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Director Ryan Wise reflects on the state of Iowa’s education

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Friday, September 8, 2017
Ryan Wise, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, was named 2017 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education. Wise reflected on Iowa's opportunities for teachers, some major education initiatives, and his travels to school districts across the state: 1. Early lite…

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise named NASBE Policy Leader of the Year

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Ryan Wise, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, has been named the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) 2017 Policy Leader of Year. Wise, who has been Iowa’s education chief since 2015, was nominated by State Board of Education Member Brooke Axiotis, who is a member of NASBE…

Gearing up for Constitution Day

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
Constitution Day falls on Sept. 17, a weekend. Still, Congress requires all public schools to set aside on day during the week of Sept. 17 to teach all students about the U.S. Constitution and citizenship. Though compliance is mandatory, the implementation is left to local districts. There are lots of resources for …

The struggle from within

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Many parents anguish turning their children with special needs over to teachers Susan and Bob Selby with their sons Jack (left) and Tommy along with their family dogs Dave and Georgia. Don’t be a stranger, the saying goes. Yet most teachers are just that at the beginning of the school year. To be sure, …

Director Ryan Wise: Wait, what? Life's essential questions

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
My 11-year-old son, Weston, is the most avid reader I know. We usually end the day sitting next to each other reading. While I’ll admit my reading time occasionally consists of catching-up on the day’s news on Twitter, I also try to mix in good, old-fashioned books as much as possible. One of my favorites this y…

Want a free water-bottle filling station?

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education along with a host of public-private partnerships want students this year to turn away from sugary drinks and replace them with fluoridated water.   “Rethink Your Drink” is a campaign thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Qualifying Iowa scho…

For second year in a row, early literacy efforts make strides

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For the second year in a row, Iowa has made significant progress to improve the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today. Speaking from Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines, Reynolds said the share of students who met or surpassed the benchmarks Iowa uses t…

Third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan released for public review

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Iowans invited to comment through September 11; plan will be final next month DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced that the third draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting the federal Every Student Succeeds Act is available for public review and comment. Iowa’s plan will be…

‘Dirty jobs’ host Mike Rowe to talk skilled trades in Iowa

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Celebrity Mike Rowe, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is coming to Iowa in September to help build awareness of the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The Iowa Department of Education is one of the co-sponsors of the event scheduled for Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p…

Walker receives national 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement award

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Melissa Walker, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Education bureau of nutrition and health services, received the 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement Award from the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC), Inc. The NASSNC annually recognizes and honors the contribut…

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