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Department consultant honored for technology work

Thursday, April 25, 2013
You wouldn’t think Vic Jaras thinks small. But it comes naturally for this 6’ 8” man. His perseverance to even the smallest of details has helped forward Iowa’s before- and after-school programs. It is, as he would say, “what’s best for kids.” Jaras, an educational technology consultant for the Iowa…

Ensuring RtI success: Data system and assessments

Thursday, April 25, 2013
In order to gauge how Iowa is prepared to implement Response to Intervention (RtI), it is important to understand two key components to RtI: RtI data system and assessments. Both are intricately linked to ensuring successful implementation of RtI. RtI in Iowa is a decision-making framework of evidence-based pract…

Survey will assess RtI readiness

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Are Iowa’s schools ready for Response to Intervention, better known as RtI? A survey aimed at the entire education system – from elementary schools to districts to Area Education Agencies to the Iowa Department of Education – will determine that through a survey to be released this Friday, April 26. Partici…

Survey: Is your school ready for the future?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We’re excited to announce we will be conducting a survey starting this Friday, April 26, to gauge the readiness of Iowa’s education system for its future. The survey is aimed at the entire education system, from elementary schools to districts to Area Education Agencies to the Iowa Department of Education. Pa…

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 particu…

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…

Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools sites are announced

Monday, September 19, 2011
Twenty Iowa high schools have been chosen to participate in a federally-supported effort to measure and improve conditions for learning, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced. The schools will study issues such as bullying, school safety, attendance and student engagement over the next four years with support through …


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