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Seven questions with the State Board of Education’s student member

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Many high school students ponder their own futures in education. Edgar Thornton, a high school student from Iowa City, thinks about the state’s future in education. Thornton, a senior at City High, has been appointed to serve a one-year term as the student member of the Iowa State Board of Education.  His lov…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 provides around-the-clock bullying and suicide prevention resources for students and adults.

Interim Director Magee announces members of new Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Interim Director D.T. Magee announced the 20 Iowans who will serve on a state commission that will play a key role in implementing the statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, a significant part of the new education reform law adopted by the Iowa Legislature. School district…

Making sense of math

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Educators look on as students are led through a math exercise. The old days of math class went something like this: The teacher would scrawl out a problem on the chalkboard, show the class what she was doing, and then hand out worksheets for her students to replicate it. There’s no question that approach wo…

2013 Session: What's new for schools

Monday, July 8, 2013
Iowa school leaders can expect a number of statute changes affecting education policy following the 2013 legislative session. Read the Iowa Department of Education’s summary. The Department also has released guidance to help participating school districts develop teacher leadership and compensation systems.

Closing the education gap starts early

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education has kicked off a program designed to better deliver early intervention to infants and toddlers throughout the state. The program, called Distance Mentoring Model, or DMM, enhances the training of service providers who work with infants and toddlers through age 3 who have been identif…

Director chosen to lead Reading Research Center

Monday, June 24, 2013
Michelle Hosp has been selected to be the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. Hosp will lead the center, which was created by the Iowa Legislature to act as a sort of clearinghouse of top-notch literacy practices for educators and parents. The center’s purpose is to apply current research for the deve…

Notice for Public Comment - Iowa Plan for High Cost Fund

Monday, June 17, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education has prepared an amended High Cost Pool Plan for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year. This plan describes how funding set aside under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B may be accessed by local education agencies (LEA). The Plan is la…

Breaking through challenging behavior

Thursday, June 13, 2013
A sixth-grade Iowa student was on his school’s collective last nerve. His challenging behavior was, at best, disruptive. At worst, he was a physical threat to himself and others. His behavior ran the gamut – from hair-pulling, grabbing, kicking and scratching staff to injuring himself – up to 100 times an hour…

Historic education reform bill becomes law

Monday, June 3, 2013
Iowa’s historic education reform legislation became law on July 1. The bill, signed by Gov. Branstad at North High School in Des Moines, was the culmination of bipartisan work in the Legislature. For education stakeholders, however, the law marks a new beginning. The centerpiece of the legislation creates a tea…


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