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Articles from March 2023

Date: Josh Davies

You may call them soft skills or career readiness, but to guest speaker, trainer and work-based learning advocate Josh Davies, it’s simply known as work ethic. And it’s one of the most important pieces of student career development and exploration.

Davies, chief executive…


Riceville Community School District has figured out some things about child care, and it’s working. It boils down to one simple three-letter word. Y-E-S. 

Superintendent Barb Schwamman describes their success this way, “We call it the culture of yes. Yes, we are going to do this and yes…


Registration is open for the June training Teaching for Impact to be held June 13-14 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Area Education Agencies, the training is for all educators supporting learners with disabilities. There…


The latest data and information on career and technical education in Iowa has been released in an annual report by the Iowa Department of Education.

The 2023 Annual Condition of Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) report features an analysis of CTE programming during the 2021-…


The UNI-Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls was abuzz last week with nearly 1,650 students, family members and educators taking part in the first Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival since 2018.

With over 60 exhibitors from Iowa businesses and local community partners,…


Five Iowa educators have been named 2023 finalists in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

They are:


Adam Paulson, Johnston High School, Johnston Community School District Catherine Leipold, Waterloo West High School,…

A new resource is available to help schools locate and acquire more local foods for their school nutrition program. The Make it Fresh: Guide to Procuring Local Foods was developed and created by the Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services through Iowa’s FY20 Team…


A free anonymous K-12 school safety reporting system is now available to help prevent violence, unlawful possession of weapons, self-harm and other forms of victimization and threatening behaviors in schools across the state. 

The Governor’s School Safety Bureau is making Safe+…


The Tri-County Head Start Program knows how to make the most of a good thing.

Every year, National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week is celebrated in mid-March and is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) works to combat…


The deadline is approaching for schools to apply to win a state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! fitness center. Three elementary or middle schools in Iowa will be selected.

The DON’T QUIT! campaign aims to reverse the growing trends in mental illness and childhood obesity. Governor Reynolds and…