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Fine arts gets a boost with its own data dashboard

Thursday, December 17, 2020
The fine arts, which include the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and visual arts, are an important part of a well-rounded education. To that end, the Iowa Department of Education has launched The Iowa Arts Education Data Project, an interactive dashboard displaying statewide high school arts course enrollment and…

School districts sought for GEAR UP Iowa grant

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Students in the class of 2027 have the opportunity to receive college access support beginning in seventh grade. GEAR UP Iowa, a federal grant administered by Iowa College Aid, is looking for partner school districts to increase college and career access and readiness, with particular emphasis on underserved and low-in…

Iowa Department of Education seeks educators to develop online courses

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is seeking licensed Iowa educators to develop online courses for inclusion in Iowa e-Learning Central (ILC). ILC is being developed as a new resource to provide access to courses and tools to support educators as they navigate virtual learning environments and incorporate online instruc…

Child and Adult Care Food Program Local Food Makes Cents

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Partners within the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition have been awarded a Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant (FIG) from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).   One of the grant strategies focuses on improving child nutrition by investing in Iowa agriculture…

Putting students at the forefront to stem school environment problems

Monday, December 7, 2020
Educators are asked to wear many hats these days, including monitoring for bullying and other potentially dangerous acts. Why not engage students in those efforts?   Students? Yes. There’s a program that is designed to put students at the forefront of preventing violence in their schools. Called Mentoring in…

Student culinary competition now open

Thursday, December 3, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is hosting a Choose Iowa Student Culinary Competition for students enrolled in a culinary arts class or foods-based course. Students are invited to put on their chef hats to cook up creative school meal recipes that incorporate locally grown food items. The concept for the competitio…

‘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…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 01, 2021 at 9:16am.