Welcome to the Central Rivers AEA Science website.  Here you will find information, resources, and tools to improve science education for all students.

Check out our latest newsletters: April 2022 and Archived Newsletters

Next Generation science standards

  • Iowa adopted the performance expectations component of the Next Generation Science Standards as the state standard on August 6, 2015.
  • Explore the full Next Generation Science Standards.
  • The standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • Feel free to contact us to discuss ways we can assist your district with your transition to these standards.

Resources to Support Implementation of Iowa Core Science Standards

The Central Rivers AEA Science team has developed and collected a number of resources to guide an individual teacher or district’s implementation of the Iowa Science Standards.  We have compiled a list of items from evidence booklets to resources that support lesson planning!

Ways to Connect with Educators Across the state

Iowa’s AEA science consultants are utilizing social media as a way to increase collaboration among teachers. Consider joining one or more of the Iowa Facebook pages to share news, ideas, resources, and questions join us for Twitter chat (#IAscienceChat), or utilize the resources and meetings of MINK & Co.

Iowa 9-12 Science Teachers

Iowa 6-8 Science Teachers

Iowa 3-5 Science Teachers

Iowa K-2 Science Teachers

Coaching Science in Iowa

Are you an instructional coach who supports Science teachers?  The Iowa Science Coaching Network is a great place to network with others.  Facilitated by two instructional coaches from Southeast Polk, they host webinars throughout the year, have a Google+ Community, and have a newsletter. Check out the Coaching Science in Iowa site for more information.

STEM education in Iowa

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education has been identified as a priority in Iowa.  The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership between business, policy, and education leaders from across the state convened to bolster Iowa’s STEM education and innovation.  Visit the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for more information.

Check out our blog science for the next generation!

Periodically throughout the school year, we will discuss issues related to Science Education.  Check out the Science Blog and add to the conversation!

Some ways we can support:

  • Professional learning in the area of science education in districts
  • Provide professional development through course offerings (see chart below)
  • Consultation on Iowa Science Standards
  • Support with Mystery Science (K-5)
  • Support with OpenSciEd (6th-8th)
  • Support working with teachers to better align curriculum to Iowa Science standards
  • Join school science team PLCs
  • Provide student events at the agency (see chart below)
  • Assist in finding resources to support science education
  • Answer questions related to the teaching of science
  • Support with STEM implementation 
  • Guide curriculum committees through science curriculum selection
  • Work with schools to set up “learning teams” for renewal credit.
  • Conduct science learning labs 
  • Other support ideas are welcome 

Current Offerings to look for: 

Date Course/Event Audience Location Credit
Sept 27 – Dec 27, 2022 Integrated Science/Social Studies for 3rd grade 

Course #203134 (Grad) / Course #203135 (LR) 

3rd-grade teachers, instructional coaches Cedar Falls  1 Grad or 2 LR
November 10, 2022 Paper Roller Coasters-MS


5-8 grade students Clear Lake  Registration 
November 4, 2022 Paper Roller Coasters-MS


5 – 8 grade students Marshalltown  Registration 
December 1, 2022 – January 27, 2023  Course #179883

Better Together: 

Science and Literacy 

K-5 educators  Canvas, coaching  1 LR

1 Grad

February 3, 2023 Paper Table Challenge, MS/HS 5-12 grade students  Remote Registration


January 20th, 2023 #CR-15752

Guiding Inquiry with the QFT

K-12 Educators Cedar Falls 
Feb 6 – April 14, 2023 Science strategies for today and beyond 

Course #190442

K-12 Educators  Canvas, coaching  1 LR
March 10, 2023 Paper Table Challenge (grades 3rd-5th) 3-5 grade students Remote Registration


March 23-26, 2023 NSTA National Conference  Science Educators  Atlanta, GA 

April 2023

UNI Update Conference  Science Educators  UNI, Cedar Falls 

*You are invited to explore our LMS for more science support.

Contact us

Have a Question? Want to Know More? Contact a Science Consultant!

Cedar Falls Office

Name Title Email
Mandie Sanderman Consultant for Science Mandie Sanderman
Chelsie Byram Consultant for Science Chelsie Byram