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Charting new waters in social studies

Thursday, March 20, 2014
If academic subjects were ships, the SS Social Studies is ready for righting with Stefanie Wager at the helm. The upcoming Best Practices in Social Studies Institute will help chart a new course for the discipline. Wager, a social studies consultant for the Iowa Department of Education who is organizing the June ins…

Iowa’s high school graduation rate increases for class of 2013

Thursday, March 13, 2014
For the third consecutive year, the state’s graduation rate has increased, according to figures released by the Iowa Department of Education. At the same time, fewer students were dropping out of high school in Iowa. Graduation rates for the class of 2013 increased for all but one subgroup of students. Of particul…

Educators like what they see in early literacy efforts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Approximately 10 percent of Iowa’s preschool-through-sixth grade schools are dipping their toes into the early literacy assessment waters. The consensus? Good. The schools are participating in Phase One of the state’s Multi-Tier Support Systems (MTSS), which had formerly been referred to as Response to Intervent…

State Board honors recipients for career, college readiness efforts

Thursday, March 6, 2014
The State Board of Education today honored four exemplars for the stand-out work they have done to ensure career and college readiness among Iowa’s  high school seniors. The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with ACT, identified this year’s honorees. Honorees are selected for four categories: stu…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets March 6

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The State Board of Education’s meeting will take place at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. See compete agenda with attachments here.

39 school districts selected for first teacher leadership systems

Monday, March 3, 2014
By 2016-17, all districts will be able to participate in centerpiece legislation Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the first group of Iowa school districts selected to launch teacher leadership systems next school year. Top teachers t…

Districts prepare for Aug. 1 early literacy deadline

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Early literacy efforts in Iowa are ramping up. The goal, which the Legislature put in place in 2012, is to ensure that students are proficient in reading by the time they finish third grade. That is a particularly important benchmark. “Research shows that if students are behind in reading by the end of third gr…

Singing praises about department’s music consultant

Friday, February 21, 2014
Life is music to Rosanne Malek’s ears. Consider: Malek sees music in everything, from math to nature. Music is, Malek says, central to life – and academics. And it’s her passion for music that has led Malek, who is the music consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, to being honored on the national stage…

Iowans needed to help combat student hunger in the summer

Friday, February 21, 2014
Iowa Department of Education seeks sponsors for summer meal programs An estimated 91 percent of students who receive meal assistance during the school year go hungry during the summer months. That’s because there are not enough summer food programs statewide to meet the needs of the 195,712 students who qualify du…

What high-growth schools are doing

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
We talk a lot about academic proficiencies, and extol high-performing schools. That’s natural, of course, because it’s important to study our high-performing peers. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, topnotch systems didn’t get there over night. They did, however, get there through sustained and committ…


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