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State's summer meal program continues to grow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Though the federal Summer Meal Program has grown appreciably in the state of Iowa, a full 90 percent of Iowa students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year still go it alone during the summer months. The Iowa Department of Education is looking to reduce that by getting new program sponsor…

Director Wise: Power of summer professional learning

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise Anyone who thinks educators take the summer “off” clearly has not met an Iowa teacher or administrator. While the pace and schedule shift, the intensity and focus remain. Iowa’s teachers and school leaders use their summers to network, plan, and improve. In on…

Study: How to maximize summer reading program

Friday, July 8, 2016
Some 44 school districts throughout Iowa are participating in a research study on effective summer reading programs for children. The goal of the research study is to identify the characteristics of more effective summer reading programs as schools work to develop them for struggling third-grade students. This infor…

Learning opportunity for literacy leadership teams

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Local education agency administrators and leadership team members have an opportunity to focus on Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) processes and resources with the Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids (C4K) tools that help support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) implementation.   Members from the Io…

‘Today marks the beginning of what’s to come’

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The best of the best will share their stories on aligning education with business and industry today at the Iowa STEM School+Business Innovation Conference. Organized by the Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council, the conference aims to equip attendees with the kno…

Second career? Use your degree, work experience to become a teacher

Thursday, June 30, 2016
The teacher intern program is an approved licensure program in Iowa to encourage second-career adults to enter the teaching profession in a secondary content area. There are two programs in Iowa: the Regents Alternative Pathway to Licensure, which is a collaborative program that includes all three regents universiti…

Working towards a ‘Future Ready’ Iowa: Different paths lead to success

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Key education, workforce, industry and community stakeholders came together this week to better align services through an integrated and efficient workforce delivery system during Iowa’s first joint Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) conference. Sponsored by WIOA core partners – Iowa Workforce Devel…

Program expands opportunities for Iowa’s immigrant population

Monday, June 27, 2016
There were two things that Jonas Mayoke Ndeke didn’t think of when he was granted a permanent U.S. resident visa: his lack of English skills and his now-meaningless advanced degrees. Ndeke, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had been a medical doctor in his country. In Waterloo, however, he was faci…

Iowa school, community college get ‘Green’ honor

Monday, June 27, 2016
An Iowa elementary school and community college were recognized as Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Spalding Park Elementary School in the Sioux City Community School District and Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo w…

Director Wise: School visits reveal determination, hard work

Monday, June 20, 2016
I completed my final school visit of the 2015-16 school year last month. My travels took me to 56 school districts, all nine area education agencies, seven community colleges, two Catholic schools and the Meskwaki Settlement School.  These visits told a story of challenge, change and opportunity. I appreciated …


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 30, 2016 at 2:52pm.