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    We provide services to local school districts that they could not afford independently. By working together, we make every dollar stretch further.

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    Prior to the establishment of Iowa's Area Education Agency (AEA) system in 1974, the Iowa legislature was plagued with complaints about inequitable services from district to district across Iowa. One of our number one objectives is to ensure that all students and teachers, regardless of location, have access to what they need to succeed.

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    Excellence is not a buzzword at Central Rivers AEA, it's part of our DNA as an organization. We recruit and retain highly qualified team members with a passion for service.

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    Leadership & Service

    We both respond to district requests and create opportunities never thought of before. Our dedication extends to every last student we serve.

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Not many people can speak three languages, but Keily can! ๐Ÿ‘

Central Rivers AEAโ€™s Ashleigh Hopper, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Jill Bird, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher, work together to support Keily as she learns both English and American Sign Language. Keily also knows ...Spanish! ๐Ÿ‘

As a result of her hard work and collaboration among educators at @stctrojans and Central Rivers AEA, Keily is making exceptional growth in her receptive and expressive language development.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat #ialegis

Congratulations to the December Central Rivers AEA staff that were nominated for a Difference Maker Award by our LEA partners! ๐Ÿ‘

This award recognizes the positive impact made by these staff/teams for our local teachers, parents, students, schools and communities. ๐Ÿ™Œ

#CRAEA ...#DifferenceMakers #EveryDayAtAEA #iaedchat #ialegis

Our office buildings, grounds and River Hills School are always looking spotless, thanks to our custodial/maintenance team! While they may be more behind-the-scenes, their hard work does not go unnoticed! ๐Ÿ‘

Cedar Falls office:
Kevin McKenzie, Supervisor of Buildings/Maintenance
... Shyla English, Lead Custodian/Maintenance
Derrek Grapp, Custodian

Clear Lake office:
Skyler Wood, Lead Custodian/Maintenance
Greg Hampton, Custodian

Marshalltown office:
Micheal Ballhagen, Lead Custodian/Maintenance

River Hills School:
Steve Hines, Lead Custodian/Maintenance
Jessica Devries, Custodian
Cory Teepe, Custodian
Don Brown, Substitute Custodian (not pictured)

#CRAEA #thankyou

All Central Rivers AEA offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 27.
#CRAEA #officesclosed

Our Cedar Falls Central Rivers AEA office was filled with paper roller coasters last week! ๐ŸŽข

The theme this year was classic games. What game comes to mind when you think of a classic game? ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŽฎ

This annual event asks students to work together, use design-thinking, ...problem-solve, work within constraints and celebrate each other's strengths to engineer their paper roller coaster. ๐Ÿ‘

#CRAEA #paperrollercoasters #STEM #studentevents

Joyce Johnson and Kayla Kelly, Central Rivers AEA Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants who serve on our Culture and Climate Committee, made a trip to River Hills School to spread some sunshine! โ˜€๏ธ

They prepared and served bubble tea to the River Hills staff and shared gratitude for ...the important work they do for children. ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ™Œ

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

What we are proud of

Top Workplace

We are a Des Moines Register Top Workplace.


of local educators say Central Rivers AEA special education services are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.


of local educators say that Central Rivers AEA Future Ready supports are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.


of local educators say that Central Rivers AEA Media and Creative Services are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.

"The AEA staff members who work with my district have been extremely helpful across the board...answering questions specific to content areas, helping with technology implementation, analyzing and using student data, and implementing Social and Emotional Learning structures."