GEAR UP Iowa Conference Information

Get details about the 2018 GEAR UP Iowa Conference

GEAR UP Iowa: Becoming Future Proof

We are excited to welcome GEAR UP Iowa schools and partners to this year’s GEAR UP Iowa conference on February 27-28 in West Des Moines. This year’s conference will provide opportunities for educators and partners to share best practices, become inspired by local speakers, network with other GEAR UP professionals, and start planning for year five. 

Schedule At A Glance

Tuesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 28

7:30 Registration & Breakfast 8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Welcome 8:30 Welcome & Keynote
8:45 Keynote
Joshua Barr, Esq.
Civil & Human Rights Commission
10:00-12:00 Administrator Academy
10:00 Breakout Session 1

10:00-12:00 Planning for Year 5

  • Year 5 Framework Overview
  • Drafting Your Implementation Plan
  • Creating a Budget
11:15 Breakout Session 2 12:00 Lunch
12:15 Networking Lunch 2:00/2:30 Adjourn
1:30 Breakout Session 3
2:45 Collaborative Un-Conferencing
4:00 Adjourn

Breakout session topics include building collaborative partnerships, social justice in education, family engagement, diverse learners, school to prison pipeline, and more!


Stay tuned for more information on this year’s keynote speakers.

Registration & Hotel


GEAR UP Iowa districts are required to send building staff including an administrator, members of the School Planning Team, and any GEAR UP paid staff. Registration is free for partner school districts and GEAR UP Iowa college and community partners.

Conference Registration Form


This year’s conference will be at the West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway. Schools can make hotel reservations by completing the conference registration form.
College and community partners can reserve a room by calling the hotel and requesting a room under the GEAR UP Iowa room block at the reduced rate of $120 per night.