Special Education Procedures

Special education involves specially designed instruction tailored to the unique needs of each child and is provided at no cost to parents. Below are links to resources that go into detail about the parameters of special education services in Iowa and guidance on how services are carried out throughout the state.

Iowa Department of Education Website

IEP Training Videos

New Web IEP Users – Requesting Access to Web IEP:

For teachers and AEA staff new to Green Hills AEA, please use the e-mail links below to contact your GHAEA Office Secretary and request access to your current assignment:

Avoca Office Karen Schwenke
Council Bluffs Office Sondy Laughlin
Creston Office Joan Finck
Glenwood Office Carrie Powders
Missouri Valley Office Faith Bessire
Osceola Office Emily Selsor
Red Oak Office Christel Nelson

General Supervision  

Iowa’s AEAs (AEA) are responsible for providing general supervision of special education in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education (IAC Chapter 41), and Iowa Code Chapter 256B.

The AEA investigates reports of non-compliance and makes recommendations for correcting non-compliance issues. The AEA also oversees special education complaints and requests for due process hearings.

For more information or questions, contact one of our trained mediators:

Trained Mediators

  • Dr. Stephanie Dredge, Senior Director or Specialized Services and Supports
  • Angie Hance, Executive Director of Targeted Services and Supports
  • Michele Harrison, Supervisor of Occupational Therapy Services
  • Ron Russell, Director of Specialized Services and Supports
  • Joe Woracek, Director of Specialized Services and Supports

Mediation and Due Process

Click here to learn more about the mediation process