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The Bulletin Board

Mark Your Calendar:

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
Reminder to Update Print Name Information in ESS
iPad App Orders- App Order is OPEN and the form Closes Sept. 6
Grant Wood AEA Logo Clothing Order
Protocols Now Available in the
Staff Distribution Center (SDC)
All Agency Inservice Button
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory will print in September
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.

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An invitation from New Chief Administrator John Speer

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In the Aug. 23 issue of The Bulletin Board, John Speer, GWAEA chief administrator, extended an invitation to join staff for shadow experiences during late September or early October.


A reminder that if you are interested in sharing your work and how your work supports the mission of Grant Wood AEA, contact John to share your interest before Sept. 15.

The Carpool Lane launches

Staff at Grant Wood AEA are in local classrooms and school buildings to help students learn. Through a new blog called The Carpool Lane, AEA staff will share tips and resources with parents, too!


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!”

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

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff


Edward Allendes


Edward Allendes
Technology Systems Technician

Kirkwood Community College

Edward's background includes a position with Kalona Cooperative Technology Company, December 2017-
May 2018, and an internship with Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, June - September 2017.


Kaylene Pagliai



Kaylene Pagliai

Kaylene has experience as a piano teacher for 27 years and as a teacher associate with the VITAL Program at Kirkwood Community College.



Maggie Pickett


Maggie Pickett
Technology Consultant

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Maggie previously served with GWAEA as SLP and AT consultant before joining the Iowa Department of Education as the AEM coordinator. She specializes in accessible and assistive technologies, accessible educational materials, and universal design for learning.


Molly Rima


Molly Rima
Special Education Consultant



Corey Rogers


Corey Rogers
Technology Consultant

M.A., Ed Leadership and Administration,
Concordia University

Corey has held positions as a consultant for School Improvement and Instructional Tech at Central Rivers AEA, fall 2014-spring 2018; media specialist at Bunger Middle School, Waterloo Community School District, fall 2011-spring 2014; computer programming and STEM teacher at Orchard Lake Middle School, West Bloomfield Community School District, West Bloomfield, MI, fall 2003-spring 2011.




Julie Rupe
Off-Site Teacher
B.A., Elementary Education, Bridgewater State College

Julie's background includes positions with Polk Alternative, Cedar Rapids Community School District for two years, and Tanager Place School, six years.


Katalin Rushford


Katalin Rushford
Special Education Consultant
M.A., Morningside College

Katalin's background includes a position as a special education teacher at Midland Elementary for five years.





Kyla Sattgast
Special Education Consultant

M.A., Coe College

Kyla taught at Weeks Middle School, Des Moines Community School District, as a self-contained special education teacher for six years and at North Linn Community School District as a middle school special education teacher, 2006-2018.


Jacee Schneider


Jacee Schneider
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

This is Jacee's first SLP position out of college. Previously, she worked at Happy Time Preschool and Daycare, 2013-2018.


Jamie Siela


Jamie Siela
School Social Worker
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Jamie worked at UnityPoint Hospice for the last 12 years as a social worker and bereavement coordinator.

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

Reminder to Update Print Name Information in ESS

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When the Agency plans meetings where name tags are printed, or for other general Agency communications, some people prefer to use a less formal first name; and employees have the option to change this information in the Employee Self Service (ESS) System.  If you would like to update your "print name" in the ESS, please use the following procedure:


1)  Go to GWAEA home page, click on Staff, click on Employee Self Service
2)  Enter username (first initial & last name) and your password (click on green box if you have forgotten your password)
3)  Click on Personal Information
4)  Edit your print name if you would like.  For example, if your Legal Name is Kathryn but you prefer to go by Kathy, enter Kathy in the blank Print Name - First\


If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6703. 


Thank you for keeping this information current.

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

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Clothing Order

  • 25% Off $150 minimum purchase 

  • Excludes Promotional Products

  • Fine Print: Online promos may differ from catalog. Savings reflected at checkout when promotion code is entered. This offer has no cash value. Excludes screen print t-shirts and other promotional products with existing quantity discounts, logo setup fees, logo application fees, monogramming, gift boxing, gift cards, taxes and duties, or other fees. Ends 9/7/18 at 11:59pm CT.

  • Promo Code: E25150MTP

  •  Valid: 8/27 - 9/7

See website to place order:

Protocols Now Available in the
Staff Distribution Center (SDC)

Grant Wood AEA Staff Distribution Center (SDC)


Protocols located in the GWAEA Staff Distribution Center (SDC)


The testing protocols that were previously located on the second floor are now available through the first floor Staff Distribution Center (SDC). For questions, contact Stacy Behmer.

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.

Subscribe to GWAEA newsletters


Please subscribe and encourage our LEA partners to subscribe to GWAEA newsletters to stay linked with our programs and services throughout the year. These online subscriptions are used to send flyers on upcoming professional learning sessions, to share classroom resources, and to highlight new tools and resources that are available for students and teachers. To access, visit Subscribe to GWAEA Communications for the list of available newsletters and to subscribe.

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 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 to $35 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 a.m. 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

Time to Get Creative! Easy Graphic Design for the Classroom

Instructor: Jonathan Wylie

October 2: Save the Date!

The face-to-face orientation session for Easy Graphic Design for the Creative Classroom is 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2018. Participants will receive an overview of the class on that night, as well as instructions on how to access course materials and submit assignments. There will also be time for questions.


Register Today: Space is Limited. Use the course code 167883 to search and register for the class in the new PL system. 

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.


Due to our upcoming move, we are looking for a new home for a 6-year-old black and white female cat. Front paws declawed, spayed and recently had shots updated. She has been strictly an indoor cat. Please call or text Nancy at 319-560-4408.


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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.