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This school starts early on getting students to think college

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Jaclyn Dehner It is standard practice for schools to start talking about after-graduation plans to high schoolers. More progressive schools start the conversation in middle school. And then there’s Des Moines Findley Elementary, where career talk starts with….kindergartners. “We recognize that it ca…

‘The first step is always the hardest’

Friday, October 14, 2016
Governor Branstad tours Bondurant-Farrar High School with Principal Erik Garnass and Superintendent Rich Powers. When it comes to taking that first college step – applying – Bondurant-Farrar High School administrators, counselors and educators are doing everything they can to make that ‘first step’ less…

Great schools = great places to work

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Several schools from across the state were named some of the best places to work, according to a recent Des Moines Register story. Though perks are nice, the story said, that’s not what makes one business or school stand out from others. “What makes a workplace great is the feeling that employees are doing wo…

In honor of National School Lunch Week, we head to the kitchen

Monday, October 10, 2016
LaRae Doll Preparing an appetizing evening meal can seem challenging enough. But try being a nutrition air traffic controller of sorts, whose passengers are 7,000 hungry students needing a nutritious meal every single school day. Not a problem for LaRae Doll, director of Nutrition Services for the Johnston C…

One woman’s journey proves it’s never too late to learn

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The road to earning her high school diploma was anything but easy. Mary Campbell had many obstacles thrown in her path, from working the cotton fields as a young daughter of sharecroppers, to becoming a wife and mother by the time she was 14. Simply put, life’s circumstances, and even her own negative self-talk, got …

Director Wise: Analyzing TLC’s effectiveness – so far

Monday, October 3, 2016
Teacher leadership is critical to student success. A recent report from the National Council of State Legislatures, which analyzed features of exemplary education systems, stated, “High-performing countries create a variety of roles for teachers in the schools so they can use their expertise to improve teaching and l…

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…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 21, 2016 at 3:56pm.