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COVID-19 Guidance and Information

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is providing guidance and information for Iowa school districts, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges and other stakeholders in response to an expanding global outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Guidance and information will be updated as addi…

Director Lebo: The first step is half the journey

Monday, June 1, 2020
In my first few months as director I have been heartened by the ability of our students to adapt to new learning environments and the wherewithal of educators as they end the year remotely. Schools are reimagining year-end celebrations with livestream events, virtual ceremonies and drive-through parades, and our studen…

Community colleges focus on student education, care, and community outreach

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Employees at Avera Medical in Estherville, receive mask ear savers produced by Iowa Lakes Engineering Technology Program. Iowa’s 15 community colleges are never idle, even during a pandemic. And addressing students’ needs is front and center, beginning with how to enable students to continue with the…

District emphasizes ‘Biliteracy Seal’ among its students

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Marshalltown Community School District ramped up its efforts this past school year to honor students who are proficient in at least two languages. It’s paid off: Fifty-four students received the state’s Biliteracy Seal this spring, up from 16 when the program debuted last year. The growth was a product of te…

Registration open for summer 2020 Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Registration is now open for summer 2020 courses through the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy. The Academy was developed by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission in partnership with Iowa AEA Learning Online and the Iowa Department of Education and has been endorsed by the Iowa School Counselor Association (I…

School ensures no one is left behind in receiving virtual education

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Editor’s note: It wouldn’t be surprising if you heard about Riverdale Heights Elementary before. That’s because the Pleasant Valley Community School District elementary has been honored many times with statewide awards. So it should come as no surprise you’re hearing about them again. This time, in the midst of…

Opportunity to learn more on developing authentic projects

Monday, May 18, 2020
Interested in developing authentic projects, earning a stipend and exploring the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning? Then this upcoming online instruction is for you. Sponsored by the Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning and AEA Learning Online, the instruction will provide training to teachers on authentic…

Explore Asian Pacific heritage

Friday, May 15, 2020
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Help kids celebrate the rich history and culture of the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America’s diversity and success wit…

Educators honored as ‘PBIS People of the Year’

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is celebrating across all Area Education Agencies outstanding educators recognized for significant accomplishments in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Supports. In previous years, there was only one person chosen, but creating growing and outstanding PBIS/MTSS frameworks has ne…

2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year reflects on his tenure

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Chris Burke is looking forward to reconnecting. No, it has nothing to do with the pandemic. The 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year is ending his tenure on May 31, and he cannot wait to get back to his classes “When things were shiny and new as the Teacher of the Year, I fully immersed myself into this experience,”…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 02, 2020 at 5:10pm.