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‘Seal of Biliteracy’ continues to grow in popularity

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Iowa’s Seal of Biliteracy continues to grow in popularity among school districts, with 15 percent more high school students being awarded the seal. During the last school year, 662 students earned the seal, compared to 575 the year before. The vast majority of students earned the seal for being biliterate in Engli…

Reaching the halfway point

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
As we near the end of 2020, and undoubtedly one of the most unconventional school years any of us have experienced, it is important to take note of how far we have come since the pandemic changed the face of our education system nearly nine months ago. What seemed insurmountable in the spring became part of our lear…

Here’s a tool to ensure preschoolers are on the road to literacy success

Monday, November 30, 2020
A literacy screening tool for preschoolers is now available to districts and their community partners at no cost. Called myIGDIs, which stands for Individual Growth and Development Indicators, the screening tool is designed to identify preschoolers who may be at risk in the area of early literacy, so that future dif…

And the 2022 Iowa Teacher of the Year is....

Thursday, November 19, 2020
There’s no question that, especially this year, all teachers deserve to be Iowa Teacher of the Year. Still, only one can be named, and nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Past Teachers of the Year say the experience is well worth the process. Chris Burke, Iowa’s 2018 Teac…

Do you have students interested in public service? Pass this opportunity along!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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 entirely online during the week of March 15. Two student leaders from each stat…

Apply for the Career Academy Incentive Fund

Friday, November 13, 2020
Applications are being accepted through Dec. 31 for the Career Academy Incentive Fund. The fund provides targeted grants to support partnerships between school districts, community colleges, business and industry and other partners that expand access to career academy programs, with a focus on programming delivered …

Large corporation turns to students for help; students answer the call

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Turkey Valley students dig into their data to determine what is the best route for a major corporation to take when it comes to using devices. A major transportation company based in Des Moines had a business proposition to explore: Do they want to pay for computers that can cost up to $1,600 a piece for…

Iowa celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Monday, November 9, 2020
The benefits and opportunities of registered apprenticeship programs are being showcased through events held this week as part of National Apprenticeship Week, which runs Nov. 8-14. Now in its sixth year, the week is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to draw at…

Here are some Veterans Day resources

Thursday, November 5, 2020
It’s been 101 years since Veterans Day’s precursor, Armistice Day, came into being. It honored the end of World War I. By 1938, Veterans Day became a national holiday, honoring all American veterans, living and dead. With Veterans Day being next week on Nov. 11, educators have numerous resources at their fing…

These students use hands-on learning to reopen their store

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The pandemic threw all business owners for a loop. It was no different at the Waterloo Career Center, a part of the Waterloo Community School District. Just two months before COVID-19 hit, high school students debuted a convenience store wholly operated by them. Then the pandemic hit and the store shuttered, sen…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 25, 2021 at 2:10am.