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When a student lacks access to communication

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Those who are deaf/hard of hearing can face huge obstacles to education in Iowa Educators work with a student at an academy that’s for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. CHARLES CITY – Though the vast majority of students who are deaf or hard of hearing have no additional disabilities, an astounding …

Iowa Visiting Teachers from Spain Program

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
The Iowa Visiting Teachers from Spain Program enables foreign teachers to have the opportunity to teach in an accredited primary or secondary school in the United States under a J1 Visa for up to three years, with a possible two-year extension. This provides local school districts and nonpublic schools the opportuni…

Looking at education through a different lens

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I have learned over the last two-and-a-half years as director of the Iowa Department of Education that this role has a rhythm. Summer provides time for reflection in the midst of a rush to close out the fiscal year. Fall focuses on the launch of a new school year and brings countless opportunities to spend time in scho…

And the top stories for 2017 are…

Thursday, December 28, 2017
It’s been a busy year in education in 2017. But you already know that. What may be elusive is what Iowans like to read about education as it relates to the features the Iowa Department of Education puts out annually. So we determined what the 10 most-read feature stories in 2017 were. In a couple cases, the most-r…

The flu is coming (and what you can do)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
It appears that an especially hard flu season is unfolding in the United States this year. Though Iowa's incidences are currently sporadic, most states bordering Iowa are experiencing widespread flu. So it's on our doorstep. But we don't have to simply wait to fall victim to the flu's effects. Schools can be proacti…

Resources and coaching networks

Thursday, December 14, 2017
No one has to go it alone! The Iowa Department of education is working to support educators in building their content knowledge and coaching skills in a range of areas through the resources and coaching networks linked below. Lead, Teach, Learn Literacy News You Can Use Iowa Science Coaching Network Social …

Iowa School Report Card updated and released

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest results of the Iowa School Report Card, a web-based school ratings system.  The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include student pr…

Does your district have the next Teacher of the Year?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen annually as the state’s ambassador to education. The deadline to nominate the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 27. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping redefine educatio…

Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program

Monday, December 11, 2017
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise surprises North High School's Robert Nishimwe of Des Moines, telling Robert he's one of two Iowa students selected to participate in the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program. Des Moines Public Schools Administrator Jessica Gogerty looks on. Two Iowa stud…

Literacy team to focus on improving writing instruction

Monday, December 11, 2017
In working toward developing a workshop on improving student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing, the Statewide Literacy Leadership Team will convene again in February for standards-aligned professional learning. The professional learning will be taught by Gary Troia, an associate professor at …


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