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Articles from 09/2017

Director Wise: A short list, a tall order

Thursday, September 28, 2017
A few weeks ago I started carrying around a piece of paper with five items written in large print: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Assessment Future Ready Iowa Computer Science Instructional Frameworks While my daily schedule jumps across dozens of issues, I’ve tried to focus the bulk of my time,…

5 Iowa schools get Blue Ribbon honors

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Five Iowa schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The schools are: Charter Oak-Ute Elementary School, Charter Oak-Ute Community School District: Closing the achievement gap North Kossuth…

When Mitchell descended into the spectrum

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Early intervention is giving this boy hope – and a leg up Kathy Wilcox with Mitchell DES MOINES – Kathy Wilcox took 15-month-old Mitchell to Burger King one day for chicken nuggets. Nothing particularly memorable. Until. “He looked right at me, and said, ‘Mom I love you,’ and it was like he knew…

Life-changing ingredients

Monday, September 25, 2017
Joy Jackson walked across the stage in crutches to receive her high school equivalency diploma at EICC’s Davenport Center on May 28, 2014. “They asked me to name the two main ingredients in hollandaise sauce, and I didn’t know,” recalls Joy Jackson of her failed interview attempt for a culinary job at a…

Consultant honored for work in Partners in Education

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Vic Jaras, 2017 Partners in Education award recipient, pictured with Tim Hamilton, Executive Director of Student and Family Services, and Dr. Vickie Murillo, Superintendent, for the Council Bluffs Community School District. “I always ask, ‘How can we work together to help kids? Can we go beyond just the bar…

Family, school partnerships needed

Monday, September 18, 2017
Do you or someone you know have a great family and school partnership for children receiving special education services and supports? The Iowa Department of Education wants to hear from you.  Since there is a lack of consistent family and school partnership practices in the state, the Department is looking for …

It's a plan: Social studies implementation

Thursday, September 14, 2017
If there’s one thing the Iowa Social Studies Standards Review Team wants educators to know is that implementing the new standards in the classroom is a marathon – not a sprint. To that end, the State Board of Education learned today that it is recommended that educators implement the standards over a three-year …

Test-driving careers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Students in the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link’s pre-employment strategies credit summer course visited Iowa Workforce Development in Decorah. A car, much like a career, can look great based on pictures and reviews, but once inside you might feel entirely different about it. For that reason, most people …

Director Ryan Wise reflects on the state of Iowa’s education

Friday, September 8, 2017
Ryan Wise, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, was named 2017 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education. Wise reflected on Iowa's opportunities for teachers, some major education initiatives, and his travels to school districts across the state: 1. Early lite…

Gearing up for Constitution Day

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Constitution Day falls on Sept. 17, a weekend. Still, Congress requires all public schools to set aside on day during the week of Sept. 17 to teach all students about the U.S. Constitution and citizenship. Though compliance is mandatory, the implementation is left to local districts. There are lots of resources for …


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