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Iowa leads the nation in providing college-level coursework to high school students

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education today released a new report highlighting the participation of students in joint enrollment opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. Joint enrollment grew to a record high in 2015, with more than 44,000 Iowa high school students jointly enrolled in community college …

Education Director Ryan Wise: Schools are doing great things

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Simply stated, my job rocks! Not only am I surrounded by dedicated professional at the Department of Education, each week I’m privileged to visit schools across Iowa. One emerging theme is that Iowa educators are increasingly making important connections for their students beyond the classroom walls. They are brea…

Getting to the A, B, C’s of effective literacy instruction

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Rhonda Carpenter, a Reading Recovery teacher, works with a student one on one. It’s no small wonder that the importance of being proficient in literacy has taken center stage in Iowa’s schools. The emphasis on third grade literacy isn’t random: it’s a time when students begin reading to learn, as oppose…

Veteran board member reflects on education

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Rosie Hussey, a veteran member and past president of the Iowa State Board of Education, reflected on her 13 years of board service. Hussey has been described by fellow board members as a "steady voice for education in Iowa" and was credited with helping a formerly divisive board work together years ago. Hussey was hono…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, March 31

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, March 31, 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 10:30 a.m. See the complete agenda with a…

Public input sought on providing support to Iowa students in high-need schools under new federal law

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Public forums start next week; changes are part of new Every Student Succeeds Act Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he is seeking input from Iowans on alternative ways to provide support to students in high-need schools under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which will replace th…

Iowa’s top teachers honored

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Front Row: Wade Petersen, Louise Fleming, Scott Slechta, Gail Heninger, Benjamin Chadwick Back Row: Curtis Martinek, Ricky Brooks, Education Director Ryan Wise, Gov. Terry Branstad, Alicia Schiller, Lynne Bleeker, Shannon Harrison McLaughlin Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, Gov. Terry Branstad a…

Learn about Iowa’s new school improvement, support system

Monday, March 14, 2016
To prepare school districts for the statewide implementation of Differentiated Accountability – Iowa’s new model of school improvement and support – there will be several online meetings over the next couple months. During the 2015-16 school year, the Iowa Department of Education, Area Education Agency system,…

A unique PD opportunity for new Iowa teachers

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
There is still time to sign up for the Second Annual Emerging Educators Academy to be held March 25 in Iowa City. The purpose of this conference is to provide insights and perspectives to guide emerging educators, and inspire teachers to stay in the education field. The intended audience is first-through-third-year …

Breakfast = Brain Power

Friday, March 4, 2016
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, many Iowa schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week from March 7-11. The theme of the week is “Wake Up to Sch…


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