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Mark Your Calendar:

Aug. 15-16 (Thursday-Friday)

PD Palooza

 

2019-2020 TQ Dates

Sept. 9, Nov 11, 2019;
Feb 10 and May 11, 2020

 

In This issue:

All Agency Meeting Recap
Welcome, New GWAEA Staff
Required mandatory and
non-mandatory trainings

Watch for changes to The Bulletin Board
Did You Know? All Agency Calendar
Grant Wood AEA Fight the Flu
IPERS Travel Schedule
Grant Wood AEA GROW
Grant Wood AEA 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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All Agency Meeting Recap

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This week marked the official start to the new school year with the All Agency Meeting. Held at Solon High School this year, the program included special guests Lew Montgomery and panelists Noreen Bush from Cedar Rapids Community School District, Josh Oberg from Clear Creek Amana School District, and
Bill Poock from Mid-Prairie School District.


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John Speer

Lew Montgomery

 

Lew kicked off the meeting from the perspective of a parent whose child received support from agency staff. "I stand before you proud as a father and forever indebted to people like you who made a difference in my son's life," Lew shared.

 

The day also included presentations from panelists who provided feedback on AEA programs and services from a school district perspective.

 

 

 

"Your staff are part of our faculty- you know our team and we work collaboratively. You're an integrated part of our teams, and we lean on you to support each and every child,"  commented Noreen.  

 

Bill concurred, and reflected on the important partnership between an AEA, families and a school district when a child transitions to the school environment after receiving Early ACCESS services. "We partner together to make this journey a success for the students and the families. It's our collaboration that helps parents know that we all care about their child, and help the parents trust that they can bring their child to us."

 

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Bill Poock, Noreen Bush, Josh Oberg,
Maria Cashman

 

 

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Bart Mason, Kris Donnelly, Maria Cashman,
John Zimmerman

 

 


Josh's comments were from the classroom perspective. Josh shared about his growth as an instructor through blended and personalized learning, and how it's help grow his students' learning. "Grant Wood AEA is helping us see potential holes in our instruction, and today we're seeing real growth mathematically."

 



Nicole Clymer

Nicole Clymer

 

Staff: photos from the All Agency Meeting are being shared on our agency's Facebook page. Please 'like' Grant Wood AEA's page, and tag yourself if your photo is posted!

 

Next week's Bulletin Board will include some of the celebrations from the All Agency Meeting and share more about the strategic plan that was introduced by John Speer.

All Agency Inservice Button

Interested in a button for your All-Agency Inservice collection? Contact Cathy Nelson, 6544 or click here to place your button order by Friday, Aug. 30.


Welcome, New GWAEA Staff

 

Welcome, New GWAEA Staff 
Kayla Klein, Jessica Kremer, Jamie Larson, Caroline Much, Karlee Peyton, Melissa Sadilek, Victoria Erhardt

 

Join us in welcoming these new staff to Grant Wood AEA! New staff who provide permission for their photo and/or bio information are introduced as part of our weekly issues of The Bulletin Board. These features continue for several weeks at the beginning of the school year, and throughout the year as staff join our GWAEA team.

 

Let's welcome the following to Grant Wood AEA:

 

Kayla Klein, GWAEA school psychologist, joins Grant Wood AEA as a recent UNI M.A.E, grad, as Kayla said, "starting my first adult job!" Before UNI, Kayla received her B.S. in Psychology from ISU and held a position in child, adult & family services in Dubuque. Welcome, Kayla!

 

Jessica Kremer is a GWAEA science consultant, with an M.S. in science education from Montana State University. Jessica's background includes seven years with the Central City Schools and four years teaching

science to 5th/6th grade during the 2012-2016 school years. During the last three years, Jessica has been a
6-12 instructional coach and she has experience as a K-12 at-risk home school coordinator. Hello to Jessica!

 

Jamie Larson is a GWAEA school improvement consultant with a degree from the University of Texas-San Antonio. Jamie's background includes positions as a principal with Holy Family - St. Jude School for two years. Jamie also held the position as a literacy specialist for six years with the Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, and a K-5 teacher for eight years with Northside Independent School District. Welcome, Jamie!

 

Caroline Much is joining the agency as a GWAEA speech-language pathologist having spent 14 years as an SLP at Mississippi Bend AEA. During the last year, she served as an assistive technology consultant with the MBAEA Assistive Technology Department. Caroline holds an M.A. from the University of Iowa. Hello, Caroline!

 

Karlee Peyton, GWAEA speech-language pathologist, has an M.A. from UNI, and is completing a clinical fellowship year. Welcome, Karlee!

 

Kendra Roberson is a GWAEA school social worker with an M.S.W. degree from St. Ambrose University. Kendra shared that before completing her M.S.W. degree, she has experience as a transitional living advocate at United Action for Christ. Hello to Kendra!

 

Melissa Sadilek is the GWAEA board secretary/executive assistant to the chief administrator. Melissa's background includes a position as an administrative assistant to the principal at Xavier High School, 1992-2018. She also has experience as a digital literacy confidential secretary with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, 2018-2019. Melissa received her office clerical degree from Hamilton Business College. Let's welcome, Melissa!

