacher librarian at Lewis Central School District for three years, 2014-2017.

     

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Dawn Kruse
School Improvement Consultant

Ed.S., Educational Leadership

Dawn was a social studies teacher in Albert Lea, Minnesota, 2007-2014, and a curriculum specialist with Davenport CSD, 2014-2017.

     

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Lindsey Kutcher
School Social Worker

LMSW, University of Iowa

Lindsey's background includes positions as a direct care professional at The Arc of South East Iowa, and completed practicums at The Dream Center, Iowa City High School as a student family advocate; and with Grant Wood AEA at Washington Elementary.

     

Meet our new staff features will continue in upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.


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.


Security Awareness Training Surveys Coming Out to GWAEA Staff 

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Grant Wood AEA is working with the information security and privacy firm ProCircular to deliver a security awareness training during GWAEA regional meetings this fall.

 

As preparation for this training, ProCircular would like each training attendee to first complete a 13-question, multiple choice pre-training questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Questionnaire results will provide a helpful baseline for tracking training effectiveness.

Staff will receive an email from Renee Nelson inviting them to complete the survey. We appreciate your support in completing the survey as we work on this important initiative. 


iPad App Orders- App Order is OPEN and the form Closes Sept. 5!

The Agency App Order is open. Please be sure to select no more than 7 apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need. The order form will close on Sept. 5 at 12 p.m. The more expensive apps are on devices in the SDC for you to check out and try and then you may contact us for us to purchase it for you.

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Once the order closes, we will purchase needed apps and push them to you remotely. You will receive an email when apps have been distributed, so you know to look for them in the App Store under your Apple ID.

 

You must be signed in with your GWAEA Google Account in order to view and fill out the form.

Link to the form


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All Agency Calendar

Ever wonder who is having a region meeting or when your next discipline meeting may be? The agency has an All Agency Calendar you can subscribe to and layer it with your calendar. Here is a link with directions on how to add it to your Google Calendar.

 


Our Condolences...

  • to the family of Helen Hayes, who passed away on Aug. 21 in Colorado. Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Helen retired in 2000 as a GWAEA speech-language pathologist.


AEA Special Education Procedures Manual Update

Attached you will find an ADDITIONAL update to the July 2017 Release Notes regarding FBAs and BIPs. This contains new information and some changes from what was originally released in the July 1 Release Notes.

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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.)

 

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.

 

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

 

Coralville

Location: Country Inn & Suites
2571 Heartland Pl
Coralville

 

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.


Discovery Education STEM Leadership Symposium, Oct. 5

Discovery Education is hosting TWO STEM Leadership Symposiums in early October. Dr. Cindy Moss, vice-presidentof Global STEM Initiatives, brings a wealth of knowledge—and passion—in the area of STEM. Target audience: Superintendent, District Level Administrators, or Building Leaders with a passion for STEM.

Discovery Education

Iowa City
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St. North Liberty

Click Here for Information and to RSVP for Iowa City. A tour the new Liberty High School is planned after lunch on Oct. 5.


Feed the Need Lunchbox Fundraiser

Join us for the September Lunchbox Fundraiser being offered Sept. 19, 20, and 21. Businesses, organizations, and individuals can order lunches for only $12 and have them delivered. $6 of each meal goes directly to help feed adults who are homebound and area children in need. To order for yourself, your group or your event contact Cathy Nelson,
ext. 6544, and she will help you.

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Send your choice and payment (cash or check made payable to Horizons Lunchbox) to the attention of Cathy Nelson, Sixth Street front desk. Orders need to be submitted in advance so please use the following schedule to assure you get a lunch on the day you choose.

 

To get a lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 19 order by 4:00 p.m., Friday, the 15th


To get a lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 20 order by 3:00 p.m., Monday, the 18th


To get a lunch on Thursday, Sept. 21 order by 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, the 19th 

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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:
https://bravosportsmarketing.com/product/aea-iowa-tickets/

 

Iowa State tickets:
https://bravosportsmarketing.com/product/iowa-aea-isu/


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: https://grantwood.myisls.com/register 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 isloansolutions.com 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

OR

Remember! Health Screening Today

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

 

The GROW Committee would like to offer Blood Profile Screening and Flu Shots to any interested staff members this fall. Click on the previous links to register.

 

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.

 

For information, contact Connie Dvorak, cdvorak@gwaea.org.


REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

Are you looking for recycled surplus office supplies? 
Please donate items that no longer bring you joy to your favorite charity (i.e., coffee mugs, t-shirts, outdated books)
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Reuse or Recycle the following items:

Sixth Street facility: Shelf in the hallway between Van Distribution and the Dock for:

  • surplus binders

  • rubber bands

  • interoffice envelopes

  • desk organizer

Contact: Rene Van Gerpen, ext. 6743, rvangerpen@gwaea.org

 

Creative Services area in the Sixth Street facility

  • green hanging folders (8.5x11 and 8.5x14)

  • plastic tabs (long and short) and inserts / surplus tabs should be separated into long/short and remove insert

  • paperclips (standard and large, separated)

  • scratch paper and pads

  • 3-ring binders - binders will be sorted/surplus binders available on

  • surplus shelf in hallway

  • pocket folders

  • manila folders

Contact:  Hope Runge, ext. 6435, hrunge@gwaea.org


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

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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 GWAEA Employees: Any member new 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 (kmartin@gwaea.org) or Elizabeth Gants (egants@gwaea.org) with questions or to sign up.


Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

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


Live Healthy Iowa: The Next Step Challenge

Take steps to a healthier you!  Register today!

How it works
Teams of 2-10 Iowans compete in an active competition tracking the number of steps accumulated. Through an online dashboard, members report their step count in effort to move their team up the challenge leaderboard. Participants have the ability to connect with Fitbit devices and Under Armour apps for easy tracking and reporting. 



Live Healthy Iowa The Next Step Challenge

For just $10, each team member receives:

  • Live Healthy Iowa pedometer

  • Personal online dashboard with the ability to sync devices and apps

  • Weekly motivational messages

  • Unlimited access to online tools and resources

  • Opportunities to win team and individual prizes

Additional benefits...

  • The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free issue of Iowa Outdoors Magazine

  • All registrants can enjoy a FREE Hy-Vee Supermarket Tour! Enjoy an aisle-by-aisle tour to discover healthy new food choices. Perfect for groups of 2 to 12 people.

    Register here.


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

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Early Bird Discount Through Aug. 31
Save some money! The early bird discount deadline is approaching and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31. 

 

Beginning Sept. 1, the registration fee will increase from $30 to $35 for adults. The registration fee for kids 15 and under will remain at $20.

 

NEW HASSLE FREE ONLINE REGISTRATION
Register online under team Grant Wood AEA.

Race packet pick-up at Grant Wood AEA

 

Especially For You Race

News from the YMCA

For information on the following, contact our YMCA Corporate Contact, Deanna Haddy, ext. 6762.

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GWAEA Try the Y for Free
Sept. 5-12, 2017

Try the Y for FREE during GWAEA week at the Y during Sept. 5-12.  If you join the YMCA during this week, the JOIN FEES will be waived saving you $50-$75.

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New GWAEA Employee

Use this link to print the New Employee Voucher. Use this within 30 days of your hire date to sign up for a YMCA membership and we'll waive the JOIN FEE. That's saving you $50-$75.

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Everyone Belongs Here!!

Find out the Benefits of a YMCA Membership here to learn about the 15% discount membership rates.

YMCA Corporte Membership

Join a Family

Find out about the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area and the five Y locations.

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Grant Wood AEA Book Club to meet Oct. 10, 12

Grant Wood AEA Book Club will kick off the year with the book "Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy" by John W. Quinn. Come join your colleagues in a great discussion about this resource.

 

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Dec. 5, 12-12:30 p.m. or

Dec. 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10, 12 -12:30 p.m. in Media Center Commons
Oct. 12, 4:00-4:30  p.m. in Media Center Commons

 

Please contact Deanna Weber for further information.


Shoe Drive to Benefit
Friends of the Shelter

 

Friends of the Shelter is hosting
a shoe drive through Oct. 15.

 

Donate gently worn, used or new shoes.
The collection box will be in the breakroom.

 

See contact Stacy Murphy for details.

 

Shoe Drive to Benefit Friends of the Shelter

See flyer for details.


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2017-2018

GWAEA Seminar Series

 

Wake Up Call: Break Down Barriers to High Impact Instruction

A wake-up call is needed in education to ensure that we meet the needs of our students, parents and communities in the digital age. More specifically, there is a palpable need for schools to implement high-impact instructional strategies- leveraging the power of technology to influence instruction. Learn how to build school and district resources to build a
Culture of No Excuses for staff, parents and students.


Sept. 6, 2017
, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

 

South Slope Community Center
980 N. Front St.
North Liberty, Iowa

 

Number: 19501-17-01

 

 

Target Audience: K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Consultants

 

Grant Wod AEA Seminar Series. Michael Meechin, Wake Up Call: Break Down Barriers to High Impact Instruction

See flyer for details.

 

Michael Meechin is a high school principal, educational consultant, speaker and writer. Michael speaks and writes on topics that include educational
reform, high-impact instructional strategies, grading & assessment, and instructional technology.

Registration deadline: 6:00 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2017

 

Fees:

• Participants within the GWAEA area, $40
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $65
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full


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.

 

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Links to GWAEA Professional Development Courses by Month

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August 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

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

Blended Learning for School Teams

 


September 2017

GWAEA Behavior Professional Development

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2017-2018

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2017-2018 Leadership for Continuous Improvement: Building Collective Efficacy

GWAEA Assistive Technology

GWAEA Assistive Tech

2017-2018

GWAEA Child Find Courses

2017-2018 Grant Wood AEA Child Find Courses

Document Based Questions (DBQ) Project Workshop Sept. 26, 2017

Document Based Questions (DBQ)

Project Workshop

Sept. 26, 2017

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness 101: Changing Your Relationship with Stress


October 2017

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops 2017-2018

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshops

2017-2018

The Write Stuff Workshop

The Write Stuff Workshop

Oct. 27, 2017

 

 

January 2018

Teaching Transparently

Teaching Transparently

Jan. 17 & 24, March 6,
April 5, 2018

 

 


April 2018

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for Autism Spectrum

A Developmental Framework for Evidence-Based Practices for Autism Spectrum
April 25, 2018

 

 


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 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.


Buy, Sell or Trade

Wanted:

Metal detector to rent or buy in order to establish property line. Please call Robyn,
319-310-8699.

Free - you haul. Pioneer TV 53" - In working condition. Contact Kathy Resewehr, Kres6195@gmail.com.

Pioneer TV 53"

 

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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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