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Ensuring quality instruction in the classroom

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An early literacy initiative that focuses on ensuring that students are at grade-level reading by the end of third grade has refocused the state’s attention on a long-used but underdeveloped strategy: explicit instruction. Explicit instruction, in the old way of doing it, is a teacher modeling something for st…

Help parents understand the standards

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
It’s a great time to share with parents what their children will be expected to know and be able to do in the 2015-16 school year. Our parent guides give a nice overview by grade level of Iowa’s state standards, called the Iowa Core. The standards represent a set of expectations for K-12 students in math, En…

State team completes science recommendation

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Members of the Science Standards Review Team have completed a final report on their recommendation that Iowa adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, with some modifications, as Iowa’s new science standards. The report was submitted to the State Board of Education for consideration. Iowa’s statewide acad…

Registration open for conference geared toward data teams

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Registration is open for a no-cost Aug. 10 conference designed for school districts’ entire data teams – anyone from business managers to TIER teachers. “It’s one-stop shopping for all Iowa Department of Education data-related issues,” said department consultant Margaret Hanson. “We haven’t done this f…

Engage parents for better outcomes

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Numerous studies demonstrate that students with parents who are actively involved in their education are more likely to earn high achievement scores, graduate from high school, and attend postsecondary schools. Join Karen Mapp, Joe Mazza, and other national experts to learn information and practical strategies fo…

2 Iowa educators honored by President Obama

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Two Iowa teachers were honored by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Brian Reece, a math teacher at Central Academy in Des Moines, and Allysen Lovstuen, a math teacher at Decorah High School in Decorah, were two of 108 science and m…

New director focuses on empowering others

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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

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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

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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

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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, …

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