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Articles from 05/2017

Outgoing Teacher of the Year: A new perspective

Monday, May 22, 2017
Scott Slechta In the last year, Scott Slechta has traveled river to river in Iowa, and coast to coast in the country. But far beyond the accumulated mileage on the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Slechta is ending his tenure a changed educator. “I was in a true comfort zone with my students as I taught them rhet…

Debt-free, dual degrees: It’s not a pipe dream for some

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Valley High School seniors (F-B) Evan McKinney, Blake Richards, and Madison Stoakes, are three of six Valley seniors who have earned their associate degrees before graduating from high school. WEST DES MOINES – Six high school seniors from Valley High School will already have college degrees in hand when they…

Cracking the Code

Monday, May 15, 2017
State-supported sector partnerships are helping Iowa communities tackle critical IT worker shortages. It’s hard to believe that in today’s technology-driven culture there is a shortage of people interested in high-tech careers. With jobs in computing growing at twice the rate of other types of jobs, and virtuall…

Department seeks assessment bids

Friday, May 12, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education will be soliciting bids for a new statewide assessment, the annual test that school children take to show progress and proficiency. That’s in accordance with legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session that directed the Department to seek bids, called requests for propos…

Register for July TLC conference

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Registration is under way for a Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) conference which is designed to explore maximizing resources to impact teacher and student growth. The Fourth Annual Leveraging Teacher Leadership: An Institute for Teacher Leaders and Administrators will be held in Des Moines on July 13. T…

Schools honored for PBIS efforts

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Director Ryan Wise congratulates schools who have done well with PBIS. Seventy-five schools were recognized in Des Moines today for their work in establishing safe and supportive environments, enabling students to maximize their social emotional and academic success. The schools were recognized during the Io…

Teachers take care of students. Who takes care of the teachers?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Those who have flown with children have heard the flight attendant’s safety instructions: In an emergency, the adults should put on their oxygen masks first. “That analogy to self-care, that we can only help those after we help ourselves, is helpful at a basic level,” said Leora Wolf-Prusan, keynote speaker at…

Iowa Lakes Community College honored for ‘green’ initiatives

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Iowa Lakes Community College was named a 2017 Green Ribbon Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee today by the U.S. Department of Education. The college is among 45 schools, nine school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions across the nation being recognized for their promising practices to conserve resources…

Keeping kids on their (learning) toes during summer

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Igniting children’s passions, imaginations make the break a great academic experience Teacher Angela Lange works with one of her students. BOONE – Angela Lange has a sort of love-hate relationship with the summer break. Sure, she loves the time off. But she hates what summers can do to her students: Stud…

Law prioritizes computer science in schools

Monday, May 1, 2017
Working to get high-quality computer science courses into the classroom is the focus of legislation that was signed into law today. More photos from press conference. The legislation is designed to meet a growing need for 21st century skills and to ensure students graduate from high school ready for further educa…


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