Students First Summit

Student First Summit

The Students First Summit will gather leaders of private or accredited nonpublic schools in Iowa to celebrate the passing of the historic Students First Act and to provide assistance for school leaders to implement ESAs with integrity and fidelity.

Presented by EdChoice, in association with the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE), Iowa Association of Christian Schools (IACS), Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC), and CACE.

Registration & Schedule

The event will be on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 5:30-8:30pm, and start with hors d’oeuvres and our first keynote speaker. Friday April 21, 2023 will start at 8am, and go till 3:30 pm that afternoon. A more detailed schedule will be provided to individuals following registration.

You may register up to two people per school at the link below. Register by Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Hotel & Venue

The summit will be hosted at Courtyard by Marriot Des Moines Ankeny. You may secure a group rate at the link below. This rate will be available until Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Students First Summit – Group Rate – Marriot

In the event that the Marriot has sold out of rooms, there is a secured rate at the nearby Homewood Suites Ankeny at the link below.

Students First Summit – Group Rate – Hilton

Event Organizers


EdChoice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to understanding and pursuing a K–12 education system that empowers every family to choose the schooling environment that fits their children’s needs best. The EdChoice mission is to advance educational freedom and choice for all as a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society.

Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education

Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE) is the voice for school choice in the state of Iowa. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to expanding school choice options in Iowa for the benefit of Iowa’s children.

Iowa Association of Christian Schools

The Iowa Association of Christian Schools (IACS) is the public policy voice of Iowa’s Protestant, Christ-centered schools. Our mission: “Strengthening, Growing, and Advocating for Christian Schools in Iowa.”

Iowa Catholic Conference

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) is the official public policy voice of the bishops of Iowa. At the state legislature we advocate for policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person, and apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day.


The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) is a vision of the Sid & Carol Verdoorn Foundation, Dordt University, and Christian school thought leaders from around the world. Our reason for being is to walk alongside Christian schools who are committed to teaching from a Biblical perspective. We exist for the sustainability, improvement, innovation, advocacy, and promotion of Christian education at all levels of learning.


Apr 20 - 21 2023


5:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Courtyard by Marriott
2405 Southeast Creekview Drive, Ankeny, Iowa 50021