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Welcome to the new IAAE Website

Supporting learning Alternatives in Iowa since 1979

How do alternatives in education connect to the Iowa Core?


Upcoming Alternative school/Program Networking Meeting:

The IAAE will be hosting two Alternative School/Program Networking Meetings during the 2014 - 2015 school year. The scheduled dates are Friday, November 21, 2014 and Friday, February 20, 2015. Presentations are scheduled to run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on both dates with sign in starting at 9:30 AM. Both will be held at the Des Moines Area Community College Southridge Center, located at 1111 East Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315. There is no charge for the meeting but there will be an $8.00 fee collected for lunch. An agenda will be posted soon. For more information contact Greg McCullough at Ph: 515-287-8702 or E-mail: gmmccullough@dmacc.edu.

See the Conference page to print handouts from some of the Risky Business presenters.

View photos from the
2014 Legislative Day!


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Please be sure to join our new LinkedIn group to stay connected to other members of the Iowa Association of Alternative Education.



The IAAE continues to try to serve all kinds of alternative education programs. The expansive nature of the alternative education movement, with its growing number of students and educational programs, present significant challenges to the IAAE today. Recent legislation ensures a larger role for alternative education in Iowa’s future. One generalization upon which every member in the association can agree is the single sentence in Article II of the IAAE constitution: “Public alternative education serves to ensure that every young person may find a path to the educational goals of the community.” This hope of the founders still defines the mission of the IAAE today.