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Mark Your Calendar:

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


In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence - Grant Wood AEA Social, Emotional, Behavioral, Mental Health (SEBMH) Team
BASES Conference, June 10-11
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Coming soon: ESS Menu Updates
Reminder: The Bulletin Board survey feedback due Jan. 25
March 29 is application due date for the GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program
Standards-Based Grading Conference, April 15-16
Building Bridges Accessible and Assistive Technology Conference
GWAEA GROW
Week 2 -Week Wellness Challenge
Lunch and Learn archive video
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
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GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

GWAEA Social, Emotional, Behavior, Mental Health (SEBMH) Team

GWAEA Social, Emotional, Behavior, Mental Health (SEBMH) Team. Front row: Maggie Arnold, Katy Lee, Tammy McSweeney, Jill Weigel, Tammy Beener.  Back row: Julie Jensen, Jillian O’Rourke, Stephanie Olson, Amy Graber, Krista Hennager, Catrina Miiller, Teresa Grider, Baker, and Shana Wagner.  Not Pictured: Susie Dale, Kris Wheeler, Mary Funke

 

Front row: Maggie Arnold, Katy Lee, Tammy McSweeney,
Jill Weigel, Tammy Beener.  Back row: Julie Jensen,
Jillian O’Rourke, Stephanie Olson, Amy Graber, Krista Hennager, Kari Gjerde-Kempf, Catrina Miiller, Teresa Grider-Baker, and
Shana Wagner.  Not Pictured: Susie Dale, Kris Wheeler,
Mary Funke


Members of the Grant Wood AEA Social, Emotional, Behavioral, Mental Health (SEBMH) Team, also known as the Behavior Team, provides support to all students, their families, and teachers in the Grant Wood AEA service area.

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“Our team is working collaboratively with LEA and AEA staff to provide behavior supports within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework,” explained Jill Weigel, GWAEA regional administrator. “The team supports the needs of all students, from those in general education classrooms to those exhibiting extreme behavioral needs who may be served in a special education classroom for all or part of their day.”


The Iowa Department of Education defines MTSS, also known as Response to Intervention or RtI, as, “an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students.”


GWAEA’s Social, Emotional, Behavioral, Mental Health (SEBMH) Team services include:

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coordinators/trainers provide professional learning to support behavior and LEA building team support with implementation fidelity of their individual systems. Team members include Tammy Beener, GWAEA school psychologist; Mary Funke, GWAEA early childhood PBIS consultant; and Jillian O'Rourke, GWAEA special education consultant.


“We work with LEA teams considering the evidence-based practices supporting staff and students,” explained Jillian O’Rourke. “As buildings begin the planning and implementation process of becoming a PBIS school, we help to facilitate through the different steps, practices and resources. The LEA completes the training and always has access to GWAEA and a building-based coach for support.”


“We provide additional refresher training, for new or returning team members as an opportunity to continue to learn about updates of practices as well as consider revisions to their current systems,“
she continued. “Internal and external coaches have additional opportunities for common learning throughout the year." 


PBIS is available for students in early childhood through 12-grade. “PBIS supports how we are using data to make decisions to see how things are working,” Jillian said. “It is how we are using climate and culture in a building to build relationships with students, and make sure we are supporting the whole child.”


Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF)

Tammy McSweeney and Katy Lee, both GWAEA school social workers, collaborate with a consultant from Midwest PBIS, Kelly Perales, to install the Interconnected Systems Framework.


Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) is a structure and process to integrate Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health (SMH) within school systems.  


Katy explained that ISF addresses the limitations of both PBIS and School Mental Health (SMH) by expanding the continuum of comprehensive interventions in schools for students.


The four key messages of the ISF framework are:

  1. Use of a single system of delivery for mental health services. Mental health providers are part of the PBIS teams that use data to determine need/progress.