 

And our final welcome for this week's issue of The Bulletin Board is extended to Victoria Erhardt, GWAEA

school psychologist. Victoria joins Grant Wood AEA after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Hello to Victoria!

 

Welcome to Grant Wood AEA, Kayla, Jessica, Jamie, Caroline, Karlee, Kendra, Melissa, and Victoria! Watch for more new staff features in next week's issue of The Bulletin Board.



Required mandatory and
non-mandatory trainings

Oct. 1 is deadline to complete the trainings

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The Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning office has sent out emails for required mandatory and non-mandatory trainings. Staff will need to complete the required training(s) identified in the email(s) you received by Oct. 1 or as indicated in the email. Please submit your certificate(s) of completion in the Google Form associated with that email. Your records in Human Resources will be updated when we receive your certificate of completion. You are welcome to review any trainings that are current if you would like a refresher on other trainings. 

 

New legislation went into effect on July 1 for Iowa licensed educators. This legislation requires annual completion of an approved Suicide Prevention and Postvention training and Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mitigation of Toxic events modules. Grant Wood AEA is asking all staff who work directly with students or who are licensed for their positions to complete these modules. Approved modules are available online in the AEA Learning Online system

 

In an additional legislative change, licensed educators will need to complete both Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Abuse and  Mandatory Reporter Training for Dependent Adult Abuse regardless of the age group that you serve when your training is next due for renewal. The Iowa Department of Human Services is now the only approved provider for these trainings. You can access this training at no cost directly through the DHS website or through the AEA Learning Online system for a $25 fee. The PD office will notify you if you are due to complete Mandatory Reporter trainings.  Any current training will remain in effect through the expiration date for that training. 

 

Grant Wood AEA now requires that all employees complete Bloodborne pathogen training every three years. First Responders and employees in high risk for exposure categories will complete this training annually.


The Overview of Seclusion and Restraint training will continue to be completed every three years by staff who are required to complete mandatory or permissive reporter training. 


You will receive email notifications for any trainings that you need to complete. We are requesting that all requested trainings are completed by Oct. 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted. 

 

Please contact the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development Office if you have questions. 


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Watch for changes coming to The Bulletin Board

Grant Wood Communications is exploring changes to the weekly issues of The Bulletin Board. Among these changes is the opportunity for staff to share agency information articles on Facebook and Twitter extending our reach into the community. Different software options are currently being explored. Watch for these changes in the coming weeks, and please share your feedback with Renee Nelson or Valerie Taylor Hill.



All Agency Calendar

Did you know?

Google calendar August 2019

Ever wonder who is having a region meeting or when your next discipline meeting is scheduled?

 

The agency has an All Agency Calendar you can subscribe to and layer with your calendar.

Here is a link with the directions on how to add the All Agency Calendar to your Google Calendar.


GWAEA Fight the Flu

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Sixth Street facility

7:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Grant Wood Room

Thursday, Sept. 26 Coralville facility

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Room 500

Remember to bring your insurance card.

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The GROW Committee would like to offer flu shots to interested staff members this fall. Register at this link.


The Visiting Nurses Association will administer the flu shots. They will submit the paperwork to bill your insurance, so be sure to bring your insurance card.


For information, contact Connie Dvorak, cdvorak@gwaea.org.


IPERS Travel Schedule

Hiawatha, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Dec. 16-19, 2019

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Individual counseling sessions teach members about their retirement account, including possible retirement dates, benefit payout options and service purchase options. Schedule your 30-minute counseling session today! Contact IPERS at 800-622-3849. Preregistration is required. Appointment times fill quickly, so call today. 800-622-3849 | ipers.org | info@ipers.org

Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions in Hiawatha, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2019.Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha
North/Main Entrance

 

Hiawatha

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2019
Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha
North/Main Entrance

Individual Retirement Counseling Sessions in Cedar Rapids

Dec. 16-19, 2019
Linn County
935 2nd St SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Rooms 3A & 3B

 

Cedar Rapids

Dec. 16-19, 2019
Linn County
935 2nd St SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Rooms 3A & 3B



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Save the Date... Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019

Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer - GWAEA Team


Especially For You Race


Women's and Men's 5 K Run or Walk
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
8:00 am

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
Mercy Medical Center -10th St SE Cedar Rapids

 

 Team Grant Wood AEA registration link

Free fruit punch lip balm at time of registration for all
Grant Wood AEA staff. See Nicole for details! 


2019-2020 Total Quality (TQ) dates

Sept. 9, Nov 11, 2019; Feb 10 and May 11, 2020

Visit the TQ Google site to access the proposal template and direction. A link to the TQ site is available on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link. Please submit your proposal electronically to Sherry Sines at ssines@gwaea.org by the dates listed above.

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TQ funds are available to support professional learning. Proposal reviews are typically completed by the TQ committee within 7 - 10 days after the due date.

 

All contracted staff in a position that requires an 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.

 

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.


2019-2020 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series

Sept. 4 - Dr. Erikca Brown presenting Getting Explicit About Implicit Bias Using Compassionate Dialogue

Registration is open for the 2019-2020 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series with featured presenters
Dr. Erikca Brown, Kevin Honeycutt, John Krownapple, Eric Sheninger, Rebecca Lewis, and Shawn Rubin & Cathy Sanford.

