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Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 10-Nov. 1, 2018 -
United Way Campaign

 

Oct. 19, 2018 - Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

 

Oct. 22, 2018 - Blood Drive, Sixth St., 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Oct. 23, 2018 - BOAST Seminar Series, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Dec. 12, 2018 - First Responder & CPR Training, Sixth St.


In This issue:

On the Road with John Speer
Visit to the Grant Wood AEA Behavior Program
Off-Site Program Open House,
Oct. 16
GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence - "Talking with Tech" podcast
Children's Mental Health Listening Post Planned Oct. 11 at GWAEA
United Way Campaign Running 
Oct. 10-Nov. 1

Fight Back against Breast Cancer by Donating Blood
First Responder & CPR Training
Grant Wood AEA staff serving districts
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Team Joins 2018 Especially for You®
Race Against Breast Cancer,
Oct. 7
October is Healthiest State Month!
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

 

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On the Road with John Speer
Visit to the Grant Wood AEA Behavior Program

This is the first article in the new On the Road series. As you recall, staff self-submitted requests for Chief Administrator John Speer to come out and learn more about our agency’s wide range of programs and services. John will share his personal reflections and observations from these visits on a regular basis with articles in The Bulletin Board.  

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

Offsite Behavior Program Lead Teacher Phil Worden 
tours Chief Administrator John Speer during his visit on Tuesday.

Off-site Behavior Program Lead Teacher Phil Worden
tours Chief Administrator John Speer during his visit on Tuesday.

 

 

Regional Administrator Carrie Klein visits with one of the students in the GWAEA Off-site Behavior Program.

Regional Administrator Carrie Klein visits with one of the students in the GWAEA Off-site Behavior Program.


Teacher Todd Slater visits with Chief Administrator John Speer about his work with students at the Off-site Behavior Program.

Teacher Todd Slater visits with Chief Administrator John Speer about his work with students at the Off-site Behavior Program.


I’ll admit, I had to circle around the block to find the newest location of our Off-site Behavior Program. From the street I could see kids playing on the playground at Marion’s Starry Elementary and saw lots of older students moving about the Marion High School campus. What I missed was a discrete, beige building close to both of them.

 

A place where I was able to learn more about how Grant Wood AEA supports students who aren’t able to take a walk across school grounds without close supervision. A place that helps kids who need to overcome obstacles while playing with their peers on a playground. A place where kids are served by our staff at the Grant Wood AEA Off-site Behavior program.


On Tuesday this week I spent time with Carrie Klein, the regional administrator who supports the behavior program and many of our other off-site programs. I also toured the space with Phil Worden, who is the lead teacher for the program, and met a few of their cadre of teachers and paras who are doing phenomenal work for the betterment of some of our partnering districts’ most challenging students.


I had a little bit of knowledge about the program before this visit. As a superintendent with College Community, we benefited from sending students to the GWAEA behavior program.  I knew that the students my former district sent to this program were receiving special instructional to support their specific behavioral, social/emotional and learning needs. The students we sent to this program were very challenged in a typical school setting, and the staff at GWAEA were better equipped in a smaller environment to staff and support the individual needs of those students. But I really never knew what this looked like on a daily basis.


Tuesday I got to really see what happens at the off-site program. Currently we have five students in our behavior services building, and a list of additional students who might need its services. We discussed how our enrollment at this site has more to do with the student needs than it does with the number of overall students in our program.


For example, on my tour we went into one classroom that had blue drapes over the overhead lights to soften the brightness of the room, and music playing as the student took a short dance break as a reward for making good choices. In this one room this student was being supported by his teacher along with two paraeducators, and it took the clear focus of all three to carefully and successfully execute the details of the student’s IEP. It is incredible how in tune our staff is with student needs. The interactions between students and staff, and the actual mix of students within a classroom, are closely monitored to provide targeted assistance to each student.


Next door in another classroom I met a young man and his two paraeducators. The student modestly showed me how easily he was working through some multiplication problems, and it was obvious that he was very comfortable and had great trust in his paraeducators as they joked about his interest in disassembling machines and trying to put them back together. A third student was in the common area or lunch space of the building, and he chatted with me about the rainfall we’ve been having as he headed out the door to catch his ride home.


In talking with paraeducator Keith Gatrost, and classroom teacher Todd Slater, I was greeted with warm smiles of staff who appreciate their challenging assignment. They shared with me that they have varying years of service with GWAEA, but they’re veterans in this world of helping kids who face the steepest climb to educational success.


