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Family, school partnerships needed

Monday, September 18, 2017
Do you or someone you know have a great family and school partnership for children receiving special education services and supports? The Iowa Department of Education wants to hear from you.  Since there is a lack of consistent family and school partnership practices in the state, the Department is looking for …

It's a plan: Social studies implementation

Thursday, September 14, 2017
If there’s one thing the Iowa Social Studies Standards Review Team wants educators to know is that implementing the new standards in the classroom is a marathon – not a sprint. To that end, the State Board of Education learned today that it is recommended that educators implement the standards over a three-year …

Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year named

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A fifth-grade teacher from Pella has been named the state History Teacher of the Year. Rebecca Helland, who teaches at Jefferson Intermediate School, was named by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History after being recommended by an Iowa Department of Education committee. The institute’s mission is to pro…

Test-driving careers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Students in the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link’s pre-employment strategies credit summer course visited Iowa Workforce Development in Decorah. A car, much like a career, can look great based on pictures and reviews, but once inside you might feel entirely different about it. For that reason, most people …

Director Ryan Wise reflects on the state of Iowa’s education

Friday, September 8, 2017
Ryan Wise, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, was named 2017 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education. Wise reflected on Iowa's opportunities for teachers, some major education initiatives, and his travels to school districts across the state: 1. Early lite…

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise named NASBE Policy Leader of the Year

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Ryan Wise, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, has been named the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) 2017 Policy Leader of Year. Wise, who has been Iowa’s education chief since 2015, was nominated by State Board of Education Member Brooke Axiotis, who is a member of NASBE…

Gearing up for Constitution Day

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Constitution Day falls on Sept. 17, a weekend. Still, Congress requires all public schools to set aside on day during the week of Sept. 17 to teach all students about the U.S. Constitution and citizenship. Though compliance is mandatory, the implementation is left to local districts. There are lots of resources for …

The struggle from within

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Many parents anguish turning their children with special needs over to teachers Susan and Bob Selby with their sons Jack (left) and Tommy along with their family dogs Dave and Georgia. Don’t be a stranger, the saying goes. Yet most teachers are just that at the beginning of the school year. To be sure, …

Director Ryan Wise: Wait, what? Life's essential questions

Thursday, August 31, 2017
My 11-year-old son, Weston, is the most avid reader I know. We usually end the day sitting next to each other reading. While I’ll admit my reading time occasionally consists of catching-up on the day’s news on Twitter, I also try to mix in good, old-fashioned books as much as possible. One of my favorites this y…

Want a free water-bottle filling station?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education along with a host of public-private partnerships want students this year to turn away from sugary drinks and replace them with fluoridated water.   “Rethink Your Drink” is a campaign thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Qualifying Iowa scho…


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