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Director Wise: Proud of 2016, psyched for 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The holiday break provides educators with much needed time to rest, reflect and plan for the year ahead. For many, these activities result in lists and goals – what went well, areas for improvement, and hopes and dreams for the New Year. As I look back at 2016, I see much to be proud of. First, Iowa cemented i…

January statewide meetings set on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Draft plan will be released Jan.6; information meetings run Jan. 9-19 Iowa Department of Education leaders have scheduled January statewide meetings to share a draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, Jan. 6. The st…

Iowa districts honored for Advanced Placement work

Monday, December 19, 2016
Six Iowa school districts have been honored by the College Board for their work in providing Advanced Placement courses to their students. Grinnell-Newburg and Williamsburg were added to the College Board’s Seventh Annual Honor Roll for the first time this year. They join four districts that have been named to the…

History Teacher of the Year: Making the past come alive

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
It goes without saying that Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year knows a thing or two about history. But he may know even more on how to make history come alive, engaging students to pursue a subject that in the past emphasized rote memorization of dates and places. James Heithoff, a seventh-grade social studie…

Input sought on draft social studies standards

Thursday, December 8, 2016
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on …

When imitation is indeed flattery

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Scott Slechta, 2016 Teacher of the Year, visits with Cary Justmann, principal at Waukee High School. Justmann was a student in Slechta’s classroom nearly 30 years ago. For Waukee High School Principal Cary Justmann, it’s not about what inspired him into education, but who: 2016 Teacher of the Year Scott Sle…

Interim study of Iowa’s teacher leadership system shows positive results

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
System supports great teaching; impact on students not yet known The first school districts to launch teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System reported a positive impact on educators’ professional climate and classroom instruction, according to an interim evaluation repo…

Director Wise: An important update on literacy

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Our focus at the Iowa Department of Education is on developing and implementing successful, sustainable statewide initiatives that prepare students for success in school and beyond. We do this in partnership with the stakeholders we serve. As the gateway skill to college and career readiness, reading is the most imp…

Learn more about Iowa’s early literacy law

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Iowa legislators adopted an early literacy law that focuses on making sure all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Iowa schools, area education agencies, and the Iowa Department of Education have responded to this law with a focus on prevention of reading difficulties and early intervention f…

Nothing short of great

Monday, November 28, 2016
School syncs many moving parts for top-notch results Special Education Teacher Stephanie Murch works on mathematics with a couple students. The teachers at Cedar Falls’ Hansen Elementary School like to say they think outside the box. But it’s an understatement, akin to saying that George Washington was s…


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