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Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 10-Nov. 2, 2018 -
United Way Campaign

 

Nov. 2, 2018 - Eat with us!
SETT: Student Case Studies for Reading & Writing, 12:00-12:30 p.m


Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Agency closes at 3 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving

 

Nov. 27, 2018 - Boast - Holiday Considerations, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Agency Holiday Potlucks

Coralville
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

 

Dec. 12, 2018

First Responder & CPR Training, Sixth St.

 

Dec. 14, 2018

Family Lunch and Learn Series, 11:30 a.m. - Noon

 

Agency Holiday Potlucks

Sixth Street

Wednesday, Dec, 19, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, 3 p.m.
Agency closes for winter break at
3 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday,
Jan. 2, 2019, at 7:30 a.m.

 

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


In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence - National School Psychology Awareness Week,
Nov. 12-16

On the Road with John Speer - Visiting the GWAEA Hearing Van
Winter Weather Closings
Reminder: System test planned on Nov. 1
New Portal to Access Board Info, Procedures
Flexible Spending Account plan information for GWAEA staff:
Nov. 17 Deadline
Grant Wood AEA Family AAC-tivity Night
Come S.O.A.R with us at the Library!
United Way Campaign,
Oct. 11-Nov. 3

Blood Profile Screening Planned
Project Safe CR Town Hall
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
Cropping for Kids
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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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

National School Psychology Awareness Week, Nov. 12-16, 2018

 

 

Grant Wood AEA's school psychologists provide consultation and assessment for students who have school-related learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems.

 

The emphasis is on intervention and remediation through the team approach.

 

Join us as we celebrate the agency’s school psychologists for the work they do for students and families in the Grant Wood AEA service area.

 

Congratulations and thank you!

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

On the Road with John Speer -
Visiting the GWAEA Hearing Van

My last “On the Road” visit was really enlightening, and I was eager to get out to visit with more staff. This time I connected with our staff in the Grant Wood AEA hearing van at a time when we were testing preschool, kindergarten and other early elementary students.

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

“Do you think we could camp in here?” asked one of our young visitors as she waited on a bench inside the van. Another little girl, who suspiciously eyed the hearing booth inside the van, also blurted out, “You want me to go sit in a refrigerator?!”


(As you can see, our testing booth DOES look a little like a refrigerator. This is Audiometrist Katie Andreasen testing a child while Audiologist Kelly Varnum talks with me near another testing booth.)

This is Audiometrist Katie Andreasen testing a child while Audiologist Kelly Varnum talks with me near another testing booth.

 

My highlights from this visit included much more than these fun interactions with six year olds:

  • Grant Wood AEA is the only AEA in the state that performs hearing screening and checks by using mobile testing vans like ours. These vans are decked out with sound treated booths and state-of-the-art equipment.

  • We screen and test directly at most public and parochial school buildings for students in alternative kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades, and also test students with Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) who are enrolled in district sponsored preschool programs.  Other students who are new to a school who don’t have a documented hearing test, and some students with a history of known hearing loss also may be tested.

  • I was impressed by our staff as I watched them work with students of all ages to ascertain a student’s abilities and challenges. Kelly created a game for one child to ‘play’ to communicate when he heard the testing sounds. (And judging by the child’s squeals every time he heard a sound in the testing booth, he was having a great time playing his new ‘game!’)

Chief Administrator John Speer and Audiologist Kelly Varnum

 

I  know our AEA’s support for hearing services extend beyond our work in the hearing van. Our team of Audiologists, Audiometrists, and Itinerant Teachers for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing partner together to provide medical and educational recommendations, and help support educational planning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

My short time with our staff validated the efficiency and accessibility of our service model for this support. I know our district partners and parents appreciate the convenience of accessing this important work at a school building when possible, and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about one way we provide this service.


Winter Weather Closings
Reminder: System test planned on Nov. 1

Winter weather is around the corner. A test of the staff call out system is planned on Nov. 1.
The agency will use the ESS system information that staff updated during August 2018.

 

As a reminder, if the decision is made to close one or more of the Agency Centers, the communications office will notify staff using the following methods:

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  • A voice mail message will be sent to all staff via the SchoolMessenger system. This system will call the numbers that you establish in the Employee Self-Service System (see below.)

  • We will record a message that will be available in all agency voice mailboxes. Through the all-call voice message, staff will be informed regarding (a) which centers are affected, (b) when the center(s) will close, (c) when the agency anticipates reopening the center(s), and (d) when the next employee update will be available.

  • We will include information on the front page of the agency website. 

  • And finally, we will contact KCRG-TV to include it in their list of closings.

Employees must update the following information in ESS to ensure they are notified through the SchoolReach system:

  • Launch ESS

  • Select Personal Information

  • Check the drop down categories available for each phone number listed.  If a number is listed as "agency use" or "Public", it will be called during our test and in the event that we activate the calling system.

