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Districts urged to sign up for state biliteracy seal

Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2022
The deadline is approaching for districts to sign up for Iowa’s Biliteracy Seal – an award program designed to honor high school students who are biliterate in two or more languages. The seal is an important distinction for graduating students. “We are a global market and being biliterate is a big asset in …

In Decorah, every day is Local Food Day

Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
If commitment and passion for local foods were a recipe, Nutrition Director Chad Elliott and the Decorah Community School District would have all the right ingredients. Elliott and his staff are especially excited about their culinary plans for district diners to celebrate Iowa Local Food Day. But then every day in …

Teacher shortage? Not in this district

Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2022
No one would disagree that it can be a challenge filling teaching positions, particularly in identified shortage areas like secondary math and special education. But one district started the school year – on Day 1 – with every single teaching spot filled. Every. Single. Position. Take a bow, Council Bluffs Commu…

Want to test water fixtures for lead? Apply for funding

Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2022
The Iowa Department of Education has funding available through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation to assist child care centers and public schools who want to begin a process to voluntarily test drinking water fixtures for lead. The grant program is designed to te…

Setting students up for success

Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Pete Drury For 16 years as a school counselor, Pete Drury saw it all, providing students at the East Marshall Community School District with the support and guidance to navigate their classes and young lives. Now serving as one of Iowa’s college and career transition counselors at the Iowa Valley Communit…

Students dish on making online education successful

Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
The Iowa Department of Education has released a series of videos featuring Iowa students on how to maximize your educational experience while taking a class online. The videos were created to complement coursework available through Iowa e-Learning Central, which can be used online or in person. The idea of creating …

State agency offers schools a cybersecurity solution

Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Cybersecurity is complex and ever changing. It can intimidate some of the largest education institutions around. But that puts school districts – and their confidential data – at risk. To that end, a state agency – the Iowa Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer – is offering top-no…

Concussion Awareness Month highlights supports for educators and students

Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Concussions are serious business. So is healthy recovery from such an event. Students returning to the academic setting following a concussive brain injury often need additional considerations as they re-enter the classroom.  Recognizing the necessity to address this need, the Iowa Department of Education ha…

The career exploration coach

Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
NIACC provides career exploration days to help youth discover their interests and potential. Iowa's school year is only a few weeks in, but folks at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) are already looking towards winter break. That’s when nearly 1,000 area 8th grade students are anticipated to ar…

Deadline nears for students applying for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Students are urged to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, which is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. This year’s program will take place from March 4-11. It is yet to be determined whether the program will take place…

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