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In This issue:

GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence - October is National Physical Therapy Month
Keith Gatrost Recognized as
Para Educator of the Year
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
United Way Campaign Running 
Oct. 10-Nov. 1

Remember to Show Your Badge
GROW Committee - We need you!
Children's Mental Health Listening Post Planned Oct. 11 at
Grant Wood AEA
Our Condolences
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Clothing Order
Launching GWAEA Newsletters for Teachers
First Responder & CPR Training
Going Away Party for
Curtis Thomas, Marsden
Agency Holiday Potlucks
Reminder to Update Emergency Contact Information and Beneficiaries
Reminder to Update Print Name Information in ESS
A Message for Grant Wood AEA Health Plan Participants
Board Policies Distributed Annually
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
GWAEA GROW Quicklinks
GWAEA Professional Learning Opportunities

 

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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GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Front row: Suzie Johannes, Emily Tiedtke, Colleen Knipper,
Glen Schmitz.
Back row: Nicole Hall, Laurie Smith, Connie Haneline, Kris Baldwin, and Audrey Mensen.

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month. Congratulations to the agency’s physical therapists for the work they do for students in the
Grant Wood AEA service area.

Grant Wood AEA PRIDE

School-based physical therapists provide services related to mobility and positioning to help students with mobility impairments access, participate and progress in the educational system. Early Access physical therapists help families with their child's ability to access, participate and engage in age-appropriate and meaningful activities within the child's natural environments.  

 

As members of educational teams, physical therapists support mobility and positioning through evaluation, direct service, consultation, and assistance with environmental adaptations and adaptive equipment.  PT's provide instruction and coaching for parents and school staff and coordinate with members of school teams and with medical teams as necessary for continuity of care.

Congratulations!

 

Keith Gatrost Recognized as
Para Educator of the Year

The ARC of East Central Iowa honors Keith Gatrost as 
Para Educator of the Year 

Congratulations to Keith Gatrost, GWAEA paraeducator with the Off-Site Behavior Program, on receiving 2018 Para Educator of the Year honors from The ARC of East Central Iowa.

 

The ceremony was held on Tuesday,
Sept. 25, at St. Patrick Parish Center,
120 5th Street N,W, in Cedar Rapids.

 

The Arc of East Central Iowa is a non-profit agency that supports over 800 individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as their families.

 

Congratulations, Keith!


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Brooke Bulman

 

Brooke Bulman
Paraeducator

B.S., Winona State University

Brooke has experiences working at autism therapy centers and a mental health center in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

     

United Way Campaign Running 
Oct. 10-Nov. 1

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Our staff have firsthand knowledge of the need to support their fellow neighbors, and as an organization, we'll again launch a charitable giving campaign to encourage staff to support the community through gifts to nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

 

Each year our GWAEA United Way campaign raises between $15-18,000 for the United Way of East Central Iowa and the United Way of Washington and Johnson Counties. For those who are less familiar with this organization, the United Way focuses on education, financial stability, and health issues in our community. They help raise awareness surrounding key issues, provide services to those most in need, and promote social change that helps strengthen people and our communities. 

 

We again will offer payroll deduction and one-time giving opportunities for our staff to lend their support to the United Way, and next month all staff will receive an email with an e-Pledge login to access a secure portal to make a donation.

 

This year there will be a matching grant available to help boost the gifts given to the United Way. The Hall-Perrine Foundation will offer a 1:1 match for all first time donations, and a 1:1 match for any increased gift pledged during this year's campaign. 

 

Additionally, payroll deductions also are available for staff interested in supporting Iowa Shares, a statewide coalition of social change, environmental and cultural nonprofit organizations. Iowa Shares members give direct services and create progressive, long-lasting resources for children and communities. Online giving is not available for Iowa Shares, but campaign literature is available for staff and can be requested through Renee Nelson in Communications.


Remember to Show Your Badge

A sample badge example.

Thank you for sharing your badge when walking by the switchboard at the Sixth St. facility.

 

As a reminder, all staff should wear their badges when working in either a GWAEA or district building.

 

If you need a new badge or updated badge photo, stop by Technology Support between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and see Kathy Briggs.


Children's Mental Health Listening Post Planned Oct. 11 at
Grant Wood AEA

Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post set for:


Oct. 11 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Grant Wood AEA
4401 6th St. SW
Cedar Rapids


Listening posts are being hosted at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April.

 

The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

 

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the time/date/places outlined above.

 

A survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

An online listening post has been scheduled for Oct. 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To join from your computer, click on this URL: https://zoom.us/j/290354386 To join via phone, dial 1-646-876-9923 and when prompted, enter meeting code: 290-354-386

 

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601.


Our Condolences

  • to Janel Brush and family on the passing of Janel's mother, Shirley Jean Gilson, on
    Sept 25. Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, in Washington at Faith Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Graveside rites will be held that afternoon at 4 p.m. in Guthrie Center. Janel is a GWAEA school social worker.

