Meet Alicia Karwal & Kate Cole - What You Need to Know About Iowa's New IEP and IFSP Database - Achieve

April 20, 2022

education SESSION


Here is an introduction to one of the experts you will learn from in our Education sessions. Don’t forget, there is also an Exhibitor Fair with more than $1000 in prizes at our 10th Annual Together We Can Conference!


Alicia Karwal and her husband, Jason, live in Adel with their two daughters, Isabelle (14) and Sophia (11). She holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary and Special Education with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a former special education teacher and currently works at ASK Resource Center as a Family Support Specialist, and RESPECT Training Project Coordinator. Alicia has always been passionate about advocating for individuals with differing needs. She has lived experience with disabilities. Her husband lives with a spinal cord injury. Their youngest daughter has several diagnoses including cerebral palsy and ADHD.



Kate Cole holds Bachelor of Science and Specialist in School Psychology degrees from Western Illinois University. She served school districts through Iowa’s AEA system as a School Psychologist for 9 years, and as a Transition Coordinator at Great Prairie AEA for 8 years. In her current role as Transition Coordinator, she works with middle and high school teachers and AEA staff to provide information to assist students as they prepare for individualized plans in living, learning, and working after high school. 


What You Need to Know About Iowa’s New IEP and IFSP Database - ACHIEVE


ACHIEVE is the new database system in which Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) will be written. By the end of next school year, every IEP and IFSP will be housed in ACHIEVE. Learn more about how ACHIEVE looks and works in this session.