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Articles from 08/2017

Director Ryan Wise: Wait, what? Life's essential questions

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
My 11-year-old son, Weston, is the most avid reader I know. We usually end the day sitting next to each other reading. While I’ll admit my reading time occasionally consists of catching-up on the day’s news on Twitter, I also try to mix in good, old-fashioned books as much as possible. One of my favorites this y…

Want a free water-bottle filling station?

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education along with a host of public-private partnerships want students this year to turn away from sugary drinks and replace them with fluoridated water.   “Rethink Your Drink” is a campaign thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Qualifying Iowa scho…

For second year in a row, early literacy efforts make strides

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For the second year in a row, Iowa has made significant progress to improve the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today. Speaking from Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines, Reynolds said the share of students who met or surpassed the benchmarks Iowa uses t…

Third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan released for public review

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Iowans invited to comment through September 11; plan will be final next month DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced that the third draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting the federal Every Student Succeeds Act is available for public review and comment. Iowa’s plan will be…

‘Dirty jobs’ host Mike Rowe to talk skilled trades in Iowa

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Celebrity Mike Rowe, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is coming to Iowa in September to help build awareness of the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The Iowa Department of Education is one of the co-sponsors of the event scheduled for Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p…

Walker receives national 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement award

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Melissa Walker, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Education bureau of nutrition and health services, received the 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement Award from the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC), Inc. The NASSNC annually recognizes and honors the contribut…

Advisory: State Board of Education to hold conference call meeting on Aug. 16

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Monday, August 14, 2017
DES MOINES – The Iowa State Board of Education will meet via conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.   Members of the media and the public may listen to the meeting at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines (2nd floor State Board Room) or dial in at the following number: 1-…

This was a real game-changer

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Kirk Howard accepting his completion certificate from State Senator Bill Dotzler. WATERLOO - Turning one’s life around isn’t that easy when you’ve had past run-ins with the law. With a felony in his past and no high school diploma, Kirk Howard had many doors closed in his face. “I found myself lookin…

Win $1,000 for your school

Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Iowa Safe Schools Alliance (ISSA) is sponsoring a video contest for Iowa high school students.   The winner of the contest will take home $1,000 for your school (there also are cash prizes for second and third place). This year’s contest theme is “See something, say something,” and videos should be fo…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Aug. 3

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
DES MOINES – The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session will begin at 9 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room, followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. View a copy of t…

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