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Iowa’s model of accreditation and school improvement utilizes state and federal law and rule to position the Iowa Department of Education (Department), area education agencies (AEAs), local education agencies (LEAs) and other agencies and programs to engage in continuous improvement. Differentiated Accountability is the process developed in 2015-16 to move schools and districts further in improvement efforts. See Differentiated Accountability (DA) System webpage for more information.

Chapter 12 Matrix

Annual Notices and Deadlines for Public and Nonpublic Schools

Equity Education

School Improvement Team

The School Improvement Team assists accredited districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and AEAs in continuous school improvement efforts and with accreditation standards. A school improvement consultant may assist with the following topics.

  • Charter Schools
  • Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
  • Desk Audits
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Nonpublic School Accreditation
  • Open Enrollment
  • Private Instruction (Home Schooling)
  • School District Waivers and Exemptions
  • Senior Year Plus
  • Specially Accredited Schools

The following contact information includes the monitoring assignments of each school improvement consultant. Schools, school districts, AEAs, and members of the public should contact the consultant assigned to their AEA for general school improvement related questions or contact the consultant assigned to specific topics.

Contact Information

Address:
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

General Number: 515-281-8402

Fax Number: 515-242-5988

Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (Except State Holidays)

Administrators

Dave Tilly
Deputy Director and Division Administrator
Division of Learning and Results

Amy Williamson
Chief
Bureau of School Improvement

Consultants

Holly Barnes
515-669-8157
holly.barnes@iowa.gov

Monitors and provides technical assistance for Mississippi Bend AEA 9
Exempt schools assistance
Independent Accreditation
Nonpublic School Accreditation
Specially Accredited Schools
Superintendent Notes
Equity

Janet Boyd
515-745-3385
janet.boyd@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Green Hills AEA
Charter School Consultant
Online schools

Buffy Campbell
515-954-8651
buffy.campbell@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Keystone AEA
Contact for private instruction (i.e., home schooling)

Destiny Eldridge
515-822-2554
destiny.eldridge@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance to Central Rivers AEA
Equity

Eric Heitz
Administrative Consultant
515-281-4726
eric.heitz@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Heartland AEA
CASA assistance
Differentiated Accountability​ Equity

Sara Nickel
515-281-3778
sara.nickel@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Great Prairie AEA
Open Enrollment
Equity

Marietta Rives
515-281-6038 or 515-360-5131
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Grant Wood AEA
Equity
 

Pam Spangler
515-281-3427
pam.spangler@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Prairie Lakes AEA 8 and Northwest AEA
Contact for whole grade sharing
Coordinator for feasibility studies (school district reorganization and whole grade sharing)
Equity

Steve Crew
Administrative Consultant
515-326-1029
steve.crew@iowa.gov
Monitors and provides equity/MCGF technical assistance for all AEAs
Coordinates LEA focused equity site visits
Coordinates AEA focused equity visits
Assists with community college focused equity site visits
Section 504

 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 29, 2020 at 11:29pm.