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Research recently updated - check out the Research page for new information!

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

Neila Connors has shared her Power Points with us! Please check these out under the conference tab, IAAE spring conference 2016

2016 State Conference Program
2016 State Conference Evaluation

The 2016 State Conference Evaluation will be open from April 7 - April 22.  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


2016 Risky Business XXIX - Monday, October 31, 2016 - Airport Holiday Inn and Convention Center

2016 Risky Business XXIX Call for Presenters - Registration information coming soon!

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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.