  2. Access is not enough. Teams are focused on ensuring positive outcomes for all students and their families.

  3. MTSS is essential to install school mental health.

  4. Mental Health is for ALL.

When resources, training, systems, data, and practices are blended, there will be:

  • Positive school climate

  • Improved relationships among family, students and staff

  • Comprehensive continuum of supports for all children

  • Youth who feel connected and safe at school

  • Reduced stigma of mental health

  • Reduced bullying  

These coordinators currently support four demonstration sites in the GWAEA service area in integrating school mental health within the PBIS (MTSS for behavior) framework. This work includes supporting the development of District Community Leadership Teams to guide and sustain the system. Coordinators work with building PBIS team (which include school based clinicians) to implement core features of PBIS and ISF.


Laura Medberry, director of Learning Supports PK-12, College Community Schools, said, “The leaders of the two elementary schools that we have in the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) pilot project and I greatly appreciate the support that we have received from GWAEA. In addition to the on-site coaching of our PBIS Tier II practices, Katy and Tammy help to plan and facilitate our large District Community Leadership Team that meets quarterly. They keep in close contact with the national experts on this project and bring their learning back to our team to help inform our work. We are looking at ways to collect community- and school-level data to determine if our project is having the intended effect. This is a big undertaking and their guidance is essential!”


Behavior Coaches

GWAEA behavior coaches work closely with the Challenging Behavior team and the PBIS facilitators. “The coaches are the first go to for AEA and LEA staff for individual students that are exhibiting challenging behaviors,” shared Julie Jensen, GWAEA regional administrator.

 

The GWAEA behavior coaches include Susie Dale, GWAEA teacher: Off-Site Programs, and GWAEA School Social Workers Maggie Arnold, Teresa Grider-Baker, Catrina Miiller, Shana Wagner, and Kris Wheeler.


Challenging Behavior Support Team (CBST)

The Challenging Behavior Support Team provides professional learning and coaching to AEA/LEA staff and teams in the area of behavior. “The CBST has engaged in advanced behavioral training through the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa Center for Developmental Disabilities. This training provides specific support, feedback and coaching around best practices in behavior, including advanced behavior assessments. This learning is shared throughout the agency through professional development and coaching,” said Jill Weigel. “The behavior coaches and CBST work very closely together to ensure that AEA and LEA staff receive consistent information and support around evidence-based practices for behavior.  

 

There are four staff assigned to the Challenging Behavior Team at GWAEA, including GWAEA Behavior Consultants Amy Graber, Kari Gjerde-Kempf, Stephanie Olson, and Krista Hennager.  


“In addition to supporting the professional learning within and throughout the AEA, the CBST works with individual students who exhibit the most challenging behaviors within our GWAEA service area,” Jill continued. “Teams work with the supports available within their building (AEA and LEA staff) as well as their assigned behavior coach prior to having the CBST on-site, to ensure that we are best utilizing the resources available to teams as well as building capacity within our own staff and LEA staff prior to having the CBST involved.”

BASES Conference, June 10-11, 2019

Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports


The GWAEA BASES Conference planned June 10-11 will highlight ways to integrate behavior, academic, social and emotional support systems for students by presenting best practices and research on student behavior and social emotional support systems.


June 10 - Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Kelly Perales, Dr. Terrance Scott and Dr. Rosemarie Allen will provide keynote and breakout session presentations on June 10. The conference location will be the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 E 9th St., in Coralville

BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports - SAVE THE DATE!

June 11 - Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa
Dr. Shannon Suldo is the featured presenter on June 11, as well as breakout sessions on:

• Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

• Behavior Basics

• Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools


The conference location on June 11 will be the Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville.


GWAEA Professional Learning will share registration details soon for the BASES Conference.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Debra Gallagher

 

Debra Gallagher
Clerk

     

Katerina Suther

 

Katerina Suther (Katie)
Graphic Designer
B.F. A., B.A., Iowa State University

Katie held the position of digital media associate with Amplimark LLC.

