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Mark Your Calendar:

Jan. 11, 18, 2019

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

6th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 pm

 

Feb. 1, 15, 2019

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

Feb. 15, 2019

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

Feb. 26, 2019
Family Lunch and Learn Series

 

April 5, 19, 2019

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

April 22, 2018

Family Lunch and Learn Series

 

May 6, 2019

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

Friday, May 24, 2019
Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Memorial Day


In This issue:

The Big Picture: GWAEA Collects Feedback from Districts, Staff to Inform Continuous Improvement Efforts
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Nominations due Feb. 28 for the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Have you completed the GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey?
Agency iPad app order closes on Jan. 18
Preparation for tax time
What the new Iowa Tax Reform law means for your paycheck
Doctor on Demand
Our Condolences
New GWAEA GROW website
Join the 10 Week Wellness Challenge - Now FREE
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
Hope Blooms... It's Daffodil Time!
GWAEA Professional Learning 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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The Big Picture

GWAEA Collects Feedback from Districts, Staff to Inform Continuous Improvement Efforts

Staff invited to provide feedback

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Each year, Grant Wood AEA reaches out in several ways to help ensure our programs and services are meeting the needs of our districts. The agency also works hard to ensure we're sharing information effectively across regions, disciplines and staff through agency communications.

 

Collecting Feedback from Districts
Each year Grant Wood AEA's executive cabinet reaches out in one of four ways to gather feedback from our partnering school districts.

  1. Members of our executive cabinet meet directly with the school district executive/leadership teams;

  2. We schedule one-on-one visits between the chief administrator and the superintendent;

  3. A member of the GWAEA Board and members of our GWAEA administrative team provide a summary of our programs and services during a district Board meeting; and

  4. Our communications office facilitates focus groups facilitated with a sample of general education and special education teachers.

Each district is in a cycle so they will be visited once annually, and will have all four of these sharing opportunities at the end of four years.


The feedback gathered from these visits is screened by the GWAEA executive cabinet and leadership team for common themes, and this data is used to identify new opportunities to support our school districts. For example, feedback from these visits has helped the AEA with administrative decisions like increasing staffing in the areas of autism and literacy, expanding our support for technology support, and updating the internal process for accessing the agency’s challenging behavior team.

Telling our Story Internally 
Grant Wood AEA also works hard to ensure timely and accurate information is shared with AEA staff, and the communications department is looking for staff feedback to on its primary communication tool, The Bulletin Board.


As our primary communication vehicle to share information with staff, The Bulletin Board has a weekly click rate that exceeds 400 with each edition, but we know that it's time to update the tool and our approach to staff communication.


Give us your feedback on what you like about The Bulletin Board, what you think could be improved, and other suggestions as we evaluate changes and improvements.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Katie Gingerich

 


Joslyn Hicks
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa


 

     

Mary Kray

 

Kaylie Wright
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Kaylie held the position as a speech-language pathologist with the Vail Unified School District, 2015-2018.

     

Nominations due Feb. 28 for the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

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Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile." The categories you may nominate individuals for are:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.

 

Nominations for these awards can be submitted here. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of GWAEA staff members in March. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified in April.


Watch for details as the date and location plans are confirmed for the 2019 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet.

 

Iowa’s AEAs bestow three awards annually to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the work of Iowa’s AEAs. To submit a nomination, complete this application by Feb. 15, 2019. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.


Have you completed the GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey?
Due Jan. 11

The GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey is due on Jan. 11. Staff received the survey link email on Friday, Dec. 14. See the Dec. 1 issue of The Bulletin Board for the complete article about the self-perception survey. For information, contact Stacy Behmer. Thank you for participating.


Mark you calendar! Jan. 18 is the date the agency iPad app order closes

The Agency App Order is open for the second half of the year!

Please be sure to select no more than 7 apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need. The order form close Jan. 18 at 12 p.m.
The more expensive apps are on devices in the SDC to check out and try, and then you may contact us to purchase.

iPad Air

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

 

Sign in with your GWAEA Google Account to view and fill out the form. Link to the form


Preparation for tax time, click here to review guidance on requesting

Electronic W-2 Delivery

Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent


What the new Iowa Tax Reform law means for your paycheck

On May 30, 2018, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Senate File 2417. This legislation modified
a variety of state taxes, including individual income taxes. The general impact on individual income taxes is slightly less state income tax will be withheld from your paycheck beginning Jan. 1, 2019, thus increasing your net pay. The amount of change will vary by individual, depending on your income, filing status and the number of withholding allowances you claim. 

Additionally, the 2019 federal income tax withholding tables have been adjusted for inflation. The result will be a slight decrease in federal income tax withholding from your paycheck.  Net pay is also affected by employee calendar year designations such as United Way contributions and FSA medical and dependent care elections for the 2019 plan year. Questions? Contact Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706


Doctor on Demand


Our Condolences

  • to Renee Moravec on the passing of her husband, Bruce, on Jan. 4. Visitation will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna, Minnesota on Jan. 10 from 4-6 p.m. and at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Renee is a former GWAEA speech-language pathologist.


New website for GROW

The GWAEA GROW committee has a new web presence for staff on the agency's website! Visit the site for information on staff well-being activities such as chair massage dates as well as future updates from the GROW committee..

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Let's Get Moving 10-Week Wellness Challenge, Jan. 14 - March 22.

Join the 10 Week Wellness Challenge - Now FREE

You've seen information from the GROW committee in The Bulletin Board about the 10 week wellness challenge, and now the opportunity to get moving and improve your personal wellness just got cheaper.

