Skip to Content


Early literacy: The pathway to a successful education

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
One of the goals of the Iowa State Board of Education is to ensure every child enters kindergarten ready to learn. But what does that mean? In a very basic sense, it means the child is prepared to transition from listening and speaking to reading and writing skills. To that end, early childhood literacy is the focus…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets May 15

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The State Board of Education’s meeting will take place at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 12:45 p.m. See complete agenda with attachments here.

Symposium scheduled for teacher-leadership initiative

Monday, May 12, 2014
A symposium on a statewide education initiative designed to create teacher-leadership positions will be held Aug. 4 in Des Moines. This is the second Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium in two years. With 39 school districts representing one-third of Iowa’s students preparing to kick off leadership pro…

Is your district ready for the Iowa Core?

Monday, May 5, 2014
A review of current Iowa Core Plans has revealed that there is substantial variation in both the intensity and focus of work toward full implementation. School leaders are reminded that Iowa Core work should be a priority at this time. Schools across Iowa should be fully involved at this point. High schools were req…

2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year heads to Washington D.C.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Iowa’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Jane Schmidt of Maquoketa, is in Washington, D.C., for National Teacher of the Year week. Thanks, Jane, for all you do for kids! Read more about Jane Schmidt.

Summer: Romping, reveling and...reading

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Seven-year-old Alex Nimke works with a fellow student. An average student can backslide a full month on reading skills during the summer break. It may be even worse for some students on Individualized Education Programs. That’s not acceptable for Shaun Nimke. Her 7-year-old son Alex has come too far to lose a m…

Leave the slide on the playground!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period! Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ summer reading and math challenges. Find a…

From fax to facts: How data is forming education

Monday, April 7, 2014
Shelly Neese and Roger Petersen see data collected by the Iowa Department of Education as a pathway to the future. You don’t have to ask a school administrator whether the Iowa Department of Education asks for lots of data. It does. Sure, lots of the collected data meets the state and federal requirements to ensur…

Advisory: State Board of Education to have telephone meeting March 31

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet via telephone from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, March 31. The call-in number is 1-866-685-1580; the conference code is 515-281-7144#. Complete March 31, 2014, State Board Meeting Agenda (Telephonic).

Brewing up careers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Plymouth Grounds Coffee Shop in Des Moines enables students with special needs to use their academic knowledge in a work setting. It ensures they are ready for careers once they finish school. If it were up to Melinda Collins, all of her students would leave school ready to pursue a career or college. Thankfull…


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 06, 2015 at 11:29pm.