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Educators: How to implement skills-based literacy instruction

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Leaders in the Sioux City Community School District recognized a need for improved instruction, ongoing professional development for educators and a more defined literacy block.  With the help of technical assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center, schools implemented a small-group, skills-based literacy…

New state website shows student postsecondary enrollment, preparedness data

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds today announced a new state website that shows how prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa. Lt. Gov. Reynolds was joined by Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education and D.T. Magee, super…

Iowa School Report Card updated and released with new features

Thursday, January 12, 2017
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education continues to improve the Iowa School Report Card, with updated data and two new features released today that reflect a more complete picture of student progress in public schools.   The Iowa School Report Card is a web-based system that evaluates and rates public…

Input sought on first draft of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan

Friday, January 6, 2017
Statewide meetings set Jan. 9-Feb. 2; online feedback accepted through Feb. 15 Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced that the first draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act is now available for public comment through an online feedback …

In praise of paras

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Teachers say their colleagues make the difference in their students’ educations Paraeducators Julie Hartman and Jody Weber work with some of their students. Alice Williams was having a terrible day. OK, a particularly awful day. A parent-teacher meeting went poorly and she was very low, anticipating a tear…

Director Wise: Proud of 2016, psyched for 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The holiday break provides educators with much needed time to rest, reflect and plan for the year ahead. For many, these activities result in lists and goals – what went well, areas for improvement, and hopes and dreams for the New Year. As I look back at 2016, I see much to be proud of. First, Iowa cemented i…

January statewide meetings set on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Draft plan will be released Jan.6; information meetings run Jan. 9-19 Iowa Department of Education leaders have scheduled January statewide meetings to share a draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, Jan. 6. The st…

Iowa districts honored for Advanced Placement work

Monday, December 19, 2016
Six Iowa school districts have been honored by the College Board for their work in providing Advanced Placement courses to their students. Grinnell-Newburg and Williamsburg were added to the College Board’s Seventh Annual Honor Roll for the first time this year. They join four districts that have been named to the…

History Teacher of the Year: Making the past come alive

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
It goes without saying that Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year knows a thing or two about history. But he may know even more on how to make history come alive, engaging students to pursue a subject that in the past emphasized rote memorization of dates and places. James Heithoff, a seventh-grade social studie…

Input sought on draft social studies standards

Thursday, December 8, 2016
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on …


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