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Getting to the nuts and bolts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
How to make Specially Designed Instruction effective – and scalable Special Education Teacher Kyle Paulson works with a student, keenly focusing on the child’s skill deficiencies. Don’t expect Ronda Hilbert to sugarcoat her words about the state of special education. “I think it is a shame that we…

Coming soon: A guide for early literacy intervention

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Iowa teachers and schools soon will have a new guide to use in their work to help struggling readers get back on track. The guide, portions of which were presented to participants attending Tuesday’s School Improvement Symposium in Des Moines, focuses on students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose needs go …

Plan maps out science standards implementation in Iowa

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Iowa’s new science standards will be put in place over the course of the next three years, with full implementation by 2019. The Iowa State Board of Education reviewed the implementation timeline during its January meeting; board members approved the new standards last August based on a recommendation from an Iowa…

Celebrating Iowa's Success: Gilbert Elementary School

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
You would be hard-pressed to find more momentum in early literacy in the state than at Gilbert Elementary School. Gilbert Elementary, which is north of Ames, has stepped up its early literacy efforts over the past eight years. And the efforts are paying off: Only about 4 percent of the school’s third graders have …

Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program

Monday, January 11, 2016
Two Iowa students were selected from across the state to participate in the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C. Timothy Foley of Clive and Beau Ragland of Marshalltown were selected to be members of the 104-student delegation participating in Washington Week. T…

Director Ryan Wise reflects on the past, looks forward to the future

Monday, January 4, 2016
As we ring in 2016, I hope we all take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and the opportunities ahead of us in the new year. Iowa has a strong foundation in education, and we’re poised to make 2016 a banner year. The cornerstone to our education foundation is Iowa’s graduation rate, …

It’s official: Iowa again leads in graduation rates

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to finalized data released by the U.S. Department of Education. Data show that 90.5 percent of Iowa’s seniors graduated from high school in the 2013-14 school year, up from 89.7 percent the year before. That compares to an 82.3 percent na…

Enhancing instruction - for all

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Universal Design for Learning enables delving deeper into subjects General education teacher Leslie Aden prompts Morgan Reed in a lesson on compare and contrast. Leslie Aden was leading her fifth grade students in a class discussion on the book Bridge to Terabithia. “Who were the main characters?” she…

Enroll your students for Iowa Learning Online’s spring semester

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Iowa Learning Online's spring 2016 enrollment is open now. The term starts Jan. 4 and ends May 6, with enrollments accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 11. No late enrollments can be accommodated for the spring semester. The Iowa Department of Education currently waives any district fees for Iowa Learning Online courses. …

Differentiated Accountability in a word: “Fabulous.”

Monday, November 9, 2015
Superintendent reacts to new Department site visits Approximately 30 Iowa Department of Education officials and another 20-or-so consultants from the state’s Area Education Agencies descended upon a Centerville elementary school. Centerville Superintendent Tony Ryan welcomes educators to the state’s first-eve…


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