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Great schools = great places to work

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Several schools from across the state were named some of the best places to work, according to a recent Des Moines Register story. Though perks are nice, the story said, that’s not what makes one business or school stand out from others. “What makes a workplace great is the feeling that employees are doing wo…

Draft social studies standards released, public review set for November

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released a draft of revised statewide standards for social studies and announced members of a new state team who will conduct a public review of the draft standards. The draft standards, developed over the past year by an Iowa writing team, outlines what students…

In honor of National School Lunch Week, we head to the kitchen

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Monday, October 10, 2016
LaRae Doll Preparing an appetizing evening meal can seem challenging enough. But try being a nutrition air traffic controller of sorts, whose passengers are 7,000 hungry students needing a nutritious meal every single school day. Not a problem for LaRae Doll, director of Nutrition Services for the Johnston C…

One woman’s journey proves it’s never too late to learn

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The road to earning her high school diploma was anything but easy. Mary Campbell had many obstacles thrown in her path, from working the cotton fields as a young daughter of sharecroppers, to becoming a wife and mother by the time she was 14. Simply put, life’s circumstances, and even her own negative self-talk, got …

Director Wise: Analyzing TLC’s effectiveness – so far

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Monday, October 3, 2016
Teacher leadership is critical to student success. A recent report from the National Council of State Legislatures, which analyzed features of exemplary education systems, stated, “High-performing countries create a variety of roles for teachers in the schools so they can use their expertise to improve teaching and l…

Five Iowa schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Five Iowa schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The schools are: Westside Junior-Senior High School, Ar-We-Va Community School District Helen A. Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls C…

Real power, real choice, real life

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Forget about the old adage, “You are what you eat!” Middle school students participating in the 2016 Super Power Summit will leave the event having discovered a super power…the power of choice. Following a full day of networking, empowering presentations and fun, interactive experiences, 90 middle schoolers no…

‘What is wrong with that child?’

Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016
Dubuque schools work to rid old notions of what drives bad behavior Back, left: Ashley Caldwell, Angie Birdsall Front, left: Kari Bappe, Chris Singletary, Sarah Bechler The Dubuque Community School District is one of several districts statewide that is taking mental health issues head on. But make no m…

State team recommends minor revisions to literacy standards

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Literacy Standards Review Team’s report will go to the State Board of Education Members of a state team charged with reviewing Iowa’s academic standards for literacy completed their work today by recommending minimal revisions based on statewide feedback that signaled strong support for the current standards. Th…

Public input sought on Every Student Succeeds Act

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education leaders will hit the road this fall as part of a statewide tour to gather public input as they develop a plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year…

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