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Mark Your Calendar:

Jan. 18, 2019

Agency iPad order closes

 

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Jan. 29, 2019, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

Feb. 1, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

Feb. 15, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

Feb. 26, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-12:00
Family Lunch and Learn Series

4:00-4:30 p.m.
BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

Feb. 28, 2019

Nominations due for the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

 

March 29, 2019

GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program applications due

 

April 2, 2019, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

April 5, 19, 2019

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

April 22, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-12:00

Family Lunch and Learn Series

 

April 30, 2019, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
BOAST Autism Seminar 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: Organizational Changes
Update on Legislative Affairs from Chief Administrator John Speer
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due March 29
Have you completed the GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey?
Upcoming Dates of Interest to GWAEA Staff
GWAEA GROW
Join the 10 Week Wellness Challenge - Now FREE
GROW Team Member Profile
Thank You
Marsden Facilities Update
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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The Big Picture

Organizational Changes

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First, we had several staff members take advantage of the early notification incentive and share their plan to resign or retire at the end of this fiscal year. At our most recent board meetings, the staff approved for this incentive include Karla Cigrand, Special Education Consultant; Donna Claflin, Speech-Language Pathologist; Teresa Ford, Speech-Language Pathologist; Kate Goddard, School Social Worker; Julie Jensen, Regional Administrator; Laura McGraw, Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Karin McKeone, School Social Worker; Jane Meyer, School Social Worker;  Debra Robin, Speech-Language Pathologist;  Deborah Scott-Miller, Special Education Consultant; Jane Faley Smith, Instructional Data Assistant; Laurie Smith, Physical Therapist; Erlene Spicer, Secretary; and Shirley Wellington-Bruegge, Programmer. We send our best wishes for all of these staff as they move forward with their plans beyond their work at the agency.

 

We also are planning some changes at the executive cabinet level of our organization. Pending approval at the February Board meeting, we will reallocate administrative resources to create an executive administrative position titled the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. We have asked Programs/Services Administrator Kris Donnelly to fill this new position for the organization. As a member of the Executive Cabinet, this position will help provide direction and oversight to the pilot projects and initiatives in the areas of mental health, authentic/personalized learning, and literacy; and also will play a key role in helping connect other strategic initiatives across agency disciplines and teams.

 

Staff may have noticed that we have started posting for many of these anticipated openings already, including the Regional Administrator position that will be vacated by Julie’s departure. We also have posted the Programs/Services Administrator position currently held by Kris under an updated title, the Director of Teaching and Learning.  

 

This continues to be an exciting time for the agency. Please join the agency in thanking these departing staff for their support of our work, and join me in congratulating Kris on her new position.


Update on Legislative Affairs from Chief Administrator John Speer

Yesterday I did a short interview with CBS2/ Fox28 about the Governor's proposal for the legislature to allocate 2.3% Supplemental State Aid (SSA) during the upcoming session, and I wanted to take just a minute to explain my comments to our staff.

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The AEA system has been working closely with the Governor's office to explain the importance of SSA to the AEA and to our districts, and to help them understand the role of SSA in helping us allocate resources to our school districts. As I shared with our Agency Advisory group yesterday, we have seen a significant decrease in funding for K-12 education over the past 10 years compared to what we had seen in the previous decade. If the legislature approves the Governor's recommended 2.3 percent SSA, that will be an increase over recent years but is still very modest when you consider the rate of inflation and the general increase in operational expenses.  

 

Our AEA is located in a portion of the state that has historically experienced continued growth, and that has worked in our favor as we allocate support to our districts. Our Education Services, Media Services and Special Education Services are commonly supported through “formula funding” because they are services that are funded based on enrollment number. This funding comprises more than 55 percent of our budget. But this academic year, for the first time in recent history, student enrollment in the Grant Wood AEA service area was flat.

