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Small-school science program makes a dent in N. America

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A small rural school in south central Iowa was one of 18 district winners throughout the U.S. and Canada that were honored for its innovative science education despite lacking resources.    Twin Cedars Junior and Senior High in Bussey received the honor for its application and video to the National Scienc…

Bringing World War I into the Iowa classroom

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, Iowans by and large supported it. Though the war had been ranging on in Europe for about three years, U.S. officials could no longer ignore the unrestricted sinking of unarmed merchant ships at the hands of German U-boats. Worse, they learned through an in…

Game-changer: Successfully ramping up literacy efforts

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Monday, March 20, 2017
Tynne Sulser Tynne Sulser strived to be a good teacher. She worked hard. She loved her students. And a majority of her kids were proficient in reading. But then the third grade teacher and her colleagues at Lakeview Elementary in Centerville learned the jaw-dropping news: If less than 80 percent of the stude…

Department consultant receives service award

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Monday, March 13, 2017
Melissa Walker, a nurse-consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa. Walker received the honor, in part, for her work in providing technical assistance to school nurses throughout the state for post-concussion management care.…

Making Women’s History Month fun, engaging

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
With March commemorating Women’s History Month, there are plenty of resources available to teachers to make it come alive in the classroom. Check out the National Women’s History Project, where there are lots of good tidbits of information, including some fun quizzes. If your quest is to make Women’s Histor…

Statewide TLC survey is under way

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Monday, March 6, 2017
All Iowa public school teachers and administrators are encouraged to provide feedback on a Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) survey. The findings from the survey will allow the Iowa Department of Education to determine if TLC is making progress toward achieving its intended goals. In addition, feedback will …

Iowa Learning Online summer enrollment now open

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Iowa Learning Online (ILO) is now accepting enrollments for the summer semester. Through ILO, students develop online skills for future learning and are in cohorts with peers from across Iowa. All classes are taught by Iowa licensed and appropriately endorsed teachers. Each summer course enrollment includes a fou…

Director Wise: Working to make ESSA the right plan for Iowa

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
As educators, student success drives our work. While we may play different roles and work in various parts of the system, all of us are committed to meeting the needs of all Iowa students. We now have a federal policy framework, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which better supports these efforts. Over the pa…

Perchance to dream….

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students virtually land good-paying jobs through hands-on exploration Teacher Ryan Eastvold and student Joey Paulson work together in a virtual learning environment. Two schools are teaching students to dream. And those dreams served up at Forest City and Charles City high schools in northern Iowa are virtua…

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 …

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