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97 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch local teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Ninety-seven school districts have been added to the state system, bringing the total number of districts in …

Director Ryan Wise releases statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act: “I’m pleased with the broad, bipartisan support for this important federal legislation to fix the flawed No Child Left Behind law. Iowa and all…

Enhancing instruction - for all

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Universal Design for Learning enables delving deeper into subjects General education teacher Leslie Aden prompts Morgan Reed in a lesson on compare and contrast. Leslie Aden was leading her fifth grade students in a class discussion on the book Bridge to Terabithia. “Who were the main characters?” she…

Input needed from the education community

Monday, November 23, 2015
Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community…

Director Wise announces members of new Iowa History Advisory Council

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the 24 Iowans who will serve on an advisory council to study and recommend improvements to Iowa history education in K-12 schools. The council will examine issues around history teaching and learning, including best practices. The group will consider in…

State Board of Education votes to adopt new state assessment

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today voted unanimously to adopt a new state assessment to replace the current state tests in math and reading starting in the 2016-17 school year. The board adopted state administrative rules to put in place the Smarter Balanced Assessments as recommended by an…

Enroll your students for Iowa Learning Online’s spring semester

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Iowa Learning Online's spring 2016 enrollment is open now. The term starts Jan. 4 and ends May 6, with enrollments accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 11. No late enrollments can be accommodated for the spring semester. The Iowa Department of Education currently waives any district fees for Iowa Learning Online courses. …

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Wednesday, Nov. 18

Monday, November 16, 2015
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session begins at 9 a.m. in Room B100 (basement level), followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. See the complete agenda with attachments…

Iowans sought for social studies standards writing team

Monday, November 16, 2015
Application due Dec. 11; team to rewrite social studies standards for public review Iowans are invited to apply to serve on a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise announced today. The team …

Differentiated Accountability in a word: “Fabulous.”

Monday, November 9, 2015
Superintendent reacts to new Department site visits Approximately 30 Iowa Department of Education officials and another 20-or-so consultants from the state’s Area Education Agencies descended upon a Centerville elementary school. Centerville Superintendent Tony Ryan welcomes educators to the state’s first-eve…


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