 

GWAEA staff need to understand that our organization is fiscally sound, and we've made appropriate decisions to ensure we're equipped to manage both a modest increase in SSA and a relatively flat increase in student enrollment. As an agency, we will be actively participating in discussions related to SSA and will closely watch next year's enrollment figures to understand if this year's figures are a new trend or an anomaly. So, although we did not experience the growth in our student population that would have been predicted, we anticipate maintaining our agency staffing levels.  It is the agency’s plan to replace retirements and resignations, but we will most likely not see the overall staffing increases we have seen in the recent past. 

 

 Our agency staff are doing great work in our buildings, and I want to ensure you that we'll support that important work, our districts, and students. I will keep you informed of decisions from the capitol, and I hope you will reach out if you have questions about how legislative decisions might impact the agency.

 


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Stephanie Grabinski

 

Stephanie Grabinski
School Social Worker
M.A., University of Iowa

Stepanie has held positions with the Iowa City Community School District, March 2016 - January 2019, Tanager Place and Prelude Behavioral Services.

     



Organizational Leadership Program Applications Due March 29

Applications are now being accepted for Grant Wood AEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at Grant Wood AEA and are interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Organizational Leadership program.  

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The Organizational Leadership program exists to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership.  This two year program exists to:

  • Develop an understanding of personal leadership styles and skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of organizational level issues, contexts and dilemmas

  • Build a foundation of systems theory and change management methodology

  • Participate in networking opportunities to debrief and observe leaders as they tackle real problems and issues

Grant Wood AEA employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents, to Kevin Hatfield by Friday, March 29, 2019. Applications and overview for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found here.


Formal interviews will be scheduled in April with selections to be made by May 10, 2019.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Kevin Hatfield at khatfield@gwaea.org.  

 

The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohort welcomed Brad Buck, superintendent, 
Cedar Rapids Schools, and Mary Jo Hainstock, superintendent, Vinton-Shellsburg Schools, on Jan. 15 for a discussion on the topic of leadership development.

 

The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohort welcomed Brad Buck, superintendent,
Cedar Rapids Schools, and Mary Jo Hainstock, superintendent, Vinton-Shellsburg Schools, on Jan. 15 for a discussion on the topic of leadership development. Members of the GWAEA Organizational Leadership cohorts participating included, left to right: Sharon Clark, Tonya Vitense, Janet Greene, and Jillian O'Rourke. Kevin Hatfield and Keith Stamp are facilitators of the GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program.


Last day for the GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey is Jan. 17

Jan. 17 is the last day to complete the GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey. 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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTLQh9FTkZWhIJzir2_ci4IYsGtGdOSrV3qzCl_21Fj80p-g/viewform 


 

Upcoming Dates of Interest to GWAEA Staff

Jan. 18 - Agency iPad app order closes

Jan. 25 - Feedback for The Bulletin Board survey due

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

 


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Visit the GROW website for information on staff well-being activities and events.


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

10 Week Wellness Challenge

We are excited over 150 GWAEA employees are participating in the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge!

 

The following is information for participants:

  • Everyone is on a team of 3 - 10 staff

  • If you don't know who your team captain is, contact Stacy Murphy at stmurphy@gwaea.org

  • Team Captains - please check your team roster and let Stacy know if changes are needed

  • All changes must be made by Friday, Jan. 18

How to get started:

  • Visit the Live Healthy Iowa Website

  • Click Log in - orange button right-hand corner

  • Username: GWAEA email (please do not change your username)

  • Password: Live Healthy Iowa generated the initial email with your password. If you don't recall receiving this email, check your SPAM folder.  

  • Another option to sign in is to reset the password - Click Forgot Password

Dashboard

  • Under the Greeting Good Morning or Good Afternoon, Click on Edit Profile

Next Steps - Edit Profile

  • Change your Password (optional) case sensitive but no set format required. Add an image (optional).

  • Deadline:  Thursday, 1/24/2019 - Confirm your t-shirt size 

  • Deadline: Friday, 2/8/2019 - Choose a Magazine Subscription (optional)

  • Edit the address from the GWAEA to your home address to receive a magazine.  