Please contact Renee Nelson with questions about this process or the notification system.


New Portal to Access Board Info, Procedures

About GWAEA -> Governance is still the path where staff can locate our GWAEA Board Book and the agency’s manual of policies and administrative regulations, but staff will see a new look and feel for both of these resources.

Each month we create an agenda and book of information for our Board of Directors’ monthly meeting called The Board Book. During last month’s board meeting we successfully piloted the use of a new tool called Simbli to help us more efficiently add content and access this book. This tool allows a streamlined process for creating this material and will be used for Board meetings going forward.


An additional feature of Simbli allows us to interconnect our board materials with our agency’s policies and procedures. Later this month we’ll replace our current link to “Board Policy Manual” with a link to Simbli. We have loaded all of our administrative regulations and policies into the Simbli ‘policy’ feature and staff will be able to browse through the policies sequentially or by keyword searching for the information they’re seeking.


Please contact Kim Martin if you need additional assistance navigating the tool.


Flexible Spending Account plan information for GWAEA staff:
Nov. 16 Deadline

Grant Wood AEA

Grant Wood AEA Employees:

We will begin our enrollment period for the 2019 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan year.  The FSA program allows you to set aside money from your paychecks on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses.  The following documents are available for further guidance and enrollment.

Employees are encouraged to review these materials immediately upon receipt as there are timelines involved to participate.  Employees must complete the ASI Flex Enrollment Form if electing to participate in a health and/or dependent care account for the 2019 plan year.  Please submit the enrollment form to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, by November 16, 2018.

 

Remember: Our FSA program runs on a calendar year basis, January 1 through December 31.  Participants must re-enroll in the FSA program each year, even if you don't want your election amount to change.

 

Payroll deductions for health, dental and vision insurance premiums are automatically made on a pre-tax basis.  An annual pre-tax election for this is not necessary.  Employees who want to have their insurance premiums deducted post-tax are to contact Cathy Kearns prior to November 16, 2018.
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ASI, our flex benefits administrator, offers many features including:

  • Daily Reimbursements:  Once a flexible spending claim is processed, reimbursement will be made to participants the following day.  Claims are typically processed within two days of receipt.

  • On-Line Access:  Participants have password protected access to account information, including balance available and reimbursements made.  An easy-to-use mobile app is also available.

  • Direct Deposit and Email Notifications:  If you choose, there is an option for direct deposit into your bank account for reimbursements and email notification of your account transactions. 

  • Customer Service Center:  Calls are answered live, and the Customer Service Center has extended hours 7:00 am  to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday.  Phone:  1-800-659-3035  Email:  asi@asiflex.com  Web:  www.asiflex.com 

Questions?  Contact Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services.


Grant Wood AEA Family AAC-tivity Night

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

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

 

Cost: FREE!

Who’s Invited:

Parents/guardians AND children, ages
2-21, who have an identified, individual
Augmentative/Alternative Communication
(AAC) system/device for communication
and language learning.

 

See the flyer for details and registration information.

Grant Wood AEA Family AAC-tivity Night


Come S.O.A.R with us at the Library!

Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th St., Des Moines

The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped invites eligible children and their families to attend S.O.A.R. Saturday. The location is the Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th St., Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Come learn about various resources available to you, meet new friends, and have fun! Each S.O.A.R. Saturday features a special theme and includes activities to help youth patrons become Successful, find Opportunities, fulfill Aspirations and Read.

 

To find out more or for questions about your eligibility for our services, please contact the library at 515-281-1323 or register at https://blind.iowa.gov/news/soar-saturday


United Way Campaign Closes Friday

United Way

Thanks to you, the agency has raised over $11,200 so far for this year's United Way campaign! Staff received another email with their personal link to the United Way portal on Monday.

The campaign will remain open through Nov. 2. 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.



Blood Profile Screening Planned

Deadline to Register is Monday, Nov. 19

Blood Profile heart and stethascope

The screenings will take place, Tuesday, Nov. 27 in our Sixth Street facility and Wednesday, Nov. 28  in our Coralville facility, both starting at 7:00 a.m. Appointments will run every 12 minutes.

 

Please use this form to sign up for a Fall Blood Profile Screening.  

 

The screening includes: Cholesterol screening includes a lipid profile with glucose (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, and Glucose). To obtain the most accurate results a 10-12 hour fast (no eating or drinking anything other than water) is recommended. Blood sample will be obtained with finger stick. Results given at appointment. Cost: $20 cash or check. Checks payable to VNA of Johnson County. Receipts will be provided.

 

The deadline to sign up is Monday, Nov. 19.



YMCA November newsletter

Please see the YMCA November newsletter for holiday hours and upcoming events, featuring: 

YMCA

  • Pound workout class demo. Pound is the best NEW workout craze! 

  • Women's self-defense class

  • Family night (this event is free)

  • Parent's night out

  • Personal training and massage therapy deals

  • Other interesting tidbit

Questions? Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.


