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Mark Your Calendar:

May 16
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

 

May 17
12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

May 24

Early release at 3 p.m.,

Memorial Day

 

June 10-Aug. 9, 2019

GWAEA Summer Hours

 

The Bulletin Board summer publication dates:

June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, and Aug. 8

 

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:

Celebrating our Hearing and Speech Staff - May is Better Hearing & Speech Month
Iowa Dyslexia Survey to provide data on the state's dyslexia response
Public input sought for career and technical education standards
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training
GWAEA Logo Clothing Sale
Retirement Celebrations
GWAEA GROW
Corridor Corporate Games
Chair Massage schedule for May
Hands Only CPR
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
BASES Conference
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
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Celebrating our Hearing and Speech Staff
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

 

The GWAEA audiologists, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) support students birth to graduation experiencing barriers to their daily communication activities.


The audiologists, audiometrists, and itinerant teachers for the deaf/hard of hearing support students with the following:


  • screening and diagnostic hearing testing

  • medical and educational recommendations

  • amplification support

  • educational planning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing

The SLPs provide direct service to students through screening, evaluation, and remediation in the areas of language, articulation, voice, and fluency. In addition, speech paraeducator provides support to students with communication needs. SLPs also support families, teachers, classrooms, and buildings by involvement in the MTSS process and through consultation, coaching, and collaboration to improve communication and access to the core curriculum for all students.


Ongoing technology advances provide continuous learning opportunities for the hearing and speech staff. When combined with best practices, the use of data, and the team approach, all of these attributes positively impact student learning outcomes.


Congratulations to the GWAEA hearing and speech staff as they celebrate May is Better Hearing & Speech Month.

Front row: Kelly Varnum, Sandy Pereboom, Diane Daugherty, Kim Lestina, Emily Lee, Laura McGraw, Kaylene Pagliai
Back row, left to right: Jennifer Floss, Tim Salmon, Tamra Petersen Dee, Nonalee Gardner, Jacquline Carder, Nikole Boller

Front row: Kelly Varnum, Sandy Pereboom, Diane Daugherty, Kim Lestina, Emily Lee,
Laura McGraw, Kaylene Pagliai

Back row, left to right: Jennifer Floss, Tim Salmon, Tamra Petersen Dee, Nonalee Gardner, Jacquline Carder, Nikole Boller

 

Front row:  Sara Riley, Kelly Brousard, Lynda Lanus, Karen Easton, Megan Junk
Second row: Jill Klein, Laura McDonald, Elizabeth Kosmicki, Connie Tucker, JaLynn Linn, 
Kaylea Terrill, Nicole Shillington, Tracie Arens 


Back row: Emily Doolittle, Liz Donnelly, Lindsey Duncan, Kristin Dunn

Front row:  Sarah Riley, Kelly Brousard, Lynda Lanus, Karen Easton, Megan Junk
Second row: Jill Klein, Laura McDonald, Elizabeth Kosmicki, Connie Tucker, JaLynn Linn,
Kaylea Terrill, Nicole Shillington, Tracie Arens

Back row: Emily Doolittle, Liz Donnelly, Lindsey Duncan, Kristin Dunn

 

Front row: Melinda Mohr, Taresa Fetzer, Tracy Petersen, Maggie Slaymaker, 
Julie Warrington, Jenny Caswell
Back row: Amber Hess, Cassie Fettkether, Cassie Schwennen, Nancy, Almasi, Laura Post, 
Andrea DeChant, Olivia Farrell, Cheryl Mills Kelly, Victoria Klein Girard

Front row: Melinda Mohr, Taresa Fetzer, Tracy Petersen, Maggie Slaymaker,
Julie Warrington, Jenny Caswell
Back row: Amber Hess, Cassie Fettkether, Cassie Schwennen, Nancy, Almasi, Laura Post,
Andrea DeChant, Olivia Farrell, Cheryl Mills Kelly, Victoria Klein Girard

 

Front row: Katie Soukup, Nicole Williamson, Sydney Euchner 

Back row: Alicia Hoefing, Melissa Grennan, Heidi Primrose, Monique Smith

Front row: Katie Soukup, Nicole Williamson, Sydney Euchner

Back row: Alicia Hoefing, Melissa Grennan, Heidi Primrose, Monique Smith

 

Tedi Wilson, Angela Krejci, Nancy Waldschmidt, Joan Wolfe, Kalli Semler

Tedi Wilson, Angela Krejci, Nancy Waldschmidt, Joan Wolfe, Kalli Semler

 

Front row: Kassie Adams, Rachel White, Jamie Zearley, Colleen Elin, Allison Mormann, 
Nancy Hakes, Ali McCue, Erica Jones


Back row: Rebecca Tallman, Hannah Hartlieb, Lynn Bucheit, Erika Rodriguez, Sue Heath, 
Deb Hollensbe, Mary Lindstrom, Deb Robin, Kara Gruber, Ying Liu, Becca Brummett

Front row: Kassie Adams, Rachel White, Jamie Zearley, Colleen Elin, Allison Mormann,
Nancy Hakes, Ali McCue, Erica Jones

