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Register for Sept. 11 educator-quality conference

Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017
Join teachers, teacher leaders, mentors and administrators Sept. 11 from across the state to learn and plan for students' future successes and achievements. The Educator Quality Conference: Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids will be held at Simpson College in Indianola, just south of Des Moines. The conference will …

Districts: data-system training begins July 25

Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017
The state of Iowa is transitioning to a new statewide data system for K-6 literacy through FASTBridge Learning. To help school districts, comprehensive training will be provided beginning July 25 through the end of October consisting of webinars followed by regional face-to-face trainings. Because this training is c…

Muscatine man wins prestigious adult-education award

Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2017
Jason Walker, an adult education and literacy instructor at Muscatine Community College, is the recipient of the 2017 Archie Willard Adult Education and Literacy Educator of the Year. Walker was given the award in front of his colleagues and peers during the statewide Adult Education and Literacy Conference this week. …

It’s never too late to return to education. Just ask Liz Smith.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Liz Smith Educators, administrators and professionals are gathering in Ankeny this week to network, self-invest and learn best practices at the Iowa Building Your Future with Adult Education and Literacy Conference. These individuals provide guidance, support and encouragement to the thousands of Iowans who tak…

The 'lollipop' moments of your life

Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Lollipop has long been my least favorite word in the English language. It’s not that I have anything against lollipops. In fact, I love them. But the word sounds strange. So I avoid it. The Benton Community School District Ed Camp, however, changed what comes to mind when I hear the word lollipop. Instead of that …

A holistic approach to college, career planning

Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Waterloo middle school students learn about career opportunities in digital graphics and the importance getting off to a strong start as high school freshmen. WATERLOO - Before breaking for the summer, 500 eighth-grade students from all four Waterloo middle schools gathered at the Waterloo Career Center located…

Work partnerships pick up steam in Iowa

Date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Work is going strong in the development of partnerships across the state that includes the private sector, area education agencies, community colleges and school districts to provide effective, efficient, and economical means of delivering high-quality secondary career and technical education programs. A total of 15…

103-year-old teacher reflects on education

Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
BOONE – Caroline Owen first started teaching when Franklin D. Roosevelt first took office. Yes, that was 1932. And yes, Mrs. Owen is doing fine, thank you very much. The 103-year-old personifies the passionate educator, even though it's been nearly 40 years since her retirement. “It is so important to be pati…

Summer food programs: Filling a need

Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Children and families enjoy the sprayground before receiving lunch through the West Des Moines Community School District Summer Food Service Program at Legion Park. “If you build it, they will come,” a quote many may recognize from the movie Field of Dreams. Set in rural Iowa, the film explores a farmer’s…

Outgoing Teacher of the Year: A new perspective

Date: 
Monday, May 22, 2017
Scott Slechta In the last year, Scott Slechta has traveled river to river in Iowa, and coast to coast in the country. But far beyond the accumulated mileage on the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Slechta is ending his tenure a changed educator. “I was in a true comfort zone with my students as I taught them rhet…

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