Professional Learning

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Welcome to Central Rivers AEA Professional Learning! We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning for educators in Iowa. Join us and enhance your knowledge and skills to serve your students better.

Access Learning Opportunities

Accelerated Learning for All

In this TNTP video, we summarize and recap what educators should prioritize for learning acceleration. We also address that it should not be withheld from students with learning and thinking differences, diverse abilities and needs, or special educational needs. Truly, accelerated learning for ALL!

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Social Studies Inquiry Progressions: Overview

This overview will explain the importance and structure of the Iowa Social Studies Inquiry Standards. The progression K-12 will be shown and direct examples will be provided on what they can look like in the classroom. The resources provided will help the learner grow their understanding of inquiry in the classroom.

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Contact Us

Reach out to Kay Schmalen for…

  • Lead. Inspire, Innovate
  • Approve & Train Instructors
  • Communications to Regional Administrators (RAs)
  • Develops/Updates for Instructor Guides
  • Oversees Professional Learning (PL) budget
  • Contact person for CPI contracts
  • Manages On-Demand Library
  • Updates & manages PL webpages, blog & newsletter
Kay Schmalen, Director of Professional Learning.

Director of Professional Learning

Reach out to Angie Gansen for…

  • Manages contracts for PD learning
  • Support for Registration Issues
  • Approves new courses & sections
  • Course proposal development
  • Develops/Updates Instructor Guides
  • Oversees Paraeducator process
  • Approves Vitas
  • Manages On-Demand Library
  • Chat support
  • Central Rivers AEA Paraeducator Certifying Official
Angie Gansen

Professional Learning Systems Registration

Reach out to Rebekah Robbs for…

  • Manages Front Desk & phones
  • CPI contact
  • CRAEA Emergency Management contact
  • Manages CRAEA staff registration
  • Communications for low enrollment
  • College grades & payments
  • Requisitions and payments
Rebekah Robbs

Administrative Assistant – Professional Learning

Reach out to Corlene Collum for…

  • Conference Center Coordinator
  • Oversees room reservations
  • Manages catering for events
  • Orders course materials & office supplies
  • Communicates with Tech Department
  • Instructor contact for tech needs
  • Front Desk & phone support
Corlene Collum

Professional Learning Conference Ctr Serv Facilitator

Important Contacts

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