State & Education Partners – February 2020

Clarification on I3 and Achieve

Recently, information was shared about plans by the  Iowa Department of Education and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies for the launch of a new, more robust Special Education information system. This information system is currently under development and consists of two separate, but integrated parts.

i3 (Iowa IDEA Information):  The next evolution of a fully online and accessible platform for Special Education procedures, guidance, and information. i3 is scheduled for release at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 

ACHIEVE: The name of the next iteration of Iowa’s web-based IEP/IFSP system, with enhancements to allow better parent access, expanded progress monitoring tools, and improved user experience.  Anticipated release is the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Read more.

These two aligned components, when complete, will position Iowa’s educational professionals to continue to provide the highest quality support for students with disabilities well into the future.

Iowa Learning Academy 2020 – June 9-12, 2020

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Please Save the Date for the first annual Iowa Learning Academy (ILA) on June 9-12, 2020 at the Iowa Events Center. Formerly the Special Education Symposium and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) June Institute, the ILA is designed to align statewide efforts to better support Iowa’s area education agencies (AEAs), school districts, and partnering agencies and organizations in the provision of leadership, instructional services, and other supports to promote the success of all learners.

Seven content strands will be offered across the four-day event, including College and Career Readiness, Early Childhood, Family and Community Engagement, Leadership, Literacy, Mathematics, and Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH).  More details are available here.

Registration and More Information

Registration for the event is anticipated to open in March 2020. For more information on the event visit  

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Video 

Are you interested in learning more about Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services? As an educator, would you like to know how to refer families and what services they can provide? Click here to watch a short video featuring Jaime Claywell-Herrera, IVRS Counselor, describing Voc Rehab’s services available to all LEAs and identified students in Iowa.

UNI Learning Opportunities in GPAEA

Think Tank
March 3, 10 AM – 1 PM
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
No cost to attend, lunch provided

Leadership Camp
April 21-22, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

If you are interested in registering, please contact is Denise Schares at
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