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For second year in a row, early literacy efforts make strides

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For the second year in a row, Iowa has made significant progress to improve the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today. Speaking from Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines, Reynolds said the share of students who met or surpassed the benchmarks Iowa uses t…

‘Dirty jobs’ host Mike Rowe to talk skilled trades in Iowa

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Celebrity Mike Rowe, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is coming to Iowa in September to help build awareness of the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The Iowa Department of Education is one of the co-sponsors of the event scheduled for Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p…

Walker receives national 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement award

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Melissa Walker, a consultant with the Iowa Department of Education bureau of nutrition and health services, received the 2017 Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant Achievement Award from the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC), Inc. The NASSNC annually recognizes and honors the contribut…

This was a real game-changer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Kirk Howard accepting his completion certificate from State Senator Bill Dotzler. WATERLOO - Turning one’s life around isn’t that easy when you’ve had past run-ins with the law. With a felony in his past and no high school diploma, Kirk Howard had many doors closed in his face. “I found myself lookin…

Win $1,000 for your school

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Iowa Safe Schools Alliance (ISSA) is sponsoring a video contest for Iowa high school students.   The winner of the contest will take home $1,000 for your school (there also are cash prizes for second and third place). This year’s contest theme is “See something, say something,” and videos should be fo…

Director Wise: Gearing up for another great year

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
August feels like a hazy early morning when my alarm has yet to buzz, but it’s only minutes away. I’m faced with a choice; force myself back to sleep for a few fleeting moments, or get up and start the day earlier than planned. Then the list springs into my head. I think about all of the opportunities and challenge…

State expands concussion management

Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, is rolling out Concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools. These guidelines expand recommendations currently available through a community-based model for concussion management called REAP. REAP stands for Remove/Reduce, …

Grant takes aim at adult education, literacy programs

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation is exploring the possibility of creating a network of certified tutors to work one-on-one with adults who are unable to proficiently read, write and speak. Thanks to an AmeriCorps Planning Grant, the Department will look in…

Imagine what summer school could be. Council Bluffs did.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sandra Day visits with a student about her reading assignment during summer school at Longfellow Elementary in the Council Bluffs Community School District. The exact origins remain a mystery, but the concept of “It takes a village” is widely believed to have roots in an  African proverb. That’s wher…

Districts: data-system training begins July 25

Monday, July 24, 2017
The state of Iowa is transitioning to a new statewide data system for K-6 literacy through FASTBridge Learning. To help school districts, comprehensive training will be provided beginning July 25 through the end of October consisting of webinars followed by regional face-to-face trainings. Because this training is c…


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