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Kathy Schultz

VAST Center Consultant



Science Consultants

Phyllis Anderson


Steve Bartlett



Carol Cassells


Julie Foltz



Christopher Soldat


Regional Administrator

Bart Mason
319 399-6793


Science Education

Consultants provide assistance in designing curriculum, modeling instruction, and using technology for science instruction, including environmental education.

Van Allen Science Teaching Center

Professional Development website

Eastern Iowa Science Collaborative


Standards Adoption

On Aug. 6, 2015, the Iowa State Board of Education adopted the Performance Expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards as the new Iowa Core Science Standards. These performance expectations are grade specific expectations for grades K-8 and grade band expectations for grades 9-12.  

You can view the grade level performance expectations here:

You can read an article about the new standards from the Iowa Department of Education here:


Here is the timeline our state will follow as we implement these new standards. 

The implementation timeline for the new standards will be multi-year:

  • 2015-16: Exploration, Awareness and Statewide Capacity Building

  • 2016-17: Classroom Transitions,  Shifts and Practices

  • 2017-18: Leveraging Materials, Resources and Expertise

  • 2018-19: Full K-12 Implementation* (at least one middle school grade)

    • *Because of the unique nature of the assigned middle school/junior high grade level standards, the implementation process must include at least one grade by 2018-19; a second grade level must be included by 2019-20, etc.

Supporting sites as we work on the new standards

Mark your calendar...New science standards workshops will be offered by the GWAEA science consultants on these days:
January 21, 2016
(intended for teachers)
January 22, 2016
(intended for admin and district PD providers)
March 3, 2016
(intended for teachers), and
March 4, 2016
(intended for admin and district PD providers).
The workshops are one day in length.


Science Standards Workshop PowerPoint for Teacher

Science Standards Workshop PowerPoint for District and School Leaders

New science standards symposiums for teachers will be offered by the Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines during the week of June 13, 2016.

More information will be posted here as soon is it is received.


STEM Initiatives

STEM initiatives are aimed at engaging Iowans to help shift the culture and mindset around math, science, and technology so that Iowa is recognized as a the premier state in delivering this important brand of education.

Engineering is Elementary

Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council


AEA Science and Math Discounts




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