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About Heartland AEA

Services Offered Through Heartland

Educational Programs and Services

Professional Learning

Special Education Services and Supports

Library and Digital Resources

To contact Heartland AEA, visit their website or call 515-270-9030 or 800-362-2720.

Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited non-public schools to provide educational services, programs and resources for improving the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth in central Iowa. Heartland AEA staff members serve children from birth to age 21, families, educators and communities.

Heartland AEA’s staff members, 75 percent of whom are licensed educators, aid student achievement in many ways. They provide direct services to students with special needs; consult with teachers about students’ academic and social-emotional learning; consult with principals and superintendents; provide professional learning courses for educators; lead school-community meetings; teach students in shelter and detention facilities and undertake many other tasks to improve teaching and learning.

Heartland AEA has a distinct mission and core values. Staff members strive every day to fulfill the Agency’s mission and make a difference in people’s lives. Heartland AEA also has four student achievement goals that drive its continuous improvement efforts.

Our Mission
To improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth by providing services and leadership in partnership with families, schools and communities.

Our Vision
To nurture learners, empower choice and enrich lives.

Our Values
Caring – Proactive – Collaborative

Our Beliefs
At Heartland AEA, we believe:
– Education is everyone’s responsibility.
– Learning impacts the quality of life people enjoy.
– An educated citizenry is essential for a civil, prosperous and democratic society.

Our Goals
Goal 1: Increase learning growth for students as measured by number of districts/schools demonstrating growth in student performance.
Goal 2: Decrease gaps in achievement between students in underperforming groups and all students (underperforming groups include students with disabilities, English Language Learners, students living in poverty and all racial/ethnic groups).
Goal 3: Increase in annual graduation rates until all districts are at 100 percent.
Goal 4: Increase core preparation rate of high school graduates until all students meet gateways for post-secondary education/career success.