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Mark Your Calendar:

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours

 

The Bulletin Board summer publication dates:

July 26 and Aug. 9

 

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

All Agency Inservice

Liberty High School
1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty

Registration 8-9 a.m.;
Meeting 9-11:30 a.m.

(Communication in The Bulletin Board for returning staff. U.S. Mail letters to new staff only.)


In This issue:

Swing into Reading!
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
MVP for Iowa STEM:
Mary Meisterling and
Alliant Energy 
The Big Picture: Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update
2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
Important Message to Health Plan Participants – New Wellmark ID Card
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade

 

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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Swing into Summer!

Grant Wood AEA partners with the
Cedar Rapids Kernels on
Summer Reading Program

Grant Wood AEA has partnered with the Cedar Rapids Kernels to help parents make reading an important part of their children's summer.

 

Students can log their reading minutes 
on this scorecard and return it to the Cedar Rapids Kernels for prizes including a free ticket to a summer game or even a bobblehead!

More information about Swing into Reading! is available on The Carpool Lane blog on
Grant Wood AEA's website. Follow along as area students Swing into Summer!


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Erin Fishell

 

Erin Fishell
Computer Services Consultant

M.A.T.., Coe College

Erin's background includes experiences as a high school teacher for eight years and as a GWAEA Computer Services consultant, three years.

     

Kevin Hatfield

 

Kevin J. Hatfield
Programs/Services Administrator

M.A., University of Iowa

Kevin has held positions as an elementary teacher and Dean of Students for Pleasant Valley Community Schools; principal of Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Bettendorf; and superintendent of the West Branch Community Schools.

     

Carrie Klein

 

Carrie Klein
Regional Administrator

M.S.E., Drake University

Carrie's background includes positions as a special education teacher with the Marion Independent School District; a full-release induction coach with Grant Wood AEA; and as a middle school associate principal with the Marion Independent School District.

     

 

 

Seth Milledge
District Technology Services Lead

B.A., University of Northern Iowa

Seth's background includes positions as a secondary social studies teacher/technology integration specialist with Highland High School, Pleasantville High School, and Dallas Center-Grimes High School.

     

Tim Salmon

 

Tim Salmon
Regional Administrator

M.A., Stephan F. Austin

Tim has held positions as a teacher, coach, and central office administrator with Aldine ISD, Houston, Texas; middle school tech teacher, Johnston CSD; principal at Horizon Elementary; and superintendent, United CSD.

     

 


MVP for Iowa STEM: Mary Meisterling and Alliant Energy 

Congratulation to Mary Meisterling, GWAEA board member - Director District 9, on being recognized by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council as MVP for Iowa STEM, June 2018.

Mary Meisterling

Mary is manager of business support and development for Alliant Energy and has served as an active member of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for three years. She promotes STEM through work and in her free time as she serves on the Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education and the Grant Wood AEA Board of Directors.

 

Congratulations, Mary!

 


The Big Picture

Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update

Work continues on the Sixth St. Facility second floor remodel with this update from Cliff Ehlinger:

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  • The carpeting and the painting will be completed this week. 

  • Furniture will begin arriving on Monday, July 16 and will take three weeks to install.

  • Windows will begin getting replaced the week of the July 23.

  • Skylights will be replaced from the exterior roof of the building in early August.

  • We are still on track for completion by Aug. 13.

Beginning Monday, July 16, 2018, we will be closing the double doors past the receptionist to the doors for the media center, human resources, administration, professional development, the nursing room, and the hallway that goes toward the staff break room. 

 

Visitors and staff that need access to these areas will need to go through the hallway back by the
IT department. We will be removing the carpet tiles on Saturday and the re-carpeting will begin on Monday or Tuesday. It will take most of the week to lay down the glue and then the carpet tiles by the doors for the media center, human resources, administration, professional development, the nursing room, and the hallway that goes toward the staff break room.

 

Visit the photos below to expand to larger mirror views as the second-floor remodel continues.

Sixth St. - North side, July 6, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, July 6, 2018

Sixth St. - North side, July 6, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, July 6, 2018

 

 

Sixth St. - North side, July 6, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, July 6, 2018




2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Liberty High School, North Liberty

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The GWAEA All Agency meeting date and location have been set for this fall and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the new Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty.
We will begin the day with registration from 8-9 a.m. and will kick off the meeting promptly at
9 a.m. Staff should plan on professional attire for this meeting, which will last until approximately 11:30 a.m. Additionally, once the date gets closer, staff should coordinate with their supervisors about any plans or meetings for that afternoon.

