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Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Early Notification Incentive Available for All Employee Groups

 

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

 

2018-2019 TQ Date

Feb. 15, 2019

 

2018-2019 TQ Date

May 6, 2019

 

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


In This issue:

On the Road Visit to the Van Allen Science Teaching Center
Visible Learning plus featuring
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt

Deadline next week: $1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
Self-Perception Survey for Staff extended to Jan. 11
Agency iPad App Orders - App Order is OPEN and the form closes Jan. 18!
Agency Calendar: Pay Dates
Preparation for tax time: Electronic W-2 Delivery, Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
Thank you
6th Annual Cropping for Kids
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
Profile by Sanford
Lunch and Learn, Jan. 10
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.
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On the Road Visit to the Van Allen Science Teaching Center

The staff who support our VAST units welcomed me for a behind-the-scenes tour before the holidays. What an operation. The amount of coordination and work that goes into making this available to all the districts in our AEA and several other AEAs is remarkable.  

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

My visit was coordinated by Science Curriculum Consultant Kathy Schultz, Science Center Assistant Mary Zobeck and Team Leader for Circulation and Distribution Sara Cosgrove, and they introduced me to many of the staff who ensure our districts and teachers get the materials they need.


This team is turning around 1500-2000 units every 8-10 weeks. To make that happen, they’ve created processes and workflows based on LEAN manufacturing concepts. The assembly of the kits and units are paired in ways that help ensure a smooth production line for assembly before the kits are scanned and marked for delivery. I joked that it was sort of like running UPS: what we have created is a logistical marvel.


The VAST Center staff provided me with a few statistics to help summarize the work that went into turning around the kits between November 1- December 5. In just over a month’s time, 1546 orders were packed for districts. It took 6 drivers 263 hours to support the turnaround of the kits, and we needed an additional 9 temp staff to ensure the work was completed in a timely manner. Imagine the logistics of tracking, bundling and packaging thousands of pieces of materials in these kits.


I learned a ton during my visit! (I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you that the hissing cockroaches used for one of the elementary school units have a little habitat at 33rd--but don’t worry, they’re contained in an aquarium that’s well greased at the top to ensure they don’t get out.) I was really impressed by our staff, their dedication to their work, and their attention to detail. Their support of teachers in our area and around the state is another great example of our agency positively impacting teachers and learning.

 

Sara Cosgrove, John Speer, Dawnelle Wyman, Becky Newton, Anna Darville, and Mary Zobeck.

 

Left to right: Sara Cosgrove, John Speer, Dawnelle Wyman, Becky Newton, Anna Darville, and Mary Zobeck.

 

John Speer and Mary Zobeck observe science units being loaded for delivery.

 

Did you know you can tell the types of units that are being delivered based on the boxes? The hard plastic totes are delivered to our K-5 classrooms, and the black speckled boxes are delivered to grades 6-8.



Save the date! Grant Wood AEA presents on Oct. 16, 2019:
Visible Learning plus featuring John Hattie, Peter DeWitt

Mark your calendars! Grant Wood AEA is pleased to welcome Professor John Hattie and Peter DeWitt presenting Visible Learning plus on Oct. 16, 2019 at the DoubleTree Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, 350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids.


During the Visible Learning plus Foundation Day Institute with John Hattie and Peter DeWitt, participants will identify and discuss:

  • the most important messages from the Visible Learning research

  • learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and

  • know the difference between the influences that ‘do’ and ‘do not’ make a significant difference to student achievement.

See the flyer for information.

Visible Learning is an in-depth school change model of professional learning and development based on the research of Professor John Hattie. Through the lens of Visible Learning evidence, educators will learn to systematically examine effective instructional practices in order to determine the “impact” on student achievement and learning. By considering the effects of the practices of teachers and leaders, schools will be able to make substantial gains in student achievement.

Over the holiday break we announced that we will be bringing Peter DeWitt and John Hattie back to Iowa for professional learning. Save the date for the Visible Learning Institute session: registration will be available soon through GWAEA Professional Learning.

 


GWAEA Staff Self-Perception Survey deadline extended to Jan. 11

 

All agency staff received an email with a survey link on Friday, Dec. 14. to help us measure progress toward agency goal #3, “To increase educator capacity to bring equity and accessibility to learning through technology, resources, and innovative practices.”  We have had more than 300 staff complete the survey, and have extended the deadline to ensure all staff have the opportunity to provide us with this important benchmarking data.

 

The survey deadline has been extended to Jan. 11. The survey results will be used to plan supports for the upcoming year. Thanks for your support.

 

See the Dec. 13 issue of The Bulletin Board for the complete article about the self-perception survey. For information, contact Stacy Behmer.


Agency iPad App Orders - App Order is OPEN and the form closes Jan. 18!

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 will close on Jan. 18 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 to purchase for you.

iPad Air

Once the order closes we will purchase needed apps and push them to you remotely. You will be emailed 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


Deadline next week: $1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups

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At their meeting on Thursday, November 8, the GWAEA Board of Directors approved the recommendation to continue offering an early notification incentive for all staff (including contracted, management, classified, management support, salaried positions) to help support a timely hiring process for 2019-20.  This approved recommendation will help the agency proactively fill all positions in a timely manner.

 

To participate in this incentive, interested staff members must complete a full work year of agency service for 2018-19, and must commit to resigning or retiring at the end of this current work year, in writing, to Human Resources between November 8, 2018, and January 8, 2019. If the retirement or resignation is accepted by the board no later than its regular meeting on January 9, 2019, the staff member will receive an incentive of $1,500, payable to them on June 28, 2019 (conditional upon the staff member satisfactorily completing his or her employment obligations for the year).


