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Mark Your Calendar:

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:

On the Road with the Autism Team
GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, May 9
Organizational Leadership Development Graduation
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), May 16
BASES Conference
2019 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers support the VAST Center
GWAEA logo shirts available for purchase at reduced price
Retirement Celebrations
GWAEA GROW
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

GWAEA GROW

 

Past Issues of
The Bulletin Board

 

Articles for The Bulletin Board are due end of the day on Tuesdays.
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GWAEA Public Information Specialist.

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On the Road with John Speer
Autism Team

April was Autism Awareness Month, which seemed like a fitting time to see first-hand some of the work of our autism team.

On the Road with John Speer - Grant Wood AEA
John Speer and Michelle Nuehring

I was lucky enough to get to attend a couple of hours of a three-day training hosted by our consultants. And I mean luck, since I know this training is very popular with our district partners and often is sold out.

 

As you can see from the photos, I was one of many observers during this training. Our staff worked with LEA staff from Grant Wood AEA districts and also from around the state. This particular training was very interactive. For these sessions, our staff arrange for students on the autism spectrum to come in and participate, so LEA staff can see in real time how the training they have received plays out.

John Speer and Michelle Sunner

 

Support for unique learners like students on the autism spectrum is one of the many areas continually highlighted in my meetings with district staff as a strength of our agency. After spending time with this group, I can't imagine a better training around autism. The participants had nothing but good things to say about the work.

 

John Speer participants in a recent autism training session.

2019 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition & Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, May 9

Congratulations to the honorees and Grant Wood AEA staff recognized during the
2019 Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet held on Thursday, May 9,
at Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd., Tiffin.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Daniel Sackett, Caring Colleague

Daniel Sackett, Caring Colleague

 

Cliff Ehlinger, Leadership for Learning

Cliff Ehlinger, Leadership for Learning

Congratulations to those Grant Wood AEA Years of Service Awards recipients receiving recognition at the banquet. For the complete list of years of service, visit the 2019 banquet program. Some retirees have reflected on their years of service as they depart the agency.

5 Years

Janine Kane, Shane Boeve, Jacob Nelson, Jason Marshall, Renee Nelson

Janine Kane, Shane Boeve, Jacob Nelson, Jason Marshall, Renee Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

10 Years

 

Marilyn Wirtz, Christy Yetley, Maggie Slaymaker

Marilyn Wirtz, Christy Yetley, Maggie Slaymaker

15 Years

Tammy Beener, Christopher Soldat

Tammy Beener, Christopher Soldat

 

Carole MartinCarole Martin

 

 

 

 

 

20 Years

Theresa Stevens, Rob Mitchell, Tammy McSweeney, Terri McGraw, Kim Martin, Janel Lesan

Theresa Stevens, Rob Mitchell, Tammy McSweeney, Terri McGraw, Kim Martin, Janel Lesan

 

30 Years

Kris Warford, Kathy Curphey, Jane Meyer, Connie Cranny

Kris Warford, Kathy Curphey, Jane Meyer, Connie Cranny

35 Years

Shirley Wellington-Bruegge, Denise Scott

Shirley Wellington-Bruegge, Denise Scott

 

 

 

 

 

45 Years

Stu Weinbrenner

Stu Weinbrenner

 

Retirees

Kim Martin, Julie Jensen, Laura McGraw, Shirley Wellington-Bruegge, Karin McKeone, Debra Robin, Kathryn Goddard, Kathy Briggs, Donna Claflin, Terri Ford, Jane Meyer

Kim Martin, Julie Jensen, Laura McGraw, Shirley Wellington-Bruegge, Karin McKeone, Debra Robin, Kathryn Goddard, Kathy Briggs, Donna Claflin, Terri Ford, Jane Meyer


2019 Organizational Leadership Graduation

2019 Organizational Leadership photo: Keith Stamp, Sharon Clark, Michelle Heiserman, Tonya Vitense and Kevin Hatfield

The 2019 Organizational Leadership cohort celebrated graduation on Wednesday, May 8.

 

Congratulations to Sharon Clark, Michelle Heiserman, and Tonya Vitense on completing
two years of leadership study and presenting their individual projects during the graduation event. Visit their graduate overview for details about each of their individual projects.

 

The cohort was joined by Keith Stamp and Kevin Hatfield, facilitators of the GWAEA Organizational Leadership Program. Congratulations!

