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Real power, real choice, real life

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Forget about the old adage, “You are what you eat!” Middle school students participating in the 2016 Super Power Summit will leave the event having discovered a super power…the power of choice. Following a full day of networking, empowering presentations and fun, interactive experiences, 90 middle schoolers no…

‘What is wrong with that child?’

Monday, September 26, 2016
Dubuque schools work to rid old notions of what drives bad behavior Back, left: Ashley Caldwell, Angie Birdsall Front, left: Kari Bappe, Chris Singletary, Sarah Bechler The Dubuque Community School District is one of several districts statewide that is taking mental health issues head on. But make no m…

State team recommends minor revisions to literacy standards

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Literacy Standards Review Team’s report will go to the State Board of Education Members of a state team charged with reviewing Iowa’s academic standards for literacy completed their work today by recommending minimal revisions based on statewide feedback that signaled strong support for the current standards. Th…

Public input sought on Every Student Succeeds Act

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education leaders will hit the road this fall as part of a statewide tour to gather public input as they develop a plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year…

A chance to help a new teacher

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education is engaging in a field trial of the teacher performance assessment designed to enhance a beginning teacher’s professional learning. We are currently seeking volunteers – both new and experienced – to participate in this study. The Iowa Teacher Performance Assessment (IA-TPA) pr…

Iowa educators named state finalists for nation's highest honor in math, science teaching

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Four Iowa educators have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The two math finalists are: Zac Christensen, a second-grade teacher at Perkins Elementary School, Des Moines Public Schools Natalie Franke, a second-grade teacher at Brookview E…

A moment of protest, a lifetime of history

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Mary Beth Tinker’s suspension from school contributed to the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding a student’s right to free speech. It was a big step for a shy 13-year-old girl whose principal concerns in life was who she would sit beside in algebra and talk to during lunch. That step Mary Beth Tink…

Embrace citizenship this Constitution Day

Monday, September 12, 2016
Editor’s note: This was written by Stefanie Wager, a former social studies teacher and now consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. Stefanie Wager At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked “Well, doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”&nbs…

Grant focuses on school wellness

Friday, September 9, 2016
A $498,255 federal grant was awarded to the Iowa Department of Education to conduct a study to learn the effectiveness of school nutrition trainings, nutrition education for children, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. The three-year study will include working intensely with 2…

Out with the old, in with the new

Thursday, September 8, 2016
New model gives students full access to all literacy instruction Special education teacher Kristi Wickre leads her class through a literacy lesson Prior to moving to Iowa, 6-year-old Kyle Harlan’s main school lesson focused on trying to stop his frequent crying. His lesson? Teachers would record him crying…


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