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Welcome to the IAAE Website

Supporting learning Alternatives in Iowa since 1979

How do alternatives in education connect to the Iowa Core?

IAAE Annual Spring Conference

April 7-8, 2016
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

PLEASE NOTE The IAAE state conference, April 7-8, 2016,
is HELD at the Double Tree by Hilton!


Conference and Registration Info (PDF)

Vendor Registration Form

Interested in presenting? Submit your proposal today!


VENUE: DoubleTree by Hilton - Book Here

Coming up… Alternative School/Program Networking Meeting

Friday February 19, 2016
DMACC Southridge
1111 East Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315

Greg McCullough
Ph: 515-287-8702
Email: gmmccullough@dmacc.edu

THANK YOU for attending Risky Business XXVIII

Risky Business XXVIII Conference Evaluation
The Risky Business XXVIII Conference Evaluation will be open from October 12 - October 26.  Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey at the conclusion of the conference. Your feedback helps in planning future events. Thank you!

Emotional Labor Study survey link:

Independent Reading Survey
Many of our students face demons on a daily basis that make them feel isolated, rejected, and hopeless.  The information gathered in this survey will be used to discuss best practices for introducing independent reading materials to the right student at the right time.  Titles for both fiction and non-fiction will be collected. This information will be used for presentations to teachers of at-risk students!  

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Contact Liz Huggins with questions.

Please check back often as more information will be added as it becomes available.
On Fire or Burned Out
Dealing with Difficult People
It's What You Say and How You Say It
Handouts for PBS Digital Resources for the Classroom
Please Pass the Love by Jennifer Ulie-Wells
Job Corps by Dr. Jim Lindenmayer
Resources for Personal, Social, Emotional Behavior by Dr. Ray Morley
Why a Different Way by Dr. Ray Morley
Cost of Dropping Out 2015 by Dr. Ray Morley & Dr. James Veale


2016 Legislative Day at the Capitol - Thursday, March 31
2016 IAAE Annual State Conference in Cedar Rapids - Thursday, April 7 - Friday, April 8

View photos from the
2014 Legislative Day!


LinkedIn logoOur listserve has been replaced by a private LinkedIn group.
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.