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Outgoing Teacher of the Year: A new perspective

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Scott Slechta In the last year, Scott Slechta has traveled river to river in Iowa, and coast to coast in the country. But far beyond the accumulated mileage on the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Slechta is ending his tenure a changed educator. “I was in a true comfort zone with my students as I taught them rhet…

Debt-free, dual degrees: It’s not a pipe dream for some

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Valley High School seniors (F-B) Evan McKinney, Blake Richards, and Madison Stoakes, are three of six Valley seniors who have earned their associate degrees before graduating from high school. WEST DES MOINES – Six high school seniors from Valley High School will already have college degrees in hand when they…

Cracking the Code

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Monday, May 15, 2017
State-supported sector partnerships are helping Iowa communities tackle critical IT worker shortages. It’s hard to believe that in today’s technology-driven culture there is a shortage of people interested in high-tech careers. With jobs in computing growing at twice the rate of other types of jobs, and virtuall…

Federal Title Programs (I,II, III) regional meetings

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Due to some changes in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Iowa Department of Education will be holding a series of regional meetings to provide initial guidance.  Public and nonpublic schools may participate in any of the regional meetings. Department program leaders from our Title progra…

Schools honored for PBIS efforts

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Director Ryan Wise congratulates schools who have done well with PBIS. Seventy-five schools were recognized in Des Moines today for their work in establishing safe and supportive environments, enabling students to maximize their social emotional and academic success. The schools were recognized during the Io…

Iowa Lakes Community College honored for ‘green’ initiatives

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Iowa Lakes Community College was named a 2017 Green Ribbon Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee today by the U.S. Department of Education. The college is among 45 schools, nine school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions across the nation being recognized for their promising practices to conserve resources…

Law prioritizes computer science in schools

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Working to get high-quality computer science courses into the classroom is the focus of legislation that was signed into law today. More photos from press conference. The legislation is designed to meet a growing need for 21st century skills and to ensure students graduate from high school ready for further educa…

Director Ryan Wise: A defining moment in Iowa education

Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a nerd. As a former social studies teacher, wonky policy details excite me. Executive orders issued by presidents and governors often fall in this category: items that are of interest to a subset of the population, which may grab headlines for a moment and then quickly recede into …

Keeping kids on their (learning) toes during summer

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Igniting children’s passions, imaginations make the break a great academic experience Teacher Angela Lange works with one of her students. BOONE – Angela Lange has a sort of love-hate relationship with the summer break. Sure, she loves the time off. But she hates what summers can do to her students: Stud…

Law expands pathways to earning high school equivalency diploma

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Unemployment hits those without high school diplomas especially hard. Of the nearly 146,000 working-age Iowans without diplomas, a full 10.7 percent are unemployed. That’s compared to only 3.8 percent of those who hold at least a high school diploma. Going back to earn a diploma can represent an obstacle. There…

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