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Educators: How to implement skills-based literacy instruction

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Leaders in the Sioux City Community School District recognized a need for improved instruction, ongoing professional development for educators and a more defined literacy block.  With the help of technical assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center, schools implemented a small-group, skills-based literacy…

New state website shows student postsecondary enrollment, preparedness data

Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds today announced a new state website that shows how prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa. Lt. Gov. Reynolds was joined by Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education and D.T. Magee, super…

In praise of paras

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Teachers say their colleagues make the difference in their students’ educations Paraeducators Julie Hartman and Jody Weber work with some of their students. Alice Williams was having a terrible day. OK, a particularly awful day. A parent-teacher meeting went poorly and she was very low, anticipating a tear…

Director Wise: Proud of 2016, psyched for 2017

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The holiday break provides educators with much needed time to rest, reflect and plan for the year ahead. For many, these activities result in lists and goals – what went well, areas for improvement, and hopes and dreams for the New Year. As I look back at 2016, I see much to be proud of. First, Iowa cemented i…

History Teacher of the Year: Making the past come alive

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
It goes without saying that Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year knows a thing or two about history. But he may know even more on how to make history come alive, engaging students to pursue a subject that in the past emphasized rote memorization of dates and places. James Heithoff, a seventh-grade social studie…

When imitation is indeed flattery

Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Scott Slechta, 2016 Teacher of the Year, visits with Cary Justmann, principal at Waukee High School. Justmann was a student in Slechta’s classroom nearly 30 years ago. For Waukee High School Principal Cary Justmann, it’s not about what inspired him into education, but who: 2016 Teacher of the Year Scott Sle…

Director Wise: An important update on literacy

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Our focus at the Iowa Department of Education is on developing and implementing successful, sustainable statewide initiatives that prepare students for success in school and beyond. We do this in partnership with the stakeholders we serve. As the gateway skill to college and career readiness, reading is the most imp…

Learn more about Iowa’s early literacy law

Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Iowa legislators adopted an early literacy law that focuses on making sure all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Iowa schools, area education agencies, and the Iowa Department of Education have responded to this law with a focus on prevention of reading difficulties and early intervention f…

Nothing short of great

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016
School syncs many moving parts for top-notch results Special Education Teacher Stephanie Murch works on mathematics with a couple students. The teachers at Cedar Falls’ Hansen Elementary School like to say they think outside the box. But it’s an understatement, akin to saying that George Washington was s…

Students learn to ‘paws’ and reflect

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016
Pacific the therapy dog has a friendly greeting for students in music class at Paul Norton Elementary School. Big things can come in small packages. But they also can come in the form of four-legged furry ones, especially if you attend an elementary school in the Bettendorf Community School District. There, ded…

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