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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:

Ten things you might not know about the Grant Wood AEA
Off-site Behavior Program
A Message for Grant Wood AEA Health Plan Participants: 
Where To Get Care, Based On Your Condition
Reminder of Dates to Know
United Way Campaign,
Oct. 11-Nov. 3

Fight Back against Breast Cancer by Donating Blood
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
October is Healthiest State Month!
GWAEA Professional Learning Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade

 

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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Ten things you might not know about the Grant Wood AEA
Off-site Behavior Program

Thank you to those who joined Tuesday's open house at GWAEA's Off-site Behavior Services Program. The following are a few photos from the event, and below we've included a list of ten things you might not have known about our off-site behavior services program. 

1. The Grant Wood AEA Offsite Behavior Program moved this fall to our new location, and was previously referred to as "River Ridge" due to its previous location in Cedar Rapids on River Ridge Rd.

 

2. The supports provided for students in this building once had individual names like S.E.A.D, Life Skills and A.W.A.R.E. That was simplified two years ago and now all those supports are provided through the GWAEA Offsite Behavior Program.

 

Board President Jim Green and Chief Administrator John Speer 
joined staff at Tuesday's open house.

Board President Jim Green and
Chief Administrator John Speer
joined staff at Tuesday's open house.

3. This space most recently housed the Marion Homeschool Program, the largest homeschool program in the state. We lease the space from Marion Independent School District and remodeled it to accommodate the needs of our students by changing the lighting, adding quiet rooms, and adding additional safety measures.

 

4. School districts provide the most intensive supports available in their own buildings prior to considering a special school placement like the GWAEA Offsite Behavior Program.

School Social Worker Katie Pahlas and Programs/Services Administrator Kris Donnelly visited with Marion Independent School District Superintendent Chris Dyer during Tuesday's open house.

School Social Worker Katie Pahlas and Programs/Services Administrator Kris Donnelly visited with Marion Independent School District Superintendent Chris Dyer during Tuesday's open house.

5. Students enrolled in our program are still enrolled in their home district: our program is a temporary measure to support students, and our focus is to successfully prepare them for academic and behavioral success both here and after they transition back to their home school.

 

6. We currently have 5 students enrolled in the program.

 

7. This building has three classrooms, and we support students from elementary to high school.

 

8. Students attending this program are transported to and from their home district via school van or bus.

 

9. Our ratio of support for teachers to students reflect the student’s individual needs. Some students have a paraeducator available to help them work through their day and assist with coaching and guiding them, or to help with their physical needs in addition to the classroom teacher. Others will convene in smaller groups to receive instruction from a teacher.  

Diane Daugherty and Sandy Pereboom,GWAEA Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, visit with Regional Administrator Carrie Klein.

Diane Daugherty and Sandy Pereboom, GWAEA Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, visit with Regional Administrator
Carrie Klein.

10. The program operates in alignment with the Marion school district calendar and schedule. (If they have a snow cancellation, our program also will cancel.) Additionally, the student follows their home district in regards to weather related closures.  

 


A Message for Grant Wood AEA Health Plan Participants: 
Where To Get Care, Based On Your Condition

Grant Wood AEA health plan participants, did you know a majority of Americans who choose the ER truly believe their situation is an emergency, when only 20-45 percent of cases in the ER actually qualify?

 

That means as many as 80 percent of ER patients could save time and money by choosing another place for care based on their medical conditions.

 

Could you make the right choice?  Find out with this quick-glance chart.


Reminder of Dates to Know


United Way campaign Oct. 11-Nov. 3

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

 

This year there is a matching grant available to help boost the gifts given to the United Way.
The Hall-Perrine Foundation is offering 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

 

Every day, cancer patients receive regular blood transfusions as part of their treatment making cancer treatment the number one use for donated blood. An estimated 17% of all blood products are used to treat cancer. It takes donations from donors like YOU to help patients fight back against cancer. Donate Now!

 

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 travel schedule for individual counseling locations

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lPERS is coming to your area in the near future. We will be meeting with members who are thinking about retirement. These appointments can be helpful for members within about 5 years of retiring. Members will need to call our office to set up an appointment at 800-622-3849. 

 

Individual Appointments:
October 22 - 25, 2018

Coralville

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

 

Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.

 

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

 

To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849. Appointment times will fill quickly, please do not delay in calling to set up an appointment.



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


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, Nov. 28, Dec. 12. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Blast from Y's past

Employees may join the YMCA during this special offer through Oct. 31!

Discounted prices are good for one year. After the year is up, employees will then receive their corporate discount!

YMCA

Any new joining member of the YMCA during the month of October will receive the savings as prices have been cut to reflect history in honor of the YMCA's 150th anniversary!

 

Questions? Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.


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


 

 


 

January 2019

Mindfulness101

Mindfulness 101:
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

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.


Buy, Sell and Trade

For sale: 2008 Hyundai Tucson. New battery 9/18, new tires 5/18, brakes replaced 10/17. Very clean interior, minor cosmetic flaws exterior, no rust or dents. Great student car! Regular maintenance, 216k-mostly highway. $3100. Please text/call  Robyn, 319-343-6252.

 

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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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