 

The executive cabinet and the agency's GROW committee have decided to cover the participation costs for ALL GWAEA employees who would like to join a team and participate in the 10 week wellness challenge. 

 

Take the first step in participating in this program by completing this form by THIS FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019. 

 

Join the fun! Contact GROW committee members Stacy Murphy, ext. 6888 or Nicole Clymer, ext. 6757, with any questions.


YMCA January newsletter

Please see the YMCA January newsletter for upcoming events and functions, featuring: 

YMCA

  • Membership Challenge BINGO - a chance to win one month, three months or six months worth of membership dues 

  • YMCA TrivYa Night fund-raiser

  • Parent's night out

  • Summer camp registration

  • Notice of January's pool closings

Questions? Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

Mark your calendar:

The next EAT with Us will air Friday, Jan. 11 at
12:00 p.m.

 

Join the zoom by going to:
https://tinyurl.com/atlunch-learn
Or in Zoom, Meeting ID = 703 027 4197


Can’t attend live? Recorded webcasts will be posted:
https://tinyurl.com/eatwebcast

 

For more information, contact Julie Freed or
Maggie Pickett.


daffodils

Hope Blooms ... It's Daffodil Time!

Orders will be accepted through Feb. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.

It’s time to place your order for daffodils! This program sells the flowers along with a few other items to benefit cancer patients and their families. Visit www.gemsofhope.com to see what other ways they help with the fight against cancer.
     
To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution towards the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the Sixth Street Facility front desk.
(399-6544, cnelson@gwaea.org)

 

The options include:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch

  • Bunch 'n a Vase: $15

  • Mini Daffodils: $15. Potted and ready to replant.

  • Llama 'n' a Bunch: $25. A Llama and a bunch of daffodils.

  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.

  • Llama Hugs: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with a stuffed Llama, given anonymously.

  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.

  • Daffodil Notecards: $10. View pictures at the front desk.

 

 

 

Orders will be accepted through Feb. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 13, 2019. (Please make checks payable to the Gems of Hope.)

 

Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or call or email
Cathy Nelson
at 6544 to place your order.

 

Thank you for contributing.


Snorkelers to Scuba Divers

Presenter: John Almarode, Corwin Press
Jan. 14, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

This action-packed, edge-of-your seat workshop looks at the latest research on student-engagement, student thinking and how to design classrooms that promote deep thinking and understanding by addressing brain differences in students with attention, processing, and learning challenges.

Snorkelers to Scuba Divers

Presenter: John Almarode, Corwin Press

John Almarode conducts staff development workshops, keynote addresses, and conference presentations on a variety of topics including student engagement, evidence-based practices, creating enriched environments that promote learning, and designing classrooms with the brain in mind. John’s action-packed workshops offer participants ready-to-use strategies.

 

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

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167960
Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2019

 

GWAEA Professional Learning Workshops

Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning offers a variety of workshops as well as courses for credit throughout the year. Please check the website for a 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.

 

January 2019

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2018-2019 GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

2018-2019 Teaching Transparently

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities 
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities
2018-2019


Mindfulness 101:
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

2019

Mindfulness 101:
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019


Snorkelers to Scuba DiversJan. 14, 2019, presenter John Almarode

Snorkelers to Scuba Divers
Jan. 14, 2019


 

Planning for Student Achievement at the Intersection of Blended Learning and MTSS

Jan. 9, 2019Save the Date!
MBE Science of Learning
Virtual Training Workshop

 

 

February 2019

Fierce Conversations 2:
Generations and Feedback
Feb. 11, March 27, 2019 Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Refining Your Personal Brand: Creating Lasting, Positive Impressions

Feb. 7, 2019

Fierce Conversations 2:
Generations and Feedback
Feb. 11, March 27, 2019 Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Fierce Conversations 2:
Generations and Feedback

Feb. 11, March 27, 2019

Early Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students With Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Feb. 12, 2019 and
March 27, 2019

Early Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students With Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Feb. 12, 2019 and
March 27, 2019

Computer Science Standards Workshop
Feb. 12, 2019

Computer Science Standards Workshop
Feb. 12, 2019


Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Youth Mental Health 
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Youth Mental Health
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019


 

March 2019

Shift Your Paradigm: From School-Centered to Learner-Centered

March 6, 2019

Shift Your Paradigm: From School-Centered to Learner-Centered

March 6, 2019


PDeveloping and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

Providing Effective
Feedback to Students
March 28, 2019

Providing Effective
Feedback to Students
March 28, 2019


 

April 2019

Using Data to Strengthen Your School Improvement Efforts
April 4, 2019

Using Data to Strengthen Your School Improvement Efforts
April 4, 2019


5th Annual Standards-Based Grading Conference:
Developing a
Culture of Learning
April 15, 2019
April 16, 2019 - optional

5th Annual Standards-Based Grading Conference:
Developing a
Culture of Learning
April 15, 2019

April 16, 2019 - optional

Building Bridges Accessible and Assistive
Technology Conference
“Making Learning Awesome for All”
April 16, 2019

Building Bridges Accessible and Assistive
Technology Conference
“Making Learning Awesome for All”
April 16, 2019


 

June 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

 


 

October 2019

Visible Learningplus 
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 16, 2019

Visible Learningplus
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 16, 2019

 



Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits. Various course options are available throughout the state. 
A listing of upcoming courses is available on the AEA Course catalog or on the DE website


 

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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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