 

New Organizational Leadership Program cohort announced

We are very pleased to announce the new cohort for the Organizational Leadership program for 2019-2021:

 

Tom Bredfield Ambre Chittenden Erin Fishell Julie King

Tom Bredfield

Curriculum Consultant


Ambre Chittenden
School Social Worker

Erin Fishell
Powerschool Consultant

Julie King

School Social Worker

Dawn Kruse Tammy McSweeney Kelli Robertson Sarah Svejda

Dawn Kruse
School Improvement Consultant

Tammy McSweeney
School Social Worker

Kelli Robertson

Autism Consultant

Sarah Svejda

Special Ed Consultant

Lindsay Swartzendruber Andrea Townsley Morgan Weigel

Lindsay Swartzendruber

Autism Consultant

Andrea Townsley
School Improvement Consultant

Morgan Weigel

School Psychologist

 

Participants spend two years in the program, developing essential knowledge and skills for leading in an organization and working as a cohort group to learn and apply leadership and systems theory. Each participant is assigned to a Leadership Advisor, who helps provide assignments and projects that expose them to areas different than their usual job. Participants also take part in field experiences to observe and engage in dialogue with position leaders at work.

 

The following GWAEA staff completed their first year of leadership development and will continue in 2019-2020:

 

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Janet Greene
Curriculum Consultant -
Math

Jillian O'Rourke
Special Education Consultant

Sara Sheets
Curriculum Consultant - Literacy


Introduction to Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), May 16

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) started as a  blog post of a web developer from Los Angeles challenging his peers to develop accessible websites in an effort to change the world. This one blog post gained the attention of other professionals in the field of web development, and has grown into a global effort to bring awareness to digital access and inclusion for people with differing abilities.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), May 16, 2019


But what is accessibility? Webster's Dictionary defines accessibility in five ways:

  • capable of being reached

  • used or seen

  • understood or appreciated

  • influenced, and

  • easily used or accessed by people with disabilities.

In 2010, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, helped define what the term accessibility means in our K-12 educational setting with regards to emerging technologies and web content. The definition is explained in the following quote from the AEM Center's website.


"According to the DCL, students with disabilities must be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as students without disabilities with substantially equivalent ease of use."

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 16. To celebrate this day of awareness, our Grant Wood AEA The Linker blog will host a series of posts highlighting some of the opportunities to consider accessibility for our students and families. As educators, we are constantly sharing information digitally, whether its a document on Google, a slide deck on Office365, or a YouTube video on a classroom website. There is an opportunity to consider designing communications and information with accessibility in mind.


Follow along with the blog posts each day on GWAEA’s The Linker blog, Facebook and Twitter.


Have you registered for the BASES Conference?

Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports

June 10-11, 2019

 

Day 1

Instructors: Kelly Perales, Dr. Terrance Scott, Dr. Rosemarie Allen
Keynote and Breakout Sessions

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, Iowa

 

Day 2

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Suldo
Breakout Sessions

• Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
• Behavior Basics
• Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools
Kirkwood Regional Center at
The University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd.
Coralville, Iowa

 

BASES - Integrating Behavior, Academic, Social and Emotional Supports - SAVE THE DATE!

 

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



2019 United Way Day of Caring Volunteers support the VAST Center

Thank you to employees from ImOn for volunteering at the GWAEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) as part of United Way's Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 8. The volunteers prepared materials for distribution with the VAST Center's science units. Thanks to Kathy Schultz, GWAEA curriculum consultant - science, for sharing the photos below.

United Way Day of Caring volunteers

United Way Day of Caring volunteers

United Way Day of Caring volunteers




GWAEA logo shirts available for purchase reduced price

IMS Logo has a few shirts with the GWAEA logo. They are offering them at a reduced price for
anyone that might be interested. The shirts include:


Ladies Nike polo in small Anthracite  Was 37.25  NOW 22.00
Men's Nike polo 1/XL 1/2XL Black XL was 37.25 NOW  22.00 2XL was 39.25 NOW 23.00
Men's Nike royal 1/XL Was 37.25 NOW 22.00
Ladies Ultra Club black 3XL Was 19.25 NOW 11.00

 

If interested, contact: Lila Hoover, IMS Branded Solutions, 319-365-7159.



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

GWAEA GROW logo
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.

 

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

Yes, I would like to participate! How do I sign up?  
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 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!


Chair Massage Schedule for April and May

Cedar Rapids: May 15 and 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.

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 upcoming events, featuring:

YMCA

  • 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

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.


Learner at the Center: Are We Future-Ready?
July 29, 2019

Register online

Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, Waukee, Iowa

Learner at the Center: Are we future-ready? 
July 29, 2019 Portrait of a Graduate: The Right Work Right Now

 


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.

 

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


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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