New coursework eligible for Evaluator Renewal.

The following new courses have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education to meet the evaluator requirement to renew an administrator or evaluator license:

1. Human Capital Strategies as a Change Lever in Education, June 13-15, 2017. School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) providing and issuing 1 evaluator approval credit

2. Collaborative Leadership, June 19-20, October 3, December 5, 2017. Heartland AEA providing and issuing 2 evaluator approval credits

3. Program Implementation and Leadership Development (PILD, August 3-4, October 20. Dubuque Community School District providing the training with a plan for Keystone AEA to issue 2 evaluator approval credits

Additionally, during the next school year, Assessing Academic Rigor, Fierce Conversations (2 credit option), and iEvaluate 1.2 will be maintained as options. iEvaluate 1.2 will be revised during the school year with a new version for release in the 2018-2019 school year.

Contact: Matt Ludwig ( or 

Greg Horstmann (

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May Superintendents Meeting Documents



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Career and Technical Education Legislation (HF 648) Amendment re: RPP Funding Process

The Department of Education would like to inform you that the Career and Technical Education (CTE) legislation, House File 648, which had intended to shift the Regional Planning Partnership (RPP) funding from a reimbursement to a disbursement process and have the option of having funds roll over from one year to the next, did not become law.  As a result, the status quo holds; state CTE funds will continue to be distributed through a reimbursement process and are to be expended within a given fiscal year – there is no carry forward provision. Though the legislation did not pass, the General Assembly may take up the bill from where it was left during the next legislative session.

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching and, therefore, the Department is working with individual RPPs to provide flexibility in how funds will be expended this fiscal year without violating the intent of the secondary CTE law. The Department had requested that the requisite documents for the establishment of the RPP be completed by April 30, 2017. The Department strongly recommends that the RPP establishment formalities be completed as soon as possible. 

Disbursing funds to the RPPs cannot occur until the RPP has been officially approved by the Department. All required documents should be uploaded by the RPP through the Iowa Grants website ( Please refer to the guidance for using the Iowa Grants website available on the Department’s website

If you have additional questions, please contact Pradeep Kotamraju, Ph.D., Chief, Bureau of CTE, via email at or call 515/281-4716 (Office) or 515/314-7852 (Cell). 

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New Administrator Orientation on July 31

Central Rivers logoAn orientation to Central Rivers AEA geared specifically for superintendents, principals and curriculum coordinators new to the area will be held on Monday, July 31 from 10-1 at Central Rivers AEA, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls.

Please see the online flyer for the day’s agenda. Lunch will be provided.

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May monthly reports and updates

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Maximizing school counselor impact: A module for school leaders

Administrators – are you looking for an on-line course? Look no further – here it is!!

This two-credit, on-line course is offered through a joint agreement with Southern Region Education Board, Iowa College Aid and AEA PD Online. It is part of a series of the Go Alliance Academy.  This module, developed for school leaders such as principals, assistant principals, and directors of counseling, helps school leaders understand how to engage effectively with school counselors to take the steps needed to achieve your goals in school improvement.

You will gain a better understanding of the impact school counselors can have on student success; understand the school counselor’s role; define a comprehensive school counseling program and how to support one; and practice developing a shared vision for student success with your school counselor. This course was developed in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

To learn more and to register, please go to:  22041399991801

Contact Jackie Gray with questions at 641-844-2487.

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Inspirational leadership series for 2017-18

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 1.59.03 PMJoin your peers in learning from cutting edge experts in the field of education including George Couros, Kevin Honeycutt, Diane Sweeney, Dylan William, and others as part of the inspirational leadership series presented by AEA 267 (soon to be Central Rivers AEA). Participants may engage in the presentation days for insight and have the added option for extended learning and support.

Want to learn more? Orientation Zoom sessions have been scheduled for the following dates explaining not only the inspirational leadership series but also teacher leadership and tiered instructional support on any of the dates and times listed below.

May 2, 3  from 7:30 to 8:30 am                               

Access the Zoom meetings at:

(A recording of a ZOOM orientation will be available upon request to Amy Moine at


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