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Mark Your Calendar

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.

 

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 with John Speer - Building Based Staff at Noval Elementary
GWAEA PRIDE
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
The Big Picture: Central File & IMS Security
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
EAP Reminder
Our Condolences
ESSA Support Site
Agency Holiday Potlucks
Cigna - Take Steps Toward Financial Wellness
6th Annual Cropping for Kids
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Professional Learning Opportunities
Lost and Found

 

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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On the Road with John Speer
Building-Based Staff at Novak Elementary

I’ve been overwhelmed with interest from staff who self-nominated to be part of my “On the Road” tour of Grant Wood AEA! I really appreciate how staff are so interested in showcasing their work with the agency. While I’m doing my best to reach out to everyone, this month I had the opportunity to combine visits and see how many of our services work collaboratively by joining some of our building- based staff at Linn-Mar’s Novak Elementary.

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

John Speer joins staff and students in a classroom.

 

First, I was reminded why I chose to teach at the high school level and not at the elementary. (Those cute kids were amazing for a short visit, but the staff who work with our littlest clients have my utmost admiration ...and more patience than I have, for sure!)

 

Second, I was struck by the quality of our staff’s work. The way they collaborated with district staff exemplified a true partnership in action.


Our staff in this building are expanding on our work with LEAP preschools by taking a similar concept into other elementary classrooms. Called Peer Mediated Instruction (PMI), in these classrooms teachers are focused on engaging typical children and those on IEPs (especially those who are at risk of being on the autism spectrum), and helping the kids develop social relationships. I was able to join a fourth-grade classroom and observe this work in action. It was so great to see a student who is nonverbal engage with two of his peers as they asked about his weekend.

 

I joined up with Special Education Consultant Dianna Zumbach, who shared with me that she’s assigned to five of Linn-Mar’s elementary buildings. She talked with me about providing support to the PK teachers, assisting with evaluations, interventions and data collection involved with her work, and how much she enjoys the ability to serve as a consultant and help provide coaching, consultation and feedback to support her districts.

John Speer and Dianna Zumbach

John Speer, Teresa Moery and Austin Beer

 

I also spent time with two of our school psychologists, Teresa Moery and Austin Beer. I was able to see Austin tackle an academic assessment for one student (who was distracted by my presence so I quickly exited), and joined Teresa as she observed a kindergartener who was demonstrating increased behaviors in the classroom. (The song “I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas” is STILL in my head. Thanks, Teresa :-)

I spent about an hour with our building-based team in a problem solving meeting as well. Along with our SLPs, school psychs, special education consultant, and Special Education Literacy’s Carrie Manternach, this building-based team met with district administrators to work through specific student issues and to collaborate on strategies to address them. During my visit they focused on behavior interventions and supports for three specific students. Our staff were great with offering suggestions and resources for the district.

John Speer joins staff and students in a classroom.

John Speer joins staff and students in a classroom.

I also spent time with our speech-language pathologists. This Linn-Mar building houses a preschool program and I was able to join
Laura Post as she worked with a student with a vision-impairment in the student’s classroom.
I also joined another speech-language pathologist, Cassie Fettkether, for pull-out sessions with several kindergarten students.

 

What was most remarkable was the agency collaboration that was woven into the work. Laura used books developed specifically by our Teachers of the Visually Impaired partners when she worked with the preschooler. These special books had really bright color contrast so Laura could ensure the student was seeing what she was hoping to hear the student articulate. Earlier in the day, Teresa was noting her classroom observation data on an ABC data sheet that had been developed by our challenging behavior team. She explained that this helps the AEA ensure we’re uniformly capturing our observation data.

 


All in all, I was able to interact with a fantastic group of staff and students from 3 to 11 years old.
This was another great visit. Our staff knew the students by name, were familiar with their IEPs, and shared information and resources that were well-received by district staff. Thanks to everyone who hosted me, and especially to Laura who put together the schedule for my visit!


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Congratulations to Erin Welsh, GWAEA facilitator, on receiving the 2018 Scholarship in Special Education Leadership from the Executive Committee of the Iowa Council of Administrators of Special Education (ICASE).

Erin received the scholarship during the ICASE Fall Conference held on Nov. 15 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.

 

"I am currently enrolled in my first semester of the Principalship (MAE/ASC) program at the University of Northern Iowa," Erin said. "This is a two-year program designed for persons seeking endorsement in the state of Iowa as a PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education. I am focused on obtaining my administrative degree to continue my work in the area of school leadership and special education."

 

Congratulations, Erin!


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Katie Gingerich

 


Katie Gingerich
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Katie's background includes a position as a speech-language pathologist with the Los Alamitos Unified School District, California, 2007-2018.

 

     

Mary Kray

 

Mary Kray
Media Services Support Associate


Mary held the position as a preschool teacher in the Enrichment class at All Saints School for 25+ years.

     

The Big Picture

Central File & IMS Security

Beginning Monday, Nov. 26, the doors on both sides of Central File and IMS will be locked each night at 4:30 p.m. 

