Central Rivers AEA stands strong in support of diversity

In June, the agency took a clear stance against the racial injustice and discrimination that has plagued the Black community in our nation for far too long. We feel it’s equally as important to take the same stance against the violence and discrimination often aimed at the Asian American community today. 

Each of us must commit to doing everything we can to counter racial injustice and discrimination where we see it and take a stand. For lasting change to occur, we must keep the conversation going. As an agency, we value and respect diversity and celebrate our differences.

For more information related to supporting the Asian American community, please visit the Division 45 Anti-Asian Discrimnation Task Force website.

For more information related to supporting the Black community, please visit the Black Lives Matter website.

Together, we can send a clear message that discrimination, violence, and injustice simply won’t be tolerated.

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New CRAEA ClassLink employee dashboard launches today

Starting Tuesday, April 6 all Central Rivers AEA internal staff resources (Portal, Time Clock, Work Year Calendar, etc.) will be added to the Central Rivers AEA staff’s ClassLink dashboards.  This will provide staff with easy to use, single sign-on (SSO) access to digital resources. 

In addition, the “for staff” dropdown on the Central Rivers AEA homepage will be removed and an Employee Dashboard link will be made available in the footer of the homepage, which will take you directly to the ClassLink login.

More information on the change can be found on this document. Questions should be directed to the Help Desk at 319-273-8231 or helpdesk@centralriversaea.org.

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Celebrate your retiring colleagues on May 13

A virtual all-staff meeting and retirement celebration will be held on Thursday, May 13, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Regional Administrators will be sending more information closer to the date regarding specific regional and discipline meetings that will be held after the all-staff meeting.  

Please join us in congratulating this year’s retirees and recognizing them for their dedication and years of service to the agency.   Those retiring this year include:

  • Kathi Abkes, Youth Shelter Teacher – 27 years
  • Hedo Adelmund, Educational Assistant – 1 year
  • Dr. Karen Aldrich, Regional Administrator – 26 years
  • Dr. Julie Davies, Executive Director of Educational Services – 10 years
  • Sue Eichmeier, Audiometrist – 34 years
  • Terri Fecht,  MD Teacher – 16 years
  • Joanne Griep-Adams, School Social Worker – 34 years
  • Deb Hanson, Creative Assistant – 35 years
  • Diane Highnam, Speech-Language Pathologist – 9 years
  • Tami Huck, Consultant for Literacy – 4 years
  • Julie Jenney, Audiometrist – 40 years
  • Pam Lang, Early Access Educator – 29 years
  • Harold Lucas, Educational Assistant – 29 years
  • Kevin McRae, Special Education Consultant – 17 years
  • Sherry Millang,  Special Education Consultant – 31 years
  • Judy Moser, Regional Administrator – 46 years
  • Paul Prescott, Media Van Driver – 24 years
  • Cheryl Roberson, Supervisor of Media Services – 21 years
  • Janece Shaffer, School Psychologist – 13 years
  • Kathy Smith, Educational Assistant (retired 11-2020) – 23 years
  • Pam Stephenson, School Social Worker – 26 years
  • Joyce Tempus, School Social Worker – 34years
  • Bev Trampel, Audiometrist – 10 years
  • Janice Walker, Educational Assistant – 3 years
  • Janelle Williams, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader/Cons for Literacy – 14 years

The following Zoom information can be used to join the all-staff meeting & celebration: 

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Open enrollment for insurance benefits set for April 19 – May 9

The Open Enrollment period for insurance will open April 19 and end on May 9. Even if you do not take insurance, you must go through the open enrollment process, which can be found on the Portal under My Benefits > Benefits Enrollment. Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser and be sure to go through each step carefully.   

An insurance presentation for all staff will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m.  The Zoom information to join is below:

Need support? Contact the CRAEA Tech Help Desk at helpdesk@centralriversaea.org or 319-273-8231.

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A reminder about social media use

A friendly reminder to all staff members about our agency’s board policy relative to social media use. Board policy 703.4 provides clear guidance that can help you represent yourself and the agency in the best light while online. Please take a moment to review and forward any questions to Beth Strike at bstrike@centralriversaea.org.

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All-agency kick off meeting set for August 18

Mark your calendars now for the 2021-22 all-staff kickoff meeting being held Wednesday, August 18.

We look forward to seeing everyone face-to-face for the first time in well over a year!

The day will feature an inspiring and informative presentation by Kristen Anderson of the Brilliance Project as well as time to reconnect, network, and prepare for an incredible new year of service.

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Health insurance premiums increase for 2021-22

The Central Rivers AEA health insurance plan has experienced extremely high claims during the first six months of our year.  Due to these high claims, the monthly insurance premiums are increasing 15-19% for next year.  

Having a competitive benefit package remains a priority, so the agency will continue to cover the single premium for the $2,500 and $3,500 plans for full-time employees.  Part-time employees will continue to pay a prorated premium.  Employees enrolling in a family plan will continue to pay the difference between the family premium and the employer contribution. 

Below is a summary of the premiums and employer contribution changes:

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Thank you to our office support staff

colorful backdrop with the words Thank You over the topTake time on April 21 to recognize our outstanding office support team during Administrative Professionals Day! This group of staff working in our offices are instrumental in keeping the agency running smoothly and ensuring all staff have what they need to do their jobs.  We couldn’t do what we do without them! 

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Wellness Wave spring update

Don’t leave your $200 wellness incentive unclaimed!  Spring has finally arrived and it is time to shake off those cold winter blues and shift gears on your wellness track. Our  Employee Health & Wellbeing Program was introduced last fall as an incentive where staff have the opportunity to earn $200 (maximum) in wellness dollars for 2020-21 by completing challenges. Each challenge completed is worth $10. 

The payout date will be June 18, 2021.  That means there’s still time to login and complete tasks to earn cash! Login into the Wellness Wave and start earning your wellness rewards today!

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Helpful technology tips and tricks from our friends in IT

Annotating in Zoom
When you’re in a Zoom meeting, do you ever wish you could draw something on the screen?  Guess what – you can!  Zoom allows you (and your participants) to annotate directly on the screen.

To annotate, select the Annotate button while sharing your screen, or select View Options if you are viewing a shared screen.  This option will bring up a new toolbar with a variety of ways to visually interact with your screen.

Printing to agency office printers
When an office printer doesn’t perform its one job, it’s easy to feel frustrated.  Many issues however, can be solved with a little DIY printer know-how.  To help you get back up and running with as little downtime as possible, we compiled a list of common solutions for printer problems.

  • Verify the correct printer is selected: CRAEA-FollowMePrint
  • Verify you are wirelessly connected to Network (Not Guest)
  • Verify you are entering the correct five digit print code
  • Verify the printer display screen does not indicate any errors
  • Verify your document was sent to the print queue in the last 24 hours

If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 319.273.8231 or helpdesk@centralriversaea.org

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