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The Iowa History Advisory Council will work to examine issues around the teaching and learning of Iowa history and make recommendations to improve Iowa history education at the K-12 level across the state. The council will focus on the following objectives:

  • Identify the current status of the teaching of Iowa history and the resources available regarding K-12 Iowa history instruction.
  • Identify current materials that are dedicated to the teaching of Iowa history at the K-12 level.
  • Study how other states and organizations implement state and local history.
  • Study best practices for the teaching and learning of state and local history.
  • Provide recommendations around how to advance the study of Iowa history at the K-12 level.


Iowa History Advisory Council Report: Recommendations to Create a Systemic Approach to Improving the Teaching and Learning of Iowa History in Iowa’s K-12 Schools (9-6-16)

Meeting Dates

  • November 20, 2015
  • January 14, 2016
  • March 1, 2016
  • May 3, 2016


  • Bryan Bauer, Iowa Public Television
  • Mike Chapman, Author
  • Jennifer Cooley, State Historical Museum
  • Andy Duffelmeyer, Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Bill Friedricks, Iowa History Center, Simpson College
  • Cindy Hall, Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation
  • Jason Harshman, University of Iowa
  • Kim Heckart, Teacher, College Community Schools
  • Jacob Hunter, World Food Prize
  • Dan Jones, Living History Farms
  • Leo Landis, State Historical Museum
  • Michele Mead, Teacher, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Cara Miller, Silos and Smokestacks
  • Tom Morain, Graceland University
  • Cheryl Mullenbach, Author
  • Don Peterson, Geographic Alliance of Iowa
  • Denise Rehmke, Iowa Library Association
  • Katy Swalwell, Iowa State University
  • Michael Swanger, Iowa History Journal
  • Cyndi Sweet, Iowa Museum Association
  • Allie Tubbs, Student
  • Michael Vogt, Iowa Gold Star Museum
  • John Wheeler, Iowa Bar Association
  • Janet Wills, Teacher, Southeast Valley Schools
  • Tammy Yentis, Iowa Jewish Historical Society


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 26, 2022 at 10:25am.