Back row: Rebecca Tallman, Hannah Hartlieb, Lynn Bucheit, Erika Rodriguez, Sue Heath,
Deb Hollensbe, Mary Lindstrom, Deb Robin, Kara Gruber, Ying Liu, Becca Brummett

 

Front row: Jane Feldman, Peggy Gingerich, Lynde Boettcher, Gena Voss, Colin Nies


Back row:  Terri Ford, Sarah Ries, Lisa Cannon

Front row: Jane Feldman, Peggy Gingerich, Lynde Boettcher, Gena Voss, Colin Nies

Back row:  Terri Ford, Sarah Ries, Lisa Cannon

 

Front row: Amanda Miller, Alissa Mullikin, Erika Bishiop, Jacayla Milledge, Sue Dusenbery Kos
Back row: Betty Stiefel, Amy Bucciferro, Jaycee Schneider, Whitney Achenbaugh, 
Anne Schlabaugh, Jessica Krob, Julie Lambert

Front row: Amanda Miller, Alissa Mullikin, Erika Bishop, Jacayla Milledge, Sue Dusenbery Kos
Back row: Betty Stiefel, Amy Bucciferro, Jaycee Schneider, Whitney Achenbaugh,
Anne Schlabaugh, Jessica Krob, Julie Lambert

 

Front row: JaLynn Linn, Andrea DeChant


Back row: Laurie Rummels, Josslyn Cook, Lynde Boettcher

Front row: JaLynn Linn, Andrea DeChant

Back row: Laurie Rummels, Josslyn Cook, Lynde Boettcher


Iowa Dyslexia Survey to provide data on the state's dyslexia response

Dyslexia Survey & Resources

The Iowa Department of Education is teaming up with the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to distribute this survey on behalf of the
Iowa Dyslexia Task Force.

 

The survey’s intended audience includes parents of children with reading difficulties, public school administrators, educators, and paraprofessionals; area education agency professionals; and higher education teacher training faculty.

 

This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary, and takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Participation is strongly encouraged so that the task force can have a comprehensive collection of information about dyslexia response in Iowa.

 

The task force was established by the Iowa General Assembly in 2018. Results of the survey will be detailed in a report to the Governor and General Assembly in November, and later will be available to the public.


Public input sought for career and technical education standards

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking public input on proposed standards for career and technical education (CTE). The work is in response to HF 2392, state legislation signed into law in 2016, which is shaping the future of CTE in Iowa.

 

The standards were developed over the last year by program management teams consisting of secondary and postsecondary educators and administrators, business and industry partners, and staff from the Department and the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
Public input is sought specifically in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources; business, finance, marketing, and management; health sciences; human services; and information solutions. Work will begin on standards for applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing later this year.

 

Feedback on the standards will come through area-specific online surveys, which will be open through June 13. Input from the surveys will be incorporated into the teams’ final recommendations.

 

The teams intend to get the proposed CTE standards to the State Board of Education this fall. If adopted, the CTE standards will be a mandatory requirement for school districts.


Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training

In response to Iowa’s new requirement that school districts provide at least one hour of annual training on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, the AEA Directors of Special Education and AEA Learning Online have developed training that meets the state’s training requirements. Information about AEA Learning Online’s Postvention Training and a link to additional training options are also noted below.


AEA Learning Online Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training

The AEA Learning Online Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Training was developed by an Iowa AEA Suicide Prevention work group to support school districts in meeting the suicide prevention and postvention required training. This training is provided at no cost to districts.


Training Objectives

  • Increase awareness of the problem of youth suicide

  • Know the suicide warning signs, and risk and protective factors

  • Understand the role of a “Gatekeeper”

  • Locate school and/or community resources for at-risk students and their families

  • Understand the role of postvention

  • Know school district suicide prevention and postvention policy and/or contact person

School staff may use their AEA login to access the training. Individuals may register in the AEA online system if they do not have an existing account.


For information and assistance with customizing the module for your district or questions about system functionality, contact Rob Brookhart at rbrookhart@aealearningonline.org or 515-270-9030. For information about module content, contact David VanHorn at dvanhorn@ghaea.org or 712-366-0503.


AEA Learning Online Postvention-only Training

The AEA Learning Online Postvention Training module was developed to support school districts in meeting the suicide postvention training content requirement. This is a postvention-only training module that is intended to be used with other training opportunities that do not include postvention, such as Kognito or Lifeguard training. Including this postvention-only module with such training opportunities would help ensure a district meets Iowa’s full suicide prevention and postvention training requirements. The online postvention training is offered at no cost to Iowa school districts and AEA staff.


Additional Training Options

This is an overview of additional training options that provide the required suicide prevention and postvention content.


Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing

Up To 50% OFF Business Clothing - Sale Ends May 17

 

See website to place order: business.landsend.com/store/gwaea


Retirement Celebrations!

It's a Celebration! Julie Jensen, Educator Extraorinaire, is retiring! Join us for an open house/happy hour (or 2), 407 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Zeppelin's Bar & Grill,  5300 Edgewood Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Deb Robin, Karla Cigrand, Karin McKeone, and Jane Meyer, celebrate during their reception.