I was impressed by this team, which in total includes four teachers, eight paraeducators, and is supported by other GWAEA staff, and their common focus to support each student in this program. These staff support the most challenging of students, yet I was impressed at how they’re able to accomplish tasks that you might encounter in any district building. Most recently that work included huddling students in the basement during last week’s tornado warning, bringing them together on occasion for a cafeteria-style lunch, and working together to provide individualized support for students.


I learned that their work with students is making a difference. The staff shared with me that they are just a temporary solution for these students, and it’s the  shared goal of our AEA and the district to transition the student back to their home school. Several of the students I met on Tuesday are making great gains, so much so that the IEP team will begin revisiting the criteria they established to help determine when students are ready to transition back to the home school.


I look forward to hearing more about the differences made by this team, and I invite all Grant Wood AEA staff to come visit their new space as well. Next week Grant Wood AEA is hosting a small open house for staff from the Marion school district and staff from our AEA to tour the space and visit with the staff at the behavior program. I hope to see you there.


 

Off-Site Program Open House

 

Join us for an Open House at the new
location of our off-site program and meet
GWAEA leaders, teachers and staff.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

440 S 15th St., Marion

Join us...for an Open House at the new location of our off-site program and meet GWAEA leaders, teachers and staff. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4:00-5:30 p.m, 440 S. 15th St., Marion, Iowa.

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

National podcast "Taking with Tech" highlights work of the GWAEA Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Resource Team and GWAEA speech-language pathologists

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Congratulations to the collaborative efforts of the GWAEA Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Resource Team and GWAEA speech-language pathologists.

 

Julie Freed recently completed an interview with "Talking with Tech," a national Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) podcast, which promotes AAC awareness and resources.


The APT: AAC Planning Tool resource referenced in the podcast resulted from the efforts of a group of GWAEA SLPs meeting via TQ grants for more than four years. "The tool has been well received by our SLPs and its use encouraged by the Iowa Department of Education for access and use across our state," Julie said.

 

Staff are can learn more through the podcast, which is available in iTunes.  


The GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team

includes Sarah Ries, Julie Freed, Emily Doolittle, Maggie Slaymaker, Jessica Krob, Whitney Achenbaugh, Heidi Primrose, Rachel White, Taresa Fetzer, and Lynda Lanus.

 

The GWAEA SLPs involved in this work included: Jessica Krob, Maggie Slaymaker, Rachel White, Heidi Primrose, Mikki Graykowski, Whitney Achenbaugh, Sarah Ries, Cheryl Mills Kelly, Maggie Pickett (technology consultant), Patti Sorsby (retired), and Debbie Mills (retired).


Reminder of dates to know

Children's Mental Health Listening Post planned Oct. 11 at Grant Wood AEA

Online survey closes Oct. 12

Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post Oct. 11, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Grant Wood AEA, Sixth St. facility.


Listening posts are being hosted at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April.

 

The online survey deadline is Oct. 12 for those unable to attend a listening post.

Contact Jeff Herzberg for information, 515-570-2601.


United Way campaign Oct. 11-Nov. 3

e-Pledge will arrive to your agency email on Oct. 12

United Way

Each year our GWAEA United Way campaign raises between $15-18,000 for the United Way of East Central Iowa and the United Way of Washington and Johnson Counties.

 

For those who are less familiar with this organization, the United Way focuses on education, financial stability, and health issues in our community. They help raise awareness surrounding key issues, provide services to those most in need, and promote social change that helps strengthen people and our communities. 

 

We again will offer payroll deduction and one-time giving opportunities for our staff to lend their support to the United Way, and on Oct. 12, all staff will receive an email with an e-Pledge login to access a secure portal to make a donation.

 

This year there will be a matching grant available to help boost the gifts given to the United Way. The Hall-Perrine Foundation will offer a 1:1 match for all first time donations, and a 1:1 match for any increased gift pledged during this year's campaign. 

 

Additionally, payroll deductions also are available for staff interested in supporting Iowa Shares, a statewide coalition of social change, environmental and cultural nonprofit organizations. Iowa Shares members give direct services and create progressive, long-lasting resources for children and communities. Online giving is not available for Iowa Shares, but campaign literature is available for staff and can be requested through Renee Nelson in Communications.


Fight back against breast cancer by donating blood

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Grant Wood AEA Blood Drive
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., Revere/Stone rooms

  
To sign up online, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org or contact Cathy Nelson at cnelson@gwaea.org.


