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Our Focus

Building a Brighter Future for Iowa’s Children

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are dedicated to working together as a system to ensure all Iowa children have equal opportunity for an exceptional education. Iowa’s AEAs meet this challenge through services that accelerate student learning and development, inspire educators and propel districts and schools to maximize learning outcomes.

What We Do

Accelerate children’s learning and development
Iowa’s AEAs provide educational equity for all Iowa children with emphasis on those with diverse learning needs.

Inspire educators to sustain superior learning outcomes
Iowa’s AEAs provide professional tools and learning experiences to support the implementation of evidence-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Innovate with schools to maximize system effectiveness and resources
Iowa’s AEAs provide economies of scale, and program and infrastructure supports.

Our Priority Goal Areas


Iowa’s AEAs are committed to supporting schools in promoting healthy learning environments that address the social, emotional, behavior, and mental health well-being of students. Well-being is a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience, and satisfaction with self, relationships, and experiences. When these supports are in place, students typically have fewer disciplinary issues, can focus more on school work, and develop skills that translate to a life well-lived.

Future Ready

Iowa’s AEAs will provide an integrated statewide system of supports and services by creating and connecting authentic learning experiences for Iowa students and educators. With personalized, competency-based learning models, work-based experiences, and data-driven strategies, AEAs will ensure all students are future ready.


For Iowa’s AEAs, synergy includes delivering efficient, effective, and equitable services to all Iowa schools.

Teachers and administrators report that they need additional help from Iowa's AEAs with student behavior and mental health challenges. We are rising to the occasion with innovative programs and services designed to support them.