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Mark Your Calendar:

Feb. 28

Nominations due for the
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

 

March 1, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

March 29

Organizational Leadership Program applications due

 

April 22

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

4:00-4:30 p.m.

BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

May 6

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

2019-2020
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:

The Big Picture: Organizational Change: New Director of Teaching and Learning
“Elevate Social Work!” during March: A Look at GWAEA School Social Workers
Newsletter Subscriptions Help Share GWAEA News

Reminder: Nominations due Feb. 28 for GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice
Our Condolences
GWAEA GROW
GWAEA to participate in Corridor Corporate Games
Blood Profile Screening
Try the YMCA Free, March 4-10
Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
Family Lunch and Learn Series
BOAST Autism Seminar Series
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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The Big Picture

Organizational Change: New Director of Teaching and Learning

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Bart Mason

Bart Mason

As we shared earlier this year, beginning in July we will shift some responsibilities at the executive level of the organization. When Kris Donnelly moves into the new executive administrative position as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, we also will welcome a new Director of Teaching and Learning.

We are pleased to share that Regional Administrator Bart Mason has accepted this position. Bart began his career in education as an elementary classroom teacher and was an elementary principal in both the Okoboji School District and the Iowa City Community School District. Bart is currently completing his 9th year as a Regional Administrator.


We will be sharing news about Bart’s new position with districts this week and next. Please join us in congratulating Bart on his new role at the agency.


“Elevate Social Work!” during March: A Look at GWAEA School Social Workers

Photo of GWAEA School Social Workers

 

Our school social work staff appear in their group photo from 2018. Due to recent weather interruptions, a 2019 SSW group photo will be rescheduled.


Front Row: Kim Malcolm, Kimberly Phillips, Ambre Chittenden, Maggie Arnold, Katie Gebhart,

Stephanie Olson. Second Row: Alissa Dloughy, Karly Barnard, Shari Melhoff,

Samantha Bennett, Bethany Votroubek, Julie King, Katy Lee, Amy Jackson, Lynne Currie

Third Row:  Kristine McEnany, Shana Wagner, Amy Thompson-Thye, Lindsey Kutcher,

Shannon Sterling (resigned), Rachel Manternach, Kristine Warford.


Not pictured: Janel Brush,  Erica Buffington, Kathryn Goddard, Stephanie Grabinski, Teresa Grider-Baker, Marti Hurst, Karin McKeone, Tammy McSweeney, Jane Meyer, Ashley Mills, Catrina Miiller, Loretta Mitvalsky, Katie Pahlas, Jamie Siela, Cathie Stutsman, Nancy Veldhuizen, Stephanie Watson-Mendoza, Kristine Wheeler.

 

Grant Wood AEA’s school social workers are seeing their daily work connect closely with this year’s national theme for social work month. Nationally their discipline is recognized with the theme, “Elevate Social Work!,” and our staff are spending more time ‘elevating’ their services with district staff.


The agency’s school social workers provide support to students, families and educators through modeling, implementing and assessing strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs. These strategies enhance educational programming for all learners.


They also consult with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.


“The agency continues to use multiple sources of data to determine district needs across the AEA,” shared Ambre Chittenden, GWAEA school social worker and co-lead. “Many districts have continued to express a need in the area of social/emotional/behavioral health support and services. The School Social Work discipline actively integrates research into the design of best practices in their consultation with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.”


Ambre explained that the team collaborates with school personnel and parents in order to develop and modify student intervention strategies. “The school social workers conduct follow-up activities to review student progress and modify individual social, emotional, and behavior interventions,” she said.


Data is used to develop, implement, and adapt individual and group interventions, and monitor them for progress. “We participate actively in student support team decision-making processes using research-based and technically sound practices to drive decision-making and interventions,” Ambre explained.


“In addition, school social workers provide consultation and support with implementing system-wide framework for maximizing the selection and use of evidence-based prevention and intervention practices along a multi-tiered continuum that supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence of all students,” she said.


Ambre shared that future plans for the school social workers include continued development to enhance skills and research-based interventions related to consulting with teams and evaluating students for special education.


“The team plans to support the holistic approach of incorporating social, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs of students within the educational environment,” she said. “We will also continue a multi-disciplinary approach to determine needs, supports and services for students in order for them to access their education.”


“I am very proud of the school social workers and their focus to be lifelong learners,” Ambre said. “The field of education is very different for many of us. It is a huge learning curve for those starting at the AEA. I am very proud of the group.”


Social Work Month 2019 - Elevate Social Work

Congratulations to GWAEA’s school social workers as they continue to “elevate” their support to children, families and educators.

Social Work Elevate



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Newsletter Subscriptions Help Share GWAEA News

Each year we gather input and feedback from district teachers to help inform our decisions about how we communicate information about AEA services. Based in part on that feedback, last year we launched subscriptions to newsletters around key topic and service areas. 

