Extended Agreement for Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) and Read Write for Google
We are excited to inform you that the agreement between the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa’s AEA to provide the Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) free of charge to all Iowa schools has been extended through the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. In addition, Read&Write for Google is also available for free to any school district that is using the uPAR with students. This means that if the uPAR has been given to ANY student in the district, the district can obtain a free license to use Read&Write with all students in the district. What a great opportunity to try it out with kids!!
This extended agreement is a great opportunity for our Central Rivers’ schools to provide their students with access to these high-quality resources at no cost. We encourage you to share this information with your school districts and encourage them to take advantage of this offer if they haven’t already. We would also be happy to work with them, if they need a refresher or further support in using it again.
Here is a flier that can be shared with the schools with a link to request the uPAR. Once the schools have used the uPAR, they will be able to request Read&Write. At this time you can request it through contacting Jennifer Cline or Abbi Martin. Our AT team would be happy to provide the support needed to implement the use of uPAR or Read&Write.
Thank you for helping to spread the word of this great opportunity.
Central Rivers AEA Assistive Technology Team
Re-evaluation and Additional Assessment- When and Why: This will be reviewed at the next discipline meetings (special education). If you have questions please reach out to your RA.
We are looking for a talented and experienced individual to co-lead our Professional School Counselor Network. The Co-Lead will work closely with the current lead and an advisory team to manage and facilitate network meetings and opportunities, specifically in the area of social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health.
Recruit members, set dates/times, and facilitate CRAEA School Counselor Advisory meetings
Guide plans for Professional School Counselor Networking day(s) by creating agendas, networking with experts (AEA, community partners and LEA), and managing logistics
Communicate opportunities with members of the Professional School Counselor Network
Create and manage course(s) within the Professional Learning System
Co-create professional learning
Participate in statewide AEA School Counseling meetings
Background in social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Strong professional development and meeting facilitation skills
This position will begin in December and pays up to 10 days (per diem pay) for the year. (Days for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year to be determined.) Advisory meetings and networking days occur during the school day. Interested individuals must be available for these meetings and the responsibilities associated with this position while still fulfilling the responsibilities of their regular position.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this Google Form before the end of the day on Thursday, November 16. CRAEA’s Well Being Leadership Team will review submissions, narrow down the field of candidates, and schedule interviews with potential candidates.
If you have any questions, please send them to Melissa Hesner.
If an LEA is billing medicaid for behavior para services, the BIP has to have a Mental Health Professional as one of the creators.
Details of the requirement are in this document that was developed by the AEA Special Ed Directors and is posted on the DE website Medicaid page.
If you have questions, please ask.
Amy and Rod/mb
Central Rivers AEA is excited to be hosting Design Dash on Thursday, October 26. Design Dash is a startup event that engages high school students, educators and industry in a one-day, fast paced entrepreneurial excursion. For more information and to sign for volunteer and mentorship opportunities in support of this wonderful student-centered, authentic experience please visit: https://jacobsoninstitute.org/
Your CRAEA Math Team is offering the following upcoming learning opportunities.
The CRAEA Math Team is once again offering Math Intervention for Responsive Teaching on certain Wednesdays after school in January, February, March, and April. This course covers essential elementary math content and intervention best practice for those supporting struggling math learners such as Team Reps, Title Math Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Interventionists, and Special Education Administrators. All sessions are held via Zoom.
The Numeracy Project from Heartland AEA is an intervention system with Iowa Math Standard aligned critical math content K-8. Participants will learn how to use The Numeracy Project’s diagnostic assessment, aligned math activities, and progress monitoring tool. This training is recommended for Team Reps, special education teachers, math interventionists, instructional coaches, or anyone connected with math intervention K-HS. Half-day training sessions are being offered in all three CRAEA locations in either November or December.
See the brochures for more information or reach out to Amie Smith, CRAEA Math Consultant.
This guide was created as a quick and easy-to-use reference to support special education personnel with the IEP writing process within the ACHIEVE system. It is based on content from Iowa IDEA Information (i3) and materials created for ACHIEVE training. It is intended as a guidance tool and should be used accordingly.
Jodi Johnson has graciously put together some videos to help with common activities in ACHIEVE. These recordings can be accessed through the ACHIEVE folder in Class Link. This will continue to be updated and currently contains:
- Consents for Initial Services
- Initiating a trial placement for services with an amendment
- Initiating a trial placement for services with a new IEP
- Exiting a Student when a Parent Revokes
- Reviewing BIPs.