 

New this year: Please note that The Bulletin Board will be your communication channel for information about this meeting. We will only send paper letters with the date and location of this fall's All Agency meeting to new hires, and will not be sending a paper letter to returning staff. 


A Note From Business Office/
Human Resources

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Meal Reimbursement Rate Changes

Effective July 1, 2018 the meal reimbursement rates have been adjusted to match the federal General Services Administration (GSA) per diem rates for FY18, as approved by the Board.
The GSA quick reference table linked in the Reimbursement Claims System now reflects the adjusted rates. Please note that while there is an increase in the daily per diem to Des Moines from $51 to $59, rates for a number of major cities in other states have actually decreased. 

 

The GSA quick reference table in our Claims system is not a complete list, so if travel is planned to another city please go to the GSA website to look up the appropriate per diem rates:
https://www.gsa.gov/travel/plan-book/per-diem-rates/per-diem-rates-lookup

 

If you have questions about the meal per diem rates or the Claims system, please contact Michelle Bendickson at ext. 6707 or mbendickson@gwaea.org.

 

Cellular Phone Reimbursement Policy Change
Effective July 1, 2018 the Board approved changes to Administrative Regulation # 7318B for cell phone reimbursement.  The changes removed all references to text messages, so reimbursement can still be requested for business calls on your personal cell phone identified on a printed log but no reimbursement for text messages is allowed.

 

If you have questions about cell phone reimbursement or the Claims system, please contact Michelle Bendickson at ext. 6707 or mbendickson@gwaea.org.


Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts

The names of GWAEA staff serving school districts is available on the agency's website, gwaea.org. This information is currently being updated and will be available beginning in August. Follow the steps below to access the GWAEA staff assigned to buildings. This reminder information will be shared with educators in the GWAEA service area this fall.

 

 


Important Message to Health Plan Participants – New Wellmark ID Card

All employees enrolled in a health plan through Grant Wood AEA received a new Wellmark ID card in the mail. Your new ID card includes a new Wellmark ID number, so it will be important to put it in your wallet and destroy any old ID cards. To make sure you are using the most recent card, look for the print date shown in the lower-left corner on the front of your ID card. Start using your new Wellmark ID card for all your health care and pharmacy services beginning July 1, 2018 going forward. If you use an old card, your benefits may not apply correctly and payment of your claims could be delayed or possibly denied.

 


Prefer to get your Wellmark ID card on your smartphone? Download the Wellmark mobile app!  You can download the mobile app from any of the app stores, or visit wellmark.com/GoMobile. Open the app and select myWellmark. Log in using your myWellmark user ID and password. If you aren’t registered for myWellmark yet, create an account by going to Wellmark.com. You will need an email address and your Wellmark member ID, found on your ID card.

 

If you have questions about your new ID card or your health plan benefits, contact Cathy Kearns, Grant Wood AEA Business Services, 319-399-6706.


The Bulletin Board...

...has entered a bi-weekly summer publication schedule. Watch for email issues on the following dates: July 26 and Aug. 9.


GROW Quicklinks

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Contact a member of the GROW Team for information.

Visit the GWAEA Grow website for the following:

- Adult Coloring Books

- Book Club
- Chair Massages

- Community Events

- Financial Fitness

- Gardening

- Healthy Food

- Lunch and Learn

- Mindfulness Class

- Treadmill Desks

- Walking Events

- Wellness Challenge

- Yoga Club

- YMCA - Thrive Gym

Check out the GROW Page 

Link to Lunch and Learn Video Library

Live Healthy Iowa Events


Chair Massage Schedule

Cedar Rapids: July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 21, Oct. 10. Contact Stacy Murphy to schedule.

Coralville: The Coralville office will take a summer break and resume in September 2018.
Contact Sue Heath for the registration link.


Try the Y Week!

Grant Wood AEA staff and their families are invited to Try the Y for free from Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Please print out and complete the form to take into the Y when you decide to give it a try.

 

YMCA


Respect Training - Cedar Rapids

Recognizing Everyone’s Strengths by Peace building, Empathizing, Communicating and
Trust building

 

RESPECT is a free, four-day workshop focused on relationship building and conflict resolution. You will learn skills and strategies that can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict.

 

Dates: July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 6, Sept. 26
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hy-Vee Club Room
20 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids 52404

 

See the flyer for registration details. Register early. Space is limited.


2018-2019 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS) in Partnership with
New Teacher Center

Purpose: To establish a comprehensive multi-year regional program to develop important teacher leader skills and competencies
and build capacity among a network of teacher and district leaders to promote long-term system sustainability aligned with the Iowa Department of Education’s TLC Layered Approach for Support.

