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Iowa schools’ reading efforts are making progress

Thursday, March 9, 2017
New brief shows more students on track to be proficient readers by the end of third grade DES MOINES – A statewide effort by Iowa schools to catch and correct reading problems in students early on is showing progress, according to a new policy brief released today by the Iowa Department of Education.   Ne…

Making Women’s History Month fun, engaging

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
With March commemorating Women’s History Month, there are plenty of resources available to teachers to make it come alive in the classroom. Check out the National Women’s History Project, where there are lots of good tidbits of information, including some fun quizzes. If your quest is to make Women’s Histor…

Statewide TLC survey is under way

Monday, March 6, 2017
All Iowa public school teachers and administrators are encouraged to provide feedback on a Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) survey. The findings from the survey will allow the Iowa Department of Education to determine if TLC is making progress toward achieving its intended goals. In addition, feedback will …

Iowa Learning Online summer enrollment now open

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Iowa Learning Online (ILO) is now accepting enrollments for the summer semester. Through ILO, students develop online skills for future learning and are in cohorts with peers from across Iowa. All classes are taught by Iowa licensed and appropriately endorsed teachers. Each summer course enrollment includes a fou…

Director Wise: Working to make ESSA the right plan for Iowa

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
As educators, student success drives our work. While we may play different roles and work in various parts of the system, all of us are committed to meeting the needs of all Iowa students. We now have a federal policy framework, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which better supports these efforts. Over the pas…

Perchance to dream….

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students virtually land good-paying jobs through hands-on exploration Teacher Ryan Eastvold and student Joey Paulson work together in a virtual learning environment. Two schools are teaching students to dream. And those dreams served up at Forest City and Charles City high schools in northern Iowa are virtua…

When children don’t look forward to the summer break…

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Staff and volunteers converted an old school bus to accommodate summer lunch service for children at seven locations throughout the Davis County Community School District. Stephanie Hawkins had a big dream. “I just wanted to feed hungry kids,” Hawkins said. And she would not rest until that dream became …

Bringing Iowa history to the state’s classrooms

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As a statewide advisory group works to bring Iowa history more into the mainstream of Iowa’s social studies classes, it’s fun to consider some interesting facts: The town of Elkader was named after Abd el-Kader, a young Algerian hero who led his people in a resistance to French colonialism between 1830 and 18…

Iowa team to develop fine arts standards for schools

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

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…


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