May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and their role providing life-altering services/treatment.  The following folder has some information regarding Hearing and Speech/Language Services in the School Setting as well as this website for Identifying the Signs for Communication Disorders from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.  Reach out to your Audiologist or SLP for questions!

If you see your CRAEA Audiologist, Audiometrist, Speech Language Pathologist or SLP Assistant; thank them for their important work and wish them a Wonderful May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

For 2022, our theme is “Connecting People.”

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Current Openings

Current Openings Office/Location Posted Start Date Type
1.0 FTE Speech-Language Pathologist South Sector 5/4/22 2022-23 Certified
Mental Health Social Worker Clear Lake/Cedar Falls 5/3/22 2022-23 Certified
Educational Assistant Francis Lauer Youth Shelter, Mason City 4/24/22 2022-23 Classified
1.0 FTE Consultant for Literacy South Sector 4/21/22 2022-23 Certified
Professional Learning Registration System Coordinator TBD 4/21/22 ASAP Non-Union
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant NW Sector 4/11/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant TBD 4/1/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE Consultant for School Improvement NW Sector 4/1/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant TBD 3/22/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE Youth Shelter Teacher Francis Lauer Youth Shelter  (Mason City) 3/4/22 2022-23 Certified
School Technology Specialist – NE/E NE/E Sector 2/11/22 2022-23 NUSS
Statewide Leadership Chair for Educational Audiology IAAEA Statewide 1/26/22 2022-23 Certified
Statewide Leadership Chair for Physical Therapy IAAEA Statewide 1/26/22 2022-23 Certified
Teacher of Mental Disabilities River Hills 12/22/21 2022-23 Certified
Substitute Teacher  River Hills School 11/5/21 ASAP Certified
Educational Assistant  Woodhaven Youth Shelter 11/3/21 ASAP Classified
(Substitute) Speech-Language Pathologist TBD 5/5/22 2022 Certified
Educational Assistant  River Hills 8/20/21 ASAP Classified
Educational Assistant River Hills 8/20/21 ASAP Classified

 

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Wednesday’s With Amy

Amy Knupp’s weekly Wednesday meetings has new updates from May 11.

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Reminder AMHFA

Be sure to sign up!

Central Rivers AEA is excited to offer a professional learning opportunity focused on Adult Mental Health. Adult Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based opportunity designed to help adults understand the basics of mental health concerns and provides participants with evidence-based strategies to identify and support individuals who may be struggling. Unlike other learning opportunities, Adult Mental Health First Aid focuses on providing individuals with the tools needed to respond to and support others in a mental health crisis. This is a ‘blended’ course. It includes two hours of self-paced learning and zoom training.

Adult Mental First Aid Dates (only sign up for one section) Course # 201611:

  • Section 1: June 2 and 3, 8:30 – 11:30 am (12 seats left)
  • Section 3: June 9 and 10, 8:30 – 11:30 am (27 left)
  • Section 5: June 13 and 14, 8:30 – 11:30 am (27 left)

Note: Due to the low number of registrations some sections have closed. If your section was closed please register for a different section. If a minimum of 10 participants is not met the section will be closed.

Staff are strongly encouraged to consider this learning and build understanding and tools!  We all know someone who is struggling with mental health, and this course provides an opportunity to learn how to respond and support our friends, family, and colleagues.  If you are interested in signing up for this course, please contact your Regional Administrator and register on the AEA PD system (Course #201611). EQ funds are available for this learning.

 

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Current Openings

Current Openings Office/Location Posted Start Date Type
1.0 FTE Speech-Language Pathologist South Sector 5/4/22 2022-23 Certified
Mental Health Social Worker Clear Lake/Cedar Falls 5/3/22 2022-23 Certified
Educational Assistant Francis Lauer Youth Shelter, Mason City 4/24/22 2022-23 Classified
1.0 FTE Consultant for Literacy South Sector 4/21/22 2022-23 Certified
Professional Learning Registration System Coordinator TBD 4/21/22 ASAP Non-Union
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant NW Sector 4/11/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant NW Sector 4/1/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant TBD 4/1/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE Consultant for School Improvement NW Sector 4/1/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE School Psychologist/School Social Worker/Special Education Consultant TBD 3/22/22 2022-23 Certified
1.0 FTE Youth Shelter Teacher Francis Lauer Youth Shelter  (Mason City) 3/4/22 2022-23 Certified
School Technology Specialist – NE/E NE/E Sector 2/11/22 2022-23 NUSS
Statewide Leadership Chair for Educational Audiology IAAEA Statewide 1/26/22 2022-23 Certified
Statewide Leadership Chair for Physical Therapy IAAEA Statewide 1/26/22 2022-23 Certified
Teacher of Mental Disabilities River Hills 12/22/21 2022-23 Certified
Substitute Teacher  River Hills School 11/5/21 ASAP Certified
Educational Assistant  Woodhaven Youth Shelter 11/3/21 ASAP Classified
(Substitute) Speech-Language Pathologist TBD 5/5/22 2022 Certified
Educational Assistant  River Hills 8/20/21 ASAP Classified
Educational Assistant River Hills 8/20/21 ASAP Classified

