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When children don’t look forward to the summer break…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Staff and volunteers converted an old school bus to accommodate summer lunch service for children at seven locations throughout the Davis County Community School District. Stephanie Hawkins had a big dream. “I just wanted to feed hungry kids,” Hawkins said. And she would not rest until that dream became …

Bringing Iowa history to the state’s classrooms

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As a statewide advisory group works to bring Iowa history more into the mainstream of Iowa’s social studies classes, it’s fun to consider some interesting facts: The town of Elkader was named after Abd el-Kader, a young Algerian hero who led his people in a resistance to French colonialism between 1830 and 18…

New study highlights impact Iowa community colleges have on state’s economy

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic …

Director Wise: Combining data, experience = progress

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Too often, school performance is painted in broad brush strokes. And more often than not, the picture portrays struggles and failures. Anyone w…

Career, technical education: Not a return to the past

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
To many, the phrase “vocational education” conjures images of students taking academically unchallenging courses where they build bird houses or tinker with cars. Where vocational education was once thought of as an alternative for students wanting to work directly after high school, career and technical educati…

Up: Attendance. Down: Office Referrals.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Social-emotional learning yields more instruction time Howard-Winneshiek Community School District staff discuss their work on social-emotional learning. CRESCO – Observing Terese Jurgensen in action, you get a sense that she can get something done by simply willing it. She is impassioned, focused. And she…

Educators: It takes the entire building to bolster literacy efforts

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Sioux City Principals Amy Denney of Perry Creek Elementary School and Stacie Henderson of Liberty Elementary School provide their perspective on the implementation of small-group, skills-based literacy instruction in the Sioux City Community School District.  Writing the blog for the Iowa Reading Research Cente…

School gets to the 'core' of the matter

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Teacher Beth Rehbein works with second grade students. What happens when a school shakes things up, changing practices, challenging mindsets and touching hearts? Good things. Just ask the educators at Inman Primary School in southwest Iowa’s Red Oak Community School District. But don’t think it was easy …

Knocking down barriers to success: African American students

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Left to Right: Tammy Koppedryer, Cindy Lewis, David Barber, Jennifer Gertson, Rachel Gotto, Leslie Wonderlich View more photos from the awards ceremony. Students present unique challenges to teachers. But those challenges can be exacerbated among certain groups of students who historically have underperforme…

Knocking down barriers to success: Hispanic students

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Left to Right: Erica Rausch, Bob Read, Lisa Klein, Victoria Wanda View more photos from the awards ceremony. Students present unique challenges to teachers. But those challenges can be exacerbated among certain groups of students who historically have underperformed. Those groups – ranging from students…

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