 

Systems of Support for TLSS Districts
$1200 for District Annual Membership Fee and $800/person for one year of professional learning sessions.

 

See the flyer for information and session dates.

2018-2019 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS) in Partnership with 
New Teacher Center

 

See flyer for details


Improving Student Achievement through
Actionable Feedback

Instructor - Kim Owen

Moving beyond a narrow focus on teacher evaluation processes, Improving Student
Achievement professional learning and
follow-up support is designed to develop the leadership skills that result in measurable improvement in teacher effectiveness.

 

Leaders learn how to provide meaningful, actionable feedback to develop teachers’
instructional practices with a focus on the social and emotional learning needs of teachers and students. This session also equips participants with the skills to analyze student work through the lens of rigorous state standards, ensuring school leaders have the learning data they need to coach for results.

 

Improving Student Achievement through
Actionable Feedback

 

See flyer for details

Sessions will be held at the following locations. See the flyer for dates, times, registration information, and costs:

 

GWAEA Induction Consortium Schools – Evaluator Approval
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Non-GWAEA Induction Consortium Schools – Evaluator Approval
Grant Wood AEA
4401 Sixth St. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Prairie Lakes Area – Evaluator Approval

Prairie Lakes AEA
500 NE 6th St.
Pocahontas, Iowa

 

Target Audience:
Principals, Site Administrators and Individuals responsible for teacher development and supervision


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series


2018-2019 Grant Wood AEA Principal Leadership Program

Professional Learning Dates
Sept. 19, 2018
Oct. 25, 2018
Dec. 6, 2018
March 7, 2019

Coaching opportunities with a one-on-one principal coach will be provided throughout the school year.

 

The Grant Wood AEA Principal Leadership Program is a comprehensive, year-long professional development program for preK-6 principals. It will build a principal’s capacity to successfully implement MTSS at the school level. This program will include job-embedded coaching in addition to workshop learning sessions.

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

 

See flyer for information.

Registration Fee: $650

License Renewal Credit Available: 2 credits, $70


GWAEA Professional Development Workshops

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development offers a variety of workshops as well as courses for credit throughout the year. Please check our website for a complete and updated 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.

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August 2018

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback
2018-2019

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback
2018-2019

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center

2018-19 AEA Teacher Leader Support System (TLSS)
in Partnership with New Teacher Center

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

2018-2019 GWAEA Principal Leadership Program

Professional Learning
Sept. 19, Oct. 25,
Dec. 6, 2018, March 7, 2019

Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

Peers Join In: Improving Social Communication
Aug.
13, 2018

The 8 Essential Elements of Daily 5
Aug. 14, 2018

The 8 Essential Elements of Daily 5
Aug.
14, 2018

 



September 2018

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018
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Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019


2018-2019 TQ Dates

Sept 7Nov 12, 2018, Feb 15 and May 6, 2019

Visit the TQ Google site. The TQ proposal template and directions are available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

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Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at ssines@gwaea.org by the dates listed above. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.

 

TQ funds are available to support professional learning. All contracted staff in a position that requires educational licensure are eligible. Funds can be used to support learning time and resources for agency-wide proposals, region/discipline/program proposals and individual proposals. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 proposals were approved to support professional learning in Literacy, Math, Early Childhood, Autism, Behavior, Science, Coaching, Mentorship, Speech Language, ELL, and Leadership Development. The application documents can be accessed on the Staff Portal. Committee members are happy to answer questions about proposal development. Contact Ambre Chittenden,
Lisa Haverkamp
, and Sherry Sines.


Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

BoEE Update

Please take a moment now to visit the BoEE website and update your contact information. Visit www.boee.iowa.gov and click “update my information” in the left column. The “Search for a license” tool is helpful to see your license type and expiration date. The FAQ page replaces the old BoEE handbook and has the most current and relevant information for educators in a user-friendly format. For BoEE updates, please review the August newsletter. 

 

You can subscribe to the BoEE Quarterly Newsletter from the BoEE webpage. 


Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits. The course options include Assessing Academic Rigor, Fierce Conversations and iEvaluate. A letter from the DE/BOEE is attached. Please contact GWAEA Professional Development for questions.


Buy, Sell or Trade

Wanted: Do you have a stationary bike you no longer need? Contact Ronda Hilbert via cell at 319-361-4597.

 

Lost and Found: Fitbit One found in the Media Center. See Cathy Nelson at the switchboard to claim.

 

 

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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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