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How do alternatives in education connect to the Iowa Core?


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"There's no such thing as a bad kid."

Charlie Appelstein

(Opening & closing)


Charlie has worked in child welfare for over 25 years. Passionate, humorous and informative, Charlie brings an inspiring approach to guiding high-risk young people.

Monday, October 13, 2014
8:30 A.M – 3:00 P.M.

The Meadows Events & Conference Center

Prairie Meadows
One Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009

Sponsored by:
Iowa Association of Alternative Education

Charlie Appelstein Handout #1
Charlie Appelstein Handout #2

Click here for the full registration brochure

Risky Business Conference - Hotel rates at Prairie Meadows
Special Rate of $94.00 + taxes for King/2 Queen beds.  Must be booked by 5:00 pm Friday, September 12.  Use group code 10122014RIS for online registration at www.prairiemeadows.com.  You can also call the hotel directly at 515.957.3000 or 800.325.9015 and mention the IAAE Risky Business Conference to get the special rate.
Hotel rates are good thru September 22.

More information about the conference...

Application to Present 2014 Risky Business Conference.

View photos from the
2014 Legislative Day!


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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.