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Articles from 02/2017

Iowa team to develop fine arts standards for schools

Thursday, February 16, 2017
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced members of a new team that will develop recommended statewide standards in fine arts. The Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The team’s mission is to create a series of concepts and skill…

Students learn critical nature of technology in agriculture

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Precision Agriculture instructor, Jerry Driscoll, challenges students to apply their knowledge and abilities to take on real-world problems. Can a group of rural Iowa high school students eradicate world hunger? Listening to the students in Jerry Driscoll’s class, you would have to think yes. Conversations…

New study highlights impact Iowa community colleges have on state’s economy

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic …

Step up your game: Register for Educator Quality Conference

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Join teachers, teacher leaders, mentors and administrators April 6 from across the state to learn and plan for students' future successes and achievements. The conference will be held at Simpson College in Indianola, just south of Des Moines. The conference will engage and unite educators from administrators to t…

Deadline approaches for ESSA feedback

Friday, February 3, 2017
The Feb. 15 deadline is fast approaching for giving feedback on the first draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public comment is encouraged through the online feedback survey.   The Iowa Department of Education spent several months collecting…

Director Wise: Combining data, experience = progress

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Too often, school performance is painted in broad brush strokes. And more often than not, the picture portrays struggles and failures. Anyone w…

Career, technical education: Not a return to the past

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
To many, the phrase “vocational education” conjures images of students taking academically unchallenging courses where they build bird houses or tinker with cars. Where vocational education was once thought of as an alternative for students wanting to work directly after high school, career and technical educati…

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