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Iowa team to develop fine arts standards for schools

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced members of a new team that will develop recommended statewide standards in fine arts. The Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The team’s mission is to create a series of concepts and skill…

Students learn critical nature of technology in agriculture

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Precision Agriculture instructor Jerry Driscoll challenges students to apply their knowledge and abilities to take on real-world problems. Can a group of rural Iowa high school students eradicate world hunger? Listening to the students in Jerry Driscoll’s class, you would have to think yes. Conversations a…

New study highlights impact Iowa community colleges have on state’s economy

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic …

Deadline approaches for ESSA feedback

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Friday, February 3, 2017
The Feb. 15 deadline is fast approaching for giving feedback on the first draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public comment is encouraged through the online feedback survey.   The Iowa Department of Education spent several months collecting…

Director Wise: Combining data, experience = progress

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Too often, school performance is painted in broad brush strokes. And more often than not, the picture portrays struggles and failures. Anyone w…

Career, technical education: Not a return to the past

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
To many, the phrase “vocational education” conjures images of students taking academically unchallenging courses where they build bird houses or tinker with cars. Where vocational education was once thought of as an alternative for students wanting to work directly after high school, career and technical educati…

Up: Attendance. Down: Office Referrals.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Social-emotional learning yields more instruction time Howard-Winneshiek Community School District staff discuss their work on social-emotional learning. CRESCO – Observing Terese Jurgensen in action, you get a sense that she can get something done by simply willing it. She is impassioned, focused. And she…

Educators: It takes the entire building to bolster literacy efforts

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Sioux City Principals Amy Denney of Perry Creek Elementary School and Stacie Henderson of Liberty Elementary School provide their perspective on the implementation of small-group, skills-based literacy instruction in the Sioux City Community School District.  Writing the blog for the Iowa Reading Research Cente…

Iowans needed to help prevent child hunger in the summer

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
DES MOINES – In an effort to head off hunger, the Iowa Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals or snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.   About 90 percent of the more than 200,000 Iowa students who qualify for free a…

Great resources available for Black History Month

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Monday, January 30, 2017
Have you ever heard of the town of Buxton, Iowa, a thriving town in the late 1800s composed largely of middle-class African Americans? Buxton, along with many other resources, can make Black History Month come alive in your classroom. From the National African American History Month website to the Newseum, there are…

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