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Mark Your Calendar:

March 15, 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:

Best Place to Work Survey launch March 26
GWAEA PRIDE: AAC Assessment Planning Tool (APT) receives national recognition
Tornado Drill, Friday, March 15
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 9
"The State of the Agency" presentations
Information for GWAEA staff
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
Remote Work Site Program 2019-2020
Doctor on Demand
Family Fun AAC-tivity Night,
April 11
GWAEA GROW
Live Healthy Iowa Challenge
Blood Profile Screening
Try the YMCA Free, March 4-10
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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Best Place to Work survey to launch March 25 after 4 p.m.

 

Watch for Email survey from

 


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For the sixth year, Grant Wood AEA will participate in the online survey for Best Places to Work in Iowa, sponsored by The Des Moines Register.

 

We were pleased to learn that our employees ranked us as one of Iowa's top workplaces the previous five years. And, we want to make sure we have the opportunity to continue giving employees a forum for feedback.

On March 25 after 4 p.m., staff will receive an email with a link to the online survey from Energage. We look forward to your feedback.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

AAC Assessment Planning Tool (APT) receives national recognition

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team 

Front row: Sarah Ries, Julie Freed, and Emily Doolittle. 
Back row:  Maggie Slaymaker, Jessica Krob, Whitney Achenbaugh, Heidi Primrose, Rachel White, Taresa Fetzer, and Lynda Lanus. 
Not pictured: Maggie Pickett and Kelli Robertson.

GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team

Front row: Sarah Ries, Julie Freed, and Emily Doolittle.
Back row:  Maggie Slaymaker, Jessica Krob, Whitney Achenbaugh, Heidi Primrose, Rachel White, Taresa Fetzer, and Lynda Lanus.
Not pictured: Maggie Pickett and Kelli Robertson.

Congratulations to  Julie Freed, Jessica Krob, Heidi Primrose, Maggie Slaymaker, Rachel White, Maggie Pickett, Cheryl Mills Kelley, Mikki Graykowski and GWAEA retiree Patti Sorsby. Other members of the current AAC Resource team include Whitney Achenbaugh, Taresa Fetzer, Sarah Ries, Kelli Robertson, Lynda Lanus and Emily Doolittle who joined the team more recently to support ongoing use of the APT resource to guide thoughtful and quality AAC Assessments. 

 

A group of nine SLPs from our agency collaborated seven years ago to develop and create the AAC Assessment Planning Tool (APT), which guides educators and SLPs in planning assessment for students with complex communication needs in classrooms and on individual caseloads.

 

The group's APT collaboration was posted to the national PrAACtical AAC Facebook page on March 6 as the Video of the Week: Planning Your AAC Assessment. Download the APT here.

 

The PrAACtical AAC website reference says: "PrAACtical AAC supports a community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties."

 

Congratulations to the GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team!


Severe Weather Preparations:
Tornado Drill Planned on Friday, March 15, 2019
33rd Ave. and
Sixth St. at 1:30 p.m.

A tornado drill to prepare staff for possible spring severe weather situations is planned on Friday, March 15, 33rd Ave. and Sixth St., at 1:30 p.m.

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An announcement will be broadcast.

 

During a drill or during an actual Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you. See the maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the suggested route.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

Remember:
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.

 

See the Sixth St. facility PDF for the
1st and 2nd floor maps.


Information for GWAEA staff

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Contracted Staff – Timelines for Salary Lane Changes 

As a reminder, additional semester hours for advancement on the salary schedule are to be secured by September 1 and evidence of the additional hours is to be submitted to the Human Resources office on or before October 1. To be sure the coursework may be used for lane change purposes, staff are advised to submit lane change application forms before registering for classes. The form is available on the GWAEA website under the Staff tab, Business Services/Human Resources page, or with this link Salary lane change application form.

 

Staff are also encouraged to contact the HR office (x6748) to verify the number of semester hours currently on file, or if you have questions or need additional information regarding these procedures. 

Remote Work Site Program (2019-20)

This program is available for eligible Contracted and Salaried staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
 
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:

  1. Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion. Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.

  2. Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.

  3. The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).

  4. Employees must apply for program participation each year. Completed application forms are to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.  

  5. Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document. 

If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement. Feedback may be submitted to the Human Resources Office.


Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, Wednesday,
Thursday, May 9

The 2019 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet is planned Thursday,
May 9, at Bella Sala near Tiffin.

Bella Salla
Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin

Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Register and Reserve a Table Online
Reservations Due: April 25, 2019

Cost:
GWAEA Board members, employees, and Years of Service Honorees, $13

Spouses, friends and retired staff, $25


"The State of the Agency"

John Speer joined the Early ACCESS/Eary Childhood staff for "The State of the Agency" presentation on Tuesday, March 5.

 

John Speer joined the Early ACCESS/Early Childhood staff for "The State of the Agency" presentation on Tuesday, March 5. John has been joining the region meetings to share information about the agency's goals, objectives and future plans. "The State of the Agency " presentations will continue during the spring.


Doctor on Demand


Family Fun AAC-tivity Night

April 11, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA, Sixth St. facility
Families are invited with their children to an evening with the GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Resource Team and speech-language pathologists. The team will review key "SMART" communication partner strategies and help families gain skills to increase their own interactions with their child while incorporating the use of the child's AAC system.

 

Family RSVP's are requested by April 1 to bit.ly/AACtivity2019. Questions?
Contact Julie Freed.

Family Fun AAC-tivity Night

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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.



YMCA March newsletter

Please see the YMCA  March newsletter for upcoming events, featuring: 

YMCA

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis

  • E.G.O.S. Academy

  • Registration open for School-Aged Child Care Summer Day Camp and Spring Fling Camp

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:

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

Creating Common Ground with Virtual Reality

 

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! March 1, 2019
3,2,1 Engage: Tech Tools

EAT with Us! March 1, 2019
3,2,1 Engage: Tech Tools


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

 

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

School Garden 101
June 10-12, 2019

School Garden 101
June 10-12, 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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