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New director focuses on empowering others

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A love of history inspired Ryan Wise to become an educator. But it was his first class of students who convinced him he’d made the right career move. Wise was a young history teacher from the Midwest heading up a classroom of 11th graders in one of the most high-poverty, low-performing high schools in Mississi…

Gov. Branstad names Ryan Wise Education Director

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today named Iowa Department of Education Deputy Director Ryan Wise as the new director of the department. Wise, 39, will take the position on July 1, as current director Brad Buck transitions to a new position as superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. “World-class…

When history gets personal

Friday, June 26, 2015
Photo courtesy of Urban Plains, a product of the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication. David Wolnerman was a child in a small town in Poland when the Nazis invaded. It wasn’t long before he was separated from family, and ordered at age 12 to a work camp where other Jews were sent. A year later, h…

Locate summer meals for children

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
During the school year, many students rely on their schools for nutritious meals. When school is out, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program helps low-income children get the nourishment they need. USDA has made it easy to track down a meal site by creating a map that, with a few prompts, …

Survey shows need for consistency in summer reading programs

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Schools will be required to develop summer reading programs for struggling third-graders by 2017 A survey commissioned by the Iowa Reading Research Center and conducted by Iowa’s regent universities shows a lack of consistency statewide in optional summer reading programs for children offered by school distric…

Early childhood care, education institute announced

Monday, June 8, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education will be co-sponsoring the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children Early Care and Education Fall Institute Sept. 18-19 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. Titled “Our Journey to One Goal: The Successful Child,” the institute is open to all professiona…

Trouble finding teachers?

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Spanish? French? Other courses? Relax, the Iowa Department of Education’s Iowa Learning Online (ILO) has got you covered. ILO has full offer-and-teach capacity. If you can’t find an educator to teach a subject you need or want, your students can take it online. ILO offers 45 rigorous courses each semester, a…

Middle school students and Iowa Learning Online

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Middle school administrators are discovering that Iowa Learning Online (ILO) courses can be an asset for their advanced students. Though ILO courses are designed for high school students receiving high school credit, middle school enrollments are allowed at the discretion of the local school district. ILO offers ove…

Summer conference spotlights standards implementation

Friday, May 22, 2015
Registration is under way for a two-day conference June 22-23 in Des Moines focusing on high-impact learning for students, ranging from standards-based grading to effectively putting Iowa’s statewide academic standards into practice. The Iowa ASCD Summer Institute at the Iowa Events Center will include sessions on…

Jane Schmidt: Educator, life learner, road warrior

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Jane Schmidt reflects on her 15,000-mile sojourn through all of Iowa’s 99 counties as the 2014 Teacher of the Year. If you live in Iowa, Jane Schmidt has an entry in her journal about a visit to your county. That’s because the outgoing 2014 Teacher of the Year has visited all 99 counties during her reign, r…


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