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

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

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…

Suspensions, expulsions: What we’re getting wrong

Monday, June 11, 2018
Forty percent of all the students who are suspended or expelled in Illinois are infants and toddlers. And 53 percent of all students who are expelled in North Dakota are in the same age group. Ruminate on that for a minute. Infants and toddlers. While many of us are gobsmacked by such statistics, consider that bo…

Looking for a summer food program near you?

Friday, June 8, 2018
Summer food programs for students up to age 18 are in full swing throughout Iowa. Don’t know where to find the closest site? We have you covered. Food sites offer lunch and, in some cases, breakfasts. For those with smart phones, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877. It will then ask you to enter your cit…

3 people join State Board of Education

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Joshua Byrnes, Kimberly Wayne, and Fez Zafar (student member) have joined the State Board of Education. The State Board is made up of nine voting members who serve six-year terms and one non-voting student member who serves up to a two-year term. Joshua Byrnes Joshua Byrnes of Osage is the general manager of Osag…

Director Wise: Fifty more visits, five new lessons

Thursday, May 31, 2018
I have visited roughly 50 school districts in each of my three years as director of the Iowa Department of Education. These visits are the best part of my job. They allow me to connect the dots between policy and practice and to identify ways in which the Department can better support schools in providing exce…

Outgoing Teacher of the Year: ‘This will change your life’

Thursday, May 24, 2018
So there Shelly Vroegh was, standing with the country’s other state Teachers of the Year, being honored for their work at the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. And that’s when it hit her. “In that moment, I realized I was representing all teachers from Iowa, all the students and all th…

Systemic thinking is a natural for this small district

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
For the Hampton-Dumont Community School District’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) program, the role of TLC coordinator has been critical in achieving a systemic approach to school improvement. “We’re blessed to have a TLC coordinator,” said Todd Lettow, superintendent. “Having one person oversee…

Teacher leaders need to connect the pieces to see the whole

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Teacher leaders, to what extent have you had the opportunity to work effectively within your system and been able to understand your school improvement process and the changes leveraged by teacher leadership? As a teacher leader, looking at your roles and responsibilities, to what extent have you been able to align …

Districts take stock of science standards implementation

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Two Iowa districts, Bettendorf Community School District and Davenport Community Schools, are taking steps to improve their science education programs. Partnering with Achieve, the education nonprofit that coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, and with funding from Arconic Foundation,…


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