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Summer food programs: Filling a need

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Children and families enjoy the sprayground before receiving lunch through the West Des Moines Community School District Summer Food Service Program at Legion Park. “If you build it, they will come,” a quote many may recognize from the movie Field of Dreams. Set in rural Iowa, the film explores a farmer’s…

Advisory: State Board of Education's annual retreat is June 8-9 in Ankeny

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Iowa State Board of Education’s annual retreat will take place on June 8-9 at Des Moines Area Community College, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., in Ankeny. The retreat begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, in the Eldon Leonard Board Room of the Borgen Administration Center (Building #22) on campus. The retreat w…

Director Ryan Wise: What I've learned from visiting 100 Iowa school districts

Thursday, June 1, 2017
I have a spectacular view from my office in Des Moines; I overlook Iowa’s State Capitol and the World War II Memorial Plaza. This, however, isn’t my only view of the state. As I near the end of my second year as director of the Iowa Department of Education, I have now visited 100 of Iowa’s more than 300 public sc…

Director Wise announces Computer Science Education Work Group

Friday, May 26, 2017
Members will convene May 31 in Des Moines DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new advisory group to address critical issues in expanding computer science opportunities for students statewide. The Computer Science Education Work Group was established as part of Senate F…

Outgoing Teacher of the Year: A new perspective

Monday, May 22, 2017
Scott Slechta In the last year, Scott Slechta has traveled river to river in Iowa, and coast to coast in the country. But far beyond the accumulated mileage on the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Slechta is ending his tenure a changed educator. “I was in a true comfort zone with my students as I taught them rhet…

Debt-free, dual degrees: It’s not a pipe dream for some

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Valley High School seniors (F-B) Evan McKinney, Blake Richards, and Madison Stoakes, are three of six Valley seniors who have earned their associate degrees before graduating from high school. WEST DES MOINES – Six high school seniors from Valley High School will already have college degrees in hand when they…

Cracking the Code

Monday, May 15, 2017
State-supported sector partnerships are helping Iowa communities tackle critical IT worker shortages. It’s hard to believe that in today’s technology-driven culture there is a shortage of people interested in high-tech careers. With jobs in computing growing at twice the rate of other types of jobs, and virtuall…

Federal Title Programs (I,II, III) regional meetings

Monday, May 15, 2017
Due to some changes in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Iowa Department of Education will be holding a series of regional meetings to provide initial guidance.  Public and nonpublic schools may participate in any of the regional meetings. Department program leaders from our Title progra…

Department seeks assessment bids

Friday, May 12, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education will be soliciting bids for a new statewide assessment, the annual test that school children take to show progress and proficiency. That’s in accordance with legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session that directed the Department to seek bids, called requests for propos…

State Board of Education adopts new social studies standards

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Board accepts state team’s recommendations DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today adopted new statewide social studies standards following an Iowa-led writing and review process that began more than a year ago.  The new standards represent the first update to Iowa’s social studies s…


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