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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 Boo…

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…

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…


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