I-Case Recording

Thanks to all who could attend the ICASE webinar with Dustin Zeske from Swisher & Court on A Year In Review.  In case you couldn’t join live, here is the recording as well as the slides presented.

We would like to encourage you to check out and bookmark our new website at https://www.iowacase.org  – there is great information about the benefits of becoming a member of CEC/CASE and I-CASE.

Finally, please take a minute to provide us with a little feedback about the webinar.  This helps us ensure our sessions are meeting your needs!

Please contact Marcia Brolsma or Amy Knupp if  you have any questions.

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Supportive Schools Summit

On May 10, Central Rivers AEA will be hosting a FREE Supportive Schools Summit in Cedar Falls from 9:00-3:00. There will be a student showcase and student speakers in the morning, along with informative sessions in the afternoon. Please share as you see fit!
Register today!
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Level/Weighted enrollment changes

When a student has an initial IEP or a reevaluation IEP finalized they show up on a report Amanda or Margy pulls daily from Achieve.  They review the IEP and determine what the weighting is supposed to be based on what they see and the suggestion that Achieve generates.  When a student has a Review/Annual IEP and the team feels that enough changes have been made to warrant a weighting change, please contact Amanda(Northeast, Northwest) or Margy(South, East) and the RA with a matrix with the proposed weighting change. After they receive the matrix and the RA approves the change they will go in to Achieve and update the weighting.
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SLP Team Lead Opening

A Speech-Language Pathologist Lead Position for the south sector will be open for the 2024-2025 school year. The position offers a stipend and 0.1 FTE assignment. If interested, please submit a letter of interest via email to Shirley Horak  in Human Resources.

For any additional questions, please reach out to Amy Knupp, Executive Director of Special Education.

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SOAR & Explore

Check out this upcoming Math Offering.

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ACHIEVE Family Portal: Decisions regarding the functionality and launch of ACHIEVE are made by the ACHIEVE Governance Council (AGC), which is made up of two AEA Special Education Directors, two LEA Special Education Directors, and Department of Education staff. Based on feedback from the field, the AGC has decided to launch the ACHIEVE family portal in the fall 2024. This decision was made in order to align with the start of the school year and ensure sufficient support for successful use of the portal. In preparation, the Department will engage with family members and individuals from LEAs and AEAs to provide feedback and advice regarding the details of the launch.

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Special Education Law Summit

We’re excited to announce the second annual Special Education Law Summit, a one-of-a-kind event that will bring together experts in the field to discuss current cases and the most pressing issues facing educators. We have an excellent lineup of speakers and breakout sessions. The conference is free and will be hosted by CRAEA in Cedar Falls on June 5th. Registration will be open to AEA staff first, and then later to our LEA partners. Course Number: 226549
Tentative Topics
• Keynote: A Year in Review
• The Intersection between 504 Plans and IEPs
• Legislative Update and Top Legal Issues in Special Education
• Suspend Disbelief; Expel Your Doubts! IDEA and Section 504 Discipline
• Dyslexia, Assessment and Evaluation
• School-Based Mental Health Services for Students Served Under the IDEA
• It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Soaring Absenteeism: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism and the Special Education Implications for Schools
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Wednesdays with Amy

Check out recent recordings Wednesdays with Amy

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Agency learning

Disrupting Bias agency learning

Registration for the full-day Disrupting Bias learning session, offered by Gina Weekley and MaKenzie Hakeman, is now open and will be offered at each Central Rivers AEA office location. Register online through the AEA Professional Learning system.

Course Description: Join us for a full-day learning session* that will provide a framework to disrupt bias behaviors. Bias limits our ability to make the best decisions for our teachers, our students, and our families. The awareness of our biases is foundational to becoming more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Unconscious bias is something everyone has and that doesn’t make us bad; it makes us human. Through this session, you will be able to recognize bias, disrupt bias, learn how to choose courage, and increase your connections! *This training is for Central Rivers AEA Staff only!

Course information to register:

For more information see the attached flier!

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Current openings

Current Openings

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