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Maximizing education: It’s all in the family

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
If your school is waiting to get all of the education reform components together before tackling an effective family engagement program, you’re making a mistake. That’s according to Karen L. Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “I hear ‘once we get our instruct…

Nominate a Presidential Scholar by Oct.15

Friday, September 4, 2015
The director of each state education agency has the ability to nominate up to 10 students, five male and five female, for consideration in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors superior high school seniors. If you have an outstanding high school senior, consider a recommendation to Iowa Department of Edu…

‘Future Starts Here’ promotes adult education

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Iowa’s Adult Education and Literacy programs provide adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to compete in today’s economy and enhance the quality of their lives. A new campaign to increase awareness of the adult education and literacy programs throughout Iowa has been laun…

When failure isn’t an option

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Peg Vanderhoff liberally praises her students’ success, driving them to further accomplishments. When seventh-grader Parker Schiltz first walked into Peg Vanderhoff’s classroom, he was reading at the fourth-grade level – and not passing. Withdrawn, suffering from low self-esteem and even lower self-con…

Have a student seeking public service?

Monday, August 31, 2015
Students are urged to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, which is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.     Established in 1962, annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5-12. Two student lea…

Have your classes participate in Constitution Day activities

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education has partnered with the Iowa Judicial Branch and the Iowa Bar Association this year to help schools actively take part in celebrating U.S. Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17. In the spirit of the day, celebrations and observations have been scheduled: Sept. 16-17: The Iowa Supr…

Getting to know Director Wise in 10 questions

Monday, August 24, 2015
Who or what inspired you to become an educator? I went to college thinking I’d be a lawyer like my dad. I decided to be a history major, and I had a couple of great professors. I loved the content of history, and then I had the opportunity, when I was a junior in college, to be a teaching assistant for the freshman…

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…


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