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'Broadband Matters' to educators in April

Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
High-speed broadband is changing the education landscape in Iowa. Broadband advocates are invited to two April 9 events connected to the Iowa Communications Network’s Broadband Matters campaign: •    ICN’s Broadband Matters Legislative Day will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Legislative Din…

Science standards team to reconvene in April

Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Members of a state team charged with reviewing Iowa’s science standards agreed today that the Next Generation Science Standards will be the basis for their work on a final recommendation to the State Board of Education. That work will continue at the Science Standards Review Team’s next meeting on April 14. At t…

Volunteers needed for differentiated accountability pilot

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education is seeking 30-40 volunteer districts, nonpublic schools, preschool programs and Area Education Agencies to participate in a pilot program for implementing a new model of accreditation and improvement for districts, AEAs, and pre-kindergarten programs. The Department will implement a …

Want more options in your class scheduling?

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Scheduling troubles? Want to expand your course offerings? Need a second-semester option in the fall? Iowa Learning Online is your answer – at no cost to you or your students. The Iowa Department of Education’s Iowa Learning Online enables students to sign up any period of the day for the classes they want or…

Emphasize fluency over comprehension?

Date: 
Friday, March 6, 2015
Keystone trainers meet with teachers in Elkader to discuss their program that emphasizes fluency over comprehension. For the cost of only commitment, Keystone Area Education Agency in Elkader has created a promising literacy program that focuses on specific skill-building techniques.   A few bellwether…

Civil rights, equity training on March 23

Date: 
Friday, February 6, 2015
Every school district and community college receiving federal financial assistance in Iowa is required to assign an equity coordinator to oversee compliance activities under federal civil rights laws, which includes gender, disability, race and national origin equity. Over the last several years, equity citations are t…

Free online summer school enrollment is now open

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015
Does your school offer a summer school program? Iowa Learning Online can help you begin or expand your program at no cost to your district.   With more than 30 semesters of courses available this summer, Iowa Learning Online is available as a supplemental or full summer school program.  Courses include gov…

A personal journey into special education

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015
Jason Volmer’s life from student to teacher Jason Volmer, Special Education Coordinator for the Urbandale Community School District If it hadn’t been for the few advocates in Jason Volmer’s life, he would’ve been destined for a low-wage job. Or much, much worse. But those advocates – in the form…

New data on student proficiency rates and growth

Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education has been working to fulfill a legislative requirement to develop a system for evaluating and ranking all public schools based on their performance on nine specific measures. This requirement, known as the Attendance Center Rankings, also requires the Department to post this information …

School Start Date Waivers

Date: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck informed school administrators in December 2014 that the Department will no longer automatically grant waivers from the school start date law, which says schools cannot begin classes before the week of September 1 unless they provide evidence of “significant negative ed…

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