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Getting help for students with mental health illness

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Every student faces challenges as they grow into becoming an independent adult.  For those living with mental health challenges, it is even more difficult.  Mental illness can impact a student’s education, their ability to learn, to work and to form relationships.  Research tells us that early identifi…

Register for 2016 Our Kids Summer Institute

Friday, April 29, 2016
Register today for a conference designed to improve achievement among English language learners. The 2016 Our Kids Summer Institute, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and Heartland Area Education Agency, is scheduled for June 16-17 at Waukee High School in Waukee. The institute will provide participan…

Take our survey on Iowa's literacy standards

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
A survey is open through May 13 to Iowans who want to weigh on the state’s current literacy standards for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Iowa’s academic standards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 83. The literacy standards outline learning expectatio…

Branstad, Reynolds, Wise announce full participation of Iowa’s 333 school districts in Teacher Leadership and Compensation system

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Announcement made prior to kick-off of Governor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit Today, at the Administration’s weekly press conference, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds joined Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise and Superintendent of the Webster City Community School District and Nor…

Register today for Iowa science standards summer institutes

Friday, April 15, 2016
To launch the second year of a four-year Iowa science standards implementation process, the Iowa Department of Education is sponsoring grade-alike science institutes in June.   With national and state science education leaders, participants will engage in three-dimensional science learning experiences and will…

Public input sought on literacy standards

Friday, April 15, 2016
April public forums scheduled; survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on the state’s literacy standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced two public forums on April 25-26 and an online survey following a s…

TLC survey now open to Iowa teachers and administrators

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
All public school teachers and administrators in Iowa are encouraged to provide feedback on opportunities for collaboration, professional development, career advancement, and perceived quality and effectiveness of Teacher Leadership and Compensation (when applicable). The survey links are specific to school district…

Developing a TLC program that (really) works

Monday, April 11, 2016
Above: Norwalk leaders and educators talk about the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program that they have put together. As the third round of school districts in earnest begin their training for implementing their Teacher Leader Compensation (TLC) programs in Des Moines this week, they would do well to drop…

Iowa leads the nation in providing college-level coursework to high school students

Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education today released a new report highlighting the participation of students in joint enrollment opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. Joint enrollment grew to a record high in 2015, with more than 44,000 Iowa high school students jointly enrolled in community college …

Education Director Ryan Wise: Schools are doing great things

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Simply stated, my job rocks! Not only am I surrounded by dedicated professional at the Department of Education, each week I’m privileged to visit schools across Iowa. One emerging theme is that Iowa educators are increasingly making important connections for their students beyond the classroom walls. They are brea…


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