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GWAEA Fight the Flu
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018


In This issue:

Badges Are Now Required for All GWAEA Staff
GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence
The Big Picture - Second Floor Remodel Update
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Reminder to Update Emergency Contact Information and Beneficiaries
Reminder to Update Print Name Information in ESS
Congratulations!
Subscribe to GWAEA Newsletters
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Grant Wood AEA Staff Serving Districts
The Grant Wood AEA Education Directory will print in September
IPERS Travel Schedule for Individual Counseling Locations
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

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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Badges Are Now Required to be Worn for All GWAEA Staff

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Previously we had communicated that all staff must have badges available for display upon request when working at the agency centers. As staff read in the email sent Thursday morning from Chief Administrator John Speer, effective immediately 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, you can come between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to Technology Support and get a badge from Kathy Briggs.


GWAEA PRIDE: Proudly Recognizing Innovation, Dedication & Excellence

GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team (AAC) and Assistive Educational Materials (AEM) Team

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GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Comunication Resource Team

GWAEA Augmentative/Alternative Communication Resource Team

Front row: Sarah Ries (NE), Julie Freed (Team Lead) and Emily Doolittle (CR) Back row:  Maggie Slaymaker (Central), Jessica Krob (SW), Whitney Achenbaugh (SW), Heidi Primrose (NW), Rachel White (IC), Taresa Fetzer (Central) and Lynda Lanus (CR)

Two teams of GWAEA staff are providing support in the area of accessibility for ALL learners.

 

The vision of the GWAEA AAC Resource Team is to build capacity across all IEP team members to enhance student participation, engagement, and success across all educational settings and communicative partners.  

 

Julie Freed, GWAEA speech-language pathologist and team lead, shared that AAC is described simply as an alternate means or form of communication for individuals who have limitations in their ability to communicate in more conventional ways. (e.g. verbal speech).

 

AAC team activities include:
1. Professional learning workshops on critical AAC topics and AAC system options.
2.  AAC-tivity Nights for parents, educators and SLPs to learn more about AAC use and support. Four more events are currently being scheduled for the 2018-19 school year.
3.  Regional AAC coaching to support SLPs and their respective IEP team members in their efforts to identify and/or implement successfully AAC supports and systems.
4.  Providing collaboration to IEP teams for Individual students related to their  complex communication needs and communication/language learning success in the classroom. An Online "Request for Collaboration" system is in place when help is needed.
5.  Digital formats of critical AAC resources are developed and shared for IEP team use via our agency website and internal shared drives to support consideration and use of AAC for students with complex communication needs.

 

The GWAEA Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Steering Team (below) was initiated during the 2017-2018 school year.

GWAEA Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Steering Team

 

The group is facilitated by Maggie Pickett, GWAEA Digital Learning technology consultant, and includes agency general and special education staff, including:

 

Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning and Media

John Zimmerman, Regional Administrator

Dyan Sundermeyer, Curriculum Consultant - Literacy

Julie Cook, Curriculum Consultant - Special Education Literacy

Julie Freed, Speech-Lanuage Pathologist and Team Lead

Amanda Miller, Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelli Robertson, Autism Consultant

Julie King, School Social Worker

Lynn Tiemann, Speech-Language Pathologist - ELL

Jonathan Wylie, Technology Consultant

Gina Rogers, Technology Consultant

Maggie Pickett, Technology Consultant

Dianna Gears, Media Specialist

Andrea Townsley, School Improvement Consultant

Valerie Taylor Hill, Public Information Specialist


Stacy Behmer, GWAEA coordinator of Digital Learning/Media Services, and John Zimmerman, regional administrator, are working in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education as part of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) regarding accessible educational instructional materials to support ALL learners in a multi-tiered system of supports.

 

A critical component of this infrastructure is to ensure accessible learning materials/resources, including web-content is available for ALL learners.

 

Watch future issues of The Bulletin Board and GWAEA's The Linker blog for additional information as these GWAEA teams continue their learning.



