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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
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Pam McDonnell

Iowa Department of Education
Pam McDonnell is the English Language Acquisition and Immigrant Education consultant in the Bureau of School Improvement for the Iowa Department of Education.  Pam has been working in the field of education for more than 30 years, 25 of those years, she has worked with English learners in Arizona, Minnesota and Iowa.  Pam has a passion for equity and serving traditionally underserved student populations. She  has taught at all levels pre-k through preservice undergrads. Pam has also worked as a school principal and has served in many other administrative roles. Pam has worked in public schools, charter schools and in the private sector.  She loves learning about new cultures and finds value in all that our diverse population offers. Pam’s greatest hope for Iowa’s English Learners and Immigrant students is to see a dramatic increase in the level of concern for meeting the needs of these students across the state. Ultimately, Pam hopes to see all educators across Iowa express interest and build their capacities to serve these populations effectively.  When she isn’t working, Pam enjoys outdoor activity, reading, traveling, creative endeavors and spending time with family and friends.