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Articles from 02/2017

Perchance to dream….

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students virtually land good-paying jobs through hands-on exploration Teacher Ryan Eastvold and student Joey Paulson work together in a virtual learning environment. Two schools are teaching students to dream. And those dreams served up at Forest City and Charles City high schools in northern Iowa are virtua…

When children don’t look forward to the summer break…

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Staff and volunteers converted an old school bus to accommodate summer lunch service for children at seven locations throughout the Davis County Community School District. Stephanie Hawkins had a big dream. “I just wanted to feed hungry kids,” Hawkins said. And she would not rest until that dream became …

Bringing Iowa history to the state’s classrooms

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As a statewide advisory group works to bring Iowa history more into the mainstream of Iowa’s social studies classes, it’s fun to consider some interesting facts: The town of Elkader was named after Abd el-Kader, a young Algerian hero who led his people in a resistance to French colonialism between 1830 and 18…

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 a…

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 …

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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