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FFA: Growing future leaders (and not just on the farm)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Iowa FFA members at the 33rd Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol. Today’s modern agricultural industry demands students enter the field with the technical knowledge learned through strong career and technical ag education, leadership skills, and hands-on learning. It’s a lot to ask, bu…

Money Smart Kid essay contest applications due March 16

Monday, February 19, 2018
The Iowa Bankers Association is once again sponsoring the annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest in 2018. Iowa students in grades 7-11 are eligible to participate in the contest, in which one student will be named the 2018 Money Smart Kid and will receive a $1,000 award to put toward their college savings. This yea…

Knocking down barriers to success: Hispanic students

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The staff of Carlisle High School were honored for their work with Hispanic students. An impressive 98 percent of that population at Carlisle High are proficient in reading and math. Left to right: Bryce Amos, Matthew Blackmore, Emery Lopez, Megan Merino, Kari Murray and Seth Poldberg. Students pres…

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge Senior Scholarship

Friday, February 9, 2018
Registration is ongoing for a scholarship that offers Iowa high school seniors a chance to receive one of 30 scholarships worth $2,000 for college while learning important financial literacy skills.  In addition, each recipient's high school will receive a corresponding $500 award.  High school seniors …

Creating authentic learning experiences through CTE

Monday, February 12, 2018
Foods and nutrition students at Roland Story learn about the nutritional value and cooking techniques for grain products. Today’s career and technical education programs (CTE) have become increasingly innovative. Extending well beyond the development of simple technical skills, high-quality CTE programs incre…

Knocking down barriers to success: black students

Thursday, February 8, 2018
The staff of Pleasant Valley High School were honored for their work with black students. Nearly 90 percent of black students at Pleasant Valley are proficient in reading and math. Left to right: Mike Zimmer, Kim VerHeecke, Janel Worlein, Sherri Britz and Jamie Homb. Students present unique challeng…

Celebrating career and technical education

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

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

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

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…


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