See the complete article in the Nov. 9, 2018 issue of The Bulletin Board.


Agency Calendar: Pay Dates for January

Below is the Agency calendar noting the January and previous Dec. 24 pay dates. Please note the circled pay dates. Since the normal bi-weekly pay schedule fell within winter break, this moved the pay date to December 24 and extended the next pay date to January 11.

December 2018

January 2019

calendar


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

Electronic W-2 Delivery

Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent


Thank You

Once again, we’ve been blessed by our wonderful donors! Each year Stacy Murphy organizes an Angel Tree at Grant Wood AEA where employees select one of our animals to sponsor at Christmas. As you can see, the response this year was incredible and each of our cats received a gift of their very own. As we unwrapped each present, it was hard to determine their favorites - but the cat nip toys and yummy treats were a tie for the top!

 

We’d like to thank each employee at Grant Wood AEA for making this a success. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and always remembering the homeless animals during the holiday season.

 

Also, the Humane Society (where our dog angel participants were housed at) were thrilled with all of the food, treats, toys and beds for the dogs. The little guy in the picture (above) was enjoying his bed and toy! Thank you!


6th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

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

 

Where:
Grant Wood AEA,
4401 Sixth St. S.W.,
Cedar Rapids

 

See the information and registration flyers for details and costs. For questions, contact Emily Lee, GWAEA Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Cropping 4 Kids

GROW Quicklinks

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Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

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

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club

- YMCA - Thrive Gym

Check out the GROW Page 

Link to Lunch and Learn Video Library

Live Healthy Iowa Events

Weight Loss Plan/Profile by Sanford


 

Profile by Sanford

GWAEA GROW logo

Weight Loss Plan/Profile by Sanford

Profile Work With Your Wellness Monthly Newsletter


Following a recent presentation by Erica Jordan, the GROW committee encourages GWAEA employees interested in the Profile Plan to contact Erica for more information or attend the Profile Discovery Session on Jan. 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grant Wood Room or via Zoom.  Please send an email to kmartin@gwaea.org if you would like to join the presentation via Zoom. 

 

SPECIAL OFFER - JOIN NOW FOR ONLY $129
Use promo code JAN129 to receive your one-year Profile membership for just $129 (over 50% off retail price)*!
* Offer valid 12/20 – 1/31. Profile membership is regularly $300. Subject to terms and conditions. Can’t be combined with any other offer or discounts. Individual results will vary. Active Profile Members following our program lose 1-3 pounds per week on average. 


Lunch and Learn, Jan. 10

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

 


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

 

10 Week Wellness Challenge

Jan. 14 - March 22, 2019
Registration open Dec. 3, 2018

Cost: $22 per participant


Over the course of 10 weeks, teams (2-10 people) track activity minutes and/or weight loss through the Live Healthy Iowa website. This simple and affordable challenge provides Iowans an opportunity to improve their health while engaging in fun, friendly competition.

Participants receive:

  • Challenge T-shirt (Adult small - 4XL)

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

  • Complimentary one-year magazine subscription

    • Selections include: Better Homes and Gardens, Diabetic Living, Eating Well, Family Circle, Health, Rachael Ray Every Day, SHAPE, Sports Illustrated, Time

  • Weekly motivational messages

  • $10 discount for statewide LHI 5K events

  • Chances to win prizes*
     *Prize winners will be randomly selected from all participants who record at least once per week of the challenge.

Encourage your team to live healthier in the new year.  Please contact Stacy Murphy, ext. 6888 or Nicole Clymerext6757 to join the team by Jan. 11, 2019.  A participant fee of $22.00 (cash or check) made out to Grant Wood AEA, and given to Denise Scott in the business office by
Jan. 30.  


Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: January 9 and 23. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


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.

EAT with Us! AIM/AEM
Dec. 7, 2018

 

EAT with Us! AIM/AEM
Dec. 7, 2018


Family Lunch and Learn Series

Supports & Strategies for Children with Autism at Home and in the Community

Webinars will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sessions are co-hosted with Sara Kane and/or
Jen Cira-Debban, GWAEA FEP representatives.

https://tinyurl.com/FEPautismLL

 

Here is a list of dates and topics:

Feb. 26, 2019 - Building Independence & Planning for Success in Adulthood with Michelle Nuehring, GWAEA Autism Consultant


April 22, 2019 - Extending Learning Outside School (summer break, neighborhood, friends, vacation, etc) with Monica Ryan-Rausch, GWAEA Autism Consultant

 

Family Lunch and Learn Series

Family Lunch and Learn schedule


BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

Visit the Google Doc with session dates, presenters, and links to slide decks/resources and recordings (after the presentation date). For information, contact Kelli Robertson or
Lindsay Swartzendruber.


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

Presenter: Weston Kieschnick

Jan. 9, 2019
1:00–3:00 p.m.


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

 

How do multi-tiered systems of support align with our blended learning initiatives? How does the classroom teacher account for research-based best practice, multi-tiered systems of support, and blended learning within the same lesson?

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

Presenter: Weston Kieschnick

These are complementary initiatives, not separate efforts that compete for valuable class time. Attendees will experience what high quality instruction looks like when MTSS and blended learning work in tandem with one another and deliver greater efficiency and efficacy than ever before.

 

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

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167902
Registration Deadline: Jan. 2, 2018


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

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

 


Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

 


Mindfulness 101:
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

2019

Mindfulness 101:
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

2019


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

Jan. 9, 2019

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

Jan. 9, 2019

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

Snorkelers to Scuba Divers
Jan. 14, 2019




PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities 
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities
2018-2019

 

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


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


 

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


Lost and Found

Computer stylus found in the parking lot at Sixth St. Contact Cathy Nelson to claim.

computer stylus


 

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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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