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Mark Your Calendar:

June 10-Aug. 9, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 Performing Arts Center

Aug. 15-16 (Thursday-Friday)

PD Palooza


In This issue:

The Big Picture:
GWAEA Strategic Plan
PD Palooza
GWAEANowYouKnow campaign
GWAEA School Psychologist cycling to raise donations for pancreatic cancer research
The Bulletin Board summer schedule
Corridor Corporate Games
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.

Grant Wood AEA goals

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

Ann Griffin presenting at international conference and guest on adapted physical education podcast

Ann Griffin catalogs the adapted physical education equipment

Anyone who knows
Ann Griffin, GWAEA adapted physical education consultant, knows that she has a passion for adapted physical education.


Sharing that passion is what Ann is doing this summer as a guest on a podcast on adapted physical education and as a presenter at an international


Ann was recently a featured guest on the "What's New in Adapted Physical Education" podcast with Dr. Scott McNamara, assistant professor of physical education and adapted physical education at the University of Northern Iowa.


During the podcast, Ann discusses the adapted physical education services offered by Grant Wood AEA, and her personal educational background.


She also shares information about the vast adapted physical education resource library that has been developed to support students and teachers.


Ann will also be an international conference presenter in June. She will be presenting at the International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA), "Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," planned June 14-18, 2019 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


As a highly respected international conference, ISAPA is held at various locations throughout the world. The last time the conference was held in the United States was in 1991 in Miami, Florida.


Ann's presentation, "No tech, low tech and high tech equipment solutions in physical education for students with severe/multiple disabilities," will be featured as a part of the conference Practitioners’ Workshop series.


"We have an increase in strategies that work...lots of solutions! I hope there is continued growth in the field in our state," Ann continued. "There is lots of work to be done. There are lots of talented physical educators working hard to meet the needs of diverse learners in complex instructional settings."


Congratulations, Ann!

GWAEA Launches Strategic Planning Process to Build Upon Positive Feedback, Address Continuing Needs of Local School Districts

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GWAEA Launches Strategic Planning Process


This press release was shared with the media this week.

For a service agency, sometimes a 90 percent satisfaction rate just isn’t enough.


Hanover Research, a global market research and analytics firm, recently released results of an independent survey of Iowa’s educators regarding the services of Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEA) system. The survey gathered feedback from more than 8,000 general education teachers, special education teachers, superintendents, principals, and other professional staff working in more than 300 public schools and over 100 non-public schools in the state.


Grant Wood Area Education Agency Chief Administrator John Speer was one of the first to see the results from the survey. John is completing his first year at the helm of the intermediate service agency known as the AEA to its local partners. He and his staff were pleased to see that educators were extremely satisfied with many AEA services. While services received well over 90 percent customer satisfaction rates in many areas, he narrowed his focus on two areas of growth indicated by the survey.


“It really was no surprise that, in almost every job category and in both urban and rural districts, we saw a request for more assistance with behavioral and mental health services,” he said


John and the GWAEA staff are coupling the results from this research study with feedback they have gathered through local one-on-one meetings and focus groups. The AEA is using these sources of administrator and teacher feedback to re-evaluate the strategic priorities for
Grant Wood AEA.


“Annually we gather feedback from district staff on our programs and services, and we’re continually checking and adjusting our service delivery models to make sure our efforts are putting the strongest emphasis on student achievement,” he said.


John and the leadership team at Grant Wood AEA are in the early phases of using these data to develop a fresh strategic plan for the agency.


“Our agency’s goals need to support the priorities set by the Department of Education for our partnering school districts, and they need to help districts deliver positive outcomes for students,” he added. “In a time when funding is tight, as an AEA we need to evaluate how to utilize our existing resources to better benefit the students in today’s classrooms.”


While the new Grant Wood AEA strategic plan is still in development, John foreshadowed some of the changes that he and agency staff are preparing to put into play.  “Now is a great time to evaluate ways to help our schools support the mental wellness of our students.”


