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Secretary Duncan: Iowa leads in teacher leadership

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CEDAR RAPIDS – Iowa’s efforts to transform learning in schools by giving teachers more leadership opportunities received state and national attention Tuesday with a visit to Cedar Rapids from the nation’s top education official, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. During a stop at Cedar Rapids’ Roosevel…

Teachers named as finalists for prestigious math, science awards

Monday, September 14, 2015
Five Iowa teachers have been named finalists in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The two math finalists are: Rick Brooks, a math teacher at Johnston High School, Johnston Community School District Curtis Martinek, a math teacher at Gilbert High School, Gilb…

2015 No Child Left Behind results reinforce need for new system of federal accountability

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today said this year’s report on student performance under the federal No Child Left Behind law reflects a flawed system of school accountability rather than the work of Iowa’s classrooms, and he expressed optimism that a long-overdue revision of the federal law is on…

Maximizing education: It’s all in the family

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
If your school is waiting to get all of the education reform components together before tackling an effective family engagement program, you’re making a mistake. That’s according to Karen L. Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “I hear ‘once we get our instruct…

Nominate a Presidential Scholar by Oct.15

Friday, September 4, 2015
The director of each state education agency has the ability to nominate up to 10 students, five male and five female, for consideration in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors superior high school seniors. If you have an outstanding high school senior, consider a recommendation to Iowa Department of Edu…

‘Future Starts Here’ promotes adult education

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Iowa’s Adult Education and Literacy programs provide adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to compete in today’s economy and enhance the quality of their lives. A new campaign to increase awareness of the adult education and literacy programs throughout Iowa has been laun…

When failure isn’t an option

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Peg Vanderhoff liberally praises her students’ success, driving them to further accomplishments. When seventh-grader Parker Schiltz first walked into Peg Vanderhoff’s classroom, he was reading at the fourth-grade level – and not passing. Withdrawn, suffering from low self-esteem and even lower self-con…

Have a student seeking public service?

Monday, August 31, 2015
Students are urged to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, which is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.     Established in 1962, annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5-12. Two student lea…

Have your classes participate in Constitution Day activities

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education has partnered with the Iowa Judicial Branch and the Iowa Bar Association this year to help schools actively take part in celebrating U.S. Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17. In the spirit of the day, celebrations and observations have been scheduled: Sept. 16-17: The Iowa Supr…

Getting to know Director Wise in 10 questions

Monday, August 24, 2015
Who or what inspired you to become an educator? I went to college thinking I’d be a lawyer like my dad. I decided to be a history major, and I had a couple of great professors. I loved the content of history, and then I had the opportunity, when I was a junior in college, to be a teaching assistant for the freshman…


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