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¿Habla espaňol? They want to hear ‘si’

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Passion, enthusiasm, expertise and commitment. Such is the stuff of an exemplary education. And such is the case during a three-day immersion training for 13 teachers who just arrived from Spain. For most people, depleted energies would rule following a 22-hour journey to another continent. Instead, these teachers a…

Director Wise: Transitions abound, new school year begins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
August is about transition. Families open the month with leisurely summer activities and close it by rushing kids to class and to practice. Teachers and administrators shift their focus from their own professional learning to the learning of their students. And at the Iowa Department of Education, we reflect and plan b…

An Iowa definition for college and career readiness

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Iowa’s education system works hard to prepare all students for success beyond high school. But what does college and career readiness actually mean? A new definition adopted Thursday by the State Board of Education represents what’s important for students to achieve postsecondary success: Iowa students who ar…

4 ways WIOA helps close Iowa’s skills gap

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Plans to prepare a workforce that meets the needs of business and helps Iowans secure high-quality jobs and careers is gaining steam in Iowa. Called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, the legislation marks the first reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. WIOA includes reforms that aff…

State's summer meal program continues to grow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Though the federal Summer Meal Program has grown appreciably in the state of Iowa, a full 90 percent of Iowa students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year still go it alone during the summer months. The Iowa Department of Education is looking to reduce that by getting new program sponsor…

Director Wise: Power of summer professional learning

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise Anyone who thinks educators take the summer “off” clearly has not met an Iowa teacher or administrator. While the pace and schedule shift, the intensity and focus remain. Iowa’s teachers and school leaders use their summers to network, plan, and improve. In on…

Study: How to maximize summer reading program

Friday, July 8, 2016
Some 44 school districts throughout Iowa are participating in a research study on effective summer reading programs for children. The goal of the research study is to identify the characteristics of more effective summer reading programs as schools work to develop them for struggling third-grade students. This infor…

Learning opportunity for literacy leadership teams

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Local education agency administrators and leadership team members have an opportunity to focus on Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) processes and resources with the Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids (C4K) tools that help support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) implementation.   Members from the Io…

‘Today marks the beginning of what’s to come’

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The best of the best will share their stories on aligning education with business and industry today at the Iowa STEM School+Business Innovation Conference. Organized by the Iowa Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Council, the conference aims to equip attendees with the kno…

Second career? Use your degree, work experience to become a teacher

Thursday, June 30, 2016
The teacher intern program is an approved licensure program in Iowa to encourage second-career adults to enter the teaching profession in a secondary content area. There are two programs in Iowa: the Regents Alternative Pathway to Licensure, which is a collaborative program that includes all three regents universiti…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 27, 2016 at 9:20pm.