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Gov. Branstad announces 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Friday, December 5, 2014
Clemencia Spizzirri, whose passion for helping students and families stems from her own childhood in Ecuador, is the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced today at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines. “Great teaching gives children the foundation they need to be good citizens and to successf…

Iowa Learning Online’s spring, summer registration opens

Monday, December 1, 2014
Iowa Learning Online’s registration for the spring and summer semesters is now open. There is no cost to school districts and course lists are available here. The spring semester starts Jan. 5 and ends May 8. Late registration is open until Jan. 13. The summer semester is from May 18 to July 17. As courses and ser…

Department websites offline over Thanksgiving holiday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Due to planned full electrical shutdown of State of Iowa servers, all Department of Education websites will be unavailable Thursday, November 27, 2014 through Sunday November, November 30, 2014. This outage is required for electricians to perform work on components impacted by a February building fire. During this shut…

District thrives with teacher leadership program

Monday, November 24, 2014
Benton Community School District’s Superintendent Gary Zittergruen, left, poses with his teacher leadership team. Zittergruen is impressed with how quickly the district is seeing positive results through the teacher leadership program. The Benton Community School District’s teacher leadership program is wor…

Five Iowa schools honored for breaking education barriers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Five schools from across the state were honored by the State Board of Education today for their work to raise achievement among students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. The Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award was created by the State Board of Education. Each year, the award recognize…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Nov. 19-20

Monday, November 17, 2014
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on Nov. 19-20 in Des Moines. The regular meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session will begin at 9 a.m in the second-floor State Board Room, followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m.…

Meet some of the state's top math and science teachers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This year’s state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were asked what makes their teaching unique and successful in the classroom. Here are their answers. Tamara Bane, a former third-grade math teacher who is now a high school instructional coach at Winterset Se…

Iowa teachers named state finalists for nation’s highest honor in math, science teaching

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Seven Iowa teachers have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The two science finalists are: Joshua Steenhoek, a fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Intermediate School in the Pella Community School District Jessica Watson, a multi-age teache…

The Iowa Core and the IEP

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kim Siberski says the Iowa Core ensures her students are learning the same materials as other students. The Core-and-more battle cry in educating students on Individualized Education Programs turned to boots-on-the-ground reality this fall as teachers unpacked the Iowa Core in earnest. That’s because the Iowa…

Iowa task force recommends new state assessment

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Members recommend the Legislature adopt Smarter Balanced assessments Members of the Assessment Task Force today recommended that Iowa lawmakers adopt the Smarter Balanced assessments as Iowa’s new state test for public and accredited nonpublic schools starting with the 2016-17 school year. The task force also m…


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