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Mark Your Calendar:

May 3
12:00-12:30 p.m.

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies


May 6

2018-2019 TQ Date


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


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:

School Board Recognition Month
The Big Picture: Regional Administrator and Program Manager Assignments for 2019-20
The Big Picture: High School Redesign Project
GWAEA Summer Hours
Organizational Leadership Development Graduation
GWAEA Summer Van Delivery
Our Condolences
2-1-1- app
VAST Summer Help
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 9
Retirement Celebrations
GROW Member Profile:
Peggy Pearson
Corridor Corporate Games
Chair Massage schedule for May
Hands Only CPR
Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies
BOAST Autism Series
GWAEA Professional Learning Opportunities


Agency Advisory Minutes

Grant Wood AEA Staff Openings

The GWAEA Board Book

The GWAEA Board Minutes



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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Grant Wood AEA Mission: To ensure success for all learners.

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Iowa School Board Recognition Month, May 2019
“Superheroes for Public Education”


IASB Iowa Association of School Boards


Superheroes 4 Public Ed! School Board Recognition Month, May 2019

Grant Wood Area Education Agency is joining with Iowa communities to honor our elected board members during IASB's School Board Recognition Month.


The celebration held annually during the month of May recognizes the dedicated service of Iowa's 330 local school boards, nine area education agency boards and 15 community college boards.


"The GWAEA Board of Directors contribute many hours of volunteer service each year to ensure a quality education for all," said John Speer, GWAEA chief administrator. "We thank the GWAEA Board of Directors for guiding our agency's work through innovative leadership, vision and support."


Grant Wood AEA is governed by a nine-member board of directors elected by area school boards. The board of directors are elected for four-year, rotating terms by the school district board members in their director districts. The board members are responsible for approving AEA policies, programs and budget.


Thank you to the members of the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors for their commitment and dedication to education!

Marilyn Wirtz
Marilyn Wirtz
Director District 1
Joined 2009

Pamela Jacobs
Pamela Jacobs
Director District 2
Joined 2009

Lynne Cannon
Lynne Cannon
Director District 3
Joined 1980

Sue Gates
Sue Gates
Director District 4
Joined 2003

Marlene L. Hill
Marlene L. Hill
Director District 5
Joined 2002

Carol Montz
Carol Montz
Director District 6
Joined 2017

Jim Green
Jim Green,

Director District 7
Joined 1995

Randy Bauer
Randy Bauer
Director District 8
Joined 2013

Mary Meisterling
Mary Meisterling

Director District 9
Joined 2005

The Big Picture
Regional Administrator and Program Manager Assignments for 2019-20

This time of year often presents us the opportunity for reorganization, and this year we have several leadership and organizational changes to share with the agency.


GWAEA The Big Picture graphic

The full list of 2019-20 program manager and regional administrator assignments shows how the organization will redistribute assignments across our existing leadership team and includes the three new regional administrators who will join the AEA this fall. Staff who have questions about these changes are encouraged to reach out to their current supervisor for additional clarification.

Rethink, Reshape, & Transform: Grant Wood AEA launches High School Redesign project


Grant Wood AEA is introducing a special pilot high school redesign project to provide two schools with support for transforming the student learning experience.

“Research has demonstrated for years that the engagement level of our high school students is dramatically lower than the engagement of younger students,” commented Chief Administrator John Speer. “I think our AEA, located in the corridor with strong districts and strong administrative teams, is uniquely situated to pilot a new framework for high schools to try to change the experience for students.”

Kris Donnelly is managing the project, which is led by Bart Mason and supported by team members Stacy Behmer, Shane Boeve, Tim Salmon, Keith Stamp, and John Zimmerman.

“Several high schools have reached out to the agency with interest in the project,” Kris explained. “We’ll use a selection process to help narrow the interested groups to two.”


Bart Mason explained that the agency will use a teacher voice survey to capture additional input on the readiness of a building or district to participate as a pilot high school. “We'll look at how their staff work through challenges, their willingness to try new teaching and instructional practices, and their comfort with technology, new learning, and leadership,” he explained. “We feel like these are important indicators of their readiness to participate in a project like this.”


The project’s Theory of Action advocates creating, implementing and developing for students through deep learning experiences, and a focus on content in caring, connected learning environments.


“The support role of our GWAEA staff will be similar to what's currently in place,” Bart continued. “Our staff will be at the table with district staff as they look at ways to build systems change into their high school student experiences.”


“As an AEA, we'll look at what we can learn from these pilots to bring to all of our high schools in our service area," Bart added.


Area superintendents and principals received the initial information during April. High schools that want to be considered for the pilot will receive an on-site visit and interview during June. The two schools that are selected will be notified in early August.

Grant Wood AEA Summer Hours, June 10 - Aug. 9, 2019

Agency hours during the summer (beginning the second Monday in June through the second Friday in August) are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period. Staff have the opportunity to work a flex-time, 9-hour day Mondays through Thursdays (7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.) and four hours on Fridays, leaving at 11:30 a.m. However, arrangements must be made for areas to be covered at all times. Any other deviations from the normal work hours will be handled within each program.

Click here to reference Administrative Regulation AR #4190A concerning flex-time and summer hours.


Organizational Leadership Development Graduation, May 8, 2019

Congratulations to Michelle Heiserman, Sharon Clark and Tonya Vitense who will be participating in graduation for the GWAEA Organizational Leadership Development Program on
May 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the SCALE-UP classroom. Visit the graduate overview for details about each of their individual projects. Congratulations, Michelle, Sharon and Tonya!

