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Food service directors: It’s a win-win for school districts, families

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Editor’s note: Yesterday we examined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to extend waivers and flexibilities for school meals -- and the need it fills. Today, we talk to a couple of food service directors who are on the front line. Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque are conducting classes in-perso…

Meal flexibilities support families, school nutrition programs

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
At a time when families face tough challenges pertaining to home, school and work life, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently extended waivers and flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. This unprecedented step ensures healthy me…

Get these equity webinars on your calendar

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Nov. 5 - (2 presentations will be combined) Presentation 1: "Inclusive Schools & Communities for Queer Youth" by Nate Monson, executive director for the Iowa Safe Schools. This webinar will dive deeply into the challenges facing LGBTQ youth in 2020. According to The Trevor Project's recent data, 40 percent of …

New educator tool for concussion and other brain injuries

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
To help ease the burden of knowing what academic adjustments to use and how to best support students with concussions and other brain injuries, the Iowa Department of Education partnered with the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide statewide access to the Get Schooled on Concussions Website, including the Teach…

2 high schools, community college forge new path for postsecondary success

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Jennifer Fernandez-Miranda Jennifer Fernandez-Miranda knew she wanted to be an English teacher. But the real question was: How? After all, Fernandez-Miranda hadn’t had anyone in her family take this path. The logistics – not to mention the cost – seemed insurmountable. “During my senior year at C…

Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund application process now open

Monday, October 12, 2020
The Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund application process is now open through Nov. 9 for districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and collaboratives. Funding is aimed at building the computer science teacher workforce by offering high-quality professional development to prepare Iowa teachers to t…

One step leads to another when Iowans ‘Team Up for 10’

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” is literally loaded with common sense and wisdom. This month, Iowans are reminded of the opportunity to take that literal first step by walking toward a lifetime of healthful living, as the Healthiest State Initiative celebrates its tenth Annual…

Funds for professional development are available for higher ed. institutions

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Higher education institutions and consortiums of institutions may apply for grants aimed at providing professional development in developing systemic quality online courses and curriculum. The $1.5 million in funds is available through the Governors Emergency Education Relief fund. The competitive grants will be …

Start planning for National School Lunch Week

Thursday, October 8, 2020
To recognize your school meal program, celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 12-16. The federally funded National School Lunch Program has been fueling students for success for more than 70 years. The theme, “Now Playing: School Lunch!” puts the spotlight on the importance of a healthy school lunch in a…

Equity: It’s past time to ensure all students can succeed

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Every student deserves an equal opportunity to be successful in the classroom regardless of their circumstances. Students of color, students with disabilities, students who are English language learners, students from different backgrounds and family structures, students living in poverty as well as students who don’…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 25, 2020 at 12:33am.