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Developing high-quality emergency operations plans

Friday, August 21, 2015
We all are well aware of the string of tragedies like Columbine and Sandy Hook in recent years. We used to say, “It can’t happen in Iowa,” but the sad reality is that events like those can happen anywhere and at any time. We must be adequately prepared for a variety of emergencies that potentially threaten the yo…

Survey shows disconnect between parents, Iowa’s breakfast program

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Iowa’s school breakfast program faces a Catch-22: While a majority of parents agree that a nutritious breakfast is important physically and mentally to their children, a full 31 percent say their children never or rarely eat breakfast. That disconnect is seen in the state’s school breakfast program, in which Iow…

Grant aims to improve special education results

Monday, August 17, 2015
A $5.3 million grant received by the Iowa Department of Education will be used to get more students with disabilities to meet their reading benchmarks by the end of third grade. The grant, which runs over a five-year period, is being called Ensuring Effective Specially Designed Instruction in Iowa. Both the Universi…

A principal’s perspective on intensive summer reading programs

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Sandy Klaus is taking her school’s summer reading program to the next level.   Klaus, the principal of Starmont Elementary School in Arlington, is looking at everything from the length and consistency of the classes to their alignment with instruction during the school year.   “We are a lot more f…

A walk through Iowa’s one-room schoolhouses

Monday, August 10, 2015
As we look to the future in education, it’s also meaningful to consider the past and how far we’ve come. Take the one-room school house, once ubiquitous across Iowa’s country landscape. Numbering an astonishing 12,000 to 14,000 at one time, depending on what report you use, Iowa had more one-room school ho…

State Board of Education adopts new science standards

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Board accepts state team’s recommendation, calls for implementation plan Members of the State Board of Education adopted new state standards for what Iowa students should know and be able to do in science from kindergarten through 12th grade. The board’s vote was based on a state review team’s recommend…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Aug. 6

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. See the complete agenda with attachments.

Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa announce new Iowa Reading Research Center director

Monday, August 3, 2015
Center’s new director and new home will advance statewide literacy effort Leaders from the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa’s College of Education today named Dr. Deborah Reed as the next director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, which has a critical role in a statewide effort to make …

Ensuring quality instruction in the classroom

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An early literacy initiative that focuses on ensuring that students are at grade-level reading by the end of third grade has refocused the state’s attention on a long-used but underdeveloped strategy: explicit instruction. Explicit instruction, in the old way of doing it, is a teacher modeling something for st…

Help parents understand the standards

Thursday, July 23, 2015
It’s a great time to share with parents what their children will be expected to know and be able to do in the 2015-16 school year. Our parent guides give a nice overview by grade level of Iowa’s state standards, called the Iowa Core. The standards represent a set of expectations for K-12 students in math, En…


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