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Educators: How to implement skills-based literacy instruction

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

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

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

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.”

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

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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