"An Introduction to Grant Wood AEA"
Our Mission Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility 4401 Sixth Street SW As an educational partner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404-4499 (319) 399-6700 Grant Wood AEA staff work to further 1-800-332-8488 TDD (319) 399-6766 our agency’s mission, Fax (319) 399-6457 “To ensure success for all learners.” Grant Wood AEA Coralville Facility 200 Holiday Road Coralville, Iowa 52241-1178 (319) 351-2510 Our Goals 1-800-854-0446 TDD (319) 358-6299 Fax (319) 358-6201 Increase the academic performance Grant Wood AEA 33rd Avenue Facility 1120 33rd Avenue SW of all students. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 (319) 399-6700 TDD (319) 399-6766 Increase the percentage of students who Fax (319) 399-6474 perform at the proficient level. Grant Wood AEA Administration Chief Administrator ............. Ron Fielder Associate Administrator ..... Maria Cashman Program/Services ................ Kris Donnelly Our Beliefs Our Vision Administrators Lisa Fry Trace Pickering ✓ Individuals are unique and learn We will be known and under- Pam Rubel differently. stood by those we serve as an organization that provides Communications ..................George Held ✓ Individuals deserve to work and learn in Supervisor respectful and nurturing environments. superior service and leadership. Toward that end, we will: Treasurer ................................. Barbara Harms ✓ Individuals value what they help to create. ✓ Honor the past while embracing Board Secretary ..................... Kim Martin ✓ The diversity of our people and our ideas the future. lend strength to our organization and our services. ✓ Maintain strong connections with our clients, associates, communities, and ✓ Partnerships and teamwork result in policymakers. An Introduction to Grant Wood AEA best services. ✓ Attract and retain talented, diverse ✓ The individual child benefits when the employees who love learning and serving family is a partner in his/her education. learners. ✓ Continuous learning is critical to the Grant Wood Area Education Agency is one of 10 Iowa area education agencies (AEAs) established ✓ Cultivate people for roles and positions quality of all we do. of leadership. ✓ Visionary leadership is essential to the realization of human and organizational ✓ Continuously improve our practices, processes, and products through learning by the Iowa Legislature in 1975 to provide equity in educational programs across the state. potential. Produced by the Communications Office, Grant Wood that is rich in data and research-based. AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. ✓ All individuals deserve the opportunity and support necessary ✓ Create flexible, effective, and efficient (319) 399-6700, 1-800-332-8488. Iowa’s AEAs work as educational partners with local public and accredited private schools to help approaches to our work. For tours of the agency, more information, or to to achieve their highest potential. ✓ Identify and utilize the most effective arrange for a presentation about Grant Wood assure that all children reach their potential. Iowa AEAs are widely regarded as one of the foremost ✓ Our way of life depends on AEA for your organization, contact the Grant Wood technologies for leading and learning. our investment of time and ✓ Nurture a respectful workplace where AEA Communications Office at (319) 399-6714, 1-800-332-8488, Ext. 6714, or visit our Web site regional service systems in the country, offering programs equitably, efficiently, and economically attention to every child in high expectations, learning, and fun on a regional or cooperative basis among school districts. our midst. at www.aea10.k12.ia.us permeate. ✓ Target significant gains in student Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does learning and achievement in reading, not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, math, and science. religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you ✓ Carry out our work each day with full believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated un- justly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, realization that improving the lives of at 319-399-6847 or 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood children and families is the reason for AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. our existence. October 2008 AEAs provide access to ° School districts benefit from shared Approximately 80,000 Iowa students age resources for both large resources such as videos and DVDs, birth to 21 have been identified as having and small school districts. supplemental materials, educationally some type of disability. This means about one designed databases and search engines in eight students in K-12 classrooms need Services are provided in for school libraries, and science kits for some form of special assistance. Virtually all the following areas: classroom experiments. students with disabilities receive support services from the AEAs. Special Education Support ° The AEAs engage in economical group Providing specialized services for children purchasing of food, paper, office and As educational partners, Grant Wood AEA and students birth to age 21 with diverse janitorial supplies, and many other items, helps students, local district staff, families, and learning needs, including students with saving millions of dollars statewide. communities meet the growing challenge of disabilities. ° Schools also benefit from high quality, accountability and student achievement. Instructional Media Internet-based licensed databases and multimedia resources