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Articles from 03/2020

Resources now available to support student learning at home

Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today released a host of optional resources for families and educators to use as they support student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The resources are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website and include interactive games, virtual field tr…

Notice for public comment regarding ESSA Waiver of Assessment and Accountability Requirements

Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 and resulting school closures, the U.S. Department of Education notified states of an optional waiver for the 2019-2020 school year, of the assessment requirements in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA, the accountability and school identification requirements in s…

Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020
DES MOINES – In an effort to ease the burden on Iowa families and get food out to the students who need it at this critical time, the Iowa Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through…

Keeping connections: Teachers go all out to see, encourage their students

Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A student waves to the passing parade of teachers in Ankeny. His sign reads, “Hi Mrs. Cardin. I miss you.” Teacher parades – in which teachers jump into their cars and drive past students’ houses – are popping up across Iowa like corn kernels thrown into a fire. It comes as no surprise to famil…

Advisory: State Board of Education to meet virtually on Thursday

Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
DES MOINES – The Iowa State Board of Education’s next routine business meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, March 26. The meeting is scheduled to run from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Members of the public may join remotely through video conferencing or by telephone. Instructions for joining remotely are available in …

Notice for public comment regarding a waiver of limitation in section 1127(b) of the ESEA Act of 1965

Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is filing a request to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) that prohibits a State educational agency (SEA) from granting to a local educational agency (LEA) a waiver of the carryo…

Holistic, valuable and relevant: One school’s approach to college and career planning

Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Editor's note: Though life as we know it has been rather upended, we will eventually get back to normal. In that spirit, we bring you this story based on a visit to Indianola about a month ago. Students were engaged in their learning throughout Career Day. Change can be hard, scary even. But change al…

Schools honored for creating safe, positive environments

Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education has awarded schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to implement and monitor prevention and intervention practices. The school…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dr. Ann Lebo to lead the Iowa Department of Education

Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
DES MOINES– Today Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Dr. Ann Lebo will lead the Iowa Department of Education, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. “Having served as an instructor, school administrator, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners executive director  and on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, among ot…

Inventory tool helps districts refine assessment use

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tests are necessary to allow teachers, parents and students themselves to monitor student progress, understand strengths and weaknesses, and set learning goals. But each test given takes time and resources that could be used for other valuable activities during the school day. So, it is important that the assessments g…

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