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State celebrates high school seniors applying to colleges

Friday, October 16, 2015
Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation at Des Moines’ North High declaring the month of October as College Application Month in the state. The event formally recognizes college access efforts of the Iowa College Application Campaign, a statewide initiative to increase the number of high school seniors who co…

Watch science standards conference live

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Educators and school administrators across the state can watch coverage of the Oct. 20 Iowa Science Standards Kick-off, which will be live streamed. The conference, which is at capacity, is designed to bring together administrators, curriculum directors, Area Education Agency staff, teacher leaders and higher educat…

Aligning your resources to students’ needs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Are your school’s resources aligned to the students’ needs? If you haven’t had a school-wide discussion about it, your resources and efforts may be falling short. Still, schools and districts can answer the question by unleashing the true potential of Multi-Tiered System of Supports, known as MTSS. That’s…

Five Iowa schools named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Monday, September 28, 2015
Five Iowa schools are among 335 schools nationwide named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups: Whittier Elementary School (Clinton Community School District) Ridge View High School (Galva-Holstein Commun…

Following the leader(s)

Monday, September 28, 2015
Middle school adopts other schools’ best practices and gets great results If it’s true that imitation is the best form of flattery, Wendy Sawyer has been giving a lot of compliments to other schools in the past couple years. That’s because she and her team have visited other schools doing great things and repl…

Task force will study options for new science assessment

Monday, September 28, 2015
In their December 2014 final report, task force members acknowledged the state was in the process of updating Iowa’s science standards and recommended the task force reconvene after that work was complete. Last month, the State Board of Education adopted new science standards. “It’s a natural next step for the…

October summit: Empower students to lead healthy lives

Friday, September 25, 2015
The Super Power Summit is an event that empowers teams of middle school students to live an active lifestyle and to choose healthy food options, all while being advocates for school wellness. We encourage middle schools to send a team for an interactive day full of fun activities, empowering presentations, and networki…

Opportunities for learning new science standards

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The following letter was sent to education leaders in the state: Click on the picture above to see a video of Erika Cook, Craig Johnson and Jeff Weld talking about what the new standards mean for Iowa students. Congratulations to the science learning community on the new standards, which were adopted on Au…

Wellness workshops available at your school

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
It’s well known that healthy students have improved academics and school attendance. And to that end, the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition has partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to bring a two-hour workshop to elementary schools to promote school wellness through nutrit…

Weigh in on proposed criteria for summer reading programs

Monday, September 21, 2015
The State Board of Education has moved forward with the formal process to adopt rules that set criteria for the intensive summer reading programs that schools are required to have in place by the summer of 2017. This requirement is part of the early literacy progression law, which aims to ensure all students are profic…


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