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Mark Your Calendar:

Feb. 15, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:00
Family Lunch and Learn Series

4:00-4:30 p.m.
BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

Feb. 28

Nominations due for the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet


Aug. 6-7 (Tues-Wed) and
Aug. 12-13 (Mon-Tues)

New Staff Orientation

 

Wednesday, Aug. 14

All Agency Meeting - Solon


Aug. 15-16 (Thursday-Friday)

PD Palooza


In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: FEP and GWAEA Region Representatives Collaborate to Support Family Engagement
GWAEA security badge update
IRS Form 1095 distribution
Updates for GWAEA Staff
- W-2 Wage and Tax Statements

- Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff
- Reminder! Nominations due Feb. 28 for GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
- IPERS Travel Schedule

Organizational Leadership applications due March 29
Our Condolences
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
Family Lunch and Learn Series
BOAST Autism Seminar Series
GWAEA GROW
Hope Blooms... It's Daffodil Time!
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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

FEP and GWAEA region representatives collaborate to support family engagement


Staff from the Family-Educator Partnership Program (FEP) and GWAEA region teams are collaborating to further extend support to families in our GWAEA service area.


Jeanie Wade Nagle, GWAEA Early Education Administrator, explained that the Iowa Department of Education changed the name of the Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP) to the Family-Educator Partnership (FEP) in 2016.


“The idea was implemented to further extend opportunities for being more planful working toward family engagement,” Jeanie explained. “The discussions continued during the fall of 2017 when AEA teams met for a planning session in Des Moines. During 2017-2018, implementation discussions continued onsite during our GWAEA region and Early ACCESS meetings.”


“Each of the state’s AEA’s has chosen how to fulfill FEP in their AEA,” Jeanie continued. “GWAEA has two nearly full-time FEP staff, Sara Kane and Jen Cira-Debban. If we can provide support to our GWAEA staff in the buildings to be better informed on how to support Tier 1 and Tier 2 family engagements, then Jen and Sara will be able to handle Tier 3. It’s creating more awareness for our staff in the regions,” she explained.

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Jeanie shared that GWAEA has strategically picked staff representatives from each region to support the wider discipline team. These staff members include:


Jennifer Cira-Debban - FEP Educator Partner

Sara Kane - FEP Parent Partner

Jeanie Wade Nagle - Early Education Administrator

Maria Cashman - Associate Chief Administrator/Director of Special Education

Austin Beer - School Psychologist, Central Region

Tracy Liebermann - Regional Administrator, Iowa City Region

Karin McKeone - School Social Worker, Southwest Region

Tammy McSweeney - School Social Worker, Cedar Rapids Region

Hannah Robson - School Psychologist, Northeast Region

Monica Ryan-Rausch - Autism Consultant, Northwest Region


“We were able to blend our work with discussions around the eligibility standards,” Jeanie said. “FEP staff Jennifer Cira-Debban and Sara Kane presented information each month for five months on topics such as how to be more aware of family engagement, how to be better listeners, not being judgmental, information about the Child Find process, and IEP meetings. Our discussions focused on what staff are already doing to extend family engagement as part of the work they are already doing.”


“We continue working on how to help our GWAEA staff become more comfortable in this role with families,” she continued. “We want parents to feel they are equal partners in the Child Find and IEP process.”


“Once we feel that our GWAEA region staff members have been trained, we will discuss how to train LEA staff, primarily LEA special education teachers,” she continued.


Jeanie shared that a few examples of ways to support parent engagement include ensuring that someone is available to greet parents when they arrive for the meeting. And, consider having name tents for everyone participating. “It’s helping parents understand the meeting and the process involved, and helping teachers/administrators understand what families might be feeling,” she continued. How do we help ensure that familes are engaged?”


“We want to create caring and empathy throughout the process,” Jeanie concluded. “Jen and Sara help parents organize their thoughts. We want to help parents share their voices, help families understand the laws, and the school’s role. It’s asking the question what have you done to help parents feel a part of the process or more engaged?”


GWAEA security badge update

Update your card by early March for door access

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Grant Wood AEA is currently in the process of upgrading our ID badge security cards to a new format. The new cards security technology is a higher level than the previous cards to increase building security.  We have been issuing out the new cards since last summer so many staff already have them.   We will be upgrading our security software in the middle of March, at that time the older card formats will no longer function. 


