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  • Central Rivers AEA named Top Iowa Workplace for second year in a row

  • Central Rivers AEA partners with Mason City High School to provide Students with Unique Needs (S.U.N.) with work experience at local businesses

  • Meet Kacen – a student with autism who is thriving thanks to a partnership between his school and Central Rivers AEA

How we help educators, students & families

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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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We are pleased to share that the Des Moines Register announced Central Rivers AEA has received recognition as one of Iowa’s top workplaces for a second year in a row! 🙌

This year, we placed eighth in the large business category – an improvement of five spots to land us in the top ...10! 👏

Thank you to the 472 employees who shared their opinions. We continue to learn a lot from the data, and together, we can ensure that Central Rivers AEA stays one of the top places to work in Iowa! 👍

#CRAEA #iaedchat #TopIowaWorkplace

Central Rivers AEA’s Computer Science/Media & Instructional Technology Consultant, Michelle Meier, has been selected as one of the 2023–24 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Equity Fellows. 👏

Michelle strives to improve equitable access to quality computer science ...learning opportunities by working with multiple school districts in the state.

Her work includes providing assistance in creating and implementing computer science plans, creating and facilitating professional learning and coaching teachers to help them better understand student standards and best practices in computer science education. 💡

The CSTA Equity Fellowship is a year-long program that will provide leadership development opportunities to fellows and identify opportunities for the group to develop ongoing professional learning experiences focused on addressing issues of equity in computer science classrooms.

Congratulations, Michelle!

#CRAEA #iaedchat #CSTA #computerscience

We are grateful to our partners at @kwwl_tv and @kcrgtv9 for giving us air time to tell the story of AEA services this week. 🎥

We joined our partners at @keystoneaea and @grantwoodaea in recording a segment of The Steele Report with Ron Steele as well as six segments for the noon news ...on KCRG.

Watch for more information on the air dates of each segment. Great work, team! 👏
#CRAEA #iaedchat

We loved partnering with @marshalltownschools elementary special education teachers and instructional coaches this past week. 🙌

Participants learned alongside CRAEA dyslexia specialist, Danielle Hakeman, as they worked together to support students with characteristics of dyslexia in ...the classroom.

#EveryDayatAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

A few graphic design students from Jesup High School met with our agency's graphic designers. 💻

The students learned about the day-to-day schedule of working in graphics, the type of programs recommended to use, and how to get started in the field! 🙌

#CRAEA #iaedchat ...#graphicdesign

Congratulations to our own Emily Hagebock, who was presented with the Iowa School Psychologists Association’s '23-’24 Early Practitioner School Psychologist of the Year Award! 👏

“Thank you to my graduate school professors and Central Rivers AEA co-workers who thought to ...nominate me,” said Hagebock. “I love being a School Psychologist!” 📚

#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."