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Returning to learn: District embeds school days for struggling learners

Date: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
One thing is clear about Iowa’s educators: They are resourceful, industrious and creative. The state’s 327 districts are adjusting their Return-to-Learn plans as schools start opening their doors. Just how they do it depends on individual circumstances and considerations, of which there are many. We took a look at …

Flexibility is key for upcoming school year

Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Our schools are cornerstones in our communities where relationships are developed, passions are nurtured, and strong ties are built. They also play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement. And while it is important to safely open schools this fall, navigating the school year d…

Returning to learn: Students stay in homeroom all day, limiting exposure to others

Date: 
Monday, August 3, 2020
One thing is clear about Iowa’s educators: They are resourceful, industrious and creative. The state’s 327 districts are adjusting their Return-to-Learn plans as schools start opening their doors. Just how they do it depends on individual circumstances and considerations, of which there are many. We took a look at …

Upcoming webinars will focus on social justice issues, education equality

Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is launching a new professional development series beginning in September focusing on social justice issues and educational equality. These interactive virtual sessions will be hosted up to twice each month and will be delivered by local and national leaders in equity with a proven b…

New English language resources now available

Date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020
Resources for all teachers of English learners are now available on the Iowa Core website. If you are an EL teacher or a content teacher with ELs in your classroom, you will find what you need on the topics of instruction, assessment and professional learning. Check out the list of professional books, blogs, links t…

New early intervention, special education guidance system

Date: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are announcing the launch of a new early intervention and special education guidance system, known as Iowa IDEA Information (i3). It was developed collaboratively with local districts and with input from parents and partner agencies from acros…

State offers high-quality online opportunity for all districts in Iowa

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education will provide all Iowa public school districts, nonpublic schools and homeschool students with access to a platform that will enable teachers and students the capability of participating in high-quality digital teaching and learning environments. For schools that want to participate, …

Department consultant named to presidency of national org.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Stefanie Wager, the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, has been named the president of the National Council for the Social Studies. In her one-year term, Wager will oversee the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. With members in a…

DHS announces pandemic food assistance distribution plan

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the distribution plan for $76,268,223 in food assistance benefits for Iowa families. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allowed states to issue Food Assistance benefits to households with children in Pre-K through grade 12 who lost access to free and reduce…

Summer Food Service Program helps meet student nutritional needs during pandemic

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Marshalltown Community School District employees prepare to distribute nutritious meals to students and families. School food service programs ramped up this spring to ensure students and families had access to healthy meals during unanticipated school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. During th…

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