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Cracking the Code

Monday, May 15, 2017
State-supported sector partnerships are helping Iowa communities tackle critical IT worker shortages. It’s hard to believe that in today’s technology-driven culture there is a shortage of people interested in high-tech careers. With jobs in computing growing at twice the rate of other types of jobs, and virtuall…

Schools honored for PBIS efforts

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Director Ryan Wise congratulates schools who have done well with PBIS. Seventy-five schools were recognized in Des Moines today for their work in establishing safe and supportive environments, enabling students to maximize their social emotional and academic success. The schools were recognized during the Io…

Iowa Lakes Community College honored for ‘green’ initiatives

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Iowa Lakes Community College was named a 2017 Green Ribbon Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee today by the U.S. Department of Education. The college is among 45 schools, nine school districts, and nine postsecondary institutions across the nation being recognized for their promising practices to conserve resources…

Law prioritizes computer science in schools

Monday, May 1, 2017
Working to get high-quality computer science courses into the classroom is the focus of legislation that was signed into law today. More photos from press conference. The legislation is designed to meet a growing need for 21st century skills and to ensure students graduate from high school ready for further educa…

Director Wise: A defining moment in Iowa education

Monday, May 1, 2017
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a nerd. As a former social studies teacher, wonky policy details excite me. Executive orders issued by presidents and governors often fall in this category: items that are of interest to a subset of the population, which may grab headlines for a moment and then quickly recede into …

Keeping kids on their (learning) toes during summer

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Igniting children’s passions, imaginations make the break a great academic experience Teacher Angela Lange works with one of her students. BOONE – Angela Lange has a sort of love-hate relationship with the summer break. Sure, she loves the time off. But she hates what summers can do to her students: Stud…

Law expands pathways to earning high school equivalency diploma

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Unemployment hits those without high school diplomas especially hard. Of the nearly 146,000 working-age Iowans without diplomas, a full 10.7 percent are unemployed. That’s compared to only 3.8 percent of those who hold at least a high school diploma. Going back to earn a diploma can represent an obstacle. There…

It all adds up in 'BizTown'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ALLEMAN - Few people would argue that two plus two equals anything but four. If comprehending that was the only requirement for being truly financially literate, life for most people might be pretty straightforward and fairly easy. But in reality, financial literacy is indeed much more than just basic arithmetic. …

It’s not just a PE class, but a classroom full of possibilities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If you are thinking of observing the Fifth Annual Every Kid Healthy Week, you might do well to visit Mark Jungmann’s physical education class. That’s because Jungmann, who teaches at West Elementary in North Polk Community School District, takes PE to a whole new level. On one particular day, the gym was tran…

Director Wise: Ever-changing world: Let's pause for thought

Monday, April 3, 2017
Being late usually carries negative consequences. However, in Thank You For Being Late, Thomas Friedman turns tardiness into opportunity. He uses an instance in which a friend was running behind to reflect upon a rapidly changing world. Friedman highlights several trends impacting education and the workforce in this…


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