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Register today for learning supports conference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The deadline is rapidly approaching for a May conference designed to build and promote effective learning support practices. The Iowa Department of Education’s 2017 Learning Supports Conference is scheduled for May 9 and 10. The conference will offer sessions on School-wide and Early Childhood Positive Behavior In…

Input sought on fine arts standards

Thursday, April 13, 2017
April public forums scheduled; online survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking public input on fine arts standards that are under consideration in Iowa.  Wise announced public forums throughout the state on April 25 and April 27, as well as an online s…

It’s not just a PE class, but a classroom full of possibilities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If you are thinking of observing the Fifth Annual Every Kid Healthy Week, you might do well to visit Mark Jungmann’s physical education class. That’s because Jungmann, who teaches at West Elementary in North Polk Community School District, takes PE to a whole new level. On one particular day, the gym was tran…

Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches new high of 91.3%

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
State’s annual dropout rate also increased, although long-term trend shows decline Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row while dropout rates edged up for the first time since the 2009-10 school year, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education. …

Iowa Teacher of the Year nominations due April 28

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
There are literally thousands of talented Iowa educators who lead and inspire their students. But only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The deadline to nominate the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 28. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to re…

Director Wise: Ever-changing world: Let's pause for thought

Monday, April 3, 2017
Being late usually carries negative consequences. However, in Thank You For Being Late, Thomas Friedman turns tardiness into opportunity. He uses an instance in which a friend was running behind to reflect upon a rapidly changing world. Friedman highlights several trends impacting education and the workforce in this…

‘Social’ studies: Making headway with kids on the spectrum

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Inclusion model fosters social skills, maximum exposure to core curriculum Preschoolers learn how to interact with all their peers. HIAWATHA – Walk into the preschool class of Libby Richardson and Mary Aull and you get the usual sense of unbridled energy emitting from 4-year-olds. They start their day with…

A ‘growing’ opportunity in Keokuk

Monday, March 27, 2017
Each year gardening projects at Hawthorne Elementary in the Keokuk Community School District involve more than just a few students and staff: It’s a collaborative effort with the entire district and community. Consider: In early spring elementary students will start seeds in their classrooms using the seed s…

Small-school science program makes a dent in N. America

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A small rural school in south central Iowa was one of 18 district winners throughout the U.S. and Canada that were honored for its innovative science education despite lacking resources.    Twin Cedars Junior and Senior High in Bussey received the honor for its application and video to the National Scienc…

Bringing World War I into the Iowa classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, Iowans by and large supported it. Though the war had been raging on in Europe for about three years, U.S. officials could no longer ignore the unrestricted sinking of unarmed merchant ships at the hands of German U-boats. Worse, they learned through an int…


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