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The Iowa Association of Alternative Education
Annual State Conference

April 5 and 6, 2018
Airport Holiday Inn
Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Alternative School/At Risk Program Networking Meeting
Friday, November 17, 2017
DMACC Southridge
1111 East Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315

The meeting is open to all administrators and educators with the focus on issues in working with the at risk and diverse student populations. Check in runs from 9:30  to 10:00 AM followed by a short welcome and introductions. Presentations will run from 10:15 AM until about 2:00 PM. Click here for the agenda. There is no charge for the meeting but we do collect $10.00 for lunch.

Contact Greg McCullough (gmmccullough@dmacc.edu) by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to register along with your sandwich choice of ham, turkey, or roast beef. 


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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.