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There is nothing puzzling about the IEP

Monday, September 8, 2014
If you’ve ever tackled a 1,000-piece jigsaw, you know the feeling: Where to start? But your goal, piece by piece, is to make it whole. It takes patience. And a whole lot of determination. That’s not unlike the family who has a child on an Individualized Educational Program, or IEP. Particularly at the start …

91 percent of school districts implementing literacy system

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
A majority of Iowa’s school districts are building on their literacy instruction by implementing an early warning system to help schools identify and intervene with students who are struggling to read.   Ninety-one percent of districts and some nonpublic schools this fall will put in place the early warning …

Fall listening tour connects state with TLC districts

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Following the success of an August symposium on teacher and principal leadership, state education officials have organized a fall listening tour of some of the first 39 school districts to implement plans through Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, known as TLC. Officials from the Branstad-Reyno…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Aug. 7

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. See complete agenda with attachments here.

Great teaching and leadership for Iowa

Monday, August 4, 2014
Make no mistake – interest in the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation system is high. To wit: 39 school districts representing a third of Iowa’s students are kicking off the system this fall. The Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Monday drew an over-capacity crowd in Ankeny, w…

Watch the Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium Live

Monday, August 4, 2014
Iowans who cannot attend the August 4 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium can watch live online at the following link: Featured speakers include Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapor…

How will the 2014 session impact your school?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
New and amended education laws went into effect on July 1, prompting school districts across Iowa to take note. Among them, state legislators set aside $2 million to support an early warning system that helps schools identify and monitor struggling readers, as well as those students up through sixth grade who are on…

Finding reading deficiencies – before they are a problem

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
West Branch’s Hoover Elementary staff was confident that the upper-grade students were, for the most part, doing well in their literacy instruction. That changed this past year when assessments given to the students painted a different picture. The data showed the students were underperforming in at least one area…

Making education relevant in the 21st century

Monday, June 23, 2014
There was a time in the not-so-distant past that a strong back, able hands and a good work ethic ensured a worker could enjoy a middle class life in America. Not so, anymore: What technology hasn’t consumed in jobs, cheap overseas labor has. That leaves today’s student facing a very different world from their pr…

Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium

Monday, June 16, 2014
Register now for the 2014 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on August 4 in Ankeny. Featured speakers include Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and Barnett Berry from the Center for Teaching Quality. Also featured are: Iowa’s…


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