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Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches new high of 91.3%

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
State’s annual dropout rate also increased, although long-term trend shows decline Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row while dropout rates edged up for the first time since the 2009-10 school year, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education. …

Iowa Teacher of the Year nominations due April 28

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
There are literally thousands of talented Iowa educators who lead and inspire their students. But only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The deadline to nominate the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 28. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to re…

Director Wise: Ever-changing world: Let's pause for thought

Monday, April 3, 2017
Being late usually carries negative consequences. However, in Thank You For Being Late, Thomas Friedman turns tardiness into opportunity. He uses an instance in which a friend was running behind to reflect upon a rapidly changing world. Friedman highlights several trends impacting education and the workforce in this…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on Thursday, March 30, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines. A work session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room, followed by the business meeting at 9:15 a.m. View a copy of the complete agenda with attachments.

‘Social’ studies: Making headway with kids on the spectrum

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Inclusion model fosters social skills, maximum exposure to core curriculum Preschoolers learn how to interact with all their peers. HIAWATHA – Walk into the preschool class of Libby Richardson and Mary Aull and you get the usual sense of unbridled energy emitting from 4-year-olds. They start their day with…

A ‘growing’ opportunity in Keokuk

Monday, March 27, 2017
Each year gardening projects at Hawthorne Elementary in the Keokuk Community School District involve more than just a few students and staff: It’s a collaborative effort with the entire district and community. Consider: In early spring elementary students will start seeds in their classrooms using the seed s…

Small-school science program makes a dent in N. America

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A small rural school in south central Iowa was one of 18 district winners throughout the U.S. and Canada that were honored for its innovative science education despite lacking resources.    Twin Cedars Junior and Senior High in Bussey received the honor for its application and video to the National Scienc…

Bringing World War I into the Iowa classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, Iowans by and large supported it. Though the war had been raging on in Europe for about three years, U.S. officials could no longer ignore the unrestricted sinking of unarmed merchant ships at the hands of German U-boats. Worse, they learned through an int…

Game-changer: Successfully ramping up literacy efforts

Monday, March 20, 2017
Tynne Sulser Tynne Sulser strived to be a good teacher. She worked hard. She loved her students. And a majority of her kids were proficient in reading. But then the third grade teacher and her colleagues at Lakeview Elementary in Centerville learned the jaw-dropping news: If less than 80 percent of the stude…

Department consultant receives service award

Monday, March 13, 2017
Melissa Walker, a nurse-consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa. Walker received the honor, in part, for her work in providing technical assistance to school nurses throughout the state for post-concussion management care.…


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