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Iowa teachers named state finalists for nation’s highest honor in math, science teaching

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Five Iowa teachers have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The finalists in math are Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah High School, Brian Reece of Central Academy in Des Moines, and Jeff Marks of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. The finalists in s…

RtI at work

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Educators at Van Meter Elementary pore over data as part of the school’s Response to Intervention commitment. From left, Janelle Thompson, Jenny Stephens, Brooke Gadberry and Ann Volk. If you think Response to Intervention, or RtI, is aimed only at struggling students, teachers at Van Meter Elementary School would…

Iowa students will tap their ‘Super Powers’ on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Middle school summit focuses on wellness training, Healthiest State Walk About 150 middle school students and teachers from across the state will learn how eating right and staying active bring out the super powers inside them at the annual Super Power Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the State Historical Building, …

Wanted: Your input on extended learning

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Learning doesn’t take place just in a classroom. It can happen before school, after and during the summer. Called in educational circles “extended learning,” it enhances students’ overall educational experiences. The best programs, research shows, involve both school and community involvement. And to that…

Power in numbers: Afterschool program unites minds, ambitions

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Teachers in Waterloo’s high schools were alarmed at what they were seeing: Too many students receiving special education services were getting into trouble outside school. “Some of the students on IEPs were being swept into the correctional system or becoming disengaged,” said Amy Alfrey, Waterloo’s special …

Five Iowa schools named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Five Iowa schools are among 286 schools nationwide named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in improving student academic achievement levels: Meeker Elementary School (Ames Community School District) Herbert Hoover Elementary School (Bettendorf Communit…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Sept. 26

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The work session begins at 9 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10:30 a.m. See compete agenda with attachments here.

Director Buck: 2013 AYP results show need for new federal accountability framework

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today said this year’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results for the state’s schools and school districts reinforce that the accountability system set up under the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind law is the wrong fit for states and should be revised. The Departm…

Director Buck announces members of the Reporting Requirement Review Task Force

Friday, September 20, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the five Iowans who will serve on a task force to study state education reporting requirements. The Reporting Requirement Review Task Force was established as part of House File 215, the landmark education reform bill adopted by Iowa lawmakers this year…

Iowans invited to give feedback on science standards

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education has launched a public opinion survey of Iowans regarding the Next Generation Science Standards. The survey is part of a broader state effort to seek input on the new science standards, which represent a multi-state effort to develop a common set of learning expectations for students …


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