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Learning opportunities abound this summer

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Iowa Department of Education is offering several learning opportunities this summer, ranging from a special education symposium to an English language institute to a Future Ready Iowa conference.

Register today for the 14th Annual Our Kids Summer Institute to be held June 12-13.

This year’s institute, which will be held at North Polk Junior-Senior High School in Alleman between Ankeny and Ames, is titled All Our Learners.

PK-12 educators will have the opportunity to network with other educational professionals, discover new strategies for working with English language learners in Iowa and meet national and local experts to enrich practices for increasing EL achievement.

Conference topics include:

  • Strategies for addressing barriers to academic and language learning for English Learners in the classroom
  • Best practices for supporting early childhood language acquisition for preschool English Learners
  • Instructional leadership strategies for English language learning programs
  • Connecting and collaborating with other educators responsible for the success of English Learners

Keynote speakers include Ayanna Cooper, who is nationally recognized in the EL field, and David Edward Garcia, an educator who grew up an EL and did not initially experience academic success.

Learn more about the institute.

Register today for an opportunity to discover your role in advancing Future Ready Iowa.

This one-day event is to set the stage for future work aimed at connecting careers and civic life to instruction of the Iowa Academic Standards. It is designed for curriculum leaders including members of statewide leadership teams, administrators, curriculum directors, teacher leaders, and teachers. Future Ready Learning is on June 13 at the FFA Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The workplace your students will enter will be very different from today’s workplace. National keynote Joe Fuller from Harvard Business School will discuss current labor statistics and coming trends. In addition, Gary Beach from the Wall St. Journal will moderate a panel of business and community leaders about future skills and market needs.

At the Iowa Business Council Educator Career Fair, find out what career options might be and what Iowa’s top employers will be looking for when they hire. Collaborate in teams to connect academic standards to opportunities for students in business and community life. Hear from national experts and work with fellow educators to find out how to best position your students for success.

For more information, contact Erika Cook at or 515-240-3103 or Rita Martens at or 515-281-3145.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Special Education Symposium which will be held June 11-12 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. There is no fee to register.

Sessions will include focus on family engagement, secondary transition, significant disabilities, leadership, K-12 literacy, early childhood and behavior.

The symposium is open to Iowa school administrators and educators, Area Education Agency staff, families, and other adults who work with learners with disabilities.

For more information, contact Nancy Hunt at

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 25, 2018 at 1:25pm.