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Iowa school districts honored for 'green' efforts

Monday, April 22, 2013
Two Iowa school districts have been honored for their efforts to create campuses and education programs that stress environmentally sound practices. Des Moines and Starmont were among 78 schools and districts honored nationwide in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools’ recognition. Des Moines w…

Learning the ropes of effective mathematics instruction

Friday, April 19, 2013
Registration is under way for the Cognitively Guided Instruction 7th Biennial National Mathematics Conference to be held July 10-12 in Des Moines. Cognitively Guided Instruction, or CGI, emphasizes teaching mathematics in a way that taps into how children think in order to maximize their understanding. It is par…

State’s enrollment expected to continue growing

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Enrollment in Iowa’s public schools continues an upward trend, with the number of students in Iowa’s classrooms expected to grow an additional 1 percent in the coming five years. The trend derails a 16-year decrease in Iowa’s student population, according to enrollment projections from the Iowa Department of E…

A new voice for teachers

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Iowa’s top teachers traditionally come together once a year at a state recognition luncheon. Now they’re banding together to have a seat at the table among education policymakers. A new advisory committee has formed under the leadership of past and present winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mat…

Student performance heads north at diverse urban school

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pictured here, teachers Alyssa McDonald and Melissa Spencer recount the recent successes at North High School in Des Moines. Imagine a diverse urban school in which behavior referrals drop by nearly half in one year. Imagine that same school increasing its graduation rate in the same time period. And its profici…

Deadline for current GED test participants draws near

Friday, March 15, 2013
The current version of the GED® test battery is expiring at the end of 2013. The Iowa Department of Education wishes to raise awareness about this change which may acutely impact individuals who have passed one or more of the five portions of the test, but have not finished. With the adoption of a new assessment in 2…

State association sings praises about Department of Education consultant

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Rosanne Malek discovered her life’s passion in seventh grade when she was waiting for an after-school ride from her brother, whose high school choir was rehearsing. “The sounds were so beautiful and I thought, ‘who wouldn’t want to be around this their whole life?’” she said. And that put Malek, w…

Learning Council recommendations give students a voice in education reform

Thursday, March 14, 2013
A panel of Iowa students capped off months of discussion about key education issues on March 14 with recommendations to make the state’s schools more relevant, engaging and effective. The Learning Council’s recommendations include improvements to teaching, testing and high school curriculum. The students also ca…

Iowa Teacher of the Year nominations due April 26

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The deadline to nominate the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 26. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nomina…

Education: Developing a worldwide competitive edge

Monday, March 4, 2013
If the United States doesn’t start effectively competing educationally on a global front, it could affect our standard of living, Marc S. Tucker, an internationally recognized education expert, said in Des Moines on March 4. Don’t see it? Consider: Top-performing education systems are producing more we…


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