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Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
Agency closed in observance of Labor Day

In This issue:

An invitation from New Chief Administrator John Speer
The Carpool Lane launches
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
The Big Picture - Second-Floor Remodel Update
iPad App Orders- App Order is OPEN and the form Closes Sept. 6
AEA Professional Learning
Registration System
All Agency Picnic Potluck held
Aug. 16 at Jones Park
All Agency Inservice Button
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory will print in September
Iowa Department of Education Releases First Installment of ESSA Guidance
  FASTBridge Math Progress Monitoring, Materials Order Forms
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
Discounted Football Tickets - University of Iowa
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Fight the Flu
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

An invitation from New Chief Administrator John Speer

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Thanks for joining me and the members of our organization last Wednesday as we kicked off the start of another academic year. I enjoyed being part of the celebration and sharing a little bit about myself and my initial thoughts on why we exist as an AEA as I launch into my first year as chief administrator.


As I mentioned in the meeting, I believe this is the best educational position in the state of Iowa, and I'm excited to be leading a committed and service oriented group of professionals. I’ve been a proud supporter of the AEAs both as an educator and as an administrator, and it’s nothing short of a dream come true to have a leadership role at Grant Wood AEA.


While I’ve worked closely with the AEA’s programs and services for years, I understand that the work ‘behind the scenes’ is sometimes much different from what is visible to district partners. I want to understand more about the work of our AEA, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to see the work from the perspective of GWAEA staff. As I mentioned last week, I’m going to take time over the next several months to visit with some of you and learn more about your work. I hope to begin my tours with agency staff sometime in late September or early October. If you’re interested in allowing me to shadow you for a few hours, so I can really see and understand your work, I’d love to hear from you. (And be sure to watch future editions of The Bulletin Board for photos, video clips and my personal reflections from these visits as I share about my learning.)


It’s going to be a great year.


Take care,
John S.
Grant Wood AEA Chief Administrator

The Carpool Lane launches

Since our agency formed 40 years ago we’ve understood the importance of providing parents and caregivers meaningful opportunities to participate in the planning and provision of educational services for their children. Now we’re expanding on that concept.


This fall GWAEA Communications will be reaching out to district staff and PTO organizations to introduce The Carpool Lane, a new blog where AEA staff will share tips on behavior strategies, literacy, math and speech tips and resources, and other information to help students at home.  
Communications will be working with staff in a variety of disciplines to gather some of their most-requested resources, the tools that are most frequently shared with parents, and will summarize this information for parents and caregivers through the blog.


GWAEA staff are encouraged to help the agency spread information from The Carpool Lane. Follow The Carpool Lane on Facebook
or follow the blog online at

Staff also can help spread the word about The Carpool Lane by clicking “Invite your friends to like this page” from The Carpool Lane page in Facebook and then add the following text:

“Hi, I'm inviting you to like The Carpool Lane, a new blog where my AEA colleagues will be sharing tips and resources to help students!”


Have questions about The Carpool Lane? Contact Public Relations Coordinator Renee Nelson for more information.

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Amy Bucciferro


Amy Bucciferro
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

This is Amy's first year as a speech-language pathologist.




Tamara Dee


Dianna Geers


Dianna Geers
Media Specialist

M.A., University of Iowa

Dianna's background includes seven years as a teacher librarian with the College Community and Cedar Rapids school districts and 19 years as a teacher in the Cedar Rapids School District.


Krista Hennager


Krista Hennager
Behavior Consultant
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Krista has held school psychologist postions with Central Rivers AEA, Aug. 2011-July 2018, and Mississippi Bend AEA, Jan. 1998 - July 2011.


JaLynn Linn


JaLynn Linn
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa



Katie Mallie


Katie Mallie
Curriculum Consultant - Literacy
M.A., Graceland University

Katie's background includes teaching positions with the Linn-Mar School District, 11 years, and in Ankeny, one year.


Alexandra McCue


Alexandra "Ali" McCue
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Ali recently moved from Boulder, Colorado after five years working in private practice, diagnostics teams, and at a school for children with complex communication needs.


Katie Mallie


Christine McSweeney
Special Education Consultant
Ed.S., Drake University

Christine has held positions as the director of Off-Site Programs with the Linn-Mar School District, 2013-2018; a BD teacher with Linn-Mar's Excelsior MS, 2008-2013; a BD teacher with the Vinton-Shellsburg School District, 2003-2008, and 1998-2001; and a GWAEA Off-Site teacher, 2001-2003.

Meet our new staff features will continue in upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.

The Big Picture
Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update

Aug. 23 - cushions will be installed on cubbies,
file pedestals

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  • If you are working in an unassigned focus workspace, please be sure all surfaces are cleared when you leave the second floor on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 23. The furniture vendor will be installing cushion pads on top of the cubbies in these spaces on Friday.

  • If you are working in an assigned space, make sure your mobile file pedestal is available to have the cushion installed on Friday.

  • If you have not already emptied your boxes, please do so as soon as possible in advance of the deadline on Sept. 7. This will help us to determine if additional storage is needed.
    Please contact Tara Johannsen, ext. 6740. All of the remodel additions or changes need to be addressed at one time to leverage prices with the vendor and save on freight charges.


