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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:

On the Road with John Speer
On GWAEA PRIDE: National recognitions for Lynn Kleinmeyer and Maggie Pickett
The GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
tInformation for GWAEA staff
Contracted Staff - Timelines for Salary Lane Changes
Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice
Family Fun AAC-tivity Night,
April 11
Thank you
GWAEA GROW
Live Healthy Iowa Challenge
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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On the Road with John Speer

My “On the Road” travels continued this month with a trip to Marion with School Improvement Consultant Andrea Townsley. As an SI consultant, Andrea and her peers roll up their sleeves and dig into data to help district improvement efforts.  

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA

The day I joined up with her was the third of a series of meetings scheduled throughout the year with Marion. Together with Andrea’s facilitation, Marion’s school improvement coordinators, principals, and several other building leaders evaluated how each building utilizes the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) by using a rubric called the Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI.)

Jill Weigel, John Speer, Andrea Townsley

Are you lost in acronyms yet? As she facilitated the discussion, Andrea recognized that all these terms can be somewhat confusing, so she started the session by ensuring everyone had common understanding of the different terms associated with the day’s work like SAMI, MTSS, Universal Screening and Data-Based Decisions.

Carrie Manternach, Corey Rogers, John Speer, Jill Weigel

 

Each table grouping represented staff for a particular building, and at this meeting we had a strong GWAEA presence. Andrea was joined by Jill Weigel, Katy Lee, Tammy McSweeny, Janet Green, Sarah Sheets, Bethany Votroubek, Corey Rogers, and Carrie Manternach - and these GWAEA staff members dispersed among the district teams to help them probe the data in the SAMI and provide evidence to support where they were landing in the rubric. They helped lead self-reflective discussions about the scoring within the SAMI, and identify ways their MTSS implementation could be strengthened within their own buildings.  


Our SI consultants often are heralded by our district partners as a valuable extension to their administrative team, and it was great to see that partnership in action during my trip to Marion.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Congratulations to GWAEA's Lynn Kleinmeyer and Maggie Pickett for recently receiving national recognitions.

Lynn Kleinmeyer

Lynn has been nominated as a 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Social Media Superstar Finalist in the category of Leadership Luminary. This category recognizes an individual who effectively uses one or more social media channels to empower leadership among school librarians.

The Social Media Superstars is a recognition program that highlights school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing in social media circles. As a way to kick off the month-long celebration of School Library Month, the Superstars will be announced on Monday, April 1.


Maggie Pickett

Maggie has been invited to become a CITES Advisor. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has selected the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) to lead a new national

center, the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). The purpose of CITES is to improve the integration of assistive technology (AT) and accessible instructional technology (IT)

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

for the benefit of all students, including students with disabilities and their families. To support LEAs, CITES will develop and deliver an array of high-quality technical assistance products and services. The primary outcome of the project will be the dissemination of a guiding framework of evidence-based practices for use by LEAs.

 

Congratulations, Lynn and Maggie!


The GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team: Helping schools build capacity to support students with brain injuries

March is Brain Injury Awareness month

Jack Rainey, Carrie Klein, Deb Scott-Miller, Nancy Almasi, Alissa Mullikin, Victoria Klein Girard, and Pat Lussenhop

 

GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team members attend the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Annual Conference, “Coming Together to Improve Outcomes: Weaving Best practice into the Brain Injury Continuum of Care,” Feb. 28 - March 1, in Des Moines. Left to right: Jack Rainey, Carrie Klein, Deb Scott-Miller, Nancy Almasi, Alissa Mullikin, Victoria Klein Girard, and Pat Lussenhop.
Not pictured: Jessica Knudson, Jill Ries, Michelle Sunner, Kelly Wise.


The GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) provides consultation and information to local school district teams helping to build their capacity to support students with brain injuries.


The impact of a brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in physical, cognitive and behavioral issues that impact student learning. Victoria Klein Girard, GWAEA speech-language pathologist and BIRT team lead, shared that the team’s services are consultation only. “We don’t offer evaluations or write goals. BIRT is never written as a service provided on IEPs,” she explained. “We are strictly consultation. Team members might consult with the school team to build understanding of brain injury and the unique learning characteristics of affected students  or consult with a family to help find resources for the student.”


“For the school team, providing an observation of  the student in the classroom allows for suggestions to change or adapt their instruction,” she continued. “The BIRT team is able to provide the school team with suggestions for instruction, environmental supports, and basic information about the student’s brain injury to help the student be more successful.”


“Our consultations services have grown and changed with legislation,” Victoria explained. “School teams want to provide the necessary student services. The best current example is the updates to state concussion legislation, which expanded over the summer of 2018 and includes grades 7-12. This law addresses concussions that occur within school activities or on school grounds or activities. A school must document a 'return-to-learn' protocol, getting the student back to learning as they were prior to injury before they are released medically or begin the 'return-to-play' sequence. Returning to physical activity may mean gradually returning to a sport practice and games or returning to physical education and recess without restrictions.”


The BIRT team members are sharing information with school nurses and administrative teams to document the return-to-learn protocol. This is particularly important for rural schools that may have limited access to athletic trainers who often guide a student’s concussion management in more urban settings.


“Our other duties include serving as a liaison between school, education and the medical community,” Victoria continued. “We work with Iowa Concussion Consortium and Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital to bridge the gap between medical services and transition to education. For our team, it is important to continue to expand and be a good liaison for the AEA, schools, and the medical community.”


Carrie Klein, GWAEA regional administrator and the BIRT team link, explained that the recent update of the concussion law on 'return-to-learn' ensures a student receives critical supports and accommodations in the classroom during the recovery period after a brain injury.


“First the student returns to the classroom or ‘return-to-learn,’ and then ‘return-to-play’ protocol or a gradual return to sports activities occurs,” Carrie explained. “This happens after the child has received medical clearance by a trained healthcare professional.”


“Just like you would with a student on an IEP, you have to figure out how to help them access materials to support their learning,” Carrie continued. “For a student with a brain injury, you might not see the injury, which is why this awareness becomes so important. It’s helping to equip the district to build capacity to do the work inhouse with their students.”


To date, the BIRT team has received 16 referrals for the 2018-2019 school year. This number is up from the 2017-2018 number of six referrals. During 2016-2017, the team received 15 referrals.

 

Screencasts by the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team

The BIRT team has created information screencasts on a variety of topics including anatomy of the brain, TBI, concussions, cognitive deficits, and emotional/behavioral/social impacts. These screencasts are available on the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team section of the agency’s website.


Congratulations to the GWAEA Brain Injury Resource Team for the consultation support shared with educators, students and their families.


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. 

 

Retirement Investors’ Club 403b Plan – Annual Eligibility Notice

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

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

Thank you

I would like to thank all of you for your kind words, thoughts, and support following the passing of my Grandma. I am very grateful for a wonderful work environment here at Grant Wood to help me through this time.  

 

Thank You!   

 

Alyssa Manchester


GWAEA GROW logo

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

Live Healthy Iowa Challenge

Count Down:  17 Days to go
March 22 - challenge ends
March 26 - last day to report
March 28 - GWAEA Challenge Celebration

 


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.


2019 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA

Order your lunchbox for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 12, 13 & 14. Order by 2 p.m. on the 8th for Tuesday, 11th for Wednesday and the 12th for Thursday.  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 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

PDeveloping and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

Developing and Assessing Basic Fact Fluency
March 12, 2019

(Location change to
GWAEA 33rd Avenue
)


 

 

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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