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Grant gives life to social studies

Monday, August 8, 2016
Think that history is nothing more than dates and dead people? Think again. A nearly $300,000 grant will help make history come alive in Iowa. The grant, which comes from the Library of Congress, was secured by the Iowa departments of Education and Cultural Affairs. The funds will go toward advancing the teaching of…

An Iowa definition for college and career readiness

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Iowa’s education system works hard to prepare all students for success beyond high school. But what does college and career readiness actually mean? A new definition adopted Thursday by the State Board of Education represents what’s important for students to achieve postsecondary success: Iowa students who ar…

4 ways WIOA helps close Iowa’s skills gap

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Plans to prepare a workforce that meets the needs of business and helps Iowans secure high-quality jobs and careers is gaining steam in Iowa. Called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, the legislation marks the first reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. WIOA includes reforms that aff…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Aug. 4

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. View a copy of the complete agenda with attachments.

State's summer meal program continues to grow

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Though the federal Summer Meal Program has grown appreciably in the state of Iowa, a full 90 percent of Iowa students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year still go it alone during the summer months. The Iowa Department of Education is looking to reduce that by getting new program sponsor…

Director Wise: Power of summer professional learning

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise Anyone who thinks educators take the summer “off” clearly has not met an Iowa teacher or administrator. While the pace and schedule shift, the intensity and focus remain. Iowa’s teachers and school leaders use their summers to network, plan, and improve. In on…

Assessment field test needs K-3 teachers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Kindergarten through third grade teachers and their administrators are invited to assist with a field test of learning progressions, addressing five domains of learning and development. The domains include physical well-being and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches toward learning; language …

Study: How to maximize summer reading program

Friday, July 8, 2016
Some 44 school districts throughout Iowa are participating in a research study on effective summer reading programs for children. The goal of the research study is to identify the characteristics of more effective summer reading programs as schools work to develop them for struggling third-grade students. This infor…

Teacher of the Year reflects on her experience

Thursday, July 7, 2016
A year on the road as the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year fundamentally changed Clemencia Spizzirri. Instead of the micro-view of education that is customary as a classroom teacher, her travels gave her the Big Picture. And she loves what she sees. “The first thing I learned is the passion of educators,” Spizzi…

Learning opportunity for literacy leadership teams

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Local education agency administrators and leadership team members have an opportunity to focus on Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) processes and resources with the Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids (C4K) tools that help support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) implementation.   Members from the Io…


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