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Director Ann Lebo: Forging ahead

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
To say that this spring has brought some unexpected challenges is definitely an understatement. Instead of getting to know my colleagues at the Iowa Department of Education in person, I spent my first day on the job at the State Emergency Operations Center. Rather than welcoming students back from spring break, our sch…

From completely foreign to ‘somewhat’ normal

Monday, April 27, 2020
A district plunges head first into uncharted waters At some schools, cars lined the street for two blocks waiting to receive their Chromebooks. “We are all dealing with this really foreign territory. It requires patience and it requires grace.” That’s how Jane Lindaman, the superintendent of …

Volunteers sought for ever-growing needs during COVID-19

Friday, April 24, 2020
The demand for volunteers during the COVID-19 epidemic is growing exponentially, especially at the state's health-care facilities and food banks and other free food providers that are overwhelmed with requests. Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking for health-care professionals, particularly nurses but even chaplains, to volu…

In crisis, teachers learn the importance, joy of teamwork

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Isaac Blandin, a student on the robotics team at Central DeWitt High School, has been creating ear savers with the team’s 3D printer.” WAUKEE – When Andrew Hauptmann got a call asking if he could help the state’s frontline medical personnel, he didn’t think twice. Hauptmann, an industrial te…

Congratulations to Iowa’s U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists

Thursday, April 16, 2020
The state of Iowa has seven semifinalists for the prestigious 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. They are: Matthew Ding, Johnston High School, Johnston Animesh Suyash Joshi, Valley High School, West Des Moines Elizabeth Catherine Meyer, Heelan High School, Sioux City Cynthia Salinas Cappellano, Thomas…

Notice for public comment regarding CARES Act Waiver of Funding Flexibility

Monday, April 6, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education is providing states with funding flexibilities to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency. The new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 educat…

Notice for public comment regarding ESSA Waiver of Assessment and Accountability Requirements

Monday, March 30, 2020
Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 and resulting school closures, the U.S. Department of Education notified states of an optional waiver for the 2019-2020 school year, of the assessment requirements in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA, the accountability and school identification requirements in s…

Keeping connections: Teachers go all out to see, encourage their students

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A student waves to the passing parade of teachers in Ankeny. His sign reads, “Hi Mrs. Cardin. I miss you.” Teacher parades – in which teachers jump into their cars and drive past students’ houses – are popping up across Iowa like corn kernels thrown into a fire. It comes as no surprise to famil…

Notice for public comment regarding a waiver of limitation in section 1127(b) of the ESEA Act of 1965

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Iowa Department of Education is filing a request to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) that prohibits a State educational agency (SEA) from granting to a local educational agency (LEA) a waiver of the carryo…

Holistic, valuable and relevant: One school’s approach to college and career planning

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Editor's note: Though life as we know it has been rather upended, we will eventually get back to normal. In that spirit, we bring you this story based on a visit to Indianola about a month ago. Students were engaged in their learning throughout Career Day. Change can be hard, scary even. But change al…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 26, 2020 at 3:57am.