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Articles from 12/2017

And the top stories for 2017 are…

Thursday, December 28, 2017
It’s been a busy year in education in 2017. But you already know that. What may be elusive is what Iowans like to read about education as it relates to the features the Iowa Department of Education puts out annually. So we determined what the nine most-read feature stories in 2017 were. In a couple cases, the most…

The flu is coming (and what you can do)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
It appears that an especially hard flu season is unfolding in the United States this year. Though Iowa's incidences are currently sporadic, most states bordering Iowa are experiencing widespread flu. So it's on our doorstep. But we don't have to simply wait to fall victim to the flu's effects. Schools can be proacti…

Resources and coaching networks

Thursday, December 14, 2017
No one has to go it alone! The Iowa Department of education is working to support educators in building their content knowledge and coaching skills in a range of areas through the resources and coaching networks linked below. Lead, Teach, Learn Literacy News You Can Use Iowa Science Coaching Network Social …

Does your district have the next Teacher of the Year?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s ambassador to education. The deadline to nominate the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 27. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping redefine educatio…

Literacy team to focus on improving writing instruction

Monday, December 11, 2017
In working toward developing a workshop on improving student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing, the Statewide Literacy Leadership Team will convene again in February for standards-aligned professional learning. The professional learning will be taught by Gary Troia, an associate professor at …

District builds a culture of collaborative improvement

Thursday, December 7, 2017
A district that exemplifies the collaborative culture that is part of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) Framework for Learning Supports is the Humboldt Community School District.  Humboldt CSD is in the fourth year of TLC funding and has built its TLC programming around its focus on Authentic Intell…

Cedar Falls teacher named ‘Grammy’ finalist

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Michelle Droe, a music teacher from Lincoln Elementary School in Cedar Falls, has been named one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Grammy Music Educator Award. The award is a part of the outreach of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, which seeks to educate and inspire people to the enduring qualities and cultural…

Does your student want to serve on the Board of Education?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Applications are being accepted for the student member of the State Board of Education. Each year the Governor appoints a student to serve as a nonvoting member of the State Board of Education. The term of the student member starts May 1, 2018, and ends April 30, 2019. The State Board meets at least seven times duri…

Key to successful teacher leadership is collaboration

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A centerpiece of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) program is collaboration. One of the five state TLC goals is to promote collaboration by developing and supporting opportunities for teachers in schools and school districts statewide to learn from each other. A common role for a teacher leader is to hel…

Director Wise: Transforming the teaching profession

Friday, December 1, 2017
I taught high school social studies for five years and my job responsibilities on my last day looked very much like those on my first. In addition, my academic department of nearly 20 teachers offered one leadership role – department chair (which required a Master’s degree and was confined mostly to scheduling subs…

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