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Articles from 06/2018

Director Wise: Happy Anniversary!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
This summer, I’ll celebrate 20 years as an educator, 18 years of marriage and three years as director of the Iowa Department of Education. Anniversaries are cause for gratitude, reflection and aspiration. Many of you are celebrating similar personal and professional milestones, and to you I say, “Happy anniversary!…

Girl power in full force at summer construction camp

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
The power of electricity isn’t just measured in watts. At this construction camp for girls, it’s also measured in enthusiasm. Hoover High School student, Haylee Flynn works on an ethernet cable during the Construction Camp for girls. “I enjoy working with my hands and building things,” said Ha…

2 Iowa educators receive presidential awards

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Zachry Christensen and Ashley Flatebo have been selected to receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Christensen is an interventionist and instructional coach at Perkins Elementary School in Des Moines. Christensen has been a mathematics educator for 17 years. Addition…

After-school programming improves at-risk children’s achievement, behavior, attendance

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21 CCLC) programs in Iowa are contributing to the lives of at-risk children by helping them improve attendance and behavior, and make gains in reading and mathematics. Data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Performance Report shows that in Iowa, 66 percent …

Registration under way for the Adult Education and Literacy Conference

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Monday, June 25, 2018
There is still time to register for the 2018 Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Conference to be held July 16-18 in Ankeny. The conference, called Educate and Elevate, is aimed at administrators and educators who help adults get the basic skills they need, including reading, writing, math, English language proficienc…

Tool connects student skills, interests to careers in advanced manufacturing

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
The Iowa Department of Education, in partnership with Elevate Advanced Manufacturing and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, has developed classroom resources to highlight and promote the wide range of career opportunities in Iowa’s advanced manufacturing industry. “It is important for students to not…

Forget rote memorization. Bring on deep-level thinking!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Who was the second president of the United States? How many amendments does the Constitution have? What was the New Deal? Flashback to a social studies class? For many, it is. Bits of facts stored in short-term memory to pass a test. After the test? Most of that memorized information was forgotten. But social stu…

Statewide computer science expansion is moving forward

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Friday, June 15, 2018
State Board of Education adopts new academic standards; new professional development funding available to schools  DES MOINES – State education leaders today announced two key developments in an effort to expand computer science education in Iowa schools: New voluntary computer science standards and the avail…

Is work-based learning critical to country’s future? In a word, yes.

Date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
While it’s been widely reported that the United States’ unemployment rate is low, you may be missing the subtext. That’s because 7.5 million men – all in the prime of their working lives, defined as between the ages of 25 and 54 – are neither employed nor in the education system. That’s the highest it’s b…

Schools honored for work with families

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Three Iowa school districts received recognition from the Iowa Department of Education for their work in promising practices related to family and school partnerships for children receiving special education services and supports. Glenwood, Southeast Polk, and Winterset community school districts were honored during…

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