IPERS Oct. 22-25 in Coralville

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System logo

Individual Appointments, Oct. 22 - 25, 2018

Coralville

 

Location:
Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville

 

These appointments can be helpful for members within about 5 years of retiring. Members should call to set up an appointment, 800-622-3849. Pre-registration is needed.

 

Visit the IPERS website for a complete listing of the Statewide Individual Counseling Sessions.



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


Grant Wood AEA Team Joins 2018 Especially for You®
Race Against Breast Cancer,
Oct. 7, 2018

Almost 30 GWAEA team members met last Sunday to support family, friends, and colleagues in the annual race against breast cancer. Many thanks for your participation and making a positive difference in your community!

Especially for You Race

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.

Staff and friends participating in the Especially for You Race.


5-2-1-0

October is Healthiest State Month!

It's all about 5-2-1-0 in October! The GROW Committee invites you to participate in the Healthiest State Month dedicated to celebrating the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! campaign. See article in the The Bulletin Board, Oct. 4, 2018.


Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: Oct. 31. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


October Y newsletter

Check out the YMCA October newsletter for information on upcoming events and special monthly offers. For information, contact  Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.

YMCA


Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students

Presenter: Karen Karp, Ph.D.

Oct. 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA - Sixth St. facility

 

With the focus on multi-tiered systems of support, classroom teachers are seeking successful ways to assess and build instructional interventions for students who struggle in learning mathematics, particularly students with disabilities. This session includes researched-informed, hands-on interventions and assessments in number and operations for elementary students.

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 168064
Registration Deadline: 6:00 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students

Presenter: Karen Karp, Ph.D.

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

Oct. 19, 2018 - Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies, 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


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.


Professional Learning Registration

We are pleased to have launched our new statewide Professional Learning registration system.  Key features of this new system include being able to view and register for professional learning opportunities across the state from one site, all courses and workshops completed at any AEA in Iowa will be on one transcript, and the log in is familiar with only one username and password to remember for the training system (for mandatory trainings) and the PL registration system.

 

We do ask that you preregister for all professional learning activities. This allows adequate time to prepare for materials and room space so that the professional learning session is comfortable for both presenters and participants. You may continue to use professional learning dollars to cover registration fees (following HR policies).  If your participation is being covered by a region or program budget, please work with your supervisor and support staff to confirm the budget.  You will register into the system using directions provided by your support staff.  Your support staff will not be registering you unless special arrangements are made.  Paper registrations are no longer used by the PL office to preregister.

 

All participants must register including practicum and intern students and student teachers as this allows us to ensure materials and space is adequate for all events.

 

Professional learning surveys are available and we would kindly ask for your timely feedback from any professional learning session that you attend. The planners and presenters both value the session feedback.

Transcripts and certificates of completion are available for download or print from your registration log in.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa, Sue or Sherry in the Professional Learning office.
Lisa Becker 399-6771   Sue Krob 399-6767   Sherry Sines 399-6517


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.

 

October 2018

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center


2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

Professional Learning
Oct. 2, Oct. 25,
Dec. 6, 2018, March 7, 2019

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2018-2019 GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018-2019

 


2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

 


2018-2019 Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Workshops

2018-2019 Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Workshops

2018-2019 Pete Hall - Building Capacity to Create a Culture of Reflective Practice

2018-2019 Pete Hall - Building Capacity to Create a Culture of Reflective Practice

2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

2018-2019 Teaching Transparently

 


Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement (LCI) Series

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities 
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities
2018-2019

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Oct. 19, 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Oct. 19, 2018

 

 

Leading Collaborative PLC Teams in a MTSS Framework with 
Tim Brown
Oct. 23, 2018

Leading Collaborative PLC Teams in a MTSS Framework with
Tim Brown
Oct. 23, 2018


November 2018

The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership 
Nov. 7, 2018

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Building Authentic Engagement
Nov. 2, 2018


The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership 
Nov. 7, 2018

The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership
Nov. 7, 2018

Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018

Teaching Students in Poverty
Nov. 16, 2018


Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018

Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018


 

 


 

February 2019

Developing District/Building Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Developing District/Building Action Plans
Feb. 13, 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

 



2018-2019 TQ Dates

Nov 12, 2018, Feb 15 and May 6, 2019

Visit the TQ Google site. The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

Teacher Quality Professional Development graphic

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 Chittenden, Janet Greene, 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.

 

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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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