Aug 24, 2018

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

National presentations brought to you locally by Grant Wood AEA

Grant Wood AEA Seminar Series 2018-2019

GWAEA's 2018-2019 Seminar Series brings national presentations to K-12 administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, and consultants. See the presentation schedule below.


Sept. 5, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Teach. Lead. Repeat. The Essential Skills Every Teacher Leader & Administrator Needs
Presenter: Alex Kajitani

Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Alex Kajitani is the author of three books including, “Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles as a Teacher Today.” Also known around the country as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” Alex created hip-hop math CDs and books that are used in classrooms worldwide to “make math cool,” which is the topic of his popular TEDx Talk.

Nothing is more important than the teacher in the room when it comes to the success of a single class, but when it comes to the success of an entire school, nothing is more important than the relationships of the adults in the building. All relationships, and all school cultures, begin and end with having effective leaders at all levels. Join National Teacher of the Year finalist Alex Kajitani for a bold and honest look at why some schools flounder when others flourish.

Oct. 3, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
What Great Educators Do Differently
Presenter: Todd Whitaker

Benton Community Middle/High School, 600 1st St., Van Horne, Iowa

Todd Whitaker is one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. Todd has written over 40 books including the national best seller, “What Great Teachers Do Differently.”

What are the specific qualities and practices of great educators that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers and administrators do differently than their colleagues. Participants will focus on what the most successful educators do...that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great educators do differently, why these things make the mmore effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.

Nov. 7, 2018
, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Science of Learning and the Future of Teaching & School Leadership

Presenters: Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kelleher
Location: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Glenn Whitman is the co-author of “Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education” and directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Glenn is a former Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and author of “Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History” as well as co-editor of “Think Differently and Deeply,” the national publication of the CTTL.

Dr. Ian Kelleher is the co-author of “Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education.” He grew up in Cambridge, England and received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. At St. Andrew’s, Ian teaches chemistry and robotics as well as coaches boys’ JV soccer.

The science of learning is the most promising research being applied to close the teacher quality and student achievement gap, and puts teachers and school leaders at the forefront of research-informed professional development and classroom strategies. In this session, teachers and school leaders will have the opportunity to work with the internationally recognized Center for
Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School to bridge the gap between science of learning research and their daily practice.

January 9, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Planning for Student Achievement at the Intersection of Blended Learning and MTSS
Presenter: Weston Kieschnick

Location: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Weston Kieschnick is a lifelong educator with more than 14 years of experience designing, developing, and delivering leadership training and professional development to teachers and school leaders around the globe. He is the author of the best-selling book, “Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Innovation = Blended Learning that Works,” co-author of “The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended
Learning for Administrators”, and the creator and host of the podcast, “Teaching Keating.”

How do multi-tiered systems of support align with our blended learning initiatives? How does the classroom teacher account for research-based best practice, multi-tiered systems of support, and blended learning within the same lesson? These are complementary initiatives, not separate efforts that compete for valuable class time. Attendees will experience what high quality instruction looks like when MTSS and blended learning work in tandem with one another and deliver greater efficiency and efficacy than ever before.

March 6, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Shift Your Paradigm: From School-Centered to Learner-Centered
Presenters: Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten
Location: Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Randy Ziegenfuss is the superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Randy’s background includes positions as a classroom teacher, department chair, technology integration specialist, director of technology and assistant superintendent, and a clinical adjunct professor at Moravian College.

Lynn Fuini-Hetten is the assistant superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District. Lynn’s background includes position sas a supervisor of instructional practice, middle school teacher, instructional coach, instructional support teacher, and district assistant principal.

Ziegenfuss and Fuini-Hetten will assist participants to develop an understanding of the five elements of learner-centered education:
• Personalized, relevant and contextualized
• Competency-based
• Learner-agency
• Socially embedded
• Open-walled

Participants will explore:
• Why the paradigm shift from school-centered to learner-centered?
• How do children and adults learn most powerfully and deeply in their lives?
• How does that happen for students and teachers in our schools?

Register Online:
Registration deadline two weeks prior to the event.


• Participants within the GWAEA area, $40
• Participants from outside the GWAEA area, $65
• Registration is not complete until all fees are paid in full.

Registration Information:
GWAEA Professional Learning
319-399-6767 or 800-798-9771, ext. 6767