Iowa Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA) - Keystone Area Education Agency
Iowa Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA) - Keystone Area Education Agency

Iowa Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA)

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The Iowa Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA) provides a comprehensive framework for PK-12 principal certification in the state of Iowa and is licensed in other states on an individual basis.  Requirement to enter the program is a master’s degree and a minimum of four years successful teaching.

The program is a dynamic design based on six problem-centered learning themes, predominantly field-based, related to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. Each theme includes seminars, action research studies, action plans, portfolios, log of activities, toolbox activities, study of theory and research, and mentoring. Students engage in cohort groups over a two-year period.  Faculty of the program is selected primarily from practitioners with expertise in the selected areas. Participants show evidence to meet the standards and criteria of the Iowa Standards for School Leaders and acquire necessary skills to become instructional leaders. The School Administrators of Iowa, Northwest Area Education Agency, and Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency and Keystone AEA are the partners of the IPLA.

The first step in the candidate selection process is completion of the application.  Evidence listed below is also required. Items may be attached to email or sent via shared folder in Google Drive.

A completed application consists of:

  1. a cover letter describing your strengths as a candidate in relation to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders
  2. a copy of your current resume that includes three current or past supervisors as phone references
  3. a copy of a transcript showing that you have earned a master’s degree
  4. a copy of a current, valid Iowa teaching license, and
  5. two letters of recommendation – one from your current superintendent and the other from a school administrator of your choice. 

The deadline for application materials is Friday, April 28, 2017, but you are encouraged to submit your materials ASAP to:

Pat Heiderscheit, Administrator
Keystone AEA
1400 Second Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043
Ph: 800-632-5918
Fax: 563-245-1484

IPLA Cohort 16 Information:


IPLA Cohort 14 Google Site -  Fall 2015 participants

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