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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…

33 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch local teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Thirty-three new school districts have been accepted into the state system, bringing the total number of …

Making money matter to young Iowans

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
If you were offered $10 today, but given the option to instead receive $11 in a year, what would you do? See more photos the Financial Literacy Summit. You would come out ahead if you chose to receive $11 in a year. That’s because if you had chosen the $10 and invested it at 5 percent, you would have only $10.5…

Seniors’ hard work pays off on College Decision Day

Friday, May 1, 2015
When you think of College Signing Day, your mind most likely goes to high school athletes choosing which university or college team they will be joining in the fall. But there is another College Signing Day afoot: A smattering of high schools throughout Iowa are celebrating their seniors who have chosen to go to colleg…

Registration opens for literacy summit focused on young students

Friday, May 1, 2015
Registration is under way for a two-day literacy summit sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education July 29-30 in Des Moines. Titled Quality Literacy: All Teachers, All Tiers, All Learners, the summit’s focus will be on implementing research-based preschool-through-third grade literacy efforts. There will be opp…

‘Our Kids’ offers strategies for working with ELL students

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Register today for the 2015 Our Kids Summer Institute to be held June 16-17 at Waukee High School in Waukee. The summer institute will provide participants with the opportunity to network with other educational professionals and to discover new strategies for working with English Language Learners (ELLs). Feature…

Schools, AEA selected for pilot accreditation, improvement model

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The first group of school districts and an Area Education Agency have been selected for a pilot of a new system of accreditation and improvement for Iowa's preschool programs, school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and AEAs. The pilot will take place throughout the 2015-16 school year. Called Differentiated…

Kirkwood Community College honored nationally for sustainability efforts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Kirkwood Community College was named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a first-ever Postsecondary Sustainability awardee. In all, 58 schools, 14 school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions were honored for their progress in reducing environmental impact and utility cos…

Districts learn how to implement teacher leadership program

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Early planning is critical to its success Seventy-six school districts convened in Des Moines to kick off an initiative designed to improve instruction in Iowa’s classrooms. The initiative, called Teacher Leadership and Compensation, or TLC, focuses on creating leadership roles among some of the best teachers w…


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