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'It’s time to step up our game'

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Compared to 50 year ago, the United States has made huge strides in the delivery of special education. Inclusion has become more than the norm in the classroom. Educators have more evidence-based tools at their fingertips than any time before. Yet the achievement gap between students with disabilities and those with…

State Board of Education begins process of adopting new science assessment

Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Members of the State Board of Education today voted to start the formal process of adopting a new state science assessment as recommended by an Iowa task force. Board members reviewed proposed administrative rules that would put in place a new science assessment and then voted to start the rule-making process requir…

Earn and learn – debt free. Sound like a late-night infomercial? Think again.

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Eric Smith, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33 training director and Jeremy Austin, DMACC academic advisor work together to support the apprentices. In the background, Trevor Campbell, 3rd year apprentice, works on a welding project. Campbell works for AZCO at the Alliant Energy Power Generating Plan in Marshallto…

Iowa’s top teachers honored at annual luncheon

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Ten of the state’s top teachers were honored by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education leaders for their service during an annual luncheon on Thursday in Des Moines. Visit our photo gallery. “The teachers being recognized today exemplify the talent, determination and dedication that teachers across…

Director Wise: Looking holistically at educator development

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
My colleagues in other states often marvel at Iowa’s strengths-based approach to improving teaching and learning. The development of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system focuses on building capacity within our education system by tapping teachers to take on clearly defined leadership roles. Rigorous l…

Iowa council releases recommendations on teacher and school administrator evaluation

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Monday, October 31, 2016
Members of the Council on Educator Development today released their final report of recommendations for Iowa teacher and school administrator evaluations. The recommendations focus on improving the current system with a model that allows for more growth and meaningful feedback, multiple measures that include student ou…

Q-and-A with 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh

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Friday, October 28, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, 43, a 20-year veteran of teaching, traces her love of education to childhood. She would play school with her recalcitrant younger sister. It was there, Vroegh said, she got her first taste of classroom management. Vroegh’s passion for teaching hasn…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds announce 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, whose desire to help all students reach their potential stems from her own childhood, is the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Lakewood Elementary School in Norwalk. See photos from the 20…

Looking for direction, finding hope

Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
District-wide program puts troubled teens on path to life and success Sixteen-year-old Garrett Welter was in a fix. A self-described troublemaker who frequently skipped school, he had a bad attitude, and despised books being thrust at him. He wasn’t on track to graduate. Garrett Welter “I viewed l…

This school starts early on getting students to think college

Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Jaclyn Dehner It is standard practice for schools to start talking about after-graduation plans to high schoolers. More progressive schools start the conversation in middle school. And then there’s Des Moines Findley Elementary, where career talk starts with….kindergartners. “We recognize that it ca…

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