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Kirkwood Community College honored nationally for sustainability efforts

Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Kirkwood Community College was named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a first-ever Postsecondary Sustainability awardee. In all, 58 schools, 14 school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions were honored for their progress in reducing environmental impact and utility cos…

Districts learn how to implement teacher leadership program

Date: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Early planning is critical to its success Seventy-six school districts convened in Des Moines to kick off an initiative designed to improve instruction in Iowa’s classrooms. The initiative, called Teacher Leadership and Compensation, or TLC, focuses on creating leadership roles among some of the best teachers w…

Register now: Statewide conference for disabilities community

Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015
An annual conference for individuals with disabilities and the special education community is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Education is one of many sponsors for the third annual 2015 Together We Can Conference, which will have break-out sessions on health, education, advocacy,…

New School Start Date Guidance

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Friday, April 10, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education has issued new guidance to school administrators for the new school start date, which Gov. Branstad signed into law Friday. The new law requires that all Iowa school districts and accredited nonpublic schools begin classes no earlier than August 23 each year, starting with the 2015-16 s…

Schools, AEA selected for pilot accreditation, improvement model

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Friday, April 3, 2015
The first group of school districts and an Area Education Agency have been selected for a pilot of a new system of accreditation and improvement for Iowa's preschool programs, school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and AEAs. The pilot will take place throughout the 2015-16 school year. Called Differentiated…

Schools encouraged to participate in “Purple Up” day

Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2015
Gov. Terry Branstad has proclaimed April 15 as “Purple Up” day, in which Iowans are encouraged to wear purple in a show of support for military children. The day of observance is in conjunction with the month of April being the Month of the Military Child. Children of military members lead lives that are quit…

'Broadband Matters' to educators in April

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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…

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