provided by the Board of Directors Providing instructional videos, books, and A nine-member board of directors elected agency. These products provide 24/7 access kits to support K-12 classroom instruction by area school boards governs Grant Wood to information that teachers and students and teacher training. Printing, graphics, and can use at school and at home. AEA. Board members represent designated segments of the agency’s service area called School Districts and Counties served by Grant Wood AEA (Area 10) Teacher Work Center services are also available. Services in Area 10 director districts. They are elected for three- School Technology Grant Wood AEA provides support to more year rotating terms by the school district Providing assistance with technology than 71,000 students and approximately 5,800 board members in their director districts. planning and integration, training, teachers, administrators, media specialists, The Grant Wood AEA Board of Director cooperative purchasing, networking, nurses, and paraeducators in 33 K-12 public meetings are normally held on the third printing, and distance learning. school districts and 22 approved nonpublic Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the schools, preschools and daycare centers. Grant Wood Room of the Sixth St. Facility in Instructional Services The Grant Wood AEA service area, also Cedar Rapids. Offering support and expertise on best known as Area 10, includes Benton, Cedar, practices in skill areas for children birth to age 5 Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington Funding and in content areas for K-12 teachers. counties in East Central Iowa. Unlike local school districts, the AEA system Professional Development Here are just a few of the key has no taxing authority. The agency is funded Coordinating workshops, courses, materials, roles the agency plays in the The ultimate goal by a per-pupil assessment designated by the Legislature, by federal funds, various grants, and ongoing consultation for area educators communities it serves: of our work is that every and sale of services. Grant Wood AEA invests and support staff. ° The AEA identifies the needs of children child will receive approximately 75 percent of its funding in serving children with disabilities. The remain- Leadership with disabilities and provides for or a quality education. der of the agency’s budget provides a variety Providing leadership services that assist supplements a wide variety of services to meet those needs. of educational and media/technology services with the recruitment, induction, retention, Staff services and materials from the to schools and communities. and professional development of educational ° The AEA supports schools in the use agency are available without charge, leaders. of the Iowa Professional Development except for services such as printing, Model. It also offers professional skill- data-processing, special events with 2008-2009 General Fund Revenues Keystone AEA School-Community Planning enhancements to teachers and admin- outside speakers, or individualized requests. Northwest AEA Prairie Lakes AEA Providing support for School Improvement 7.9% Local Sale of 4.3% Other State Revenues AEA 267 istrators, including credit courses for The agency operates three centers, two in Service Revenues processes and communication with families licensure renewal as well as certification Missis- sippi Cedar Rapids and one in Coralville. However, Grant Wood AEA Bend and communities. classes for paraeducators. 53.1% Heartland AEA AEA nearly 60 percent of agency staff is assigned 34.7% Federal State “Flow-through” Loess Hills AEA Revenues Multicultural, Gender-Fair ° The AEA supports district personnel to specific schools as part of a regional Revenues Green Valley AEA Great Prairie AEA Providing services that assist schools and in curriculum and assessments, which team. They work directly with children and school districts to ensure supportive learning address, at a minimum, reading, language educators as an integral part of the local Iowa Area Education Agencies environments for all students. arts, mathematics, and science. Support school staff. Others serve schools in a Area 10 has... is also available for establishing and consultant or itinerant basis, offer courses or State “Flow-through” Revenues............ $23,053,094 ❱ 33 public school districts ❱ 9,507 children ages 3 to 21 who analyzing student achievement and workshops, or link schools with other persons, Federal Revenues ................................ $15,045,855 ❱ 22 approved nonpublic schools receive special education services** learning climate data, and for using this agencies or materials that meet their needs. Local Sale of Service Revenues........... $3,450,853 information to improve student learning. Other State Revenues .......................... $1,875,053 ❱ 12 nonapproved private schools ❱ 259 board members Total GWAEA Revenues ................. $43,424,855 ❱ 251 school administrators ❱ 7 counties (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, ° The agency provides staff with special- Johnson, Jones, Linn, Washington) ized skills that many schools could not ❱ 5,800 teachers, counselors, afford to have on their own. This includes media specialists, nurses, and ❱ 4,900 square miles school psychologists, social workers, paraeducators ❱ 423,353 population* speech-language pathologists, and cur- ❱ 71,297 students** riculum consultants, just to name a few. *U.S. Census Bureau, State & County Quick Facts, http://quickfacts.census.gov, 5/6/2008 www.aea10.k12.ia.us **2007-08 Basic Educational Data Survey (BEDS)