Chief Administrator Search update

The Central Rivers AEA Board of Directors has officially begun a search for a new Chief Administrator. The recruitment effort is led by the executive search firm GR Recruiting.

The search will begin immediately and continue through December with the successful candidate named ideally before winter break. Staff have been invited to provide input regarding which key leadership traits and qualities are most important for the position to ensure the new hire is a good fit for the AEA. A survey was sent to all staff on August 29 for input. *Please note that feedback is due by 10:00 am on Friday, September 9. The GR Recruiting search team will produce a report based on the information gathered in the survey which the board will utilize in developing a position profile that will be utilized in recruitment.

In addition, the process of identifying staff members to fill out interview teams has been completed. A team of 10-12 staff members in each of the categories of Administration, Certified, Classified/NUSS staff and Superintendents will be chosen.  

The Central Rivers AEA board appreciates your input! Other important dates to note in the search process.

  • Board Meeting to Finalize Candidate Profile September 15
  • Application Period September 16 – November 7
  • Board Meeting to Review Candidates November 21 (closed session)
  • First Round Candidate Interviews November 28 – 29 (closed session)
  • Interview Finalist Candidates December 12 – 14 (closed session)

For more information about the Chief Administrator search process, please reach out to Lori Thomas.

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What is Contact Manager and how can I use it to target email communication?

Contact Manager is a tool created to allow staff to send email messages for targeted groups of educators. This is a great tool for promoting your professional learning opportunities or meetings that are targeted toward specific audiences.

How do I use Contact Manager?

  1. Go to:
  2. If you are not signed in, click the “Sign in with Google” Button and follow the prompts to sign in through Google.
  3. Click “Search Contacts” to begin.
  4. Select the criteria from the options on the page to narrow your search from all the educators our agency serves to only those in your desired group.
  5. Click the “search” button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Select individuals or all the members of this group to email (create labels for and/or export into a spreadsheet) by using the check boxes next to each name.
  7. Then, click your desired action at the bottom of the page (Email Selected Contacts, Export Selected Contacts, Generate Labels).
  8. Follow the steps on the screen to finish.

Who do I contact for help?

*Note: These directions are archived on the Staff Website>Communications>Contact Manager for future reference.

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What’s new in the CRAEA On Demand System?

What do you want to learn today? Check out the latest on-demand learning pieces by our Central Rivers AEA experts!

English Language Development: Social and Academic Language – Lisa Wymore & Annalisa Miner, Consultants for English Learners
Understanding a student’s English language development is a first step in planning appropriate instruction and supports. This video will assist educators in understanding the difference between social and academic language as well as the implications these hold for instruction.

Submitting On-Demand Content– Kay Schmalen, Director of Professional Learning
Looking to submit learning for our Learning Management System? Review this slide show for guidance for on-demand submissions, paying special attention to resources for copying/branding and accessibility.

Universal Constructs: Critical ThinkingDana Harskamp & Kelly Gallagher, Consultants for School Improvement
Imagine an environment where learners question, engage, connect and think critically! Here is an overview of what exactly it means to think critically. This learning will help you begin to think about infusing these strategies into your own classroom. Through examples and connections to your own work, you’ll go on a critical thinking journey of your own!

Check out all our learning opportunities by visiting Central Rivers AEA LMS. Didn’t see what you were looking for? Provide us with feedback on content you’d like to see in the LMS.

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Central Rivers AEA “Thank You” storefronts close December 31

A reminder that staff have the opportunity to personally choose and purchase a “Thank You” Central Rivers AEA branded apparel item until December 31. There are two storefronts set up for this promotion; One site is preset with $30 items only and will be charged straight to the agency for each order. The second site will allow those who want to shop for little higher-end merchandise to use the $30 “THANKYOU” code voucher and your own credit card to make a purchase. Instructions to access the storefronts can be found below:

  1. Visit the CRAEA staff intranet.
  2. Go to the Business Office/HR page.
  3. Select the Central Rivers AEA “Thank You” Storefront page.
  4. Choose one of the two catalogs to shop from (read the page for web store details e.g. – tax-exempt vs. non-tax-exempt).

For more information, please see the FAQs for CRAEA “Thank You” storefront document or contact Jenny Young, ( our apparel account representative.

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New INspired Leadership updates available now

Well-being Supports

Are you interested in accessing Central Rivers AEA Well-being supports? Log into your employee dashboard and access the list of supports on the staff intranet.

Weekly INspired Well-being Zooms!

Want help to live your best life? Take time for yourself by joining your Central Rivers AEA colleagues every Friday from 3:15-3:45 pm or Monday from 8:00-8:30 am via Zoom. You’ll get ideas found in Tina Boogren’s 180 Days of Self-care for Educators, connect in a quick breakout room with a few colleagues and consider the next step to enhance your well-being. While the Zoom links are specific to the Friday or Monday sessions, the topics are repeated. The below meetings are listed on the CRAEA Master Calendar and include the Zoom information.      

  • Friday Session Zoom Link (meeting ID: 886 8353 7957)
  • Monday Session Zoom Link (meeting ID: 858 6041 3872)

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