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Have a student seeking public service?

Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2015
Students are urged to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, which is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.     Established in 1962, annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5-12. Two student lea…

Have your classes participate in Constitution Day activities

Date: 
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education has partnered with the Iowa Judicial Branch and the Iowa Bar Association this year to help schools actively take part in celebrating U.S. Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17. In the spirit of the day, celebrations and observations have been scheduled: Sept. 16-17: The Iowa Supr…

Getting to know Director Wise in 10 questions

Date: 
Monday, August 24, 2015
Who or what inspired you to become an educator? I went to college thinking I’d be a lawyer like my dad. I decided to be a history major, and I had a couple of great professors. I loved the content of history, and then I had the opportunity, when I was a junior in college, to be a teaching assistant for the freshman…

Developing high-quality emergency operations plans

Date: 
Friday, August 21, 2015
We all are well aware of the string of tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook in recent years. We used to say, “It can’t happen in Iowa,” but the sad reality is that events like those can happen anywhere and at any time. We must be adequately prepared for a variety of emergencies that potentially threaten the yo…

Survey shows disconnect between parents, Iowa’s breakfast program

Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Iowa’s school breakfast program faces a Catch-22: While a majority of parents agree that a nutritious breakfast is important physically and mentally to their children, a full 31 percent say their children never or rarely eat breakfast. That disconnect is seen in the state’s school breakfast program, in which Iow…

Grant aims to improve special education results

Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2015
A $5.3 million grant received by the Iowa Department of Education will be used to get more students with disabilities to meet their reading benchmarks by the end of third grade. The grant, which runs over a five-year period, is being called Ensuring Effective Specially Designed Instruction in Iowa. Both the Universi…

A principal’s perspective on intensive summer reading programs

Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Sandy Klaus is taking her school’s summer reading program to the next level.   Klaus, the principal of Starmont Elementary School in Arlington, is looking at everything from the length and consistency of the classes to their alignment with instruction during the school year.   “We are a lot more f…

Ensuring quality instruction in the classroom

Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An early literacy initiative that focuses on ensuring that students are at grade-level reading by the end of third grade has refocused the state’s attention on a long-used but underdeveloped strategy: explicit instruction. Explicit instruction, in the old way of doing it, is a teacher modeling something for st…

Help parents understand the standards

Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
It’s a great time to share with parents what their children will be expected to know and be able to do in the 2015-16 school year. Our parent guides give a nice overview by grade level of Iowa’s state standards, called the Iowa Core. The standards represent a set of expectations for K-12 students in math, En…

State team completes science recommendation

Date: 
Friday, July 17, 2015
NOTE: This report was re-issued on August 6, 2015, because of an omission in an earlier version of the report (see page 62). Members of the Science Standards Review Team have completed a final report on their recommendation that Iowa adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, with some modifications, as Iowa…

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