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Inventory tool helps districts refine assessment use

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tests are necessary to allow teachers, parents and students themselves to monitor student progress, understand strengths and weaknesses, and set learning goals. But each test given takes time and resources that could be used for other valuable activities during the school day. So, it is important that the assessments g…

Interested in a water bottle filling station?

Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Iowa schools have the opportunity to receive a new water bottle filling station through the Rethink Your Drink program, funded by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Selected schools will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling station, receive water bottles, toothbrush…

Funding opportunity to grow, support adult education and literacy programs

Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Spread the word within your networks about this funding opportunity to support programs that help adults gain the skills and training needed to further their education and secure living-wage jobs. The Iowa Department of Education will award approximately $3 million in federal funding available through the Adult Educati…

New grant helps Iowa schools, child-care centers test for lead in drinking water

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Iowa Department of Education a $460,000 grant to help public schools and child-care centers test drinking water for lead and learn more about reducing lead exposure. The EPA’s grant program, which is voluntary for schools and child-care providers, …

Schools and the coronavirus: What you need to know

Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The headlines in the media on the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, have certainly gotten everyone’s attention. Though there are no known cases in Iowa at this juncture, it’s important to be prepared – much like schools prepare for any respiratory illness such as the flu. In fact, the Center for Disease Con…

Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches record high of 91.6 percent

Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
DES MOINES – Iowa’s high school graduation rate climbed to a record high of 91.6 percent in 2019, continuing a trend of long-term growth across nearly all groups of students, including those from diverse backgrounds, according to new data from the Iowa Department of Education. “More Iowans are graduating high …

Schools across Iowa celebrate National School Breakfast Week

Date: 
Monday, March 2, 2020
To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, schools across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week, which is March 2-6th. The theme is, “School Breakfast - Out of this World,” to remind the entire school community that school breakfast pro…

Gov. Reynolds announces $1 million to expand career academies for high school students

Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a $1 million funding opportunity to expand career academy programs across the state in an effort to prepare more high school students for success in the workforce. Career academies are programs of study in which students benefit from business and industry partnerships, …

Construction career fairs scheduled for students, high schools

Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
A series of construction career fairs are scheduled for Iowa high schools and students in 11th and 12th grades. The fairs are designed to connect with employers in the commercial construction industry, including general and subcontractors. The career fairs, hosted by Build Iowa, will be held March 30 in Altoona, Apr…

State literacy team: Improve equity through rigorous instruction

Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Statewide Literacy Leadership Team members met at Grand View University in Des Moines, for an interactive, one-day professional learning workshop, to learn how to utilize tools to ensure students have access to grade-level, appropriate English Language Arts assignments, and standards-aligned instruction. …

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