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Knocking down barriers to success: English language learners

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Left to Right: Cheri Emery, David Reis, Francisco Escalante - student, Christopher Schulz, Leilany Carrazco - student, Margaret Ploeger View more photos from the awards ceremony. Students present unique challenges to teachers. But those challenges can be exacerbated among certain groups of students who histo…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Jan. 19

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Des Moines.   The meeting will begin with a work session from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at the State Capitol’s Legislative Dining Room (Room 15), and resume at 9 a.m. at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines. The board’s b…

Iowa students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Two Iowa students have been selected as delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 4- 11 in Washington, D.C.   Michael Moonjely of Coralville and Anuja Pharasi of Fairfield were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates wh…

Educators: How to implement skills-based literacy instruction

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Leaders in the Sioux City Community School District recognized a need for improved instruction, ongoing professional development for educators and a more defined literacy block.  With the help of technical assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center, schools implemented a small-group, skills-based literacy…

In praise of paras

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Teachers say their colleagues make the difference in their students’ educations Paraeducators Julie Hartman and Jody Weber work with some of their students. Alice Williams was having a terrible day. OK, a particularly awful day. A parent-teacher meeting went poorly and she was very low, anticipating a tear…

Director Wise: Proud of 2016, psyched for 2017

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The holiday break provides educators with much needed time to rest, reflect and plan for the year ahead. For many, these activities result in lists and goals – what went well, areas for improvement, and hopes and dreams for the New Year. As I look back at 2016, I see much to be proud of. First, Iowa cemented i…

Getting to the nuts and bolts

Date: 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
How to make Specially Designed Instruction effective – and scalable Special Education Teacher Kyle Paulson works with a student, keenly focusing on the child’s skill deficiencies. Don’t expect Ronda Hilbert to sugarcoat her words about the state of special education. “I think it is a shame that we…

Differentiated Accountability in a word: “Fabulous.”

Date: 
Monday, November 9, 2015
Superintendent reacts to new Department site visits Approximately 30 Iowa Department of Education officials and another 20-or-so consultants from the state’s Area Education Agencies descended upon a Centerville elementary school. Centerville Superintendent Tony Ryan welcomes educators to the state’s first-eve…

Aligning your resources to students’ needs

Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Are your school’s resources aligned to the students’ needs? If you haven’t had a school-wide discussion about it, your resources and efforts may be falling short. Still, schools and districts can answer the question by unleashing the true potential of Multi-Tiered System of Supports, known as MTSS. That’s…

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