Do I need a new card?
The security piece of these cards provides card reader door access at Northern Facility and 33rd Avenue buildings. If you do not need door access to either of these facilities then no further action is needed.  The new cards have a small blue logo on the back that says “HID iClass DL”.  If your card already says this then you do not need to take any further action. 

 

 

If your card does not say “HID iClass DL” on the back then it does need to be changed out with a new card.  If you need door access, please have your card changed out by early March. 

 

If you have an ID picture on file, we can reprint the same picture on your card. If you would like to update your photo this is a great time to have the new photo taken. Please feel free to stop by between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Technology Support area to have your new card made. Call Kathy Briggs ahead of time at ext. 6720 to have her pre-print the card with your old picture so it is ready to go when you arrive.  Please return your old ID card at the same time.   


IRS Form 1095 distribution

Form 1095, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage statements for calendar year 2018, were released to the Employee Self Service (ESS) system Feb. 5, 2019 specifically for those who consented to receiving their 1095 form electronically.  Paper 1095 forms were mailed Feb. 6, 2019 for those who didn’t consent to electronic method of delivery.  Everyone will be able to view their 1095 form on the ESS system as of Feb. 15, 2019.

 

Keep this form with the other tax materials you give your tax preparer.  If you prepare your own taxes, you may need to refer to this information as you prepare your return.

 

If you received a paper form this year and want to receive it electronically next year, log-in to the ESS, click ‘My Information >,  Tax Form History >,  1095 History’ tabs and read the Electronic 1095 Delivery bubble to give consent.

 

Questions regarding your 1095 form should be directed to Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706.


Updates for GWAEA staff

See The Bulletin Board, Feb. 7, 2019 for the following GWAEA staff updates:

  • W-2 Wage and Tax Statements

  • Assignment Change Procedures - Contracted Staff

  • GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet nominations due Feb. 28

  • IPERS travel schedule for individual counseling sessions


Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 29

Applications are due March 29 for GWAEA staff who have completed a minimum of two years service at at the agency and are interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Organizational Leadership program.  

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Employees desiring to apply for this program must send the application and other required documents, to Kevin Hatfield by Friday, March 29. Applications and overview for the Organizational Leadership Program can be found here.

 

Formal interviews will be scheduled in April with selections to be made by May 10, 2019.

 

The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohort welcomed Lori Sundberg, president, 
Kirkwood Community College, and John Speer, GWAEA chief administrator, on Feb. 13 for a discussion on leadership development.

 

The Grant Wood AEA Organizational Leadership cohort welcomed Lori Sundberg, president,
Kirkwood Community College, and John Speer, GWAEA chief administrator, on Feb. 13 for a discussion on leadership development.

 

Members of the GWAEA Organizational Leadership cohorts participating in the discussion included Sharon Clark, Keith Stamp, Janet Greene, Tonya Vitense, Sara Sheets, Jillian O'Rourke, and Michelle Heiserman (Zoom).

The GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program is facilitated by Kevin Hatfield and Keith Stamp.


Our Condolences...

  • to Jennifer Hackathorn and family on the passing of her father, Gerald “Jerry” Allen Lange, at the University of Iowa Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 10. Visitation will be held at Hoffmann, Schneider, & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, on
    Friday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

     

    Jennifer is a GWAEA special education consultant.


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

Feb. 15, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

GWAEA (Accessible Media Resources)

 

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! SETT Framework, Feb. 1, 2019

Bookshare:  Who, What, How?

EAT with Us! SETT Framework, Feb. 1, 2019

Bookshare:  Who, What, How?


Family Lunch and Learn Series

Supports & Strategies for Children with Autism at Home and in the Community

The 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 upcoming dates and topics:

Feb. 26, 2019 - Death, Dying and Family Relationships with Monica Ryan-Rausch, 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

In case you missed it, here are the archive sessions:

Oct. 29, 2018 - Internet Safety and Tech Social Skills/Social Rules with Courtney Butler, GWAEA autism consultant

 

Dec. 14, 2018 - Supports to Build Understanding and Success with Family Gatherings and Community Outings with Michelle Sunner, GWAEA Autism Consultant


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.

