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Director Wise: Working to make ESSA the right plan for Iowa

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
As educators, student success drives our work. While we may play different roles and work in various parts of the system, all of us are committed to meeting the needs of all Iowa students. We now have a federal policy framework, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which better supports these efforts. Over the pas…

Perchance to dream….

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Students virtually land good-paying jobs through hands-on exploration Teacher Ryan Eastvold and student Joey Paulson work together in a virtual learning environment. Two schools are teaching students to dream. And those dreams served up at Forest City and Charles City high schools in northern Iowa are virtua…

When children don’t look forward to the summer break…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Staff and volunteers converted an old school bus to accommodate summer lunch service for children at seven locations throughout the Davis County Community School District. Stephanie Hawkins had a big dream. “I just wanted to feed hungry kids,” Hawkins said. And she would not rest until that dream became …

Bringing Iowa history to the state’s classrooms

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As a statewide advisory group works to bring Iowa history more into the mainstream of Iowa’s social studies classes, it’s fun to consider some interesting facts: The town of Elkader was named after Abd el-Kader, a young Algerian hero who led his people in a resistance to French colonialism between 1830 and 18…

Iowa team to develop fine arts standards for schools

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced members of a new team that will develop recommended statewide standards in fine arts. The Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The team’s mission is to create a series of concepts and skill…

Students learn critical nature of technology in agriculture

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Precision Agriculture instructor Jerry Driscoll challenges students to apply their knowledge and abilities to take on real-world problems. Can a group of rural Iowa high school students eradicate world hunger? Listening to the students in Jerry Driscoll’s class, you would have to think yes. Conversations a…

New study highlights impact Iowa community colleges have on state’s economy

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Impact contributed $5.4 billion in income, equivalent to creating 107,170 new jobs DES MOINES – Iowa’s community colleges provide a solid return on investment for both students and the state, according to a statewide analysis of the colleges’ economic impact. The newly released study, Analysis of the Economic …

POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL: Educator Quality Conference

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: This has been postponed until the fall. The date has not yet been set.   Join teachers, teacher leaders, mentors and administrators April 6 from across the state to learn and plan for students' future successes and achievements. The conference will be held at Simpson College in Indianola, jus…

Deadline approaches for ESSA feedback

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Friday, February 3, 2017
The Feb. 15 deadline is fast approaching for giving feedback on the first draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public comment is encouraged through the online feedback survey.   The Iowa Department of Education spent several months collecting…

Director Wise: Combining data, experience = progress

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Too often, school performance is painted in broad brush strokes. And more often than not, the picture portrays struggles and failures. Anyone w…

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