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Looking for direction, finding hope

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
District-wide program puts troubled teens on path to life and success Sixteen-year-old Garrett Welter was in a fix. A self-described troublemaker who frequently skipped school, he had a bad attitude, and despised books being thrust at him. He wasn’t on track to graduate. Garrett Welter “I viewed l…

This school starts early on getting students to think college

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Jaclyn Dehner It is standard practice for schools to start talking about after-graduation plans to high schoolers. More progressive schools start the conversation in middle school. And then there’s Des Moines Findley Elementary, where career talk starts with….kindergartners. “We recognize that it ca…

Iowa No. 1 in grad rates again

Monday, October 17, 2016
Iowa once again leads the nation in high school graduation rates. Statewide, 90.8 percent of seniors graduated within four years during the 2014-15 school year. The rate inches up from the previous year, in which 90.5 percent graduated on time. The graduation rate comes from a report by the U.S. Department of Edu…

‘The first step is always the hardest’

Friday, October 14, 2016
Governor Branstad tours Bondurant-Farrar High School with Principal Erik Garnass and Superintendent Rich Powers. When it comes to taking that first college step – applying – Bondurant-Farrar High School administrators, counselors and educators are doing everything they can to make that ‘first step’ less…

Director Wise announces Statewide Assessment Advisory Committee

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new committee to help schools transition to new statewide assessments. The Statewide Assessment Advisory Committee will meet for the first time on Thursday, Oct. 13. Iowa recently put in place new statewide assessments for students whose first languag…

Great schools = great places to work

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Several schools from across the state were named some of the best places to work, according to a recent Des Moines Register story. Though perks are nice, the story said, that’s not what makes one business or school stand out from others. “What makes a workplace great is the feeling that employees are doing wo…

Draft social studies standards released, public review set for November

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released a draft of revised statewide standards for social studies and announced members of a new state team who will conduct a public review of the draft standards. The draft standards, developed over the past year by an Iowa writing team, outlines what students…

In honor of National School Lunch Week, we head to the kitchen

Monday, October 10, 2016
LaRae Doll Preparing an appetizing evening meal can seem challenging enough. But try being a nutrition air traffic controller of sorts, whose passengers are 7,000 hungry students needing a nutritious meal every single school day. Not a problem for LaRae Doll, director of Nutrition Services for the Johnston C…

One woman’s journey proves it’s never too late to learn

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The road to earning her high school diploma was anything but easy. Mary Campbell had many obstacles thrown in her path, from working the cotton fields as a young daughter of sharecroppers, to becoming a wife and mother by the time she was 14. Simply put, life’s circumstances, and even her own negative self-talk, got …

Director Wise: Analyzing TLC’s effectiveness – so far

Monday, October 3, 2016
Teacher leadership is critical to student success. A recent report from the National Council of State Legislatures, which analyzed features of exemplary education systems, stated, “High-performing countries create a variety of roles for teachers in the schools so they can use their expertise to improve teaching and l…


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