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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?



"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

Click here for the full registration brochure

More information about the conference...

Application to Present 2014 Risky Business Conference.

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.