Category Archives: Education

Collaborating for Iowa Kids

Leaders from the Iowa Department of Education (DE) and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) have formalized a partnership called Collaborating for Iowa Kids. The partnership began in June of 2011 to more closely work together on a shared vision for … Continue reading

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Increased Learning Time = Significant Results

This article appeared in the November/December edition of “Each and Every Child,” an e-newsletter by the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Student and Family Support Services. The e-newsletter is designed to enhance communication between parents and educators. Past issues … Continue reading

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Authentic Intellectual Work Taking Off in Northwest Area Schools

Over 40 percent of the school districts within Northwest Area Education Agency’s (AEA) territory have implemented, or are currently implementing, a practice called Authentic Intellectual Work, or AIW. This means that 500 teachers and administrators have signed on to take … Continue reading

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Educating for the Innovation Age

Article by Lisa Fry, Grant Wood AEA Programs & Services Administrator The vision alive in our community is that eastern Iowa is recognized as the most progressive, cutting-edge place for learning and achievement in the nation and world. It is … Continue reading

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Standards-Based Grading Brings Sweet Success to Sioux City West Teachers

Students in some Algebra and Geometry classes at Sioux City West High School were asked to bring M&Ms, Skittles and Tootsie Rolls to class last year. Students thought that “homework” assignment was really sweet, to say the least. Little did … Continue reading

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Reading Recovery Through Heartland AEA Has High Impact on Students, Educators and Schools

Literacy is often regarded as the cornerstone of learning. With this in mind, much stress has been put on educators and agencies to increase reading proficiency scores among students. Heartland AEA has sought to meet these demands in central Iowa … Continue reading

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Making Classroom Experiences More Meaningful for Students

For many students, the connection between work done in the classroom and “real life” can be difficult to see. In traditional classrooms, tasks that students complete can rely too much on the memorization and retrieval of information and/or applying knowledge … Continue reading

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