Directory of Programs and Services

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff are focused on research-based solutions for families and educators. Use the Frequently Asked Questions module below to learn how we can help you most effectively.

For additional information please feel free to contact us.

Directory of Programs and Services for Administrators and Educators

Below is a summary of our agency programs and services. To contact our staff, use our staff directory to get contact information the GWAEA staff assigned to buildings and districts. We also have a directory of school district and building administrators served by GWAEA available.



Educator FAQs

GWAEA has a specialized team trained to assist districts with challenging student behavior. This team can be requested through your district's regional administrator.

Early ACCESS is the system implemented by the state of Iowa to serve children from birth to age three, who have either a developmental delay, or have a condition that has a high probability of later delays if early intervention services are not provided. Eligible children and their families receive service coordination to assist them in accessing the services and supports they need.

Early childhood consultants support children ages 3-5 by helping teachers and support service providers identify developmental needs, deliver and coordinate quality early childhood special education programs. Early childhood specialists work collaboratively with families and providers to develop interventions that empower families and educators to support the identified needs of young children.

For information about either program, please contact espicer@gwaea.org.

ECSE services are available through GWAEA for preschool children ages 3-5. These services include evaluation and intervention services, which are family centered and community based.

GWAEA staff can identify hearing service needs through testing, medical referrals and educational planning for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Services, recommendations and materials are provided by trained audiometrists, audiologists and itinerant hearing teachers.

Occupational therapy (OT) services are provided for individuals if the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines that these services are needed for the child or student to meet educational or functional goals. The focus of OT services includes self-care skills, fine and visual motor skills, behavior, accessibility, positioning, play and leisure skills, work and vocational skills, and social skills. OTs may also work with teachers and other members of the educational team to develop strategies, accommodations, and modifications for students receiving general education and special education services.

Physical therapy services are provided for students with physical disabilities to facilitate optimal functioning and maximize accessibility in the educational environment. Positioning and mobility specifically are addressed and modifications/adaptations are made as needed. As members of educational teams, school physical therapists evaluate and treat functional needs of students as they affect daily programming, instruct staff in appropriate goals and care, and coordinate with members of respective medical teams as necessary for continuity of care.

The Grant Wood AEA Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) links families and educators for better understanding and communication.

As part of a statewide network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

See more about our FEP program.

GWAEA staff can provide school district staff training in the use of positive behavioral supports for students with behavior problems.

GWAEA's school social workers provide evaluation, counseling and consultation to students, parents and families to help solve social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with a student’s education and development.

All GWAEA special education consultants are trained to provide transition support services for students, parents, teachers and school districts as they plan for students’ transitions for living, learning, and working. Planning will include movement from home to school, school to school, and to their post-school employment, education and living settings. Some helpful resources include:

Universal Design looks at the goals of any lesson to provide all students with tools, techniques and the means to achieve these goals. Your GWAEA Assistive Technology team member can assist you in this area.

Held at Kirkwood Community College, VITAL provides extended vocational training for students who require additional support beyond their high school program in order to meet the transition goals of their IEP. Support may include personal tutoring and counseling, test reading, tape-recorded textbooks, notetakers and job placement services.

The Alternate Assessment is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Every student is to be tested, even those who receive homebound services or attend a shortened school day.

Area Education Agency (AEA) and Urban Education Network (UEN) Significant Disabilities Coordinators provide technical assistance and support in implementation of the Iowa Core Essential Elements and Iowa’s Alternate Assessments. In the Grant Wood AEA service area, contact Tina Hoffman, thoffman@gwaea.org.

Grant Wood AEA’s adapted physical education program provides support for area physical educators providing physical education services to students with disabilities. See more about our APE program.

All students are expected to participate in district-wide assessments. Students with disabilities may participate without accommodations, with accommodations or through the state alternate assessment.

All children in kindergarten-3rd grade who meet Iowa’s Alternate Assessment eligibility requirements will participate in the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment. Educators can use this infographic to help them track assessment windows and deadlines associated with Dynamic Learning Maps (DLMs). For additional assistance, please contact your district's regional administrator.

Grant Wood Computer Services provides software solutions to Iowa AEA's and LEA's. Software includes PowerSchool student records, Grant Wood Accounting and Payroll, On-Line Assessment, IMS, network support, as well as other software programs, custom programming as well as consulting and support for all applications.

Through statewide coordination, schools can receive aggressive discounts on purchases of computer peripherals, audio-visual equipment, supplies, media and technology resources, equipment, paper, janitorial supplies, athletic supplies, food and more.

Throughout the school year, many crises and emergencies can occur. As a result, it's crucial to have a written emergency plan, outlining communication procedures, and strategies for informing parents and news media. GWAEA communications can provide suggestions for an effective communications plan.

The agency has a legal responsibility to certify that children being taught in private settings, such as home schools, are receiving competent instruction. Standardized tests for the children are administered annually at the agency. Contact us for more assistance.

The GWAEA Communications Office offers support for the development of news releases, public service announcements, and other news media relations activities.

The GWAEA Online Assessment System is an Internet tool, which facilitates the district's collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of student assessment data. The assessment system may be used to generate a number of reports, including some required in the Annual Progress Report (APR).

Services such as strategic planning, shared decision-making, school improvement planning, learning organizations, systems thinking, total quality management, problem-solving and leadership development are available upon request. Agency staff will coordinate and facilitate community forums, planning sessions, and information campaigns.

By law, area education agencies must prepare and approve a reorganization plan for any district within their areas, which have fewer than 350 students. The Grant Wood AEA Reorganization Plan, in addition, offers a great deal of data on school districts in the area. Contact our Board Secretary for more information.

Grant Wood AEA houses the computer system that arranges substitutes for teachers. To sign up as a substitute teacher or substitute paraprofessional/associate go to subcentral.gwaea.org.

To report absences or review assignments go to gwsc.eschoolsolutions.com or call 319-449-3079.


For assistance the SubCentral Help Desk is staffed between 7-11 a.m. on school days and can be reached at 319-399-6761 or subcentral@aea10.org.

A GWAEA consultant can provide support and links for gifted education in area schools. Please contact your regional administrator for assistance.

EdInsight offers pre-formatted reports, which are designed to answer an educational question quickly, with minimal training. Training and technical assistance are available through mtressel@gwaea.org.

The Childcare Alliance Response Team (CART) provides intensive behavioral support for children ages 0-5 who are not identified as having special education needs. Children may be referred by childcare providers or parents for extremely challenging behaviors in their childcare setting. This program can be a support to parents who may be in danger of losing their employment if their child is unable to remain in their childcare setting. Because CART is a Linn, Johnson and Washington County Community Empowerment Grant funded program, referrals to this program are limited to early care and education providers in Linn, Johnson and Washington counties only. For more information, contact espicer@gwaea.org .

Assistive technology enables children and youth with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life and helps them to access their right to a "free, appropriate public education" (FAPE) in the "least restrictive environment" (LRE).

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