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Real power, real choice, real life

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Forget about the old adage, “You are what you eat!” Middle school students participating in the 2016 Super Power Summit will leave the event having discovered a super power…the power of choice. Following a full day of networking, empowering presentations and fun, interactive experiences, 90 middle schoolers no…

A chance to help a new teacher

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education is engaging in a field trial of the teacher performance assessment designed to enhance a beginning teacher’s professional learning. We are currently seeking volunteers – both new and experienced – to participate in this study. The Iowa Teacher Performance Assessment (IA-TPA) pr…

Embrace citizenship this Constitution Day

Monday, September 12, 2016
Editor’s note: This was written by Stefanie Wager, a former social studies teacher and now consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. Stefanie Wager At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked “Well, doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”&nbs…

Out with the old, in with the new

Thursday, September 8, 2016
New model gives students full access to all literacy instruction Special education teacher Kristi Wickre leads her class through a literacy lesson Prior to moving to Iowa, 6-year-old Kyle Harlan’s main school lesson focused on trying to stop his frequent crying. His lesson? Teachers would record him crying…

Director Wise: Building partnerships, focusing on learning

Friday, September 2, 2016
While the school year has only just begun, the Iowa Department of Education is already planning a year ahead. We’ve fully launched our stakeholder engagement efforts in developing Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. As I’ve previously stated, this federal legislation maintains a focus on transparenc…

Department honored for Differentiated Accountability work

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
An Iowa Department of Education bureau has been honored by the Council Bluffs Community School District for its collaborative work as part of the state's new Differentiated Accountability system. The Department’s Bureau of School Improvement received the district’s Partners in Education Awards, present…

¿Habla espaňol? They want to hear ‘si’

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Passion, enthusiasm, expertise and commitment. Such is the stuff of an exemplary education. And such is the case during a three-day immersion training for 13 teachers who just arrived from Spain. For most people, depleted energies would rule following a 22-hour journey to another continent. Instead, these teachers a…

Director Wise: Transitions abound, new school year begins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
August is about transition. Families open the month with leisurely summer activities and close it by rushing kids to class and to practice. Teachers and administrators shift their focus from their own professional learning to the learning of their students. And at the Iowa Department of Education, we reflect and plan b…

An Iowa definition for college and career readiness

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Iowa’s education system works hard to prepare all students for success beyond high school. But what does college and career readiness actually mean? A new definition adopted Thursday by the State Board of Education represents what’s important for students to achieve postsecondary success: Iowa students who ar…

4 ways WIOA helps close Iowa’s skills gap

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Plans to prepare a workforce that meets the needs of business and helps Iowans secure high-quality jobs and careers is gaining steam in Iowa. Called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, the legislation marks the first reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. WIOA includes reforms that aff…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 29, 2016 at 1:13pm.