  • Click SUBMIT button

How to Record Activity/Weight - consistent recording will help you and your team keep track of the data

  • The Dashboard should appear when you log on - a link to the dashboard is at the top of each

    Live Healthy Iowa screen

  • On the Dashboard, click on the green button labeled Record My Progress

  • Click on a date - the dates are pre-populated

  • Select type of activity by scrolling through the list at the down arrow

  • Record the number of minutes

SAVE entry

The team stats are found by clicking My Team Information


Meet the GROW Team
Member profile: Kelli Robertson

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Kelli Robertson

The Grant Wood AEA GROW Team includes staff who are committee volunteers with an interest in supporting agency well-being activities.

 

Kelli Robertson, a GROW Team member, shares this profile and her interest in participating in activities that enhance well-being.

Q: Tell us about yourself.

I'm an SLP currently working as an autism consultant and assistive technology coach. This is my 19th year at GWAEA. I am a pretty energetic personality, and I have three active/busy kids.

 

Q: What do you like about being a member of the GROW Committee?

I think employees in any organization perform better and are more productive when they are in an environment where they have a health/wellness cohort at their workplace, and an employer who supports the health/wellness of all staff beyond the workplace. It has motivated me with a purpose at work beyond my job title.

 

Q: What is your favorite well-being activity?

I'm probably more passionate and invested in mental health activities than other people might be. For me, spending quality connection time with my family every week, traveling and exploring, and reading are my favorite activities. Currently, I'm really interested in positive psychology and how to cultivate 'happiness' and positive thinking. I also practice 'mindful moments' during the day, where I take a short time (seconds, minutes) and just practice mindfulness during daily activities. I do 'coffee cup mindfulness' nearly every morning. I feel like that grounds me for the day.

 

Q: Why are well-being activities important to you? 

Growing up, there were many people around me and in my own family who struggled with mental illness, and treated it with unhealthy addictions that have had some life-ending consequences.
I know how critical mental well-being is to happiness, wellness, and longevity. It's been a passion of mine (and at times a mission) to help other people understand mental health and 'brain health' as just as important as heart health, body health, etc. It also needs to be something that is talked about - not something that is 'taboo' or shameful. I think we all need better understanding of ourselves and our thoughts/feelings. We need to celebrate and 'own' who we are and what unique strengths we have (and understand/embrace our imperfections), and be free to get help when we need it. It's okay to not be okay - whether that is physical health or mental health.


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

Jan. 18, 2019, 12:00-12:30 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.

EAT with Us! SETT Framework, Jan. 11, 2019
Barriers to Access

EAT with Us! SETT Framework, Nov. 2, 2018


Thank You

I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and support that I received during the difficult time of my stepdad, Ed's illness and passing in December. We are never prepared for loved ones to leave us even when it is expected. Having such a kind and understanding group to work with made it just a little easier. 

 

Thank you to all that contributed to his memorial fund. The money will go to the Friendship Village Foundation, as a legacy of his generosity, to support residents who are in need of financial assistance to stay in their homes at the Village.

 

Thank you again,
Tara Johannsen and the family of Ed Bunz


Marsden Facilities Update

While Grant Wood AEA staff members were away from the office over winter break, the crew from Marsden was busy with numerous projects at both Sixth St. and 33rd Avenue facilities. Carpets were cleaned throughout the Conference Center and several high-traffic hallways. Conference Center panels were adjusted and aligned for smoother operation. Painting was done in several areas. In-depth cleaning was done throughout the building. Drinking fountains and water bottle fillers were updated with new stainless-steel basins in several areas. Extra attention was given to dusting and vacuuming of office and cubicle areas. Window washing will be accomplished in the next few weeks both inside and outside. 

 

Did you know? To place a Service Request for Marsden Support, visit the Staff section of the GWAEA website and click on the link under Additional Links.



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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.


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


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

STAR Autism Program Training, March 27-28, 2019

STAR Autism Program Training
March 27-28, 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


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

April 22, 2019 and
May 30, 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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