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Schools honored for creating safe, positive environments

Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Iowa Department of Education has awarded 110 schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to provide and monitor prevention and intervention practices. Th…

Register for Social Studies Institute

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Registration is under way for the June 20-21 Best Practices in Social Studies Institute in Des Moines. The institute is at no cost to participants. The institute is for k-12 social studies teachers and pre-service teachers, and its focus will be on the new standards. The keynote speaker is Tina Heafner of the Uni…

16 Iowa districts get funds to improve bus emissions

Friday, March 9, 2018
Sixteen Iowa school districts received awards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that will reduce emissions from their school bus fleets. The funds are used to purchase new buses or retrofit existing ones to reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems as such asthma and lung damage. Iowaâ…

Women’s History Month: Some resources for you

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Have you figured out how you will make National Women’s History Month come alive in your classroom yet? We have resources, from class plans to fun facts. Check them out! Women's History National Education Association Edutopia Scholastic PBS Anti-Defamation League Iowa Women’s Hall of Fam…

Multiple pathways to becoming a teacher in Iowa

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Ever think about becoming a teacher? There are more ways than one. Here are some options available: Fast-track Teacher Intern Program: This route for secondary teachers requires that a bachelor’s degree and content coursework has already been achieved. General pedagogy coursework is required. An internship is s…

Making healthy choices count

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
You may have heard about 5-2-1-0. So what is it and how does it apply to schools? 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count is an obesity prevention initiative with evidence-based strategies that support healthy choices, reaching children and adults where they live, learn, work, and play. This statewide campaign is coordinated by …

Director Ryan Wise: Iowa aims to make sure students are ‘future ready’

Monday, March 5, 2018
I am inspired by the Iowa Department of Education’s vision: Iowa learners experience high levels of success and develop the capacity to continually grow as successful, healthy, and productive citizens in a global community. I am also encouraged by the many statewide initiatives, brought to life at the school-level, w…

Social-emotional learning: A critical link to the classroom

Friday, March 2, 2018
Keynote speaker Nicholas Yoder is a senior technical assistance consultant with the Midwest Comprehensive Center at the American Institutes for Research. Yoder works with states and districts on the integration of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school climate with other educational reform initiatives, includin…

Applications sought for next Iowa Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The deadline to nominate is April 27. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues…

Knocking down barriers to success: students with disabilities

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The staff of Gilbert Intermediate School were honored for their work with students with disabilities. Left to right: Lindsey Beecher, Carrie Clark, Kim Petersen, Amy Griffin, Carla Turner and Kristy Danilson. Students present unique challenges to teachers. But those challenges can be exacerbated amo…


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