GWAEA Summer Van Delivery
June 17 - Aug. 13, 2019

Materials checked out during the summer will be delivered to those buildings that have been identified as summer drops.


• Delivery in the summer is to one designated building in the district.
• This building is the district’s designated delivery point.
• Summer delivery occurs every other week.


The GWAEA cataloging system takes into account the delivery schedule when materials are scheduled. Click here to view the Summer Van Route Schedule 2019.


Regular delivery will resume on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

Our Condolences...

  • to the family of Donna Hartman, who passed away on Sunday, April 28. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids, Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the church.


    Donna was a GWAEA preschool screener who retired in 1996. Donna's husband, Dean, retired as a GWAEA science consultant.

2-1-1 app now available

The United Way of East Central Iowa has made available a 2-1-1 app to link to available resources. To access and download the app, go to, the App Store or Google Play.

United Way of East Central Iowa

VAST Center Summer Help

Grant Wood AEA VAST Center

The Grant Wood AEA VAST Center may need some additional help this summer. If you know of someone who might be interested in a temporary work assignment (up to 40 hours per week for 6-10 weeks) over the summer, have them contact Kathy Resewehr, GWAEA Human Resources, or call 319-399-6748.

Reservations are due today!

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Thursday, May 9, 2019

GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

All employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of employment with
GWAEA, retirees, and persons nominated and selected by agency staff will be honored.


Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Bob and Rich Butikofer/Volunteers at VAST Center - Friend of Education
Daniel Sackett, Technology Systems Technician - Caring Colleague
Brenda Hayes, Level 2/3 Sp Ed Teacher, North Cedar Community - Education Partner

Cliff Ehlinger, Grant Wood AEA Leadership for Learning


Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin

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

Register and Reserve a Table Online


The Evening's Menu:
Roast beef, zesty chicken, baked potato, green bean
almondine, Caesar salad, fresh fruit, dinner rolls, coffee,
ice tea & water, and assorted desserts

Cost: GWAEA board members and employees: $13; spouses, friends and retired staff: $25 per person


Checks may be made payable to Grant Wood AEA.​


Retirement Celebrations!

Please join us for a Retirement Celebration in honor of Donna Claflin, Deb Robin, Terri Ford. May 10, 2019, 3-4 p.m., 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Celebrating the Retirements of Karla Cigrand, Karin McKeone, Jane Meyer, and Debra Robin.


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

Corridor Corporate Games

Have you created a new dashboard for the Corridor Corporate Games? It's easy! See the video in The Bulletin Board, April 25, 2019, for how to create.

One of the Corridor Corporate Games activities is the 2nd Annual Meals from the Heartland Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight, which will be held at the DoubleTree Convention Complex, June 14-15. 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

Yes, I would like to participate. How do I sign up?  
Use the GWAEA Registration link. While the registration is linked to the Corridor Corporate Games, we need a separate Google registration and not through the dashboard for this event only.


The packaging shifts run for 1:45 p.m. with start times as follows:

  • 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

Time commitment - two hours

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!

Meet the GROW Team
Member profile: Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

The Grant Wood AEA GROW team includes staff committee volunteers with an interest in supporting agency well-being activities.


This month, Peggy Pearson, GWAEA data services technician, shares her interest in supporting the activities of the GROW committee.

Q: Tell us about yourself.

I will be celebrating my 1 year anniversary working on the PowerSchool Support Team. Prior to that I worked at AEGON/TransAmerica in IT for 13 years. My husband and I have a combination of five children and two grandchildren who are the delights of our lives. Unfortunately all the children live miles (and countries) away, so we also have three Miniature Schnauzers to keep us company now.
I grew up in Cedar Rapids and am an alum from Grant, Wilson, Jefferson and Coe!


Q: What do you like about being a member of the GROW Committee?

GWAEA has such specialized departments that it is difficult to fully grasp what all the other departments are and to meet the people who work in them. Being part of an organization-wide committee provides those opportunities. I also enjoy helping support the great positive commitment our organization has to providing new health and well being focused opportunities.


Q: What is your favorite well-being activity?

I am an avid gardener and became a Master Gardner last year and do a lot of work at the New Bo raised bed gardens. In addition to gardening, I love to ride my bike, swim and read! The Miniature Schnauzers love to go on walks, so they keep me busy as well.


Q: Why are well-being activities important to you? 

My mind is always racing, full of things I need to do or could have done better. I find when I am doing my favorite activities, I am so focused on the activity that my mind slows down and my thoughts are focused on what I am doing at the moment. It provides a great sense of calm for me.

Chair Massage Schedule for April and May

Cedar Rapids: May 15 and May 29. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: A link to a shared registration doc is available from 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.

Coralville facility

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

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

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


  • Program guide for all things YMCA and Camp Wapsie

  • Summer sports

  • Summer Swim Team registration

  • Lifeguard training

  • Camp Wapsie open house

  • Other events and information

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:

May 3, 2019 - Self-Advocacy for AT
May 17, 2019 - UDL & the Expert Learner


Join future presentations using Zoom:
Or in Zoom, Meeting ID = 703 027 4197

Can’t attend live? Recorded webcasts will be posted:


For more information, contact Julie Freed or
Maggie Pickett.

5 Gotta Have Chrome Extensions for the English Learner
April 18, 2019

5 Gotta Have Chrome Extensions for the English Learner 
April 18, 2019

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



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

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