 



Coming Soon: ESS Menu Updates

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As the number of features available in the Employee Self Service System has grown, the length of the menu on the left side of the screen has also grown. In order to improve navigation, an update will be put in place shortly that will feature collapsible menus. All of the functionality will still be available, but will show up as sub-menus under each heading. The user will be able to hover over the heading to see the menu options available beneath. The presence of a small arrow indicates that more menu options are available.

 

GWAEA ESS system

 

ESS sub-menus

 


Reminder: The Bulletin Board survey feedback due Jan. 25

Feedback on what you like about The Bulletin Board, what you think could be improved,
and other suggestions are due Friday, Jan. 25. Thank you for sharing your survey feedback.

 


GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program - applications due March 29

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Applications are due March 29 for the 2019-2020 GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program. The Organizational Leadership program exists to cultivate participants for roles and positions of leadership. Staff who have completed a minimum of two years of service at the agency are eligible to apply.

 

See the application materials for information, review the article in the Jan. 17 issue of
The Bulletin Board
or contact Kevin Hatfield
.


Standards-Based Grading Conference: Developing a Culture of Learning

Presenters: A.J. Juliani, Thomas Murray,
Matt Townsley

April 15, 2019
(only)

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Section number: 251170


Coralville Marriott and Convention Center
300 East 9th St., Coralville, Iowa

 

The 5th Annual Standards-Based Grading conference will provide educators opportunities for learning across three strands, including standards-based grading practices, developing a culture of learning,
and future focused skill building in the Four C’s -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Standards-Based Grading Conference
Developing a Culture of Learning 

Presenters: A.J. Juliani, Thomas Murray

School Visits and Conference (Limited to 50)
April 15-16, 2019

Area classrooms and schools

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Section number: 251171
This option will provide participants an opportunity to visit local secondary schools to see innovative teaching and learning practices and engage in conversations with lead educators and students in these schools in addition to attending the conference. Visits include Clear Creek Amana MS/HS and Williamsburg JR/SR High School. Transportation and lunch provided.


Building Bridges Accessible and Assistive Technology Conference

April 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Keynote & Featured Speaker
Chris Bugaj, Assistive Technology Professional

 

Featured Speaker
Erin Sheldon, Literacy and Language
Development Specialist for Assistiveware

 

Computer Science Standards Workshop

The Building Bridges Accessible & Assistive Technology Conference will provide the opportunity to see firsthand the latest in accessible and assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students.

 

See the flyer for details.

 

Target Audience
K-12 Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, Media Specialists, Paraeducators, Reading Support, Parents, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, OT/PT, Consultants

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167794
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019
Credit: None
Fees:
• Participant total fee: $85.00
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


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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.

Week 2 - Live Healthy Iowa Challenge

Reach out to your team captain or Stacy Murphy (stmurphy@gwaea.org) if you need help to login.

 

Live Healthy Iowa Website

  • Click Login - 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

  • All 25 teams show recorded activity.  The How to Record Activity link offers some additional guidance.

Are you looking for team stats?  Check the leaderboard!

  • Login - 

  • My Team Information

  • View Full Team Information

  • Team Stats

  • Full Leaderboard

  • Grant Wood AEA Leaderboard


Lunch and Learn video available

 

Kim Proctor, a dietician from Wilson Avenue HyVee, offered a lunch and learn on "A Fresh Start for the New Year."  

 

Visit the link to the all of the Lunch and Learn video archives here.

Lunch & Learn A Fresh Start for the New Year with Kim Proctor, Dietitian, Hy-Vee, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m. Grant Wood Room

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

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

Bookshare:  Who, What, How?

 

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. 18, 2019

Learner Toolkit Across the Continuum

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


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. Information is available in the
Jan. 10 issue of The Bulletin Board.


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

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities 
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities
2018-2019

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

Jan. 9, 2019
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


Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019


 

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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