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126 school districts chosen for teacher leadership system

Friday, December 19, 2014
Note: This press release was updated 12/21/14 to reflect an updated number of school districts chosen to participate. Valley School District, which was selected in collaboration with North Fayette, was added to the list. In addition, Edgewood-Colesburg was moved from the 2016-17 list to the 2015-16 list. Iowa Depart…

Teachers may qualify for $4,000 award

Thursday, December 11, 2014
First-year educators who are teaching in designated shortage areas are encouraged to apply for awards of up to $4,000 through the Teach Iowa Scholar Program. The awards, which can be received up to a maximum of five years, are designed for new teachers who are in their first contract with an Iowa school. They had to…

Iowa students chosen for prestigious U.S. Senate program

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Joshua Hughes Jack Hostager Two students have been selected as delegates to represent Iowa in the annual United States Senate Youth Program. Joshua Hughes, a senior from Interstate 35 High School in Truro, and Jack Hostager, a senior from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, each will receive a $5,000 s…

Education director pens note to parents

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In an open letter to K-3 parents, Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck addressed the importance of a statewide effort to improve children’s literacy skills. Dec. 9, 2014 Dear Iowa parents, Reading is essential to your children’s success in school and in life. In Iowa, we are working to make sure…

USDA recognizes Iowa Department of Education for summer lunch program

Monday, December 8, 2014
Iowa Department of Education Consultant Stephanie Dross holds a certificate of recognition the department received from the USDA for its work on increasing participation in the summer food program. To the left are Education Director Brad Buck and Bureau Chief Ann Feilmann. The Iowa Department of Education was r…

Q & A with Iowa’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

Friday, December 5, 2014
Clemencia Spizzirri, a native of Ecuador, has taught Spanish at Merrill Middle School in the Des Moines Public Schools for five years. She helps needy children and families understand the power of a high-quality education and works to cultivate culturally aware students. She also works to ensure that children learning …

Gov. Branstad announces 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Friday, December 5, 2014
Clemencia Spizzirri, whose passion for helping students and families stems from her own childhood in Ecuador, is the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced today at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines. “Great teaching gives children the foundation they need to be good citizens and to successf…

Iowa Learning Online’s spring, summer registration opens

Monday, December 1, 2014
Iowa Learning Online’s registration for the spring and summer semesters is now open. There is no cost to school districts and course lists are available here. The spring semester starts Jan. 5 and ends May 8. Late registration is open until Jan. 13. The summer semester is from May 18 to July 17. As courses and ser…

Department websites offline over Thanksgiving holiday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Due to planned full electrical shutdown of State of Iowa servers, all Department of Education websites will be unavailable Thursday, November 27, 2014 through Sunday November, November 30, 2014. This outage is required for electricians to perform work on components impacted by a February building fire. During this shut…

District thrives with teacher leadership program

Monday, November 24, 2014
Benton Community School District’s Superintendent Gary Zittergruen, left, poses with his teacher leadership team. Zittergruen is impressed with how quickly the district is seeing positive results through the teacher leadership program. The Benton Community School District’s teacher leadership program is wor…


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 26, 2015 at 5:30am.