  • to Colleen Lipes on the passing of her mother, Karen Gillen, on Sept. 22. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth, Illinois. A rosary will be recited on Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. prior to visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with her family receiving their friends at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. Interment will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois. Colleen is a GWAEA school psychologist.


GROW Committee - We need you!

Are you interested in promoting and supporting wellness related activities and opportunities within your work environment and community? If so, please email
Jackie Schreder
, Human Resources, to join the Agency's 

GROW Committee (GWAEA Renewing our Well-Being) .  

GROW Committee (GWAEA Renewing our Well-Being)

Grant Wood AEA earned designation as a Blue Zones Worksite in February 2015 through the pledged support of more than 25% of Agency employees and demonstrated practices, which included:

  • establishing an employee-led well-being advisory committee (GROW)

  • promotion of walking routes

  • on-site access to fitness events and equipment

  • health benefits

  • weight management, nutrition and chronic condition management coaching

Our goal is to have diverse perspectives and broad representation across the three Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville). The committee meets 3-4 times throughout the year, with the next meeting to be scheduled early November. Please consider joining this effort!


Headlines from Iowa Department of Education

ESSA: What teachers, parents need to know


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Clothing Order

  • 20% Off and Free shipping with a $150 minimum purchase 

  • Excludes Promotional Products

  • Promo Code: W20FS150

  • Offer valid through 11:59 p.m. Central, September, 28, 2018.

  • 20% off plus free shipping on orders. Free Standard Shipping to a single address in the contiguous United States on orders of Lands’ End labeled merchandise. Excludes any item identified as “Promotional Product”, screen print t-shirts and other promotional products with existing quantity discounts, any item identified as “Promotional Product”, screen print t-shirts and other promotional products with existing quantity discounts, excluded styles as marked,  logo setup fees, logo application fees, monogramming, gift boxing, promotion certificates, gift cards, taxes and duties,  or other fees. Online promotions may differ from catalog. Discount will be applied at checkout. This offer has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash.  Promotional savings may be deducted from returns. Valid on Business Outfitter orders only. Not valid on previous orders or at Lands’ End, Sears, on Sears.com, LandsEnd.com or when combined with any other promotional offer or program discount. 

See website to place order: business.landsend.com/store/gwaea


Launching GWAEA Newsletters for Teachers

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Staff are encouraged to sign-up and share with our LEA partners.


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First Responder & CPR Training

This workshop is for GWAEA staff only. CPR certification and first aid training will be provided. First responders are expected to participate to maintain certification. All staff are welcome.

 

If you are interested in participating in the training and supporting this work, please contact Renee Nelson.

Date: Dec. 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sixth Street Facility

Course Number: 168173

Fees: None

Contact GWAEA Professional Learning for information and to register.


Going Away Party for Curtis Thomas, Marsden

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Revere/Stone rooms
Curtis is leaving us to move on to a new adventure. Please come by and say thanks and good luck.
Cake and punch will be provided. If you like, bring finger foods, chips or snacks to share.


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Agency Holiday Potlucks

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Mark your calendars!

Coralville

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sixth Street

Wednesday, Dec, 19, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


CHADD of Iowa Regional Workshop

A Parent's Role in Managing ADHD, Learning Issues and Life

 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
8:00 a.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library
Whipple Auditorium
450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

 

Information for this event appears on the flyer.

CHADD of Iowa Regional Workshop

Reminder to Update Emergency Contact Information and Beneficiaries

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In the event of an emergency, we want to be sure to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information on file for employees. To ensure that this information is current, employees are asked to review this information annually.  As a reminder, in an emergency situation, we will always try to contact a spouse first, if identified, then Contact 1 or Contact 2.

 

To update:

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 Emergency Contacts (found under my information) 

4.

Click on the record you wish to update or Add New Contact 

5.

Click on Save Changes or Delete this Contact

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 6703.  Thank you for keeping this information current.

 

Please also remember to update beneficiary information as family changes occur.  Employees designate beneficiaries for the group life and IPERS benefits. Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, at ext. 6706, to make any beneficiary changes.


Reminder to Update Print Name Information in ESS

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.


A Message for Grant Wood AEA Health Plan Participants

Grant Wood AEA health plan participants, when you're sick or hurt, covered employees and  families could pay $817 for care, or nothing at all. It depends on where you go for treatment. 

 

Should you choose Doctor on Demand? Your personal doctor?  A walk-in clinic? Or the ER?


Check out the cost breakdown and get smart about your health care spending.

 

Wellmark Get smart about costs - and save


Board Policies Distributed Annually

Policies related to 1. equity in employment, programs and services, 2. harassment and bullying, and 3. substance-free workplace are distributed on an annual basis. The links below provide access to each policy and administrative regulation.

