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Director Wise: An important update on literacy

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Our focus at the Iowa Department of Education is on developing and implementing successful, sustainable statewide initiatives that prepare students for success in school and beyond. We do this in partnership with the stakeholders we serve. As the gateway skill to college and career readiness, reading is the most imp…

Learn more about Iowa’s early literacy law

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Iowa legislators adopted an early literacy law that focuses on making sure all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Iowa schools, area education agencies, and the Iowa Department of Education have responded to this law with a focus on prevention of reading difficulties and early intervention f…

Nothing short of great

Monday, November 28, 2016
School syncs many moving parts for top-notch results Special Education Teacher Stephanie Murch works on mathematics with a couple students. The teachers at Cedar Falls’ Hansen Elementary School like to say they think outside the box. But it’s an understatement, akin to saying that George Washington was s…

Students learn to ‘paws’ and reflect

Monday, November 28, 2016
Pacific the therapy dog has a friendly greeting for students in music class at Paul Norton Elementary School. Big things can come in small packages. But they also can come in the form of four-legged furry ones, especially if you attend an elementary school in the Bettendorf Community School District. There, ded…

'It’s time to step up our game'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Compared to 50 year ago, the United States has made huge strides in the delivery of special education. Inclusion has become more than the norm in the classroom. Educators have more evidence-based tools at their fingertips than any time before. Yet the achievement gap between students with disabilities and those with…

Earn and learn – debt free. Sound like a late-night infomercial? Think again.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Eric Smith, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33 training director and Jeremy Austin, DMACC academic advisor work together to support the apprentices. In the background, Trevor Campbell, 3rd year apprentice, works on a welding project. Campbell works for AZCO at the Alliant Energy Power Generating Plan in Marshallto…

Iowa’s top teachers honored at annual luncheon

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Ten of the state’s top teachers were honored by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education leaders for their service during an annual luncheon on Thursday in Des Moines. Visit our photo gallery. “The teachers being recognized today exemplify the talent, determination and dedication that teachers across…

Director Wise: Looking holistically at educator development

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
My colleagues in other states often marvel at Iowa’s strengths-based approach to improving teaching and learning. The development of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system focuses on building capacity within our education system by tapping teachers to take on clearly defined leadership roles. Rigorous l…

Q-and-A with 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh

Friday, October 28, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, 43, a 20-year veteran of teaching, traces her love of education to childhood. She would play school with her recalcitrant younger sister. It was there, Vroegh said, she got her first taste of classroom management. Vroegh’s passion for teaching hasn…

Looking for direction, finding hope

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
District-wide program puts troubled teens on path to life and success Sixteen-year-old Garrett Welter was in a fix. A self-described troublemaker who frequently skipped school, he had a bad attitude, and despised books being thrust at him. He wasn’t on track to graduate. Garrett Welter “I viewed l…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 05, 2016 at 12:32pm.