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COVID-19 Guidance and Information

Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education (Department) is providing guidance and information for Iowa school districts, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges and other stakeholders in response to an expanding global outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Guidance and information will be up…

Institutes of higher education may apply for connectivity grants

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Applications are now available to higher education institutions that are seeking to tap into a portion of the $6.9 million Governors Emergency Education fund to improve connectivity for students and professional development for faculty online instruction. The competitive grants are categorized into three components:…

Student gives her thoughts about what makes a great teacher

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Editor’s note: As staff at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows prepared to come back to school, Superintendent Joseph Nelson asked a student, Paige German, to give her thoughts to the faculty about what makes a good teacher. As her former fifth grade teacher Tanja Jensen said, “She blew us away!” We concur. Here is Paige’s …

Leading and learning amid uncertainty

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
As we embark on the new school year and the challenges ahead, I am reminded of a quote from John F. Kennedy. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Navigating the new school year, we have no choice but to rethink assumptions, navigate rapidly changing circumstances and learn from each deci…

Equity series kicks off Sept. 23; licensure renewal credit available

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The inaugural webinar for the Iowa Department of Education’s Social Justice and Equity in Education series kicks off on Sept. 23. The session, which will be opened by the Department’s Director Ann Lebo, will feature A’ndrea Wilson, a professor at Grand View University, who will deliver “It’s Okay to be Unc…

This educator promotes literacy inside – and outside – the school

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
We hear stories of educators in our state who are devoted to instilling a love of reading and learning. Often this work continues through the summer, as they dedicate many hours to plan lessons, volunteer at book sales, or donate time and resources in other ways to ensure students can access books. The summer of 2020 w…

New resource: Online learning opportunities and tools

Thursday, August 20, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is launching a new resource that will provide online learning opportunities and tools to support educators as they navigate virtual learning environments and incorporate online instruction this fall. Educators can access quality online course resources through Iowa e-Learning Central…

$26.2 million earmarked for increasing internet connectivity

Friday, August 7, 2020
DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today announced that $26.2 million is now available to districts, nonpublic schools, and colleges and universities primarily to increase internet connectivity for students for the 2020-21 school year. Using the Governor’s Emergency Education Rel…

High school students wanted to join equity committee

Thursday, August 6, 2020
The Iowa State Board of Education is seeking seven high school students who would like to be a part of its equity committee during the upcoming school year. The committee, comprised of 50 percent students in 10th through 12th grade, needs the student voice to help navigate equity issues by identifying and improv…

Two Iowa educators named recipients of prestigious science, math awards

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
DES MOINES – Two Iowa educators were named recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Sharon K. Jaeschke Sharon K. Jaeschke, a math teacher at Southeast Valley …


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