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Articles from 10/2020

High school students head to the ‘polls’

Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020
Mike Cormack, Social Studies teacher at Southwest Valley High School in Corning It’s all about participation for students in veteran teacher Mike Cormack’s Contemporary Issues class, who are coordinating the 2020 Fall Iowa Youth Straw Poll (IYSP) for Southwest Valley High School in Corning. Conduc…

Nearly $4.4 million awarded to Iowa colleges and universities to expand student access to technology, increase internet connectivity

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
DES MOINES - The state of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education today announced 43 Iowa colleges and universities have been awarded nearly $4.4 million to increase internet connectivity for students in the 2020-21 school year. The funding is part of the state’s $26.2 million in Governor’s Emergency Education…

Food service directors: It’s a win-win for school districts, families

Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Editor’s note: Yesterday we examined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to extend waivers and flexibilities for school meals -- and the need it fills. Today, we talk to a couple of food service directors who are on the front line. Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque are conducting classes in-perso…

Meal flexibilities support families, school nutrition programs

Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
At a time when families face tough challenges pertaining to home, school and work life, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently extended waivers and flexibilities to allow free meals to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. This unprecedented step ensures healthy me…

Get these equity webinars on your calendar

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Nov. 5 - (2 presentations will be combined) Presentation 1: "Inclusive Schools & Communities for Queer Youth" by Nate Monson, executive director for the Iowa Safe Schools. This webinar will dive deeply into the challenges facing LGBTQ youth in 2020. According to The Trevor Project's recent data, 40 percent of …

New educator tool for concussion and other brain injuries

Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
To help ease the burden of knowing what academic adjustments to use and how to best support students with concussions and other brain injuries, the Iowa Department of Education partnered with the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide statewide access to the Get Schooled on Concussions Website, including the Teach…

2 high schools, community college forge new path for postsecondary success

Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Jennifer Fernandez-Miranda Jennifer Fernandez-Miranda knew she wanted to be an English teacher. But the real question was: How? After all, Fernandez-Miranda hadn’t had anyone in her family take this path. The logistics – not to mention the cost – seemed insurmountable. “During my senior year at C…

Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund application process now open

Date: 
Monday, October 12, 2020
The Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund application process is now open through Nov. 9 for districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and collaboratives. Funding is aimed at building the computer science teacher workforce by offering high-quality professional development to prepare Iowa teachers to t…

Start planning for National School Lunch Week

Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
To recognize your school meal program, celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 12-16. The federally funded National School Lunch Program has been fueling students for success for more than 70 years. The theme, “Now Playing: School Lunch!” puts the spotlight on the importance of a healthy school lunch in a…

Funds for professional development are available for higher ed. institutions

Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Higher education institutions and consortiums of institutions may apply for grants aimed at providing professional development in developing systemic quality online courses and curriculum. The $1.5 million in funds is available through the Governors Emergency Education Relief fund. The competitive grants will be …

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