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The purpose of the Executive Leadership Program is to provide schools, accredited non-public schools, school districts, Eastern Iowa Community College, Iowa Department of Education, other governmental agencies, and community agencies with leadership and partnerships to create educational system effectiveness and efficiency.  The delivered services include:  assisting executive leaders with developmental resources to effectively lead and manage schools and school districts; providing professional learning supports for executive leaders; and coordinating networking so that school, community, and governmental leaders engage in meaningful planning, development, and implementation of quality educational programs.   These services are delivered through AEA executive leaders creating, fostering, and facilitating networks so that leaders have opportunities to plan, develop, and execute regional strategic planning.  The services also include AEA Board of Directors, Chief Administrator, and Executive Director to collaborate with school and school district board members and school leaders to meet the identified teaching and learning needs of every child and student. The support includes building and sustaining productive and collaborative relationships with the Iowa Department of Education, Eastern Iowa Community College District, Iowa System of AEAs, Iowa legislators representing the service region, and community agencies.  

Primary Contacts

William J. Decker
Chief Administrator
Bettendorf Service Center
(563) 344-6401

Cheryl Oake
Board Secretary
Bettendorf Service Center
(563) 344-6402

Dr. Edward Gronlund
Executive Director
Bettendorf Service Center
(563) 344-6315

Donna Brase
Excecutive Secretary
Bettendorf Service Center
(563) 344-6302

Program Services

The following services are provided to schools, school districts, and community agencies:

  • Administrative Services
    • Administration
    • Board of Directors
    • Business & Fiscal Services
    • Data Formatting                     
    • Equity
    • Grant Writing
    • Human Resources
    • Mediation Services
  • Strategic Management & Evaluation
    • AEA Standards for Services
    • School Reorganization
  • Executive Leaders
    • Administrators’ Organization
    • Aspiring Administrators
    • Assessment-District/School-Wide Support            
    • Leadership Development in Systems Design
    • Leadership Development Programs For Teachers & Administrators
    • Superintendents’ Professional Development

Service Descriptions

Outcomes (Effectiveness)

The Executive Leadership Program is monitored and evaluated through its program outcomes, program data, participant surveys and evaluation feedback, and regional needs assessment feedback.  The program is evaluated by ongoing data collection and advisory needs assessment such as the Profile of Services, Statewide AEA Satisfaction Survey, and leadership advisory groups.

Program Outcomes

  • Executive leaders have strategic development resources to address the ongoing challenges for continually improving teaching and learning.
  • Executive leaders have professional learning and networking opportunities to improve leadership skills and partner to effectively and efficiently utilize education resources.

Program Feedback

  • Program data collected, analyzed, and evaluated by AEA executive leaders.
  • Profile of Services data are gathered and monitored annually to ensure schools and school districts have equitable availability of AEA services.
  • Administrators and teachers complete evaluation surveys, respond through advisory processes, and have an opportunity to complete the annual Iowa AEA Satisfaction Survey.  These data points are used to continuously provide feedback to improve AEA services to children, families, schools and school districts.  The following are general data points used to inform AEA service effectiveness. 
    • AEA services meet the professional needs of educators
    • AEA services assist educators with Federal and/or state mandates
    • AEA services had a positive impact on schools (continuous school improvement)
    • AEA services assisted in improving instruction and/or job related practices
    • AEA staff created and maintained a good working relationship
    • AEA staff are responsive to student learning needs
    • AEA staff assisted in improving student achievement
    • AEA staff provided leadership to meet emerging educational needs


An expectation of intermediate service units is to support and provide educational efficiencies within a statewide education system.  AEAs, in Iowa, were established, in 1974, to provide such resource efficiencies.  Executive Leaders Program provides the following education system efficiencies:

  • Access to a regional planning structure so that schools and school districts may investigate options to:
    • Reduce operational costs and human resource time commitments.
    • Leverage access to online resources, software, and additional human resources.
  • Access to time efficiencies that organize and support common learning among executive leaders.
  • Access to resource efficiencies through collaboration to provide financial benefits to local schools and school districts.

Resource Allocation

  • 5% of Human Resources
  • 15 AEA Staff Members
    • 3 Leaders
    • 0 Field Staff
    • 12 Support Staff


Participation: (Equitable Availability of Services)

All public schools, accredited non-public schools, and school districts participate in executive leadership.

Supporting Evidence:

Alignment to Goals

Executive Administration Program is responsible for organizing the goal setting process that includes the leadership with the MBAEA Board of Directors to synthesize the needs assessment information from school & school district educators, internal staff members, and community agencies to develop and implement organizational goals.  The current reading, mathematics and science goal were established, in 2001, to address the significant student learning achievement gaps.  The goal focus area emphasis (literacy, numeracy, student engagement, and multi-tiered system of supports) was added, in 2014, to address the MBAEA goals from a systematic strategy.

Executive Administration Program is highly involved in regional planning with superintendents and superintendent professional development to address the teaching and learning needs of all schools and school districts.  The superintendents have targeted increasing classroom rigor so that all students are engaged in high levels of learning.

Alignment of AEA Standards for Service

Executive Leadership services address the following AEA Standards of Services:

281—72.4(1) School and Community Planning
281—72.4(2) Professional Development
281—72.4(3) Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
281—72.4(4) Diverse Learner Needs
281—72.4(5) Multicultural Gender Fair
281—72.4(6) Media Services
281—72.4(7) School Technology
281—72.4(8) Leadership

Standard Alignment Document

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