Iowa Resources

Iowa Resources

Federal Resources for Iowa

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Iowa
Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Iowa’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

State Resources for Iowa

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map

Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


 


Character Counts in Iowa

Character Counts in Iowa is a nonprofit organization in Des Moines that aims to promote civility and help Iowans practice and recognize good character. The organization works with Iowa educators to incorporate character education into their school, youth, and athletic programs.


 


Character Education Partnership: Iowa

Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate for the character education movement. This site provides information about character education efforts in Iowa, including links to State Schools of Character (SSOC)—schools identified as having reached a standard of excellence within their States in the area of character development, information for those interested in applying to become an SSOC, and contact information for the State’s character education coordinator.


 


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.


 


Iowa Department of Education
The Iowa Department of Education Web site lists a number of resources related to school discipline, school climate, and behavior management, including the resources listed below.


 


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry

The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


 


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Iowa

Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


 


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Iowa

This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues.


 


Safe Supportive Learning: State/Grantee Profile: Iowa

The Iowa Department of Education is implementing several programs that are designed to help its schools ensure they are safe and supportive, thereby improving student outcomes. This Web site provides a description of such programs and other information on each State’s program related to safe schools and violence prevention, school climate measurement efforts, State data, and contact information. Each S3 State grantee is highlighted on the map and is linked to the State profile. 

Local Resources for Iowa

DesMoines Public Schools


  • Turning Point Program

    The Bridges at YESS, Turning Point program serves general education and special education students in grades 9–12 who need short-term, intensive behavioral and academic support through an integrated community service approach. Teachers assist students in developing the academic and social skills necessary to successfully transition to a less restrictive setting.
  • Dropout Prevention Programs  

    This document provides a list of dropout prevention programs in Des Moines Public Schools for fiscal year 2013.

 

Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn. This site provides information about school safety and the organization provides school-safety services for families.

Iowa Safe Schools

Iowa Safe Schools aims to (a) improve school climate to increase the personal safety, mental health, and student learning of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied (LGBTA) and all other students; and (b) increase awareness and understanding among current and future educators, school administrators, and key community agents of inequities regarding the safety of LGBTA students and their family member(s) in schools and communities throughout Iowa. 

Iowa School Safety Guide

This document was developed for the schools of Iowa for use as a template to enhance current school safety programs and to give school districts and individual schools a resource to use when creating their school safety plans.