 

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Wednesday’s With Amy

Amy Knupp’s weekly Wednesday meetings has new updates from May 4.

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ACHIEVE

CRAEA Staff Roles and Responsibilities as Districts Go Live

  • RA’s are working with districts to develop professional learning plans to meet the requirements of ACHIEVE. It is the LEA’s responsibility to engage in the Meet Iowa ACHIEVE and will receive this guidance from the DE through their “Welcome Package” The “Welcome Package” will be sent via email to the Superintendent or district special education contact. 
  • Districts can receive content training beginning 30 days prior to “Going Live” through the end of June 2023. RA’s are working with districts to develop an in-district learning plan or for attendance at one of our 2 day office trainings in June and August. 
  • Reach out to your RA if you have questions about professional learning plans, access to system, etc.  
  • In addition to a more effective and efficient data entry system, ACHIEVE also provides for a platform to move past meeting compliance and toward best practices to optimize student outcomes. In the course of the development of ACHIEVE, part of the purpose was to move away from a compliance based system to a student outcome system.  
  • Team Reps and Early Childhood Special Education Consultants will serve as a coach to guide teachers through the system. 
  • ACHIEVE District Welcome Package – This is only a reference. 

Accessing ACHIEVE/PLS/Sandbox

  • Logging into ACHIEVE via Ed Portal
  • Accessing the ACHIEVE Professional Learning System (PLS)
  • Using the ACHIEVE PLS Sandbox

IEP Actions when ACHIEVE Goes-Live

  • Although ACHIEVE functions will be available on the first day of the month the district selected to “go-live”, IEP teams will need to continue to use both the Legacy System and ACHIEVE.  All continuing activities (e.g., amendments, progress monitoring) will continue in the Legacy System and any new activities (e.g.,  evaluations, annual reviews, re-evaluations) will occur in ACHIEVE.   Once your district goes-live, the Legacy System will not permit users to begin a function that should be completed in ACHIEVE.  The following alphabetical list of typical functions is provided for greater clarity on what to do in which system.   

ACHIEVE COP May 1st Go Live Districts

  • This is an opportunity for staff who serve districts that Go Live on May 1st to ask questions and problem-solve together. (AGWSR, Iowa Falls-Alden, East Marshall, GMG, Grundy Center, Jesup, Mason City, Tripoli, Wapsie Valley, West Marshall)
    • April 27th Zoom Recording Passcode: PT*K4+u+
    • April 29th 10:15-10:45 
    • May 2nd 11:15-11:45
    • May 9th 8:15-8:45 
  • ACHIEVE will be down for migration on the following:
    • Friday, April 29th, 5 pm to Monday, May 2nd, 5 am
    • Every Friday in May from Saturday 11pm to Sunday 5 am.
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NW Team Rep Lead Position Opening

24 additional days beyond regular contract

Please send letter of interest to CR AEA Human Resource Office

Deadline:  May 9, 2022

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Meaningful Career Conversations Training

We are pleased to share with you the opportunity to participate in a four hour training session for having “Meaningful Career Conversations” with our students.

This opportunity is to help educators broaden career aspirations for PK-20 learners.  This FREE training is available to all school counselors, intermediaries, community college advisors, work-based learning coordinators, mentors, teachers, administrators, after-school providers, coaches, librarians, school board members, STEM advisory boards or anyone who might have a career conversation with a student in the PK-20 system in Iowa.  Career development is a life-long process beginning in Pre-K.

CRAEA will be hosting a session on May 11, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  You are able to join in person or virtually.   Please use this registration form to sign up. Other AEA’s are also hosting sessions and those are listed here; the time of the training is either 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Times and locations are listed on the registration form. 

I am looking forward to the success of Iowa Meaningful Career Conversations and the future successes of our students.  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Katy Blatnick-Gagne at the DE or Jo Prusha.

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Wednesday’s With Amy

Amy Knupp’s weekly Wednesday meetings has new updates from April 27.

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