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Information on ESSA meetings from IAAE

Below is an email from Ryan Wise (head of the Iowa Department of Education)  about the January meetings across the state concerning the draft of the Iowa ESSA plan.  The draft will be released on January 6th.  In December, IAAE was invited to a meeting with Dr. Wise to discuss the "well-rounded education" aspects of ESSA and arts education. We hope you can take advantage of these opportunities to represent the arts.
Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

We are gearing up for January information sessions to share Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act draft plan, and I need your help getting the word out. The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, January 6. The statewide public meetings will then run from January 9-19, with a format that is informational – we will present details about the plan, field questions and take input.

The dates and locations of those public meetings are included below. All meetings begin at 5 p.m. We’ll also plan to have a Zoom link for each meeting so that folks may listen remotely.

I appreciate anything you can do to help us spread the word (via email, social media, website, etc.) about the draft plan and information sessions.

Please note that some days have more than one meeting site. See you in January! 

Click continue reading to see the dates of meetings. Some updated dates due to recent weather. Zoom webinar links are included also.


All meetings will begin at 5 p.m.

Monday, January 9

Grant Wood Area Education Agency - Coralville

Room 118

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

Join by video conference: https://gwaea.zoom.us/j/551656812

Monday, January 9

Green Hills Area Education Agency - Red Oak Regional Office

Conference Room

212 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak

Join by video conference: https://ghaea.zoom.us/j/308951209

Tuesday, January 10 (Postponed due to weather. Rescheduled for February 2)

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency - Pocahontas

Blackhawk Lake Room

500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas

Join by video conference: https://zoom.us/j/7123352047

Wednesday, January 11

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Expo Hall

200 N. Main, Fairfield

Join by video conference: https://zoom.us/j/464209422

Thursday, January 12

Heartland Area Education Agency - Ames

Conference Room

511 S. 17th St., Ames

Join by video conference: https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/j/222883736

Tuesday, January 17

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency - Clinton

Conference Room

2001 Manufacturing Court, Clinton

Join by video conference: https://mbaea.org.zoom.us/j/809714752

Tuesday, January 17

Northwest Area Education Agency - LeMars Service Center

Conference Room – first floor

940 Lincoln St. SW, Ste. 300, LeMars

Join by video conference: https://nwaea.zoom.us/j/354798607

Wednesday, January 18

Oelwein High School Library

315 8th Ave. SE, Oelwein

Join by video conference: https://aea1.zoom.us/j/787907128

Thursday, January 19

AEA 267 - Marshalltown

Rooms A, B, C

909 South 12th St., Marshalltown

Join by video conference: https://zoom.us/j/994154899

Thursday, February 2 (Rescheduled from January 10)

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency - Pocahontas

Blackhawk Lake Room

500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas

Join by video conference: https://zoom.us/j/7123352047




Ryan Wise, Ed.L.D.


Iowa Department of Education

Grimes Office Building, 2nd Floor

400 E. 14th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Office: (515) 281-343

91st Annual IBA Conference

May 9 - 12, 2018

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309