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Teacher input needed

Monday, November 23, 2015
Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community…

Director Wise announces members of new Iowa History Advisory Council

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the 24 Iowans who will serve on an advisory council to study and recommend improvements to Iowa history education in K-12 schools. The council will examine issues around history teaching and learning, including best practices. The group will consider in…

State Board of Education votes to adopt new state assessment

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today voted unanimously to adopt a new state assessment to replace the current state tests in math and reading starting in the 2016-17 school year. The board adopted state administrative rules to put in place the Smarter Balanced Assessments as recommended by an…

Enroll your students for Iowa Learning Online’s spring semester

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Iowa Learning Online's spring 2016 enrollment is open now. The term starts Jan. 4 and ends May 6, with enrollments accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 11. No late enrollments can be accommodated for the spring semester. The Iowa Department of Education currently waives any district fees for Iowa Learning Online courses. …

Iowans sought for social studies standards writing team

Monday, November 16, 2015
Application due Dec. 11; team to rewrite social studies standards for public review Iowans are invited to apply to serve on a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise announced today. The team …

Differentiated Accountability in a word: “Fabulous.”

Monday, November 9, 2015
Superintendent reacts to new Department site visits Approximately 30 Iowa Department of Education officials and another 20-or-so consultants from the state’s Area Education Agencies descended upon a Centerville elementary school. Centerville Superintendent Tony Ryan welcomes educators to the state’s first-eve…

Six questions for 2016 Teacher of the Year Scott Slechta

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Scott Slechta has taught for 35 years – 31 of them at Fairfield High School. An Iowa native, Slechta was drawn to education early on. Indeed, if you look at his life, virtually everything he has done has been education related, whether as a teacher or his other incarnations as a lifeguard, camp counselor or drama ins…

Gov. Branstad announces 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Scott Slechta, a 35-year veteran teacher who traces his passion for learning all the way back to the first grade, is the 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced today at Fairfield High School in Fairfield. “Great teaching is the single most important influence on learning inside schools,” sa…

Director Wise: What I'm learning from our schools

Friday, October 30, 2015
Student news crew at Loess Hills Elementary in Sioux City. I have the privilege of visiting classrooms across the state this school year. I’m scheduled to be in 32 school districts, including at least two in each Area Education Agency, and more than a quarter of Iowa’s community colleges by the end of my fi…

Making Transitions

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
School revamps program to ensure students succeed after school The Emmetsburg special education team talk about their newfound success in transitioning students out of school. The Emmetsburg High School special education team had a collision with reality. They knew they had a great transitions program – on…


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