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Iowa BEST Summit: November 2-3, 2021

The Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit is designed to highlight our collective need to bolster support and care across our educational system, and to build our shared capacity to get there. Iowa BEST is for Iowans who want to be part of solutions to creating a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment that promotes the success of all Iowa learners. This two-day event will provide attendees with valuable information, resources, and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. Learn more and register to attend here.

Iowa BEST 2021 seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of – and build a comprehensive plan around – mental health needs and best practices in schools.

  • Strengthen leadership teams around safe, healthy and caring learning environments that support accelerating learning;

  • Support implementation of multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS);

  • Build educator and practitioner knowledge, awareness and skills in social-emotional-behavioral health (SEBH) for all learners;

  • Build educator knowledge, awareness, and skills in Social-Emotional Learning and accelerating learning;

  • Increase knowledge of family and community engagement best practices;

  • Increase understanding of best practices in early childhood, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and well-being; and

  • Provide information to attendees about current law and requirements in early intervention, special education, and SF2310.

Intended Audience:

  • University faculty who support preservice educators;

  • Policy-makers;

  • Administrators;

  • Building leadership teams;

  • PK-12 educators/providers (birth-3, preschool, elementary, and high school);

  • AEA personnel supporting SEBH and accelerating learning;

  • AEA personnel supporting specific subgroups (e.g., special education, preschool, English learners);

  • Teachers, school counselors, paraeducators; and

  • Community partners including mental health providers, primary care physicians, Children’s Behavioral Health System Board members, and state medical association members.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact interim Executive Director, Allison Bruhn, at

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