The Big Picture
Sixth St. Second Floor Remodel Update

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  • Reminder ...the deadline for emptying your boxes is Friday, Sept. 7. If you have questions or don't know what to do or need storage, contact Tara Johannsen, ext. 6740.

     

  • We are aware that storage has been requested for some boxes. If you have not made other arrangements, please be sure your boxes are unpacked by end of the day on Friday,
    Sept. 7.
    We will be contacting staff on an individual basis to determine if the materials in any remaining boxes are still needed.

     

  • The mailboxes will be transferred this weekend from the hall outside of the Business Office/Human Resources to their previous locations near region secretaries.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

Kathy Slaman

 

Kathy Slaman
Computer Services Consultant

B.A., Luther College

Kathy was a teacher-leader supporting the Learner Centered Assessment and its implications and applications in PowerSchool during 2015-2018. She was also a middle school teacher with the Cedar Rapids School District, 1987-2015, and as a 7th grade teacher with the Okeechobee Jr. High, Okeechobee, Florida, 1984-1987.

     

Michelle Smith

 

Michelle Smith
Special Education Consultant

M.A., Morningside College

Michelle's background includes positions as a high school special education teacher at Benton Community, 2012-2018 and as a middle school special education teacher, 2007-2012; and as a middle school teacher at Tanager Place, 2004-2007.

     

MacKena Steenblock

 

MacKena Steenblock
COTA

A.A.S, Kirkwood Community College

 

     

Rebecca Tallman

 

Rebecca Tallman

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., Truman State University

Rebecca previously was an SLP at Great Prairie AEA after graduation in December 2015.

     

 

Kaylea Terrill

 

Kaylea Terrill

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

 

     

 

Becky Thorson

 

Becky Thorson

Curriculum Consultant - Math

M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Becky's background includes 16 years with the Cedar Rapids Community Schools as a middle school math teacher (2002-2008), elementary math coach (2008-2012), and district math curriculum facilitator (2012-2018).

     

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


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

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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.


Congratulations!

  • to GWAEA Programmer Myka Forrest and husband Joe on the birth of their daughter, Bethany Faith, on Sept. 4.

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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.


REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

Are you looking for recycled office supplies? Check the surplus items at the Sixth Street facility on the shelf in the hallway between Van Distribution and the Dock. Unused surplus items will be recycled next week.

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Reuse or Recycle the following items:

Sixth Street facility: Shelf in the hallway between Van Distribution and the Dock for:

  • surplus binders

  • rubber bands

  • interoffice envelopes

  • desk organizer

Please donate items that no longer bring you joy to your favorite charity (i.e., coffee mugs,
t-shirts, outdated books)
.

 

Creative Services area in the Sixth Street facility

  • green hanging folders (8.5x11 and 8.5x14)

  • pocket folders

  • manila folders

  • plastic tabs (long and short) and inserts / surplus tabs should be separated into long/short and remove insert

  • paperclips (standard and large, separated)

  • scratch paper and pads

  • 3 ring binders - binders will be sorted / surplus binders available on surplus shelf in hallway

Contact:  Hope Runge, ext. 6435, hrunge@gwaea.org


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.

 

 


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 gwaea.org.


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

Hiawatha

Location: 
Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha

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.


Hope Walk 2018, Saturday, September 29


GROW Quicklinks

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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

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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, cdvorak@gwaea.org.


Chair massage schedule

Cedar Rapids: 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!

The September Y newsletter includes information and upcoming events. Stop by any CR Metro YMCA location or contact Hope Runge, YMCA corporate contact for Grant Wood AEA, for questions regarding the YMCA.

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Team Grant Wood AEA registration ends FRIDAY, SEPT. 7

Individual registration will continue through Oct. 7.

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.

 

September 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
Sept. 19, Oct. 25,
Dec. 6, 2018, March 7, 2019

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series
2018
-2019

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019

Evaluator Approval Level III:
Fierce Conversations

2018-2019

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
2018-2019


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 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,
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.


Wanted:

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.

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