 

Policy # 4119 – Equity in Employment, Programs and Services

Administrative Regulation # 4119A - Equity in Employment Programs and Services Complaint Procedure

 

Policy # 4123 Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying
Administrative Regulation # 4123A - Agency Personnel: Harassment or Bullying

 

Policy # 4175 Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace
Administrative Regulation # 4175A - Agency Personnel: Controlled Substance/Alcohol-Free Workplace

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Martin, GWAEA board secretary. For additional policy information, refer to the on-line policy manual accessible from GWAEA home page, Governance then GWAEA Board Policy Manual.


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.

 

 


IPERS travel schedule for individual counseling locations

Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System logo

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:
October 22 - 25, 2018

Coralville

Location:
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.



GROW Quicklinks

GWAEA GROW logo

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: Oct. 10, Oct. 31. 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.


Senior Appreciation Week

Please join us for Senior Appreciation Week at the YMCA!  Go to the link for a schedule of events and classes or contact Hope Runge, YMCA corporate contact for Grant Wood AEA.

YMCA


Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA Seminar Series


BOAST Autism Seminar Series

 

Visit the Google Doc with session dates, presenters, and links to slide decks/resources and recordings (after the presentation date). For information, contact Kelli Robertson or
Lindsay Swartzendruber.

 

Eat with us! Embrace Accessible Technologies

EAT with Us! - Embrace Accessible Technologist

The Eat with us! schedule PDF

 

To Join:

 

On the specified date/time join the zoom by going to:


https://tinyurl.com/atlunch-learn Or in Zoom,
Meeting ID = 703 027 4197


Can’t attend live? Recorded webcasts will be posted:
https://tinyurl.com/eatwebcast


Closing the Achievement GAP with MTSS with author
Dr. Mark Shinn
      

When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Boulevard  Coralville, Rm. 118

 

Schedule: 

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -  Arrival and breakfast – arrive after 9 a.m. for better parking options
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. -
 “Closing the Achievement Gap with MTSS” - Dr. Mark Shinn

12:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. -  Lunch and panel discussion (TBA)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. -  Closing comments

 

Registration Link 

This workshop would be appropriate for administrators, instructional coaches, and interventionists. All educators who are interested in the MTSS model, and how to best use it to help to impact achievement. 

 

For information, contact:

Bill Kearney | Senior Sales Rep K-5i | Iowa
McGraw-Hill Education
319-333-8627

william.kearney@mheducation.com    


Professional Learning Registration

We are pleased to have launched our new statewide Professional Learning registration system.  Key features of this new system include being able to view and register for professional learning opportunities across the state from one site, all courses and workshops completed at any AEA in Iowa will be on one transcript, and the log in is familiar with only one username and password to remember for the training system (for mandatory trainings) and the PL registration system.

 

We do ask that you preregister for all professional learning activities. This allows adequate time to prepare for materials and room space so that the professional learning session is comfortable for both presenters and participants. You may continue to use professional learning dollars to cover registration fees (following HR policies).  If your participation is being covered by a region or program budget, please work with your supervisor and support staff to confirm the budget.  You will register into the system using directions provided by your support staff.  Your support staff will not be registering you unless special arrangements are made.  Paper registrations are no longer used by the PL office to preregister.

 

All participants must register including practicum and intern students and student teachers as this allows us to ensure materials and space is adequate for all events.

 

Professional learning surveys are available and we would kindly ask for your timely feedback from any professional learning session that you attend. The planners and presenters both value the session feedback.

Transcripts and certificates of completion are available for download or print from your registration log in.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa, Sue or Sherry in the Professional Learning office.
Lisa Becker 399-6771   Sue Krob 399-6767   Sherry Sines 399-6517


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.

 

October 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
Oct. 2, Oct. 25,
Dec. 6, 2018, March 7, 2019

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018
-2019

GWAEA Behavior PD Courses

2018-2019 GWAEA Behavior PD Courses


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 Class
2018-2019

Substitute Authorization Class
2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

GWAEA Child Find Courses 2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities 
2018-2019

PBIS - Professional Learning & Coaching Opportunities
2018-2019

Formative Assessment 2.0 with Larry Ainsworth
Oct. 3, 2018

What Great Educators
Do Differently with
Todd Whitaker

Oct. 3, 2018


FFormative Assessment 2.0 with Larry Ainsworth
Day 1: Sept. 25, 2018 and Day 2: Oct. 16, 2018

Formative Assessment 2.0 with Larry Ainsworth
Day 1: Sept. 25, 2018 and Day 2: Oct. 16, 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Oct. 19, 2018

Math Interventions and Assessments for Elementary Students
Oct. 19, 2018


Leading Collaborative PLC Teams in a MTSS Framework with 
Tim Brown
Oct. 23, 2018

Leading Collaborative PLC Teams in a MTSS Framework with
Tim Brown

Oct. 23, 2018

 


November 2018

The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership 
Nov. 7, 2018

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Building Authentic Engagement
Nov. 2, 2018


The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership 
Nov. 7, 2018

The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership
Nov. 7, 2018

Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018

Better Conversations
Nov. 26-27, 2018



2018-2019 TQ Dates

Nov 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 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, Janet Greene, 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.

 

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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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