 

Congratulations to Deb Robin, Karla Cigrand, Karin McKeone, and Jane Meyer, who celebrated with a retirement reception on May 15 at the Coralville facility. Congratulations!


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Corridor Corporate Games

Corridor Corporate Games deadlines are rapidly approaching

Corridor Corporate Games - Create a Dashboard

It's easy! See the video in The Bulletin BoardApril 25, 2019, for how to create. Add Corridor Corporate Games individual events to your personal dashboard.


Burst Your Thirst, June 10-July 19, 2019

Burst Your Thirst, June 10 - July 19, 2019
Registration deadline: May 28

This challenge is offered FREE to GWAEA employees. The challenge is for teams of 2-10 people. GWAEA employees interested in participating should click on the registration link below to be added to a GWAEA team, or form a team. Following registration, each employee will receive an email with directions to set up your Burst Your Thirst dashboard.

 

Registration link for Burst Your Thirst


Meals from the Heartland Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight

June 14-15, 2019

DoubleTree Convention Complex

The goal is to package 300,000 meals, many of which will stay in the area to feed those who are hungry. 

Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight

The packaging shifts run with start times as follows. Time commitment = two hours

  • Friday, June 14
    AM - 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30; PM - 1, 1:30, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:30

  • Saturday, June 15
    AM - 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30

Who can sign up? Register as an individual or a team of friends, family, neighbors, or a church group. Teams of 10 will work together to fill the meal pouches. This is a family-friendly event:  ages 5 to 105 are welcome!


Registration link for Meals from the Heartland

 

We appreciate the GWAEA staff who have signed up 24 volunteers!  


Chair Massage Schedule for April and May

Cedar Rapids: May 29. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: Will resume in September 2019. Contact: Sue Heath.


Hands Only CPR class

Grant Wood AEA will host a Hands Only CPR class by UnityPoint Health. This will be a 30-minute class on Hands Only CPR, and the signs and symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.

Hands Only CPR is an overview presentation; certification is not available. Please choose one of the dates/times below to attend. No registration is needed.

 

This course is being offered as a service for general staff. Access does not fulfill requirements for serving on the agency's first aid team.

Coralville facility

Monday, May 20
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.,
Room 500
OR                                               

Tuesday, May 21
4:00-4:30 p.m.
Room 500

Cedar Rapids facility - Sixth St.

Wednesday, May 29

12:00 - 12:30 
Winter Room


YMCA May Newsletter

The YMCA May newsletter includes information about upcoming YMCA events including:

YMCA

  • Summer sports

  • Summer swim team registration

  • Lifeguard training

  • Camp Wapsie open house

  • Program guide for all things YMCA and Camp Wapsie

Contact Hope Runge, GWAEA YMCA corporate contact, with your questions.


Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

 

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

Mark your calendar:
May 17, 2019 - UDL & the Expert Learner

 

Join future presentations using Zoom:
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.


Quota Club golf tournament benefits GWAEA Program

Registration deadline is Saturday, July 20; golf tournament, Saturday, Aug. 10

The 17th annual Quota International of Cedar Rapids Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg. Check-in at 7 a.m.; start time, 8 a.m.

 

A portion of the proceeds from this tournament will be given to Grant Wood AEA's itinerant teachers of the deaf/hard-of-hearing to support their mission for children who are deaf and hearing-impaired.

 

Interested golfers and Grant Wood AEA teams are welcome. The registration deadline is July 20.

 

golf

Click here for registration information or contact Emily Lee, GWAEA itinerant teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, ext. 1106.


BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports

June 10-11, 2019

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

 

Day 2

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Suldo
Breakout Sessions
• Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
• Behavior Basics
• Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools
Day 2 location changed to Grant Wood AEA,
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids

 

BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports

 

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.

 

June 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

BASES Conference
June 10-11, 2019

School Garden 101
June 12-14, 2019

School Garden 101
June 12-14, 2019

Integrating Career Connected Learning into the Secondary Curriculum

June 18, 19, 20, 2019

Integrating Career Connected Learning into the Secondary Curriculum

June 18, 19, 20, 2019

Exploring Diversity/
Enhancing Equity

June 25 - July 8, 2019

 


 

July 2019

GWAEA Summer Math Professional Learning Courses 2019

GWAEA Summer Math Professional Learning Courses 2019

GWAEA Summer Math Professional Learning Courses 2019

Substitute Authorization Class, 2019-2020


 

August 2019

Teaching Writing with Confidence
Aug. 5, Oct. 24, 2019

Teaching Writing with Confidence
Aug. 5, Oct. 24, 2019


Stepping Stones to Switch Access
Aug. 22, 2019

Stepping Stones to Switch Access
Aug. 22, 2019


 

September 2019

Grant Wood AEA 
Behavior PD Courses
2019-2020

Grant Wood AEA
Behavior PD Courses
2019-2020


Access for All: 
A Planning Framework
for Leaders
Sept. 23, 2019

Access for All:
A Planning Framework
for Leaders
Sept. 23, 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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