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Supporting learning Alternatives in Iowa since 1979

How do alternatives in education connect to the Iowa Core?

State Conference Evaluation
The survey will open Thursday afternoon, April 9
and will remain open until 11:00 PM Thursday, April 23.


Whatever Floats your Boat - IAAE State Conference - April 9-10, 2015

Presented by:

Edison Academy, Alternative High School for Bettendorf, North Scott, and Pleasant Valley School Districts

Davenport Community School District

The Iowa Association of Alternative Education (IAAE)

Call for Presenters (PDF)

Vendor Registration Form (PDF)

See more information on the conference!

Articles from Dr. Sroka

Getting to the Heart of Education: Listening to the Whole At-Risk Student — Whole Child Education
School Safety Lessons Learned: From Cleveland to Newtown — Whole Child Education
Teens and Heroin Use
The Power of One | Niagara Falls Review


Save the Date for Risky Business XXVIII - Risky Business XXVIII will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015.  Click here for more information.

Call for Presenters for Risky Business XXVIII - If you are interested in presenting at Risky Business XXVIII please complete the attached form and return via e-mail to Lisa Hackman at lhackman@movalleycsd.org

See the Conference page to print handouts from some of the 2014 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.