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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…

The flu and your school

Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2015
Melissa Walker has taken this flu season personally. A 14-year-old friend of her daughter’s recently passed away from it. Walker, the Iowa Department of Education’s school nurse consultant, says school officials need to be on the watch for students who develop a dry cough, fever over 100 degrees, sore throat, fa…

To the top of the class

Date: 
Monday, December 29, 2014
Grinnell school named best for IEP education delivery Cherrill Oxenford was hesitant. OK, perhaps even more than hesitant. Her new principal, Jeff Kirby, decided they were going to change things up at Davis Elementary in Grinnell. That included, among other things, bringing together general and special education stu…

Teachers may qualify for $4,000 award

Date: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014
First-year educators who are teaching in designated shortage areas are encouraged to apply for awards of up to $4,000 through the Teach Iowa Scholar Program. The awards, which can be received up to a maximum of five years, are designed for new teachers who are in their first contract with an Iowa school. They had to…

Iowa students chosen for prestigious U.S. Senate program

Date: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Joshua Hughes Jack Hostager Two students have been selected as delegates to represent Iowa in the annual United States Senate Youth Program. Joshua Hughes, a senior from Interstate 35 High School in Truro, and Jack Hostager, a senior from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, each will receive a $5,000 s…

USDA recognizes Iowa Department of Education for summer lunch program

Date: 
Monday, December 8, 2014
Iowa Department of Education Consultant Stephanie Dross holds a certificate of recognition the department received from the USDA for its work on increasing participation in the summer food program. To the left are Education Director Brad Buck and Bureau Chief Ann Feilmann. The Iowa Department of Education was r…

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