Advisory Teams at Central Rivers AEA

Supporting Teacher Leadership 

CRAEA Teacher Leadership Team (Kelly Gallagher, Bill Soesbe, Kim Hurley & Jo Prusha) main responsibility is to support our school districts Teacher Leadership Teams.  With that main goal in mind we created an advisory team to help us support their work.  

Two of our Teacher Leadership Advisory Team drivers are:  

  • We will reflect on our practice as coaches/teacher leaders.  
  • We will collaborate.  

The Teacher Leadership Advisory Team is a collection of administrators and teacher leaders from Central Rivers AEA School Districts who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of our CRAEA Teacher Leadership Team in order to more effectively guide the work.  

The Teacher Leadership Advisory Team helps us plan and deliver learning to support teacher leaders and mentoring and induction programs. We meet on a monthly basis either face-to-face or zoom meeting format.  Our conversations and work revolve around ways we can support mentors who support new teachers and how we can influence the effectiveness of teacher leaders to impact student learning experiences within their districts.  During the 2019-20 school year, this team has planned four networking days.  

As part of our February 10. 2020 Teacher Leadership Networking Meeting, members of our Teacher Leadership Advisory Team will be sharing how they use peer observation progressions.  These include pineapple charts, learning labs and learning walks. All of these are a reflection of the national trend of #observeme and ways in which we can open up our classroom doors to one another in order to support teaching and learning.  We will also be learning about Social Emotional Learning from our own Dana Miller and Dawn Jaeger and Charles City will be presenting on how they use the “Zones of Regulation”  within their school district.

Our last networking day for the 2019-20 school year will be on April 9, 2020.  Our draft plan for this day is to zoom with the Iowa Science Coaching Network, learn from Grinnell School District on how they use Student Centered Coaching data to evaluate their Teacher Leadership Program and hear from Cedar Falls Schools how they collaborate between administrators and teacher leaders to impact teaching and learning.

Supporting School Counselors

CRAEA also has an advisory team to support School Counselors.  This group’s main purpose is to create networking opportunities for CRAEA School Districts School Counselors.  They have planned for two networking days to support each other as Professional School Counselors. As part of our February 14, 2020 networking day, we will be learning from Dr. Darcie Davis Gage from UNI, David Berns from Aldrich Elementary and Kathy Barry on self-compassion, self-care, building collective efficacy and being trauma informed.  

The benefit of having advisory teams are many, including the diversity of opinion, the ability to gather a broader base of resources and they also offer us an opportunity to engage with a group of experienced professionals regarding the work they are engaged with on a daily basis to help ensure we are meeting the needs of our school partners.  

If you’d like to find out more, please feel free to contact me:  Jo Prusha (

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