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Four Iowans named winners of prestigious math, science awards

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Monday, August 22, 2016
Four Iowans were among 213 mathematics and science teachers named as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Ann Johnson, a second-grade mathematics teacher at Sageville Elementary School in the Dubuque Community School District Joshua Steenhoek, a s…

Aligning a workforce with in-demand careers

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Monday, August 22, 2016
Editor’s note: It’s been a long-time conundrum facing both potential employees and employers: Failing to align a workforce’s skills with good-paying, in-demand jobs. When the alignment doesn’t occur, would-be employees don’t reach their earnings potential, and plum jobs go unfilled. That’s where sector p…

Director Wise announces Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Committee will advise the Department; first meeting is Thursday, Aug. 18 Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new state committee to provide input on the development of Iowa’s plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The group will meet for the first time on Thursday, Aug. …

¿Habla espaňol? They want to hear ‘si’

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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

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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…

Grant gives life to social studies

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Monday, August 8, 2016
Think that history is nothing more than dates and dead people? Think again. A nearly $300,000 grant will help make history come alive in Iowa. The grant, which comes from the Library of Congress, was secured by the Iowa departments of Education and Cultural Affairs. The funds will go toward advancing the teaching of…

An Iowa definition for college and career readiness

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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