  • If you are still looking to have a file drawer assigned for working files, please see your support staff.

iPad App Orders- App Order is OPEN and the form Closes Sept. 6

The Agency App Order is open. Please be sure to select no more than 7 apps, be responsible and only order apps you will need. The order form will close on Sept. 6 at 12 p.m. The more expensive apps are on devices in the SDC for you to check out and try and then you may contact us for us to purchase it for you.


Once the order closes we will purchase needed apps and push them to you remotely. You will be emailed when apps have been distributed, so you know to look for them in the App Store under your Apple ID.


You must be signed in with your GWAEA Google Account in order to view and fill out the form.

Link to the form


AEA Professional Learning
Registration System

See the attached directions for accessing the statewide
AEA Professional Learning Registration System.


For additional questions, contact GWAEA Professional Learning.


All Agency Picnic Potluck held
Aug. 16 at Jones Park



All Agency Picnic Potluck

Thank you to all those who attended the all staff/family potluck sponsored by the Grant Wood Education Association on Aug. 16. Please watch The Bulletin Board for future gatherings!


Staff who won door prizes include:

Josslyn Cook

Terri Ford

Jean Grewe

Patti Holzmiller

Marti Hurst

Julie King

Terri Knipper

Karin McKeone

Denise Moen

Teresa Moery

Kelli Robertson

Amy Schilling
Kathy Schultz

Nicole Williamson


Please see Cathy Nelson at the switchboard to claim your door prize.

All Agency Inservice button request

Interested in a button for your All-Agency Inservice collection? Please contact Cathy Nelson, 6544 or click here to place your button order by Friday, Aug. 31.

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.



Iowa Department of Education Releases First Installment of ESSA Guidance

The Iowa Department of Education released the first installment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidance that it will provide this year. This guidance will be provided in a number of installments during the 2018-19 school year and will be timed to align with actions that districts will be completing throughout the year (e.g., consolidated applications, preparation for implementing Targeted and Comprehensive Supports, etc.)


The Department will use a consistent template for its guidance, which will include a short executive summary as well as a more extended document that will dive into detail. Each ESSA guidance document will be emailed directly to districts from the Department and can also be found on the Department's website at Consolidated ESSA Title Guidance. Any questions regarding ESSA should be directed to Dave Tilly at the department.

FASTBridge Math Progress Monitoring, Materials Order Forms

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Please share this information with your district contacts.

FASTBridge Math Progress Monitoring Materials Order Form FASTBridge Math Screening Materials Order Form

FASTBridge Math Progress Monitoring Materials Order Form

FASTBridge Math Screening Materials Order Form


The AEA system coordinated online training to support districts and schools for these assessments during spring of 2018. GWAEA staff who would like to learn more about the assessments can reference this FastBridge FAQ document, or these training resources that were created for districts.  

The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory will print in September

Interested in a printed copy of The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory? While we no longer print large quantities of this document, printed copies will be available for staff who would like one.
Please make your request for The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory on the sign-up sheet.


The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory includes addresses, telephone and van mail information for schools and districts in the Grant Wood AEA service area. The document is also available in PDF format under the Staff section of

IPERS travel schedule for individual counseling locations

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lPERS is coming to your area in the near future. We will be meeting with members who are thinking about retirement. These appointments can be helpful for members within about 5 years of retiring. Members will need to call our office to set up an appointment at 800-622-3849. 


Individual Appointments:
September 10 – 13, 2018


Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha

Individual Appointments:
October 22 - 25, 2018


Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville


Pre-Registration is needed to attend an individual appointment.


Visit the IPERS website for a complete listing of the Statewide Individual Counseling Sessions.


To schedule an individual appointment contact IPERS at 1-800-622-3849. Appointment times will fill quickly, please do not delay in calling to set up an appointment.

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

GWAEA Fight the Flu
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018


Sixth Street facility
7:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Grant Wood Room

Coralville facility

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Room 500

The GROW Committee would like to offer flu shots to any interested staff members this fall.  Click on this link to register.

The Visiting Nurses Association will be at Grant Wood AEA administering flu shots.  They submit the paperwork to bill your insurance so be sure to bring your insurance card with you that day.

For information, contact Connie Dvorak,

Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: 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.



Save the Date... Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Especially for You-Team Grant Wood AEA!
5K Run, 5K Walk, Family Fun Walk (1 mile)
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Opening Ceremonies at 7:45 a.m.
Use this link for easy team registration

  • Register by Aug. 31 for early bird pricing-Price increases from $30.00 to $35.00 after 8/31/18.

  • No hassle packet pick up-Your packet will be available for you to pick up at Grant Wood's 6th St facility October 4th-5th.

  • Meet at McKinley Middle School front steps at 7:30 am for a GWAEA team picture! 

Contact Nicole Clymer, ext. 6757, with any questions.

Especially For You Race

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series

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.

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


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


2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

2018-2019 Student-Centered Coaching

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 Teaching Transparently

Improving Social Communication
Aug. 13, 2018

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement (LCI) Series

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

2018-2019 Leadership for Continuous Improvement

Substitute Authorization Training,2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class

Learning for Refugees and Immigrants 2018-19

Trauma, Shock, Grief and Learning for Refugees and Immigrants

Sept. 11, 2018

Expanding Expressive Language Workshop

Sept. 20, 2018

Expanding Expressive Language Workshop

Sept. 20, 2018

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 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.

Lost and Found:


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.