ESSA Summer Institute has ended
A reminder to complete the ESSA June Institute EVALUATION for both Day 1 and Day 2!

Welcome to the first annual June Institute for Schools at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Iowa!  

We hope you find what you need across this 3-day event focused on supports in the areas of literacy, mathematics, social-emotional-behavioral well-being and mental health, subgroups, and culture/climate! This site is for all attendees to have access to presenters and session materials.  This is not where you register.    

Please note that registration must be completed within the AEA Registration System, and that special sessions are pre-registration only. Registration links for the Conference and Special Sessions are located HERE.

*General Sessions, as well as session descriptions may change; additional general sessions may be added.  Session materials will be posted prior to the conference.  

Pre-Conference PDF Agenda
General Conference PDF Agenda

Justin Blietz

Cedar Rapids CSD
Associate Principal
Justin Blietz is an associate principal with a passion for empowering educators and building capacity around trauma sensitive practices. Justin has worked extensively with schools, districts and organizations throughout the country to transform culture and climate through trauma informed restorative practices. Starting as a teacher in Houston and then Des Moines, he quickly learned the value of relationships and brain based strategies. In his current role, he has supported work that has reduced suspensions and office referrals by over 75% while also increasing student and staff perceptions of safety and belonging. This work has included integrating mindfulness practices, social and emotional learning, and systemic relationship building into the school’s daily routines while limiting the use of exclusionary discipline.