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COVID-19 Webinar Recordings for PK-12 School Administrators in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Education hosts webinars as needed for PK-12 school administrators in Iowa covering a wide range of education topics related to COVID-19. The following are links to these webinar recordings and materials. Webinar recordings are also found on the Department's YouTube channel.


  • May 20 - Discussion of new guidance regarding state and local district plans required by the U.S. Department of Education’s new interim final requirements and steps that must be completed to receive the remaining third of funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency School Relief Fund, commonly referred to as ARP ESSER or ESSER III.
  • April 13 - Information on the new American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021's ESSER Fund III guidance. Includes answers to questions about funding allocations to districts, allowable use of funds, coding, and reporting. PowerPoint from April 13 webinar.
  • January 27 - Content from webinar available in the ESSER I/GEER I Reporting document.
  • January 22 - Iowa Department of Public Health webinar for school administrators - Provides an overview of the vaccine allocation process, discusses Phase 1B populations, and shares options for obtaining the vaccine for PK-12 schools and staff. In addition, information from the State Hygienic Laboratory regarding BinaxNOW testing for PK-12 schools and staff.
  • January 14 - Information on the new Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRSSA) Act of 2021's ESSER Fund II guidance. This session also includes answers to questions about funding allocations to districts, allowable use of funds, coding, and reporting. PowerPoint from January 14 webinar.


  • November 13 - Common questions on waiver applications and remote learning and answer any new questions. PowerPoint from November 13 webinar.
  • September 25 - Information on new preschool programming guidance. The guidance addresses frequently asked questions regarding attendance, programming and services, and the use of different Return-to-Learn educational delivery models for Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs, Early Childhood Special Education and Shared Visions Preschool Programs.
  • September 18 - A review of considerations for districts and schools when developing and applying attendance policies in remote and hybrid learning models, ideas for tracking remote attendance and the use of absenteeism rates for the purpose of requesting permission to temporarily move to primarily remote learning.
  • September 9 - Information and resources related to remote ELI assessment administration and a review of the Early Literacy Implementation (ELI) Guidance for Fall 2020–2021 and share resources related to remote screening and progress monitoring.
  • September 3 - Department staff are joined by Dr. Pedati and Dr. Garvey from the Iowa Department of Public Health to discuss the roles of local public health officials and school nurses during contact tracing and answer questions about the previously released Evaluating Sick Students and Staff flowchart. PowerPoint from September 3 webinar.
  • August 20 - New information on Iowa e-Learning Central. We will also review the previously released Reopening and Public Health FAQs and answer on the topics covered.
  • August 18 - Presenter Emily Rubin provides a discussion of what is needed to spark the drive for new learning, resilience and hope.
  • August 11 - Addresses collaboration considerations, teaching and learning skills, paraprofessionals, tech resources for access and instruction, secondary transition, and supporting student behavior.
  • August 6 - Return-to-Learn supports in social-emotional-behavioral health.
  • August 4 - Resources for teachers to use as they collaborate with families of learners receiving special education through distance learning. The resources are organized around several stages of collaboration, including: (1) pre-initial contact, (2) initial contact with the family, (3) educational preparation (pre-IEP), (4) pre-instructional delivery, (5) teacher planning/prep, (6) virtual instructional delivery, and (7) virtual instructional delivery feedback.
  • July 30 - Review of health and safety resources for families and information about academic standards. Also a review of the new Return-to-Learn guidance and charts introduced during the governor’s July 30 press conference.
  • July 28 - Addresses outstanding questions from previous webinars and an opportunity to ask our panel questions. There are no new documents for this week.
  • July 21 - Supports for IEP teams focused on identifying free appropriate public education for individuals eligible for special education, specifically in terms of placement decisions and progress monitoring, and guidance related to the planning of COVID-19 Recovery Services.
  • July 20 - Content includes new Frequently Asked Questions guidance that complements the Senate File 2310 Guidance for Schools, addressing many questions and reviewing components of Senate File 2310 (online learning, requirements for online coursework, funding flexibility, temporary instructional flexibilities and reporting requirements concerning the impact of COVID-19).
