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Iowa’s model of accreditation and improvement for districts, Area Education Agencies, and Pre-Kindergarten programs is scheduled for a substantial makeover for the 2015-16 year. See Differentiated Accountability System.

School Improvement Documents

Chapter 12 Matrix

Annual Notices for Public School Districts

Equity Education Documents

School Improvement Team

The School Improvement Team at the DE conducts site visits for accredited nonpublic schools and school districts, reviews Annual Progress Reports (APRs), and assists Schools and School Districts in continuous school improvement efforts such as the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Data for both the APR and CSIP are collected through the C-Plan application. The Team conducts feasibility studies with accredited public school districts seeking options such as Whole Grade Sharing and School District Reorganization. The Team monitors Private Instruction, Specially Accredited Schools, Open Enrollment, School District Waivers and Exemptions, Nonpublic School Accreditation, charter schools, and Senior Year Plus.

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 any school improvement related questions.

Contact Information

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)


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

Amy Williamson
Bureau of School Improvement


Holly Barnes
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Mississippi Bend AEA 9.
Non-public school accreditation including independently accredited, specially accredited and exempt schools.

Janet Boyd
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Green Hills AEA.
Charter School Consultant
Online schools

Cindy Butler
Administrative Consultant
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Heartland AEA 11.
Differentiated Accountability

Barbara Byrd
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Great Prairie AEA.
Contact for whole grade sharing
Coordinator for feasibility studies (school district reorganization and whole grade sharing)

Elizabeth Calhoun
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Northwest AEA.
Contact for Private Instruction (i.e., home schooling)

Buffy Campbell
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Grant Wood AEA 10.
C-Plan Assistance

Margaret Jensen Connet
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

Eric Heitz
Monitors and provides technical assistance for AEA 267.
Open Enrollment

Fred Kinne
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Keystone AEA 1.
Section 504 State Coordinator
Senior Year Plus assistance

Pam Spangler
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Prairie Lakes AEA 8.
C-Plan assistance

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 12, 2016 at 8:21am.