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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Teams are available to provide immediate assistance to local schools in times of crisis or traumatic events, and to help schools plan for such events. For additional information or to contact a CISM Team:

Katy Lee
Team Coordinator


Critical Incident Stress Management Team Toolbox

Transition Support Services

The Transition Support Services are for students, parents, teachers and school districts as they plan for students' transitions for living, learning and working. Planning will include movement from home to school, school to school, and to their post-school employment, education and living settings.

Transition Services website


Lisa Haverkamp
Regional Administrator


Mary Crandall
Special Education Consultant


Jill Ries
Special Education Consultant


Community Empowerment

In 1998, the Iowa Legislature established a Community Empowerment process, pooling and allocating funds to partnerships within geographical areas which focused on the well-being of families with young children and the removal of barriers to receiving education, health and human services. School board members, administrators, teachers and families are invited to be part of the process. Grant Wood AEA staff have been an integral part of Community Empowerment efforts in each county, can explain the legislation and its impact on schools, and can assist in getting involved with local efforts.

Jeanie Wade-Nagle
Regional Administrator


Community Empowerment websites:

Iowa Community Empowerment

Benton County Empowerment

Cedar County Empowerment

Iowa County Empowerment

Johnson County Empowerment

Jones County Empowerment

Linn County Empowerment

Washington County Empowerment


Detention and Youth Shelter Programs

AEA staff provide instruction for students who are detained in a detention center or youth shelter program. These are sometimes referred to as Off-Site Programs.

Jill Weigel
Regional Administrator


Kids on the Block

The "Kids" are a group of near-life-sized puppets that perform for third-graders in the area. The puppets help students with and without disabilities understand and appreciate each other. Scheduling of school performances is done at the beginning of each school year.

Cathy Nelson
Receptionist/Conference Center


Resolution Facilitators

Resolution facilitators are neutral persons who guide the participants through a process of resolving conflicts. Services are provided to schools and families at no cost by more than 30 trained resolution facilitators.

Paul Kiburz
Regional Administrator


Safe and Drug Free Schools

A consultant provides support and links to state and federal requirements for funds.

Anne Taylor
School Improvement Consultant


School-Community Relations

The Communications Office will provide training and ongoing consultation for the development of communication plans and strategies for interpersonal and mass communication, including ways to involve all persons in the school family and community.

George Held
Communications Supervisor


Service Learning & Civic Engagement

Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning, which engages students in solving problems and addressing issues in their school or greater community as part of the academic curriculum (Iowa Department of Education). A consultant provides support and links for service-learning and civic engagement in area schools.

Susie Green
Student Programs Specialist


Workplace Learning Connection


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