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Building a high-quality computer science program? Apply for this grant!

Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2020
Schools wanting to provide high-quality computer science instruction can apply for a grant through the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund. Details about the grant including application and implementation guidance, the application questions, the scoring rubric and due dates are available on the …

Collaboration is key to preparing students for college and careers

Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
One of the most important goals of our educational system is to prepare students for college and careers. Today’s knowledge-based economy requires not only academic preparation, but acquisition of employability and technical skills needed for high-demand careers in some of our fastest-growing fields. Expanding acc…

Register for Emerging Educators Academy

Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
“Building a Foundation for the Future” is the theme for the Sixth Annual Emerging Educators Academy on Dec. 5. Designed for preservice teachers up through third-year teachers and their mentors, the academy is hosted and run by Iowa’s Outstanding Educators. A day of interaction will focus upon elevating, ins…

School district collaboratively works to improve literacy instruction

Date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Pella Community School District K-6 Leadership Team took the initiative to complete the Standards Professional Learning Opportunities in English language arts/literacy course over the last school year. They worked through the course collaboratively when preparing to lead a district research team, which consisted…

Webinars: Meeting the mental health needs of students, families

Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
It cannot be understated the impact our national crisis has had on our children and families across the state, and how such ongoing stressful events can lead to an ever-increasing number of mental health needs. To continue to address this issue, Iowa Department of Education will be holding a three-part series of web…

High school students head to the ‘polls’

Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020
Mike Cormack, Social Studies teacher at Southwest Valley High School in Corning It’s all about participation for students in veteran teacher Mike Cormack’s Contemporary Issues class, who are coordinating the 2020 Fall Iowa Youth Straw Poll (IYSP) for Southwest Valley High School in Corning. Conduc…

Nearly $4.4 million awarded to Iowa colleges and universities to expand student access to technology, increase internet connectivity

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
DES MOINES - The state of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education today announced 43 Iowa colleges and universities have been awarded nearly $4.4 million to increase internet connectivity for students in the 2020-21 school year. The funding is part of the state’s $26.2 million in Governor’s Emergency Education…

Food service directors: It’s a win-win for school districts, families

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Editor’s note: Yesterday we examined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to extend waivers and flexibilities for school meals -- and the need it fills. Today, we talk to a couple of food service directors who are on the front line. Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque are conducting classes in-perso…

Meal flexibilities support families, school nutrition programs

Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
At a time when families face tough challenges pertaining to home, school and work life, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently extended waivers and flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. This unprecedented step ensures healthy me…

Get these equity webinars on your calendar

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Nov. 5 - (2 presentations will be combined) Presentation 1: "Inclusive Schools & Communities for Queer Youth" by Nate Monson, executive director for the Iowa Safe Schools. This webinar will dive deeply into the challenges facing LGBTQ youth in 2020. According to The Trevor Project's recent data, 40 percent of …

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