John noted that Grant Wood AEA might be uniquely positioned to pilot other new initiatives that later could be piloted across the state. “We have steady student enrollment in this area of the state, and we have the benefit of being in the Corridor - a growing geographic population that includes both urban and rural districts.”


“We need to utilize the best research available to challenge ourselves and others to look beyond the classroom experiences that we are familiar with and delve more deeply into what we can tweak to improve learning outcomes in ways that really matter.”


Agency staff will be finalizing the strategic plan early this summer.

PD Palooza, Aug. 15-16, 2019

GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza


Come kick off the new year with some new learning at PD-Palooza for GWAEA staff. A variety of sessions will be offered from Creating Great Presentations with Google Slides, UDL Digital Toolkit, Supporting Hattie’s Highly Effective Instructional Strategies with Digital Tools, iPad Accessibility for GWAEA Staff, the ABC Roadshow, and many more.

PD Palooza is planned Aug. 15-16. The sessions will be held in the GWAEA Sixth St. Conference Center.

PD Palooza provides support for our agency’s goal to increase educator capacity to bring equity and accessibility to learning through technology, resources and innovative practices. The PD Palooza sessions offer staff the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of new skills.

Additional workshops to support AEA staff will be offered throughout the school year.

Registration for PD Palooza is opening soon. Space is limited.

#GWAEANowYouKnow campaign

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The #GwaeaNowYouKnow campaign is underway! Each day June 1 and through Aug. 31, Grant Wood AEA Communications is posting information on the agency's Facebook and Twitter platforms about agency services for teachers and administrators.


What would you like teachers and administrators to know about GWAEA services?
Please share your ideas by contacting Renee Nelson or Valerie Taylor Hill in
GWAEA Communications. And, remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



GWAEA School Psychologist cycling to raise donations for pancreatic cancer research

Grant Wood AEA School Psychologist Jacob Nelson will be completing a cycling trip around Lake Michigan this summer.


Jacob is partnering with the Lustgarten Foundation. This foundation aims to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.


Read more about Jacob's charitable summer cycling journey, and how to support his efforts.

Jacob Nelson sits in front of the sign for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

The Bulletin Board

The Bulletin Board... entering a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for email issues on the following dates: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, and Aug. 8.

Corridor Corporate Games

Looking for Outdoor Inspiration? Check out the Family Friendly Events sponsored by Corridor Corporate Games

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.

Corridor Corporate Games - Family Friendly Event Information

Saturday, 6/8 - Cycling Tour Ride, Iowa City

Saturday, 6/22 - Sunrise Yoga, Marion

Wednesday, 6/26 - Zumba, Univ. of Iowa (GWAEA team only)

Saturday, 6/29 - 5K Road Race, Coralville

Saturday, 7/13 - Cycling Tour Ride, Hiawatha

Sunday, 7/28 - Fitness Walk, Terry Trueblood Rec Area, Iowa City

Meals from the Heartland Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight

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

Registration Link for Meals from the Heartland |
June 14-15, 2019 volunteer event

Location: DoubleTree Convention Complex,
350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight


The 2nd Annual Meals from the Heartland Cedar Rapids Hunger Fight will be held at the DoubleTree Convention Complex, 350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids. This year's goal is to package 300,000 meals, many of which will stay in the area to feed the hungry. Iowans helping Iowans; it doesn’t get much better than that!  


Current registered companies include: Alliant Energy, CCR, CRST International,
Grant Wood AEA
, Lil' Drug Store, Linn County REC, MediRevv, OPN Architects, Raining Rose, Shive-Hattery, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, TransAmerica, UFG Insurance, University of Iowa, and Van Meter Inc. 


YMCA June Newsletter

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


  • Adapted Aquatics Special Needs Swim Lessons

  • Slip N’ Slide Kickball

  • Free Field Hockey Clinic

  • Updates to Camp Wapsie

  • Week 10 cabin campers spots still available

  • Other information 

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


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.



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

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

Grant Wood AEA
Behavior PD Courses

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.