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Articles from 07/2015

Ensuring quality instruction in the classroom

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An early literacy initiative that focuses on ensuring that students are at grade-level reading by the end of third grade has refocused the state’s attention on a long-used but underdeveloped strategy: explicit instruction. Explicit instruction, in the old way of doing it, is a teacher modeling something for studen…

Help parents understand the standards

Thursday, July 23, 2015
It’s a great time to share with parents what their children will be expected to know and be able to do in the 2015-16 school year. Our parent guides give a nice overview by grade level of Iowa’s state standards, called the Iowa Core. The standards represent a set of expectations for K-12 students in math, En…

State team completes science recommendation

Friday, July 17, 2015
NOTE: This report was re-issued on August 6, 2015, because of an omission in an earlier version of the report (see page 62). Members of the Science Standards Review Team have completed a final report on their recommendation that Iowa adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, with some modifications, as Iowa's…

Registration open for conference geared toward data teams

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Registration is open for a no-cost Aug. 10 conference designed for school districts’ entire data teams – anyone from business managers to TIER teachers. “It’s one-stop shopping for all Iowa Department of Education data-related issues,” said department consultant Margaret Hanson. “We haven’t done this f…

Engage parents for better outcomes

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Numerous studies demonstrate that students with parents who are actively involved in their education are more likely to earn high achievement scores, graduate from high school, and attend postsecondary schools. Join Karen Mapp, Joe Mazza, and other national experts to learn information and practical strategies fo…

2 Iowa educators honored by President Obama

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Two Iowa teachers were honored by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Brian Reece, a math teacher at Central Academy in Des Moines, and Allysen Lovstuen, a math teacher at Decorah High School in Decorah, were two of 108 science and m…

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