GWAEA The Big Picture graphic

Staff or visitors in the building after this time will not have access to this area or be able to use it as a pass through to other parts of the building. 

 

Questions or concerns may be directed to Erin Welsh, ewelsh@gwaea.org, or Mike Kiely, mkiely@gwaea.org


$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.


EAP Reminder

The Agency provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to support staff and family members with additional resources when faced with challenging situations. This program is provided through Mercy EAP Services and includes professional and confidential

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counseling and referral services for a variety of personal issues including grief/loss, stress, illness, financial concerns and relationship issues. The goal of the program is to assist employees in effectively identifying and resolving personal concerns in a proactive manner before they affect job performance. 

 

All clinicians with Mercy EAP are licensed mental health counselors and are experienced in assisting individuals in meeting the challenges of today’s busy lifestyles. The EAP is confidential and easy to use – just call 319-398-6694 or 1-800-383-6694 to schedule an appointment. There is no cost to employees for initial discussions – up to three sessions per employee family member per year (July 1-June 30) are provided. Whenever necessary, you will be referred to another resource that can best serve your needs. In most cases, your insurance may be used to cover the cost of additional help. If you need help that is not covered by insurance, the counselor can recommend services that are based on ability to pay.


It is hoped employees and families always lead happy and healthy lives, however if problems do occur and additional support or assistance would be helpful, the Agency is pleased to provide this valuable resource through the EAP. If you are ready to try this approach to addressing challenges in your life, please remember Mercy EAP Services.


If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to call the Human Resources Office at x6703, refer to the Business Services & HR Procedures Manual pg. 25 or view the brochure.

 

EAP Newsletter - The Benefits of Yoga


Our Condolences...

  • to Rene' Van Gerpen and family on the passing of her mother, Edna (Heginger) Van Gerpen,
    on Nov. 22. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at
    St. John's Lutheran Church in Center Point. Rene' is a GWAEA key entry operator.


 

Visit the ESSA Support Site for a repository of tools and resources to support the work aligned
to Iowa's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan.


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Agency Holiday Potlucks

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Mark your calendars!

Coralville

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sixth Street

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


Cigna - Take Steps Toward Financial Wellness

Introducing Enhancements and Changes to Cigna Value Add Programs for 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, Cigna has
made changes to the value add
programs that come with your Life, Accident, Disability, Critical Illness, Accidental Injuryand/or Hospital Care plans.

 

See the Cigna Take Steps Toward Financial Wellness flyer for the information.

Cigna Take Steps Toward Financial Wellness


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

Weight Loss Plan/Profile by Sanford


Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: Dec. 12. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Highway 100 Final Four Ribbon Cutting and Community Bike Ride

 

YMCA December newsletter

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

YMCA

  • Holiday Hours

  • Holiday party family night

  • Parents night out

  • New group exercise class - STRONG

  • Youth basketball sessions

  • Other interesting tidbits 

Questions? Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

Dec. 7, 2018 AIM/AEM, 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! Universal Protocol for Accommocations in Reading (uPAR)
Nov. 15, 2018

EAT with Us! SETT Framework, Nov. 2, 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.


Meeting the Needs of All Readers Using an Effective MTSS Framework

Instructor: Jan Hasbrouck

Dec. 6, 2018, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

 

Too many students in our classrooms struggle with learning to read, including those with learning disabilities and dyslexia. Research has shown that 90-95 percent of ALL students can be taught to read at grade level. The challenge of improving students’ academic achievement on a school-wide and district-wide basis is daunting at best. Students’ literacy skills can improve significantly when schools focus on five critical and interrelated areas: Standards, Assessments, Instruction & Intervention, Leadership and Sustained Commitment (SAILS) and use an effective framework such as MTSS for implementing the plan.

Meeting the Needs of All Readers Using an Effective MTSS Framework

See flyer for details.

This session reviews the research-base for SAILS, and describes how the most effective schools use each component to create a systemic, multi-component plan that improves the proficiency of both challenged as well as highly-skilled students, so all students can achieve the most ambitious standards.

 

Registration
https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 168489
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30, 2018
Credit: None
Fees:
• Participant total fee $50.00
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series


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.

 

December 2018

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2018-2019 GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


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


Using the Career Information System (Kuder Navigator) & ICAP to Promote Career-Connected Learning

Dec. 4 , 2018

Using the Career Information System (Kuder Navigator) & ICAP to Promote Career-Connected Learning

Dec. 4 , 2018

Meeting the Needs of All Readers Using an Effective MTSS Framework

Dec. 6 , 2018

Meeting the Needs of All Readers Using an Effective MTSS Framework

Dec. 6 , 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


MBE Science of Learning
Virtual Training WorkshopSave the Date!
MBE Science of Learning
Virtual Training Workshop



 

February 2019

Fierce Conversations 2:
Generations and Feedback
Feb. 11, March 27, 2019 Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

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


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



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

See Cathy Nelson at the Switchboard to claim.

waterbottles with snowman, purple grow  
 

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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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