 

These newsletters highlight professional learning and resources selected by our GWAEA staff who are closely connected with the subject area, and we also cross-promote other information to help teachers learn more about resources available through our AEA with which they might not be familiar. (This is the Special Education newsletter that we just sent out this week, an edition we recently shared from our math team, another we sent to school counselors, and one we sent to science teachers.)

 

Please encourage your district partners to sign up to receive these newsletters.


Reminder: Nominations are due Thursday, Feb. 28!

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

Thursday, May 9 - Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin

 

The following nomination categories are available:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only Grant Wood AEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.

 

Nominations for these awards can be submitted here. The nominations will be reviewed by a selected group of GWAEA staff members in March. Both the nominating individual and those who are selected to be recognized will be notified in April.

 


Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice

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This is an annual reminder that Grant Wood Area Education Agency employees are able to participate in a voluntary retirement savings program administered by the Retirement Investors' Club (RIC).  Please see the attachments for further details.

Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice - memo
See flyer for details

Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice
See flyer for details


Our Condolences

  • to Alyssa Manchester on the passing of her grandmother, Lora Phyllis Manchester, on
    Feb. 26 at the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney. Visitation is planned Thursday,
    Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m. at Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney. Funeral service on March 1 at
    1:00 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church, Lineville. Alyssa is a secretary in the Coralville facility.


GWAEA GROW logo

Visit the GROW website for information on

Profile by Sanford offers a variety of health-related articles on their website. Visit their February newsletter to learn more.


Corridor Corporate Games

GWAEA to participate in Corridor Corporate Games

Grant Wood AEA will participate in the inaugural year of the Corridor Corporate Games. Staff and GWAEA retirees are invited to join the fun! Events will be offered in Cedar Rapids and Iowa during the months of June and July.

 

There is no additional fee for our staff/retirees to participate in any of the activities. GWAEA staff will register individually using a corporate code.  

 

The Corridor Corporate Games is an eight-week company based competition that promotes teamwork, company pride, and employee engagement. Sports and events offered include both competitive, non-competitive, and family-friendly events.

 

Online registration information will be available in early April.


Blood Profile Screening Planned

Deadline to Register is Monday, April 8


Please use this form to sign up for a spring blood profile screening.

Blood Profile heart and stethascope

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 due the day of screening.

 

The screenings will take place Wednesday, April 24 in our Coralville facility and Tuesday, April 23 in our Sixth St. facility both starting at 7:00 a.m. The deadline to sign up is Monday, April 8.


Try the YMCA free, March 4-10

Great news!  GWAEA employees have a chance to try the YMCA free for an entire week, March 4th - March 10th. 

YMCA

  • Visit and use any YMCA branch during this week

  • Fitness classes and group exercises are included 

  • Bring your photo ID and a completed pass, on page 8 of Try the Y 

  • Join during this week and pay $0 joining fee (up to $75.00)

  • 15% discount off membership rates

Questions? Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact.


2019 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA

We would like to offer GWAEA staff an opportunity to participate in this worthy cause. Ordering is available for three days provided we have a three order minimum per day. The dates offered will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 12, 13 & 14. The lunches may be picked up at the receptionist desk any time after 11:30 a.m. on the day you or your group chooses. See The Bulletin Board, Feb. 21 for details.

Horizons Lunch Box Fundraiser

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:

March 1, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

3,2,1 Engage Tech Tools

 

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.


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

 

The final date for the year is planned on:
April 22, 2019 - Extending Learning Outside School (summer break, neighborhood, friends, vacation, etc) with Monica Ryan-Rausch, GWAEA autism consultant

 

In case you missed the original webinar, visit the archive sessions.

 

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.

 

The two remaining sessions for 2018-2019 include:

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

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

 

In case you missed them! Visit the archive sessions.


Registration now open!

BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports

June 10-11, 2019

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, 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 supports to help all students develop social, emotional and academic skills.

 

BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports - SAVE THE DATE!

Day 1
Keynote and Breakout Sessions

Instructors: Kelly Perales, Dr. Terrance Scott, Dr. Rosemarie Allen

 

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, Iowa

 

Day 2  - Full day Workshop selections

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Katy Lee and Tammy McSweeney

  • Behavior Basics - Maggie Arnold and Teresa Grider Baker 

  • Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools - Dr. Shannon Suldo

Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa

2301 Oakdale Blvd.

Coralville, Iowa 

 

See the conference flyer for registration options.

Registration Information
GWAEA Professional Learning
319-399-6767 or 800-798-9771, ext. 6767 or gwaeapd@gwaea.org


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.

 

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

(Location change to
GWAEA 33rd Avenue
)

STAR Autism Program Training, March 27-28, 2019

Meeting Core Instruction: Integrating Science and Literacy
March 13, 2019

 

 

Adapted Physical Education: 
An Introduction
March 26,
April 9, 23, 30
and May 14, 2019

Adapted Physical Education:
An Introduction
March 26,
April 9, 23, 30
and May 14, 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


 

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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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