  • July 16 - Webinar canceled.
  • July 14 - The first in a series of weekly webinars focused exclusively on special education Return-to-Learn topics. The webinars are intended to delve deeper into the application of special education regulations to continuous learning and hybrid models of delivery.
  • No webinars conducted between June 26 and July 13 for PK-12 school administrators.
  • June 25 - Information on reopening guidance created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a resource for administrators to safely open districts and nonpublic schools and resume all school activities starting July 1.
  • June 18 - Learn about the UnBoundEd professional learning modules housed on AEA Learning Online and how they can be used by districts.
  • June 16 - Information on Return-to-Learn plans in CASA and a review Senate File 2310, the new online learning legislation including a discussion several provisions of the bill, including the online learning platform, online learning and courses, offer and teach requirements, calendar flexibility, and open enrollment, among others. PowerPoint from June 16 webinar.
  • June 11 - Return-to-Learn resources addressing continuous improvement processes (Leadership B1), professional development (Infrastructure C1-C2), the mitigation survey and student/family connection log. Also a discussion regarding the Department’s partnership with UnboundEd to provide educators with standards-based professional learning opportunities that align with the Return-to-Learn support document.
  • June 4 - Return-to-Learn resources addressing health and safety, a resources and needs survey and new leadership organizational materials. Also discussed, the technology access survey, how the information collected will be used and the resources available to assist in administering the survey.
  • May 28 - Note: This recording is the last 47 minutes of the May 28 webinar. Information on four resources, including: Return-to-Learn communication materials for use by District Leadership Teams, a new Health and Safety Module for teachers and staff, social-emotional-behavioral health materials, and Academic Standards materials.
  • May 26 - Two Return-to-Learn supports and resources: a planning checklist for leadership teams and a protocol for accelerating student learning in the Iowa academic standards.
  • May 21 - Session dedicated to answering questions on summer learning and activities, summer sports and use of school facilities. PowerPoint from May 21 webinar.
  • May 12 - Session dedicated to answering questions about Return-to-Learn plans and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), including funding allocations, use of funds, coding and reporting, and equitable services to nonpublic schools.
  • May 8 - Information on guidance regarding Return-to-Learn plans and a companion support document. PowerPoint from May 8 webinar.
  • May 5 - Information on guidance regarding the distribution process of emergency relief funding provided in the ESSER within the CARES Act. PowerPoint from May 5 webinar.
  • April 30 - Information on guidance regarding state assessment and accountability and frequently asked questions on continuous learning.
  • April 23 - Session dedicated to special education.
  • April 21 - Information on guidance regarding family school engagement resources, best practices and considerations. Also time for answering questions on any topic.
  • April 16 - Guidance regarding fiscal and operational issues related specifically to career and technical education and Perkins for school districts, area education agencies, and community colleges. Also information on guidance for school districts and nonpublic schools regarding teacher and administrator evaluation, Seal of Biliteracy processes, and fiscal and operational issues.
  • April 14 - Information on provisions of the CARES Act specifically relating to K-12 schools. PowerPoint from April 14 webinar.
  • April 9 - Question and answer session about offering continuous learning opportunities.
  • April 7 - Discussing the previously released ESSA guidance on an optional waiver for the school year that allows Iowa to waive several requirements on assessment, accountability and school identification and certain reporting requirements. In addition, Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia joins to discuss family engagement strategies and partnering with school districts to check in on students. PowerPoint from April 7 webinar.
  • April 2 - Discussion about emerging issues during the COVID-19 response following the Governor’s press conference.
  • March 31 - Guidance for continuous learning and new resources to support student learning at home.
  • March 26 - Guidance for Iowa schools addressing federally mandated assessments, teacher preparation requirements and special education guidance for parents during school closures.
  • March 24
  • March 19 - Guidance on federal programs funding and FAQs.
  • March 17 - IDEA guidance.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 25, 2021 at 4:41am.