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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 -
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Grant Wood AEA presents
BASES Conference

The Big Picture: Central File & IMS Security
Agency Calendar: Pay Dates
Electronic W-2 Delivery
Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent
$1,500 Early Notification Incentive Approved by GWAEA Board and Available for All Employee Groups
GWAEA Job Readiness Fair,
April 11
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
Oakdale IMMC visit

My “On the Road” travels led me to another of our offsite facilities last month with a visit to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Randy Perkins is the vocational services instructor for the IMCC and coordinated my visit, and we were joined by Pam Paulson, our staff member who teaches inmates at both the IMCC and the Anamosa State Penitentiary, Kim Martin, board secretary, and
Lynne Cannon, GWAEA Board vice-president.  

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As I pulled up to the main entrance, I was impressed by the size of IMCC. I learned it’s considered a medium security correctional facility that serves as a classification center for adults being sent to prison. It houses about 900 inmates, and is located near our Coralville office.


After getting processed through an admitting station on the day of my visit, I noted a stack of papers in Randy’s hand. He commented that the 10 page printout summarized the facility’s new arrivals from the last week. Just as a school district assesses the needs of its new students, Randy and Pam assess the educational needs of the incarcerated individuals arriving at Oakdale. Some incarcerated individuals stay only a few months before being transferred to another facility, and others stay several years. Regardless of the time spent at IMCC, Randy and Pam make sure all incarcerated individuals up through the age of 21 have access to their Free and Appropriate Education.


We spent the better part of an hour touring several wings of the prison. While I know the facility is under careful watch by the officers, I was surprised to see how many inmates were able to move independently from one destination to another within the prison. We learned that the facility has a level system to review each of the incarcerated individuals. A review team evaluates a multitude of criteria like behavior, reports, education, sentence, etc. Depending on the review, each incarcerated individual wears a different colored clothing that indicates if they receive more or less restrictions within the facility.  


We did see a few of Randy and Pam’s students on the tour. One student was housed in a small cell down a long hallway. Randy rapped on the heavy door and said hello through the glass, and explained to us that the area where this student was located provided additional protections for people who were a threat to themselves and others. To support these students, Pam or Randy might pull up a chair and work with the student through a port in the locked steel door, or might work with the officers and have them taken out of their cell (in accordance with their protocol, of course) and work with the student in a secure, private setting away from distractions.


Randy pointed out another one of his students during a pretty unique part of my tour. On the day we visited, the prison had arranged for a special performance by the prison choir.  In addition, a group of African gospel singers (Soweto Gospel Choir) who had just performed at Hancher the night before joined the choir. To top it off, one song that the group sang was written by Maggie Wheeler, the actress who played the role of “Janice” on the TV show, Friends. (And no, she didn't say Janice’s signature line, ‘“OH MY GAWD!”)  I know, this all sounds a little surreal. We weren’t allowed to bring in cameras, but they did cover the performance on KCRG.


The IMCC is certainly a unique setting for our staff who support the educational needs of inmates. I truly appreciate Randy and Pam’s efforts, and enjoyed discussing and seeing the unique challenges of working in a prison setting - it was an unforgettable experience.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

 


Kerry Jones
Media Services Support Associate
B.A., Mt. Mercy University

Kerry's background includes a position with the University of Iowa Alumni Association, 1997-2017.

 



Save the date!

Grant Wood AEA presents...

BASES Conference: Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports

June 10-11, 2019

Day 1 - Coralville Marriott, 300 E 9th St., Coralville

Day 2 - Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville


Today's educators need to cover all the BASES in developing and applying support systems for students. The Grant Wood AEA BASES Conference will highlight ways to integrate Behavior, Academic and Social and Emotional Support systems for students by presenting best practices and research on student behavior and social emotional support systems.


This event will allow you to engage with leading experts to develop a system of positive behavior and social/emotional/behavioral supports to help all students develop social, emotional and academic skills.   

 

Presenters:

Kelly Perales

Dr. Terrence Scott

Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Dr. Shannon Suldo

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Behavior Basics

 

Mark your calendar today: registration information will be coming soon!


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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.

Grant Wood AEA Holiday Party - Coralville

Sixth Street

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

Grant Wood AEA Holiday Party - Coralville


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. 

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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


Agency Calendar: Pay Dates

Below is the Agency calendar for December and January. Please note the circled pay dates. Our normal bi-weekly pay schedule falls within Winter Break, thus moving up a pay date to
December 24 and extending the next pay date to January 11.

December 2018

January 2019

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Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically to employees who give consent.  By giving electronic W-2 delivery consent, this means you will not receive a paper W-2 Form in the mail.  Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your W-2 Form is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.  Log in with your username and password.  Under the ‘my information’ column select the W-2 History menu item.  Read through the Electronic W-2 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give your consent” link to give your consent.  The Terms of Electronic Consent to receive W-2 form are displayed.  Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC W-2 DELIVERY button and confirming consent.

