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Iowa has great resources for National Black History Month

Monday, February 1, 2021
February is National Black History Month. To find resources for either the classroom or personal edification, one need look only as far as Iowa’s history. Did you know: Iowa was one of the first states in the union to legalize interracial marriage back in 1851? That Iowa led the way in desegregating public sc…

Healthy Choices Count webinar and sub-grants

Thursday, January 28, 2021
The school environment plays a fundamental role in shaping lifelong healthy behaviors and can have a powerful influence on students' eating and physical activity habits. Learn about strategies and actions schools can take to create a healthy environment, including school wellness policies and 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Co…

89 Iowa students selected as candidates for prestigious award

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Eighty-nine students from Iowa have been named 2021 candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, th…

District revamps TLC program to meet its unique circumstances

Monday, January 25, 2021
STORM LAKE – When Superintendent Stacey Cole arrived at the Storm Lake School District three years ago, she wanted to know if the district’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) fit like a leather glove. She found that it was more like a stretched-out cotton mitten. That’s not to discredit those involved …

Teacher leaders shine in spite of dark pandemic days

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
OSCEOLA – What can be said about the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) program? That it teams up mentors with new teachers to make them better educators quicker? Or that students’ academic deficiencies disappear faster? Or that it enables teachers to better problem solve anything from academics to…

‘Rethink Your Drink’ water bottle filling station grants now available

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Iowa schools have the opportunity to receive a new water bottle filling station through the Rethink Your Drink program. Selected schools will have a drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water bottle filling station. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 5. To apply, visit…

Child and Adult Care Food Program Ambassador Stipends now available

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides meal reimbursement to child care centers, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, before and after school programs, and child development homes. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and adminis…

Pandemic, derecho and the Big ‘C’

Monday, January 11, 2021
To say 2020 was challenging is an understatement Noreen Bush After 2020, every superintendent in the state will have stories to tell. Noreen Bush, however, probably has the biggest story to tell. No, really. Sure, everyone had to deal with the pandemic and all its challenges and quirks. And a good …

Meeting the needs of our youngest and most vulnerable

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Since Iowa switched its approach on working with infants through age 3 who are displaying developmental delays, education officials say they are seeing a vast improvement in progress. The approach puts parents’ in the driver’s seat in working with their young children. Through Iowa’s Early ACCESS system, pa…

Are you college-bound? You need to know about the FAFSA

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the key to almost all forms of college financial aid. You must file this form to be eligible for aid given by the federal government, the state of Iowa, and most colleges and universities. Here are some things you need to know: It’s easier than you think. …


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 21, 2021 at 6:35am.