Welcome to the Central Rivers AEA Science website.  Here you will find information, resources, and tools to improve science education for all students.

Check out our latest newsletters:  April 2023 

Next Generation science standards

  • Iowa adopted the performance expectations component of the Next Generation Science Standards as the state standard on August 6, 2015.
  • Explore the full Next Generation Science Standards.
  • The standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • Feel free to contact us to discuss ways we can assist your district with your transition to these standards.

Resources to Support Implementation of Iowa Core Science Standards

The Central Rivers AEA Science team has developed and collected a number of resources to guide an individual teacher or district’s implementation of the Iowa Science Standards.  We have compiled a list of items from evidence booklets to resources that support lesson planning!

Ways to Connect with Educators Across the State

Iowa’s AEA science consultants are utilizing social media as a way to increase collaboration among teachers. Consider joining one or more of the Iowa Facebook pages to share news, ideas, resources, and questions.

Iowa 9-12 Science Teachers

Iowa 6-8 Science Teachers

Iowa 3-5 Science Teachers

Iowa K-2 Science Teachers

STEM education in Iowa

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education has been identified as a priority in Iowa.  The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a partnership between business, policy, and education leaders from across the state convened to bolster Iowa’s STEM education and innovation.  Visit the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for more information.

Some ways we can support:

  • Professional learning in the area of science education in districts
  • Provide professional development through course offerings (see chart below)
  • Consultation on Iowa Science Standards
  • Support with Mystery Science (K-5)
  • Support with OpenSciEd (6th-11th)
  • Support working with teachers to better align curriculum to Iowa Science standards
  • Join school science team PLCs
  • Provide student events at the agency 
  • Assist in finding resources to support science education
  • Answer questions related to the teaching of science
  • Support with STEM implementation 
  • Guide curriculum committees through science curriculum selection
  • Work with schools to set up “learning teams” for renewal credit.
  • Conduct science learning labs 
  • Other support ideas are welcome 

*You are invited to explore our LMS for more science support.

Contact us

Have a Question? Want to know more? Contact a Science Consultant!

Cedar Falls Office

Name Title Email
Mandie Sanderman Consultant for Science Mandie Sanderman
Chelsie Byram Consultant for Science Chelsie Byram