 

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Note:  Staff who consented to electronic W-2 delivery last year will receive electronic delivery again this year unless the staff member removes the consent.  Staff wanting to receive their W-2 statement with this earlier electronic delivery option should make their consent by January 11, 2019 to secure this delivery method.  Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper W-2 in the mail no later than January 31, 2019.

 

Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about W-2 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent. 


Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent

The Grant Wood Payroll System has the functionality to distribute Form 1095’s electronically to employees who give consent. By giving electronic 1095 consent, this means you will not receive a paper Form 1095 in the mail. Instead, you would receive an email indicating that your Form 1095 is available to view and print from the Employee Self Service (ESS) site.

 

Employee consent is available within the Employee Self Service (ESS) site. Log in with your username and password. Under ‘my information’ column select the 1095 History menu item. Read through the Electronic 1095 Delivery Consent bubble and click on the “Click here to give consent” link to give your consent. The Terms of Electronic Consent to Receive 1095 form are displayed. Read the terms and give consent by clicking the I CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC 1095 DELIVERY button and confirming consent. Staff not consenting to electronic delivery will receive a paper 1095 in the mail no later than March 4, 2019.

 

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Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, with any questions about 1095 Forms and/or electronic delivery consent.


$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.


Grant Wood AEA Job Readiness Fair

April 11, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

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


Students from area school districts will participate in the GWAEA Job Readiness Fair, a demonstration-based learning event that applies career education lessons from the classroom.

Job Readiness Fair

The students begin the day with an opening keynote presentation by a guest speaker. They will then rotate through various activities including workshop presentations job skill stations and mock interviews. During the job skill stations students will practice requesting, completing and submitting a job application. Lunch will be provided and the day will close with a large group session.

 

Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, explained that local employers conduct mock interviews. "This event offers students a great opportunity to not only practice valuable job seeking skills, but to also interact with local employers during their mock interviews.  We have been extremely fortunate to have some fantastic local employers involved the past three years."

 

For information about the GWAEA Job Readiness Fair, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist or visit the website.


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 Injury and/or Hospital Care plans.

 

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

Cigna Take Steps Toward Financial Wellness


Donations for Friends of the Shelter and
Cedar Valley Humane Society

 


 

Stacy Murphy is collecting donations for the Friends of the Shelter and Cedar Valley Humane Society. The donations are being gathered by the IMS/Central File area at Sixth St.

 

Also available is the option to “adopt” one of the cats or dogs from the tree and purchase food and/or treats. Both groups can also use paper towels and laundry detergent.

 

See the flyer for details or contact Stacy for information. Donations accepted through Dec. 21.


HOPEwalk Cedar Rapids Conference Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

HOPEwalk Cedar Rapids is sponsoring an upcoming conference on Jan. 7, 2019:  Addressing Suicide in Our Communities and Congregations, Cedar Rapids Public Library – Whipple Auditorium.

This conference is unique in that it is designed for both clergy and mental health providers, with the intention of bringing these two professional groups together to more effectively address suicide. For the agenda or to register, visit the HOPEwalk website.


6th Annual Cropping 4 Kids

Quota International of Cedar Rapids

Date:

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

 

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

 

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

Cropping 4 Kids

GROW Quicklinks

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.


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.

(Note: The Dec. 21 session is cancelled. The next
EAT with Us will air Friday, Jan. 11 at 12:00 p.m.)

 

Join the zoom by going to:
https://tinyurl.com/atlunch-learn
Or in Zoom, Meeting ID = 703 027 4197


Can’t attend live? Recorded webcasts will be posted:
https://tinyurl.com/eatwebcast

 

For more information, contact Julie Freed or
Maggie Pickett.

EAT with Us! Universal Protocol for Accommodations 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.


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


 

 


 

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

Refining Your Personal Brand: Creating Lasting, Positive Impressions

Feb. 7, 2019

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

Fierce Conversations 2:
Generations and Feedback

Feb. 11, March 27, 2019

Early Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students With Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Feb. 12, 2019 and
March 27, 2019

Early Emergent Literacy Instruction for Students With Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Feb. 12, 2019 and
March 27, 2019

Computer Science Standards Workshop
Feb. 12, 2019

Computer Science Standards Workshop
Feb. 12, 2019


Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Developing
District/Building
Action Plans
Feb. 13, 2019

Youth Mental Health 
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Youth Mental Health
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019


 

March 2019

Shift Your Paradigm: From School-Centered to Learner-Centered

March 6, 2019

Shift Your Paradigm: From School-Centered to Learner-Centered

March 6, 2019


PDeveloping and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

Providing Effective
Feedback to Students
March 28, 2019

Providing Effective
Feedback to Students
March 28, 2019


 

April 2019

Using Data to Strengthen Your School Improvement Efforts
April 4, 2019

Using Data to Strengthen Your School Improvement Efforts
April 4, 2019


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.

 

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See Donna Alger at the 33rd Ave facility to claim.




Lost and found jacket

 

 

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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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