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State Board of Education adopts minimal revisions to literacy standards

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today adopted minimal revisions to Iowa’s academic standards for literacy as recommended by a state review team. The board’s unanimous vote was based on the Literacy Standards Review Team’s recommendations, which aim to provide clarity and eliminate redund…

'It’s time to step up our game'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Compared to 50 year ago, the United States has made huge strides in the delivery of special education. Inclusion has become more than the norm in the classroom. Educators have more evidence-based tools at their fingertips than any time before. Yet the achievement gap between students with disabilities and those with…

State Board of Education begins process of adopting new science assessment

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Members of the State Board of Education today voted to start the formal process of adopting a new state science assessment as recommended by an Iowa task force. Board members reviewed proposed administrative rules that would put in place a new science assessment and then voted to start the rule-making process requir…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Nov. 16-17

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on Nov. 16-17 in Des Moines. The board’s regular meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session begins at 9 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room, followed by the business meeting at …

Earn and learn – debt free. Sound like a late-night infomercial? Think again.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Eric Smith, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33 training director and Jeremy Austin, DMACC academic advisor work together to support the apprentices. In the background, Trevor Campbell, 3rd year apprentice, works on a welding project. Campbell works for AZCO at the Alliant Energy Power Generating Plan in Marshallto…

Iowa’s top teachers honored at annual luncheon

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Ten of the state’s top teachers were honored by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education leaders for their service during an annual luncheon on Thursday in Des Moines. Visit our photo gallery. “The teachers being recognized today exemplify the talent, determination and dedication that teachers across…

Director Wise: Looking holistically at educator development

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
My colleagues in other states often marvel at Iowa’s strengths-based approach to improving teaching and learning. The development of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system focuses on building capacity within our education system by tapping teachers to take on clearly defined leadership roles. Rigorous l…

Iowa council releases recommendations on teacher and school administrator evaluation

Monday, October 31, 2016
Members of the Council on Educator Development today released their final report of recommendations for Iowa teacher and school administrator evaluations. The recommendations focus on improving the current system with a model that allows for more growth and meaningful feedback, multiple measures that include student ou…

Q-and-A with 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh

Friday, October 28, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, 43, a 20-year veteran of teaching, traces her love of education to childhood. She would play school with her recalcitrant younger sister. It was there, Vroegh said, she got her first taste of classroom management. Vroegh’s passion for teaching hasn…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds announce 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Thursday, October 27, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, whose desire to help all students reach their potential stems from her own childhood, is the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Lakewood Elementary School in Norwalk. See photos from the 20…


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