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COVID-19 Guidance and Information

Date: 
Friday, July 10, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education 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 updated as addi…

Summer Food Service Program helps meet student nutritional needs during pandemic

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Marshalltown Community School District employees prepare to distribute nutritious meals to students and families. School food service programs ramped up this spring to ensure students and families had access to healthy meals during unanticipated school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During th…

DHS announces pandemic food assistance distribution plan

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the distribution plan for $76,268,223 in food assistance benefits for Iowa families. The Families First CoronaVirus Act allowed states to issue Food Assistance benefits to households with children in Pre-K through grade 12 who lost access to free and reduced-price s…

Change, progress and the future of learning

Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
With the start of the new school year on the horizon, it is hard to believe how far we have come since March 15, when we first sent students home, and we couldn’t fathom how we would prepare for and adjust to a new model of teaching and learning. Yet, with determination and open minds, we banded together and forged a…

Register for adult education conference

Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Registration is under way for the 2020 Iowa Adult Education Summer Conference held July 27-29. The virtual conference is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Literacy Council. The conference will consist of state and national presenters, keynote speakers, time to network, and an opportunity to l…

Statement from the Iowa Department of Education on Reopening Guidance for Schools

Date: 
Friday, June 26, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, has developed reopening guidance that takes into account 327 school districts and 119 accredited nonpublic schools, all with different circumstances; and the individual needs of more than 550,000 schoolchildren as…

Iowa history teacher receives prestigious international award

Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Suzan Turner (left) of Nashua poses for a photo with National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn, while they were in Brussels, Belgium, last year. They were traveling with other National History Day teachers during a 2019 trip to Europe. Suzan Turner, a history teacher at Nashua-Plainfield High Schoo…

High school students forge on with getting college credit

Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
In an economy that increasingly requires both academic preparation and technical skills, high school students across the state are gaining both this summer, pandemic notwithstanding. The state’s Summer College Credit Program provides high school students with access to college-credit courses provided by Iowa’s 1…

Challenges met with online opportunities for adult education

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
When Iowa went face first into the pandemic, all educators were left scrambling to improvise teaching in a world they had never seen before. Community colleges certainly weren’t exempt. Perhaps the most challenging aspect community colleges faced, however, was trying to reach out to the adult learners and, in part…

An equitable approach to teaching. Check out this webinar

Date: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The state of Iowa is partnering with UnboundEd to help schools bring grade-level access to academic standards for all students. UnboundEd, a nonprofit that brings the Standards Institute professional learning to educators nationwide, provides educators with standards-aligned resources and professional learning to ef…

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