 

Session 6 (Feb. 26, 2019) - TOPIC: MORE Sensitive Topics

 

In case you missed them! Archive sessions:

Session 5 (Jan. 29, 2019) - TOPIC: Sensitive Topics

Session 4 (Nov. 27, 2018) - TOPIC: Holiday Considerations

Session 3  (Oct. 23, 2018) - TOPIC: Initiation

Session 2 (Sept. 11, 2018) - TOPIC: Peer Awareness Training

Session 1 (Aug. 28, 2018) - TOPIC: Considerations for Classroom Setup & Student Engagement

 

The three remaining sessions for 2018-2019 include:

Session 7 (April 2, 2019) - TOPIC: Autism Acceptance in April!

Session 8 (April 30, 2019) - TOPIC: Transitions


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Visit the GROW website for information on staff well-being activities and events.

 

Meet the GROW Team
Member profile: Kim Martin

Kim Martin

The Grant Wood AEA GROW Team includes staff committee volunteers with an interest in supporting agency well-being activities.

 

Kim Martin is a GROW Team member and shares her interest in participating in activities that enhance well-being.

Q: Tell us about yourself.

I am celebrating my 20th work anniversary with Grant Wood AEA this year.  My title is board secretary and I work directly with the 9 GWAEA board members and John Speer, chief administrator. My husband and I have two children and 3 beautiful grandchildren (thank goodness for Facetime as the twins live in Baarn, Netherlands).

 

Q: What do you like about being a member of the GROW Committee?

I have met and worked with many agency staff I would not have been introduced to if not for the GROW committee.  The optimistic members come to the meetings full of wellness ideas.  

 

Q: What is your favorite well-being activity?

For years my personal focus was participation in fitness activities.  Working through the process for Grant Wood AEA to become a Blue Zones corporation, it became clear to me the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. My favorite well-being activity is yoga. 

 

Q: Why are well-being activities important to you? 

The fast pace of today's society can make people mentally and physically exhausted. I learned valuable lessons many years ago in the 8-week program, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, including the importance of recharging versus constant doing.  Well-being activities improve mental and physical health and help me be the best version of myself.

 

Apps promote wellness and well-being

Thanks to Kelli Robertson, GWAEA Autism Consultant and member of the GROW Committee, for sharing apps that promote wellness and wellbeing.

Mindful Break Chrome Extension

Do you tend to dive into work and hyperfocus intensely? Need some mindful moments?
Mindful Break
is a Chrome Extension (free - available here) that provides a quick pop-up with an inspirational quote, a reminder to think of things you are grateful for, or a choice to do a 1-minute breathing exercise with a visual prompt for your breaths. Studies often find that you are more productive and better at your work if you can take a few moments to step away from it before returning. Set this extension to pop up at set intervals (e.g., every 1-2 hours) or the 'Surprise Me' selection is at random intervals. Try it out!


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Order through Feb. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Hope Blooms ... It's Daffodil Time!

Information is available in the Jan. 10 issue of The Bulletin Board.


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.

 

February 2019

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2018-2019 GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


Youth Mental Health 
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

Youth Mental Health
First Aid 2019

Feb. 25, May 9, 2019

 

 

March 2019

The "Get Permission" Approach to Pediatric Mealtime Challenges

March 4-5, 2019March 6, 2019

The "Get Permission" Approach to Pediatric Mealtime Challenges

March 4-5, 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


STAR Autism Program Training, March 27-28, 2019

STAR Autism Program Training
March 27-28, 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


5th Annual Standards-Based Grading Conference:
Developing a
Culture of Learning
April 15, 2019
April 16, 2019 - optional

5th Annual Standards-Based Grading Conference:
Developing a
Culture of Learning
April 15, 2019

April 16, 2019 - optional

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


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

April 22, 2019 and
May 30, 2019


Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019


 

June 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

 


 

October 2019

Visible Learningplus 
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 16, 2019

Visible Learningplus
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 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:

Found in one of the community work space cubicles on the 2nd floor of Sixth St. near the Benton room on Feb. 4. Visit the switchboard to claim.

 

The bowl was found in the Revere/Stone Rooms after the Sixth St Holiday Potluck.

 

 


 

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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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