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Director Wise: School visits reveal determination, hard work

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Monday, June 20, 2016
I completed my final school visit of the 2015-16 school year last month. My travels took me to 56 school districts, all nine area education agencies, seven community colleges, two Catholic schools and the Meskwaki Settlement School.  These visits told a story of challenge, change and opportunity. I appreciated …

Summit inspires students to be ‘future-ready’

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Perry student, Jaqueline Guardado, hopes to someday study architecture while continuing to play soccer. Jaqueline Guardado always knew she wanted to go to college. It is something that her hard-working parents, both manual labor factory workers, instilled upon her at a young age. Simply put – they wanted more…

Meet one of 'Our Kids'

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Stephen Wonbenyakeh possesses the clear-eyed gaze of someone who has experienced adversity and overcome it. When he speaks, he seems wiser than his 20 years of age would suggest. Now a graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Stephen is a keynote speaker at the 2016 Our Kids Summer Institute and is sharing…

English learners: The journey toward excellence

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Imagine a classroom filled with eager students, whose homelands span the globe and who desire, nearly above all else, to receive an exceptional education. Couple that with a passionate, dedicated, enthusiastic teacher. Welcome to Joanna Farrell’s English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Valley High School in West …

Advisory: Iowa educators to explore new science standards June 15-17

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Monday, June 13, 2016
Educators from across the state will learn about putting new science standards into practice during the Science Standards Immersion Institute this week in West Des Moines. Participants will engage in three-dimensional science learning experiences and will explore various resources and instructional practices at the …

New science standards: Learning from educators who have implemented them

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Monday, June 13, 2016
Educators from across Iowa this week will learn about putting new science standards into practice during the Science Standards Immersion Institute in West Des Moines. Iowa’s new science standards are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which all states can consider adopting and adapting to meet their need…

Special education: What was, what is, and where we need to go

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Monday, June 13, 2016
This is a question-and-answer with Dr. Donald Deshler, a keynote speaker at the Special Education Symposium in Des Moines. Deshler is a distinguished professor emeritus of special education and the former founder and director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. Deshler has served o…

Modernization of career and technical education underway

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Members of the State Board of Education today adopted state rules for career and academic plans that school districts must develop to help students prepare for success in college and the workforce. The rules represent the first step in the implementation of House File 2392, which was signed into law on May 26 to mod…

Advisory: State Board of Education retreat is June 9-10

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The Iowa State Board of Education’s annual retreat will take place on June 9-10 at Des Moines Area Community College, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., in Ankeny. View a copy of the complete agenda with attachments.

Iowa Learning Online fee announcement

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Iowa Learning Online (ILO) has offered free, online courses since its launch in 2004. With the end of our scale-up appropriation, ILO will transition to a fee-based funding model. The Department of Education will charge an enrollment fee of $250 per student, per semester course in the fall semester of 2016.  IL…

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