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Articles from 10/2013

Eight Questions for Iowa’s Teacher of the Year

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Monday, October 28, 2013
Governor Branstad congratulates Jane Schmidt on being named the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Jane Schmidt, an eighth-grade literacy and language arts teacher at Maquoketa Middle School, has been named the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Schmidt, a 33-year teaching veteran, serves as a teacher mentor at her school a…

Director Buck announces members of new Assessment Task Force

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced the 19 Iowans who will serve on a task force that will study the state’s assessment needs and will recommend a new state test for public and accredited nonpublic schools. The Assessment Task Force was established as part of House File 215, the landmark educ…

Gov. Branstad announces 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year

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Friday, October 18, 2013
Jane Schmidt, a longtime teacher known for her leadership, her ability to connect with students, and her commitment to improvement, is the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced in Maquoketa. “Great teachers make a world of difference for their students, for their colleagues and for their com…

Website changes: See what’s new

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Welcome to the Iowa Department of Education’s website, which has undergone some changes in an effort to meet a new standard for all state agency websites. These changes will result in a more functional and secure website. You’ll notice that our website has a different look now, but it is organized in much the sa…

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching State Finalists

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Allysen Lovstuen, math teacher, Decorah High School Allysen Lovstuen knew she was destined to be a math teacher in the fifth grade. “I always liked figuring out problems and that’s what I see math is – a problem-solving activity,” she said. “It’s overcoming challenges. I didn’t mind it being hard be…

Iowa teachers named state finalists for nation’s highest honor in math, science teaching

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Five Iowa teachers have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The finalists in math are Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah High School, Brian Reece of Central Academy in Des Moines, and Jeff Marks of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. The finalists in s…

RtI at work

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Educators at Van Meter Elementary pore over data as part of the school’s Response to Intervention commitment. From left, Janelle Thompson, Jenny Stephens, Brooke Gadberry and Ann Volk. If you think Response to Intervention, or RtI, is aimed only at struggling students, teachers at Van Meter Elementary School would…

Wanted: Your input on extended learning

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Learning doesn’t take place just in a classroom. It can happen before school, after and during the summer. Called in educational circles “extended learning,” it enhances students’ overall educational experiences. The best programs, research shows, involve both school and community involvement. And to that…

Power in numbers: Afterschool program unites minds, ambitions

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Teachers in Waterloo’s high schools were alarmed at what they were seeing: Too many students receiving special education services were getting into trouble outside school. “Some of the students on IEPs were being swept into the correctional system or becoming disengaged,” said Amy Alfrey, Waterloo’s special …

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