Pictured here, Iowa Department of Education’s Mary Beth Schroeder Fracek and Des Moines Monroe Elementary School’s instructional coach, Kelly Ruden, discuss student data during a collaboration among teachers. Ruden keeps everyone on task and ensures they are meeting goals.
Like teachers and students, dozens of Iowa Department of Education employees are about to bid the school year farewell. They have been in schools and classrooms each month since the beginning of the school year as a way of staying in touch with day-to-day operations.
Register for the 2013 Our Kids Summer Institute to be held June 18 and 19 at Waukee High School in Waukee.
The institute will provide participants with the opportunity to network with other educational professionals and to discover new strategies for working with English Language Learners (ELL) throughout Iowa.
Topics include brain-based research, Response to Intervention, literacy, bridging ELL and the common core, and technology.
Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period!
Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ summer reading and math challenges.
Iowa’s role in the Next Generation Science Standards initiative will shift from guiding the development of the new science standards to determining whether they are the right fit for Iowa.
Registration is under way for the Cognitively Guided Instruction 7th Biennial National Mathematics Conference to be held July 10-12 in Des Moines.
Cognitively Guided Instruction, or CGI, emphasizes teaching mathematics in a way that taps into how children think in order to maximize their understanding. It is particularly important in elementary school to ensure they will have a firm foundation upon which they can learn more advanced mathematics.
Number of AP Exams Taken in Iowa at an All Time High
More Iowa high school students took Advanced Placement (AP) exams than ever before according to a report released today by the College Board, which administers the AP program. For the 2007-2008 school year, 7,798 high school students took a total of 11,786 exams, which is the highest number of exams and students taking exams ever reported in Iowa. In addition, the graduating Class of 2008 did well on the test and had more class members take the exam than previous classes.
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