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Mark Your Calendar:

June 11-Aug. 10, 2018

GWAEA Summer Hours


Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
RSVP due for All Agency Picnic Potluck


Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

All Agency Inservice

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

Registration 8-9 a.m.;
Meeting 9-10:30 a.m.

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


Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

All Agency Picnic Potluck


The Bulletin Board returns to weekly publication on Aug. 16.

In This issue:

2018 All Agency Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
PD Palooza is Coming!
All Agency Picnic Potluck,
Aug. 16, 2018
The Big Picture: Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update
New Staff Orientation
A Note From Business Office/Human Resources - Hotel Policy Update
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
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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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 Liberty High School, 1400 S. Dubuque St., North Liberty. The schedule for the morning includes:


8 - 9 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - 10:30 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.

PD Palooza is Coming!

GWAEA Staff Technology PD-Palooza

As we work towards our agency goal to increase educator capacity to bring equity and accessibility to learning through technology, resources and innovative practices, we will again be holding two days of professional development for our GWAEA staff on Aug. 16-17. Registration is now open. Take a look at the schedule and get signed up!

All Agency Picnic Potluck

Thursday, Aug. 16, 4-7 p.m.

Jones Park, Parkview Pavilion, Cedar Rapids



All Agency Picnic Potluck


Welcome back to the new school year! Join us for the All Agency picnic potluck. Please let us know if you will be attending the all staff potluck on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 4-7 p.m., sponsored by the
Grant Wood Education Association. Hot dogs, lemonade, tea, paper products, and family games will be provided. Please do not bring alcohol to the park. Bring s dish to share and your family.  


Grant Wood Education Association Potluck RSVP

Park address: Located on 29th Avenue Drive, two blocks east of Bowling Street. Parkview Pavilion in Jones Park, Cedar Rapids.


We will have door prizes!!! Come and join members and non-members for a fun school year kickoff!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Aug. 14 if possible so we can plan on the correct amount of supplies:

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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  • For staff that are provided one file drawer (staff less than 20 hours per week in office and remote worksite staff (RWS), the file drawers will be numbered. Please see your support staff to be assigned a drawer on the second floor. Do not remove the keys from the drawers as all of the drawers will need to be rekeyed. Items can be placed in the drawer, but please do not lock the drawer and remove the key.

  • The upstairs spaces are set-up with discipline storage in certain areas.

  • All unassigned work spaces are available for any staff member to use including the softseating, cubicles, collaborative areas.

  • Staff are encouraged to move around and try different work configurations.

  • Spaces are available for focused work, small collaborative group meetings, larger collaborative groups, and conference rooms.

  • Quiet space is available for private or semi-private phone calls.

  • Opportunities exist for stand-up work as well as desk height options.

  • Four areas with monitors are available in addition to the conference rooms and collaborative areas.

Upcoming dates for chair deliveries:


Aug. 16 - Chairs will be placed in the second-floor conference rooms by the evening.

Aug. 17 - Chairs for the administrative conference rooms will be delivered.

Aug. 20 - Task chairs for cubicles, tables and stools for high work areas will be delivered


During this time, if you move a chair to use, please return the chair to where you found it.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this summer renovation.


Sixth St. - North side, Aug. 8, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, Aug. 8, 2018

Sixth St. - North side, Aug. 8, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, Aug. 8, 2018



Sixth St. - North side, Aug. 8, 2018

Sixth St. - South side, Aug. 8, 2018

New Staff Orientation

Grant Wood AEA welcomed 33 new staff during orientation Monday, Aug. 6 and
Tuesday, Aug. 7. Welcome to Grant Wood AEA!

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

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.

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.



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: 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.



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 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 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


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

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.


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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.