GROW Quicklinks

GWAEA GROW logo

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


Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: Nov. 28, Dec. 12. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


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:

Nov. 2, 2018 - SETT: Student Case Studies for Reading & Writing, 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! Mission Possible Part 2, Oct. 19, 2018

EAT with Us! Mission Possible Part 2, Oct. 19, 2018

EAT with Us! Mission Possible Part 1, Oct. 5, 2018

EAT with Us! Mission Possible Part 1, Oct. 5, 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:
Dec. 14, 2018 - Supports to Build Understanding and Success with Family Gatherings and Community Outings with Michelle Sunner, GWAEA Autism Consultant

 

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.


Get the Benefit of Student Loan Financial Planning with Fiducius

Trying to understand all the possible ways to better manage your student loans is a daunting task. We are pleased to offer a new Loan Relief benefit from Fiducius (formerly ISLoan Solutions).

 

With their financial planning approach, the student loan Advisors at Fiducius help you navigate and determine your best option, including forgiveness, refinancing and consolidation. They may help you lower, or even eliminate, your student loan payment.

 

Your Grant Wood AEA 10 colleagues are already working with Fiducius to reduce their monthly payments by an average of 82% and are projected to receive an average of $73,000 in tax-free loan forgiveness.

 

It’s easy to get started with this new benefit. You can determine your eligibility and potential savings in just a few minutes and then talk with an advisor on the phone at your convenience, by using the following link:

 

Visit Grant Wood AEA 10 + Fiducius to register

Enter code AEA10 to learn more

 

 Fiducius will fully educate you about all available options and provide a personalized Student Loan Financial Wellness Plan at no cost before you decide whether or not to use their services. As with other voluntary benefits, like life insurance, you only pay Fiducius when you choose to use their services.

 

We encourage you to take a step to improve your financial wellness and learn if Fiducius can help you better manage your student loans.

 

Questions, or trouble logging in? Call 1.513.645.5400, email or visit their website for more information and success stories.


GROW Quicklinks

GWAEA GROW logo

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


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.

cropping4kids

Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: Nov. 28, Dec. 12. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Professional Learning Registration

To search for a workshop or course, we recommend using the search bar with the course or section number. If you want to search for a class, we recommend using the Advanced Search option, limiting to the AEA you want to search, then searching by course title, date, subject, etc. 

 


Please 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 use professional learning dollars to cover registration fees (following HR policies).  If your participation is being covered by a region or program budget, work with your supervisor and support staff to confirm the budget approval prior to your registration. You will enter payment 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 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   Susan Krob 399-6767   Sherry Sines 399-6517


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series

 

The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership

Presenters: Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kelleher

 

Nov. 7, 2018
1:00–3:00 p.m.


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

 

The science of learning is the most promising research being applied to close the teacher quality and student achievement gap, and puts teachers and school leaders at the forefront of research-informed professional development and classroom strategies.

Teaching Students in Poverty

Presenter: Eric Jensen, 
Jensen Learning

In this session, teachers and school leaders will have the opportunity to work with the internationally recognized Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School to bridge the gap between science of learning research and their daily practice.

 

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

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167884
Registration Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018


Teaching Students in Poverty

Presenter: Eric Jensen, Jensen Learning


Nov. 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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

 

Just as the phrase middle class tells us little about a person, the word poverty typically tells us little about the students we serve. We know, for example, that the poor and middle classes have many overlapping values, including valuing education and the importance of hard work (Gorski, 2008).

Teaching Students in Poverty

Presenter: Eric Jensen, 
Jensen Learning

But if children in poverty were exactly the same cognitively, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally as those from the middle class, then the exact same teaching provided to both middle-class students and students from poverty would bring the exact same results.

 

This session will help you understand how changes in your teaching and school environment can positively impact students in poverty to make a difference in educational outcomes for low income students.

 

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

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167959
Registration Deadline: Oct. 12, 2018


Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshop
Better Conversations

Presenter: Ann Hoffman

Nov. 26-27, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Target Audience: Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders and Administrators

This workshop is based on Jim Knight’s book "Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other To Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected" (2016).

Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Workshop
Better Conversations 


Presenter: Ann Hoffman

Participants will engage in an intensive two-day exploration of six Better Conversation Beliefs and 10 Better Conversation Habits that can help anyone communicate more effectively at work and the foundation of the work of teacher leaders.

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167708, Section Number: 249563
Registration Deadline: Nov. 12, 2018
Credit: None
Fees: $175
• Educators in Grant Wood AEA area, total for non-credit, $
• Outside of Grant Wood AEA, total for non-credit, $
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

 

 

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.

 

November 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

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


Teaching Students in Poverty
Nov. 16, 2018

Teaching Students in Poverty
Nov. 16, 2018

Better ConversationsNov. 26-27, 2018

Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018


 

January 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


 

February 2019

Youth Mental Health 
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Youth Mental Health
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019


Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 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


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


 



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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