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Mark Your Calendar:

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours


The Bulletin Board remaining summer publication date:

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:

New Statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration System
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
The Big Picture: Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources - Hotel Policy Update
2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
The Bulletin Board Summer Publication Schedule
Discounted Football Tickets - University of Iowa
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Professional Learning Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


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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New Statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration System


Iowa’s AEAs and AEA Learning Online have collaborated to move our individual professional learning and licensure registration systems to a statewide professional learning registration system.


Having one registration system provides participants with a much larger offering of professional learning activities through a statewide catalog. It also creates greater equity and consistency in programming and resources to help support quality professional development and licensure programming.

System Benefits

View All Offerings That Are Available Statewide

Individuals who use the system see all courses and activities that are available across the state. Users may search by specific courses, topics, location and more.

Instructors Will Find a User-Friendly System

There are system enhancements for instructors. Once an instructor enters a course in the system, they don’t have to repeat that process again. They simply enter a new section for that activity. That includes the syllabus. Once a syllabus is approved, it’s valid across all AEAs.

All Completed Courses Will be in One Transcript

In the new system, there will be one common transcript that shows all courses taken by an individual, including courses from AEA Learning Online. Anything that the individual has taken from an Iowa AEA will show up in one document. Users will be able to print their own transcripts and receipts for tax purposes.

Split the Payments!

Split payment options for credit cards and/or purchase orders will be available in the new system.

Login is Easy and Familiar

Users of the new system will log in using their existing email and password that they use to login to take AEA Learning Online courses as well as Mandatory Reporter and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings.

If you have any immediate questions, contact Sherry Sines, GWAEA Professional Development Coordinator.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Clay Block


Clay Block
Printing Technician



Trever Pflughaupt


Trever Pflughaupt
Technology Support Technician

M.I.S., University of Northern Iowa

Trever's background includes a position as a broadband specialist with Mediacom.


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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  • Windows should be installed by Aug. 3. Framing will be completed by Aug. 10.

  • Skylights will be installed in early August and should be completed by Aug. 10

  • Furniture is being installed for the next couple of weeks with the majority of it in place by 
    Aug. 10

  • Boxes that have been stored on the first floor will be moved to the second floor for staff to unpack by Aug. 12.

  • Second floor renovation should be completed by the time staff come back on Aug. 15.

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

Sixth St. - North side, July 25, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, July 25, 2018

Sixth St. - North side, July 25, 2018

Sixth St. - North side, July 25, 2018



Sixth St. - North side, July 25, 2018

Sixth St. - North side, July 25, 2018

A Note From Business Office/
Human Resources


Hotel Policy Updates

The Agency hotel listing has been updated.  A few things to note:

  • The Sleep Inn in Urbandale that has been on our list for several years will be closing in August for renovations, so it has been removed.

  • Several new options have been added - Sleep Inn in WDM at $65 and Fairfield Inn & Springhill Suites at $79 will now direct bill to the Agency.

  • The Comfort Inn in Altoona (across from Prairie Meadows) has also agreed to direct billing at the state rate of $65 so that is a good option for meetings in Altoona.

  • The State of Iowa has also made changes in their state rate hotel listing - hotels in Ankeny have been added.

This document will be linked in the Claims system and it will also be available in the Business Services area of the website.  If you have questions please contact Michelle Bendickson at
319-399-6707 or

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

Liberty High School, North Liberty


The GWAEA All Agency Inservice is planned on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the new Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty. The schedule for the morning includes:


8 - 9 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Presentations

Staff should plan on professional attire for this meeting, and coordinate with their supervisors about any plans or meetings for the Aug. 15 afternoon.


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

Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts

The names of GWAEA staff serving school districts is available on the agency's website, 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.



The Bulletin Board...

...The remaining summer publication date for The Bulletin Board is Aug. 9. The publication returns to a weekly distribution on Aug. 16.

Discounted football tickets - University of Iowa games

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See the link below for ticket ordering information for the seven Iowa home games. Discounted tickets are available to AEA employees and offered at no cost to the AEA system. Thanks to Bravo Sports for this opportunity!


Iowa tickets:

GROW Quicklinks


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: 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.



Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series

GWAEA Professional Learning 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.


Links to GWAEA Professional Learning Courses by Month























August 2018

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback

Improving Student Achievement through Actionable Feedback

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
13, 2018

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

The 8 Essential Elements of Daily 5
14, 2018


September 2018

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations


Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations


Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement (LCI) Series

2018-2019 Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Workshops

2018-2019 Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Workshops

2018-2019 Pete Hall - Building Capacity to Create a Culture of Reflective Practice

2018-2019 Pete Hall - Building Capacity to Create a Culture of Reflective Practice

2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

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.

Teacher Quality Professional Development graphic

Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at 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 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.