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The first female U.S. attorney lived in….Iowa

Monday, March 4, 2019
Arabella Mansfield was a trailblazer all her life. The Iowan was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1869. While that may seem like an insignificant fact, it is, in fact, significant: Mansfield was the first woman in the United States to become an attorney. It wasn’t without challenge, literally. Indeed, at the time, the …

Register for active shooter tabletop workshop

Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Iowa Department of Education has created a workshop to provide schools with an understanding of how to design, facilitate, and evaluate a building-level exercise in order to comply with the IAC 280.30 requirement for active shooter drills. Participants will leave with all of the materials necessary to meet this leg…

Iowa's top teachers honored. Special guest? 1958 Teacher of the Year!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg helped deliver awards DES MOINES – Eleven of the state’s top teachers were honored for their service during an annual luncheon in Des Moines. Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise was joined by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg in hosting the Outstanding Iowa Teach…

March is Iowa History Month

Thursday, February 28, 2019
It’s Iowa History Month, a time in which we honor the state’s rich history. We have some resources for you. And to get the creative juices flowing, here’s a quick quiz (answers are at the bottom, but no peeking.) The competition for what city or town would be the final state capitol was fierce. Des Moine…

3 high school teachers talk CTE

Monday, February 25, 2019
To succeed in today’s increasingly knowledge-based, technology-driven economy, business and education experts agree students need to graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and training. What many don’t realize is that career and technical education (CTE) programs are doing just that. High-qu…

Registration open for 2019 Iowa College and Career Academy courses

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Registration is now open for spring 2019 courses through the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy. The Academy was developed by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and AEA Iowa, and has been endorsed by the Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA). These Iow…

Yes, students do have a right-to-speak protection

Friday, February 22, 2019
Editor’s note: We had the pleasure of sitting down and meeting Mary Beth Tinker in 2016, where she recounted the odyssey that reaffirmed a student’s First Amendment Rights. Mary Beth Tinker’s suspension from school contributed to the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding a student’s right to free sp…

Burke shows student-centered approach to mathematics

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year Christopher Burke answers questions posed by mathematics consultant April Pforts about how he approaches the implementation of the mathematics standards in his teaching. Burke is an eighth grade teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School in Dubuque. He also is a teacher leader and serv…

Social-emotional program teaches preschoolers: ‘Bee’ your best

Monday, February 18, 2019
Meigen Fink, Preschool Teacher, Kirkwood Elementary School, Iowa City Community School District Be safe. Be kind. Be your best! On the surface, seemingly simple, straightforward, behavioral expectations. And on the surface, Meigen Fink's preschool classroom at Kirkwood Elementary in Iowa City Community School D…

Presidents Day lesson plan? Yep. We have you covered

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
When people think of Presidents Day, they usually think of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. And while the roots indeed lie with Washington and Lincoln, the holiday has evolved over the years to include all presidents. So that opens up a lot of lesson-plan ideas. This year, Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 18. …


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