The overriding philosophy behind a teacher leader system is complex, but the ultimate goal is clear – improve student learning. There is no better way to do this than to empower teachers and administrators to lead the effort. The professional learning experts at Central Rivers AEA have collaborated to put together this series of offerings to support local schools. If you have suggestions for the Lead, Inspire, Innovate series, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Regional Administrator or Kay Schmalen at

2023 Connecting the Dots: You Matter! Conference

Our second annual Connecting the Dots conference will take place June 19-20, 2023 at the Cedar Falls office. The two amazing days of learning will highlight national and local speakers, featuring special guests Dr. Tina Boogren, Trevor Ragan and Dr. Jared Smith. This year’s conference focus is “Connecting the Dots: You Matter.” You matter – your wellness matters, your mindset matters, your instruction matters and your leadership matters!

Connecting the Dots Featured speakers Tina Boogren, Trevor Ragan, Jared Smith, Paul France, Shannon Suldo, and Traci McCausland


Please reach out to Kay Schmalen, Director of Professional Learning, for more information.


Hotel Accommodations

We have a block of rooms reserved for the event. Anyone making a state rate reservation will be required to show a state ID at check-in in order to get the state room rate of $80+ tax.  Anyone that does not have a state ID can make reservations at the Central Rivers room rate of $99+ tax by asking for “Central Rivers room rate” when booking their reservation.  The rooms will be held in the block until May 29, 2023.

Holiday inn


Teacher Leadership Opportunities 22-23

#204773 CR – Connecting the Dots: You Matter! June 19th & June 20th

Student Centered Coaching Course (Blended)

Teacher Leadership Network

Student Centered Coaching Labs