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State literacy team: Improve equity through rigorous instruction

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. …

Women’s History Month: A contextual look into the past

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
From Iowa’s Arabella Mansfield, who became the first female lawyer in the country in 1869, to Gertrude Durden Rush, who became the first black woman admitted to the Iowa bar in 1907, there is no shortage of Iowa “firsts” for women. Though being first certainly lands you in the history books, the story isn’t …

Upcoming webinars: How to create apprenticeship programs

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
A new webinar series is being created on how to build real-world partnerships to educate students and develop the workforce. Seventeen Iowa school districts have launched Registered Apprenticeship programs, which are an outstanding pathway for students to earn valuable postsecondary credentials. The state’s goa…

Summer Youth Intern Program now accepting applications

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
High schools, employers, and nonprofit groups are encouraged to apply for the Future Ready Iowa Summer Youth Intern Program grant, a funding opportunity to place youth at risk of not graduating high school in internships primarily in high-demand career fields. The state of Iowa has appropriated $250,000 of funds to sup…

March is Iowa History Month (and pop quiz time!)

Monday, February 24, 2020
In your preparation for Iowa History Month next month, we have resources for you and, yes, some fun historical facts. Listen to a webinar hosted by the Iowa Department of Education’s Social Studies Consultant Stefanie Wager. The webinar walks you through Iowa history resources available to teachers. Other resou…

The Iowa Department of Education is hiring

Friday, February 21, 2020
Come join our team of professionals who are passionate and committed to ensuring each student in Iowa receives a top-notch education. Here are the positions: Education Program Consultant (Program Evaluation) - We are looking for someone with experience doing research and/or evaluation projects, who thrives in a coll…

Celebrate National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Afterschool programs, childcare centers, and preschools that participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are encouraged to celebrate National CACFP Week to raise awareness of the program. The purpose of CACFP Week is to:  Educate parents and the…

New resource promotes nutritious school meals

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Did you know that proper nutrition in schools leads to less absenteeism? Fewer classroom disruptions? Higher test scores? To highlight the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program, we have created a new downloadable resource poster that provides information on school meals in Iowa. The School Br…

10 Iowa teachers honored

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
DES MOINES – Ten of the state’s top teachers were honored for their service during an annual luncheon in Des Moines. Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise was joined by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg in hosting the Outstanding Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon. See photos from the luncheon.…

An unlikely journey: From marginal student to Teacher of the Year

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Editor’s note: George Anderson, Iowa’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, was introduced to the State Board of Education recently. The following are his comments from the meeting. Anderson is a social studies teacher at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. Hello and good afternoon. I want to thank you for hosting me and …


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