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Helpful Resources for Educators and Families

It is essential that all stakeholders have access to resources and tools to support their understanding of the special education processes in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Education, Area Education Agencies (AEAs), local school districts, and community partner agencies continue to collaborate to provide valuable resources for educators and families.

For Educators



Forms and Model Letters

IEP/IFSP Services and Supports



Procedural Safeguards and Rights

Secondary Transition

For Parents and Families


IEP/IFSP Services and Supports

IEP/IFSP Meetings

Procedural Safeguards and Rights

Department of Education Documents

FAQs & Policy Clarification

Guidelines/Memos on Policy Requirements

Memos of Agreements/of Understanding

Learn About Iowa Special Education

In Iowa, under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Education, AEAs, local districts, and partnering agencies engage in ongoing collaboration to ensure individualized early intervention and special education services and support for all eligible individuals at no cost to the family.