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Feedback needed: Educator development preliminary recommendations

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community…

Following the leader(s)

Monday, September 28, 2015
Middle school adopts other schools’ best practices and gets great results If it’s true that imitation is the best form of flattery, Wendy Sawyer has been giving a lot of compliments to other schools in the past couple years. That’s because she and her team have visited other schools doing great things and repl…

October summit: Empower students to lead healthy lives

Friday, September 25, 2015
The Super Power Summit is an event that empowers teams of middle school students to live an active lifestyle and to choose healthy food options, all while being advocates for school wellness. We encourage middle schools to send a team for an interactive day full of fun activities, empowering presentations, and networki…

Opportunities for learning new science standards

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The following letter was sent to education leaders in the state: Click on the picture above to see a video of Erika Cook, Craig Johnson and Jeff Weld talking about what the new standards mean for Iowa students. Congratulations to the science learning community on the new standards, which were adopted on Aug. 6 by t…

Wellness workshops available at your school

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
It’s well known that healthy students have improved academics and school attendance. And to that end, the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition has partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to bring a two-hour workshop to elementary schools to promote school wellness through nutrit…

Weigh in on proposed criteria for summer reading programs

Monday, September 21, 2015
The State Board of Education has moved forward with the formal process to adopt rules that set criteria for the intensive summer reading programs that schools are required to have in place by the summer of 2017. This requirement is part of the early literacy progression law, which aims to ensure all students are profic…

Secretary Duncan: Iowa leads in teacher leadership

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CEDAR RAPIDS – Iowa’s efforts to transform learning in schools by giving teachers more leadership opportunities received state and national attention Tuesday with a visit to Cedar Rapids from the nation’s top education official, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. During a stop at Cedar Rapids’ Roosevel…

Maximizing education: It’s all in the family

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
If your school is waiting to get all of the education reform components together before tackling an effective family engagement program, you’re making a mistake. That’s according to Karen L. Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “I hear ‘once we get our instruct…

Nominate a Presidential Scholar by Oct.15

Friday, September 4, 2015
The director of each state education agency has the ability to nominate up to 10 students, five male and five female, for consideration in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors superior high school seniors. If you have an outstanding high school senior, consider a recommendation to Iowa Department of Edu…

When failure isn’t an option

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Peg Vanderhoff liberally praises her students’ success, driving them to further accomplishments. When seventh-grader Parker Schiltz first walked into Peg Vanderhoff’s classroom, he was reading at the fourth-grade level – and not passing. Withdrawn, suffering from low self-esteem and even lower self-con…


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