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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…

Iowa History Advisory Council issues recommendations on Iowa history education

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Gov. Terry Branstad was joined at the Administration’s weekly press conference today by Stefanie Wager from the Iowa Department of Education and Director Mary Cownie from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to announce the Iowa History Advisory Council’s recommendations on ways to improve Iowa history education…

Director Wise: Building partnerships, focusing on learning

Friday, September 2, 2016
While the school year has only just begun, the Iowa Department of Education is already planning a year ahead. We’ve fully launched our stakeholder engagement efforts in developing Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. As I’ve previously stated, this federal legislation maintains a focus on transparenc…

Director Wise announces Sector Partnership Leadership Council

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new state council that will provide strategic direction and expand sector partnership policy in Iowa. The group will meet for the first time on Friday, Sept. 2. Sector partnerships are comprised of representatives from businesses within a given indust…

Department honored for Differentiated Accountability work

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
An Iowa Department of Education bureau has been honored by the Council Bluffs Community School District for its collaborative work as part of the state's new Differentiated Accountability system. The Department’s Bureau of School Improvement received the district’s Partners in Education Awards, present…

Four Iowans named winners of prestigious math, science awards

Monday, August 22, 2016
Four Iowans were among 213 mathematics and science teachers named as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Ann Johnson, a second-grade mathematics teacher at Sageville Elementary School in the Dubuque Community School District Joshua Steenhoek, a s…


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