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Grant takes aim at adult education, literacy programs

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation is exploring the possibility of creating a network of certified tutors to work one-on-one with adults who are unable to proficiently read, write and speak. Thanks to an AmeriCorps Planning Grant, the Department will look in…

Imagine what summer school could be. Council Bluffs did.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sandra Day visits with a student about her reading assignment during summer school at Longfellow Elementary in the Council Bluffs Community School District. The exact origins remain a mystery, but the concept of “It takes a village” is widely believed to have roots in an  African proverb. That’s wher…

Districts: data-system training begins July 25

Monday, July 24, 2017
The state of Iowa is transitioning to a new statewide data system for K-6 literacy through FASTBridge Learning. To help school districts, comprehensive training will be provided beginning July 25 through the end of October consisting of webinars followed by regional face-to-face trainings. Because this training is c…

Muscatine man wins prestigious adult-education award

Friday, July 21, 2017
Jason Walker, an adult education and literacy instructor at Muscatine Community College, is the recipient of the 2017 Archie Willard Adult Education and Literacy Educator of the Year. Walker was given the award in front of his colleagues and peers during the statewide Adult Education and Literacy Conference this week. …

Report shows Iowa’s industry-driven sector partnerships on track

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Public-private efforts well-positioned to help grow state’s talent pipeline for in-demand jobs A new report shows Iowa is gaining ground in the expansion of sector partnerships, a key workforce development strategy designed to close industry-specific skills gaps in communities. Sector partnerships bring togethe…

It’s never too late to return to education. Just ask Liz Smith.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Liz Smith Educators, administrators and professionals are gathering in Ankeny this week to network, self-invest and learn best practices at the Iowa Building Your Future with Adult Education and Literacy Conference. These individuals provide guidance, support and encouragement to the thousands of Iowans who tak…

Adult education, training: A foundation of performance leads to long-term success

Monday, July 10, 2017
This is a question-and answer with Mike Fazio, the keynote speaker for the Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Summer Conference, Building Your Future with Adult Education, to be held in Ankeny, July 18-20. Fazio is the founder and CEO of Workforce180, a national workforce training and consulting organization, focused…

The 'lollipop' moments of your life

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Lollipop has long been my least favorite word in the English language. It’s not that I have anything against lollipops. In fact, I love them. But the word sounds strange. So I avoid it. The Benton Community School District Ed Camp, however, changed what comes to mind when I hear the word lollipop. Instead of that …

A holistic approach to college, career planning

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Waterloo middle school students learn about career opportunities in digital graphics and the importance getting off to a strong start as high school freshmen. WATERLOO - Before breaking for the summer, 500 eighth-grade students from all four Waterloo middle schools gathered at the Waterloo Career Center located…

Work partnerships pick up steam in Iowa

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Work is going strong in the development of partnerships across the state that includes the private sector, area education agencies, community colleges and school districts to provide effective, efficient, and economical means of delivering high-quality secondary career and technical education programs. A total of 15…


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