 

Dr. Erikca Brown will be the first presenter on Sept. 4 on the topic of Getting Explicit About Implicit Bias Using Compassionate Dialogue.

 

See the professional learning flyer for all of the topics and presentation dates. The participant fee is $40 with the registration deadline one week prior to the event,

 

To register, visit Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning, gwaea.org/learning.

 

2019-2020 Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series with featured presenters Dr. Erikca Brown, Kevin Honeycutt, John Krownapple, Eric Sheninger, 
Rebecca Lewis, and Shawn Rubin & Cathy Sanford


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 2019

Cognitive Coaching:
Planning and Reflecting (Level 1)
Aug. 19, 20, 2019 and 
Oct. 7, 8, 2019 and 

Problem Solving (Level 2)
Feb. 13, 14, 2020 and April 15, 16, 2020

Cognitive Coaching:
Planning and Reflecting (Level 1)

Aug. 19, 20, 2019 and
Oct. 7, 8, 2019 and

 

Problem Solving (Level 2)

Feb. 13, 14, 2020 and April 15, 16, 2020

Integrating Social Interaction Techniques
for Children with
Autism into the
Preschool or
Daycare Setting
Aug. 21, 2019

Integrating Social Interaction Techniques
for Children with
Autism into the
Preschool or
Daycare Setting

Aug. 21, 2019

 

 

September 2019

Grant Wood AEA 
Behavior PD Courses
2019-2020

Grant Wood AEA
Behavior PD Courses
2019-2020


2019-2020 
Grant Wood AEA 
Seminar Series

2019-2020
Grant Wood AEA
Seminar Series

MTSS Professional Learning
for Secondary Schools
Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Oct. 23, 
Feb. 11, 2020, April 9, 2020

MTSS Professional Learning
for Secondary Schools
Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Oct. 23,
Feb. 11, 2020, April 9, 2020


Mindfulness 101:
2019 
Changing Your Relationship with Stress

Mindfulness 101:
2019
Changing Your Relationship with Stress


Pathways
to Blended & Personalized Learning 2019-2020

Pathways
to Blended & Personalized Learning 2019-2020

Improving Student
Achievement through Actionable
Feedback

Improving Student
Achievement through Actionable
Feedback


Substitute Authorization Class, 2019-2020

Substitute Authorization Class, 2019-2020


Using the ELL Critical Data Process in 
Early Childhood
and Preschool
Sept. 18, 2019

Using the ELL Critical Data Process in
Early Childhood
and Preschool

Sept. 18, 2019

Introduction to the ELL Critical Data Process and Distinguishing Between Disability and Language Acquisition, Sept. 19, 2019

Deepen Your Understanding
of the ELL Critical Data Process
Sept. 20, 2019

Introduction to the ELL Critical Data Process and Distinguishing Between Disability and Language Acquisition, Sept. 19, 2019

Deepen Your Understanding
of the ELL Critical Data Process
Sept. 20, 2019


Access for All: 
A Planning Framework
for Leaders
Sept. 23, 2019

Access for All:
A Planning Framework
for Leaders
Sept. 23, 2019



The Five Dimensions (5D)
of Teaching and Learning:
An Overview to the
Instructional Framework
Sept. 27, 2019

The Five Dimensions (5D)
of Teaching and Learning:
An Overview to the
Instructional Framework
Sept. 27, 2019

Early Emergent Literacy Instructionfor Students with Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Early Emergent Literacy Instruction
for Students with Significant Disabilities and Communication Needs

Sept. 10, 2019 &
Oct. 11, 2019

 

 

October 2019

Visible Learningplus 
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 16, 2019

Visible Learningplus
John Hattie, Peter DeWitt
Oct. 16, 2019

Coaching for Student Engagement
Oct. 28, 2019

Expanding Expressive Language Workshop
Oct. 22, 2019

Coaching for Student Engagement
Oct. 28, 2019

Coaching for Student Engagement
Oct. 28, 2019


 

November 2019

PLC+Framework
LCI: Visible LearningSeries: 
Nov. 11, 2019 and
March 3, 2020

PLC+Framework
LCI: Visible LearningSeries:
Nov. 11, 2019 and
March 3, 2020


Computer Science Standards
Nov. 13, 2019

Computer Science Standards
Nov. 13, 2019


 

January 2020

Digging Deeper
into the 
Five Dimensions (5D)
of Teaching and Learning
Jan. 24, 2020 and
March 26, 2020

Digging Deeper
into the
Five Dimensions (5D)
of Teaching and Learning
Jan. 24, 2020 and
March 26, 2020

 


 

February 2020

Feedback That Makes
Learning Visible with Peter DeWitt
Feb. 7, 2020

Feedback That Makes
Learning Visible
Feb. 7, 2020

 



Evaluator Approval Information

Professional Administrator Licenses require approved Evaluator Approval coursework as a part of the licenses renewal credits. Various course options are available throughout the state. 
A listing of upcoming courses is available on the AEA Course catalog or on the DE website


 

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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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