The mission of the Iowa Community Education Association is to promote the involvement of schools and communities through training, communications and networking.



The Iowa Community Education Association was established in order to maximize the development of community education concepts in the communities of Iowa, thereby utilizing the resources (human, physical and financial) for the development of each person’s potential in the community – to promote more efficient delivery of services to people.

About ICEA

The Iowa Community Education Association (ICEA) is a statewide organization of those interested in community education. The association promotes the community education concept in Iowa and provides a networking opportunity for those involved in community education. Members include both professional staff members and non-professionals. Many of our members are on the advisory councils in the various communities represented by community education models.

The purpose of our association is the promotion, understanding, improvement and expansion of the community education concept within Iowa. The association holds an annual conference in October. This conference showcases the achievements of community education models in the state and provides seminars and workshops on programming areas in community education. Networking opportunities are available during the conference. The association also publishes the CATALYST, designed to keep everyone informed about current events in community education in the state. The association also works with the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Legislature to promote legislation favorable to community education
The ICEA Board of Directors provides direction for the association. The board meets monthly, annually sets goals and provides leadership to the association. Board members serve two-year terms and are eligible for re-election.

Membership is available to any individual and to groups, i.e. and advisory council. This allows each member of the group membership benefits, with a limit of ten votes per group.

What is Community Education?

Community Education is a simple idea, bringing to mind the days when the little red schoolhouse functioned, not just as a place to teach children, but as a center for community activities. Community Education takes a similar approach to education and community improvement in that it seeks to coordinate education, recreation, and social service providers in the community in order to better serve community residents and improve the quality of life for all.
Community Education extends the concept of public education beyond the traditional K-12 program known as “schooling.” Community Education is an important support program for the regular instruction program and recent school improvement reform strategies designed to increase meaningful parent and community involvement in the classroom and learning support systems for children.
Although communities vary greatly, every community has resources that can be used to meet community needs and improve the quality of life. In a community climate of communication, openness, and cooperation, traditional schools are transformed into community schools. Members of the community have the opportunity to be both teachers and learners. And many of today’s school buildings do not become isolated, underused little islands within their communities. The benefits of Community Education include increased community involvement, opportunities for lifelong learning and the efficient use of resources on a year round basis in a community