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Celebrating career and technical education

Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Today’s career and technical education (CTE) programs are preparing students for college and careers like never before in the state’s history. Gone are the shop classes of yesteryear, replaced with course work that requires students to apply academic skills to real-world applications that mirror in-demand jobs. …

Resources for Presidents' Day

Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the country’s first president.   There are a lot of resources that teachers can tap into to make a lively lesson. Che…

Director Wise: Having a front-row seat to excellence

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
As director of the Iowa Department of Education, I have focused on strengthening the instruction every Iowa student receives each day. We know the powerful impact that great teaching can have on students. When students have effective teachers they are more likely to attend school regularly and develop the skills they n…

African American History Month? We have you covered

Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
From a modest one-week observation in 1926 to today’s national one-month celebration, African American History Month is an integral thread woven into American history. It’s also an important education tool for our students. “African American History Month recognizes and pays tribute to the generations of Af…

Bullying, harassment down 79%? Oh, yeah!

Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Prevention program empowers students to get involved Dubuque students learn techniques to impact bullying. DUBUQUE – There aren’t too many school districts that can boast they have plunged bullying and harassment by 79 percent. OK, there’s only one school district that can lay that claim: Dubuque Commu…

Knocking down barriers to success: English language learners

Date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The staff at Riverdale Heights Elementary were honored for their work with English language learners, or students whose first language is not English. This is the fourth year in a row Riverdale Heights has received a Breaking Barriers award. Left to right: Cindy Lewis, Laurie Smith, Jennifer Gertson, Brittane…

Outstanding Iowa teachers recognized for outstanding work

Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Eleven Iowa teachers were recognized during the Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon today in Des Moines. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise and Iowa Department of Education Bureau Chief Linda Carroll presided over the luncheon. (Check out our photos.)…

Teacher of the Year: Be a ‘star’ finder

Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Editor’s note: 2018 Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan of Ames was presented to the State Board of Education this morning. The following is her speech. Good morning Director Wise and members of the Board. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your agenda today. As one of my first “official” duties a…

Diversity and inclusion: Mitigating unconscious biases in education

Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Is your school free of bias? How about you, yourself? And how can you be sure? Unconscious bias can sneak up on the best of us. Claudia Schabel knows that well. Schabel, founder and president of Schabel Solutions, a consulting firm that works with businesses to build inclusive workplaces, will be presenting at the u…

Some kids are hungering for a solution. How you can help

Date: 
Monday, January 29, 2018
For nearly 200,000 Iowa children, summer is not solely about fun and games. It’s also about hunger. In the absence of meals served during the regular school day, these children face the reality of lives without such nourishment. To help curb this hunger tide, local sponsors are needed for a federally funded summe…

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