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Mark Your Calendar:

March 21

World Down Syndrome Day 2019

 

March 29

Organizational Leadership Program applications due

 

April 5, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

April 22

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

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Family Lunch and Learn Series

 

May 6

2018-2019 TQ Date

 

May 24

Early release at 3 p.m.,

Memorial Day

 

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:

On the Road with John Speer - GWAEA Physical Therapy
Best Place to Work Survey launch March 25
Information for GWAEA staff
Summary Update for 2019-20 Master Contract Agreements
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
Remote Work Site Program 2019-2020
Organizational Leadership Program applications due March 29
Have you had Carbon Black installed on your agency computer?
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 9
Family Fun AAC-tivity Night,
April 11
Follies 2019
GWAEA GROW
Live Healthy Iowa Challenge
Corridor Corporate Games
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
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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On the Road with John Speer

GWAEA Physical Therapy

It felt like returning to the old neighborhood when I walked through Prairie High and Prairie Ridge Elementary schools last week to join up with Physical Therapist Colleen Knipper.

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

Colleen supports students and staff at both College Community and Linn-Mar buildings, and has been with Grant Wood AEA for seven years. Colleen supports students as young as three years old - as soon as they transition from our Early ACCESS program - and up to 21.


Our visit started at the high school where we connected with College Community staff and students. Colleen consulted with the staff about mobility and positioning devices being used by the students, and together they discussed how they can facilitate the parents having equipment adjusted by a vendor for one student.

 

John Speer, Colleen Knipper and a student

 

We also got some steps in during our visit! Colleen and her district counterparts work well together to safely lift and transfer students from wheelchairs to gait trainers to standers. Colleen and the staff worked closely with the students to watch for appropriate positioning and to maximize the child’s range of motion.


The work of our PTs looked different when we moved to the elementary building. Colleen engaged in play with the student as she encouraged him to walk from his chair to a Lego table. Although it looked like fun and games for me and the student, it was actually work on mobility skills related to the student’s IEP goal for increased independence.

 

John Speer, Colleen Knipper and a student

 

In our brief visit I was really impressed with the range of skills and adaptability of our PT work. It can be hard to support such a wide range of students, and to wear the hats of a consultant and a direct service provider, and our staff manage it with ease.


Reminder: Best Place to Work survey to launch March 25 after 4 p.m.

 

Watch for Email survey from

 


topworkplace

Grant Wood AEA will again participate in the online survey for the 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.

A reminder that 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.


Information for GWAEA staff

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Summary Update for 2019-20 Master Contract Agreements

Joint message from the Agency and Association - Summary Update for 2019-20 Master Contract Agreements 

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.

Reminder: Organizational Leadership Program applications are 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.  

 

Employees interested in applying 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.


Have you had Carbon Black installed on your agency computer?

GWAEA Technology Support staff Edward Allendes Munoz, Daniel Sackett, and Heath Ayers were busy recently installing Carbon Black on staff computers.

 

GWAEA Technology Support staff Edward Allendes Munoz, Daniel Sackett, and Heath Ayers were busy recently installing Carbon Black on computers for staff during a Cedar Rapids region meeting.

 

Carbon Black is the new agency security software. If you have not had Carbon Black installed on your computer, call GWAEA Technology Support, ext. 6738, to schedule a time with a technician.
It normally takes about 15 minutes to install, sometimes longer if computer updates are needed.


Register and Reserve a Table!
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


ICAN and ICR Future present...

 

ICR Future Career & College Fair
Sunday, March 31, 12:30 - 3 p.m.


The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd., Cedar Rapids

 

The conference is ideal for high school sophomores, juniors and their parents.

 

See the flyer for details.


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

Follies 2019

 

Join GWAEA Team Leader - Circulation/Distribution Kim Novotny and local educators in Follies 2019! Planes, Trains and Automobiles – The Music That Moves Us – March 30-31, at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.


A tradition in Cedar Rapids since 1980, Follies is dedicated to the preservation of classic and contemporary musical theatre. Follies raises funds for a unique arts fund: The Gene Whiteman Follies Scholarship Fund for students in the greater Cedar Rapids area who intend to pursue a career in the performing arts. Gene Whiteman taught at McKinley, and then opened Taft Junior High in 1965 as principal, and worked there for 25 years. He performed in his last Follies at the age of 90.

 

Local educators/talent include: Alisabeth Von Presley-Stage Director/Choreographer for Follies (Show Choir at Franklin, Kennedy, McKinley), Cedar Rapids Schools: Kathy Gregor, Amber Hansen, Angel Jacobo, Jason Lester, Scott Muters, and Stephanie Neff. Linn-Mar: Jess Dunnick, Jody Hediger, Sara Hofer, Keely Kanz, Tina March, and Joe Wetrich.

 

Ticket information: www.crfollies.com


GWAEA GROW logo

Let's Get Moving 10-Week Wellness Challenge, Jan. 14 - March 22.

Live Healthy Iowa

Congratulations!
It's hard to believe the 10-week challenge ends tomorrow.  On Thursday, March 28, we invite staff to join the GROW committee to celebrate GWAEA's participation in the challenge. Morning treats will be available in each building.

At noon on March 28, Jason of Profile by Sanford, will present a 30-minute lunch and learn on reading food labels. The presentation will be held in the GWAEA Sixth St. American Gothic Room or via Zoom. Join the Zoom Meeting: https://gwaea.zoom.us/j/402218143  

 

Corridor Corporate Games

2019 Company Divisions Announced

Who will seize the cup?

 

The inaugural Corridor Corporate Games will feature 32 companies in three divisions. Companies are placed in divisions based on general company size, from Division 1 (largest) to Division 3 (smallest).

 

Registration will be available in the April 4 issue of The Bulletin Board.

 

DIVISION 1
Alliant Energy
City of Cedar Rapids
City of Iowa City
CRST International, Inc.
Grinnell Mutual
Johnson County, Iowa
The University of Iowa
Transamerica

DIVISION 2
Collins Community Credit Union
Grant Wood AEA
Hills Bank and Trust
MediRevv
Raining Rose
U.S. Bank
United Fire Group
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
Van Meter Inc.

DIVISION 3
Billion Auto
CCR
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
CIVCO Medical Solutions
Lil' Drug Store Products, Inc.
Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative
MidwestOne Bank
OPN Architects, Inc
Randys Flooring
Shive-Hattery
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
Steindler Orthopedic Clinic
Think Iowa City/Iowa City Area Chamber/ICAD/Xtream Arena



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:

April 5, 2019, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

5 Gotta Have Chrome Extensions

 

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.


School Garden 101
June 10-12, 2019

Build gardening skills. Connect gardening principles to school activities and lesson plans. Collaborate with area school garden enthusiasts. Create a garden program at your school. This course is a three-day training, June 10 & 11, 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $60 per team (teams are 3-5 school staff). School teams are preferred. 

 

Participants can gain one license renewal credit while attending this course. For information, contact Deanna Thursby, Iowa State University Extension Linn County, Master Gardener, 319-377-9839 or jorah@iastate.edu.


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


 

September 2019

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

2019-2020 Principal Leadership Program

 


 

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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