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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Students teach character through personal experiences

The Des Moines Register – Mackenzie Ryan

“Chelsie Omvig’s eyes tear up as she speaks about her father’s suicide. The memory is still vividly raw: Wondering why the preacher was in her living room, the overwhelming emotions when she learned he had died, and the steps her family took to avoid the room where it happened. She was 6 years old, and what the adults told her didn’t make sense. When one said her father was in a better place, and she wondered: Aren’t I a better place? The worst comments, though, came from other children. She still recalls the humiliation of another kid pointing at her and saying: ‘Ha ha, you don’t have a dad.’ Now a seventh-grader at Robert Blue Middle School, 13-year-old Chelsie is using her experiences to help classmates who’ve also lost a loved one. As part of the school’s character education program, which was recognized this year by the nonprofit, she and a friend are teaching other students how to support each other through grief.”(more)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Munson: Eighth-graders raise forks in fight for good etiquette

The Des Moines Register – Kyle Munson

“The last line of defense for our civilized world is a ballroom inside the Hotel Pattee where I sat down this past week with 37 eighth-grade students from Guthrie Center and six of their teachers for an elegant three-course formal dinner and lessons in etiquette. No, this wasn’t greasy state-fair stick food or a platter-sized tenderloin from a roadside diner. (Both of those are fine in my book; I tend to subsist on convenience store sandwiches and Twizzlers as I roam Iowa.) It also wasn’t the typical 20-minute school lunch where students shovel in tater tots while texting.”(more)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Competency-based education sets pace in Mason City school

The Des Moines Register – Ashley Miller

“A unique approach to learning is catching on in one local school district. Three Lincoln Intermediate instructors — Ashley Flatebo, Jill Geissler and Todd Godfrey — have recently been piloting competency-based education, or CBE, in their science, social studies, literacy and math courses. Instead of traditional seat-and-lecture time, students are afforded a flexible, individualized learning environment where they progress at their own pace. There is a simpler grading scale and learners move on once they demonstrate mastery of a particular concept or subject. While core ideas are the same, CBE can look different from classroom-to-classroom, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports. Geissler teaches a split period that begins with a traditional lesson. During the second half, students might be in the computer lab, watching podcasts or looking up information for books they’re reading.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Iowa’s Commitment To Math And Science Gives Business A Boost

Forbes – Staff Writer

“According to a Georgetown University study, the United States will be five million short on post-secondary educated workers by 2020. But most industry leaders will tell you that they’re already feeling the workforce crunch. In 2009 when the nation’s growing skills gap came to the forefront at the federal level, Iowa’s industry and education leaders quickly mobilized to reverse the trend. Through public/private partnerships, several workforce retraining and STEM education initiatives have been implemented. And Iowa companies are already seeing positive results.”(more)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Des Moines schools invest in arts

The Des Moines Register – Michael Morain

“So the district is beefing up its in-school and after-school arts programs. The secondary schools have added almost 200 band and orchestra students since 2009. All of the middle schools now have choir classes during the school day and dance and drama after school.” (more)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Des Moines’ AP pass rate declines sharply in 2 years

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“An increasing number of Des Moines high school students are taking Advanced Placement classes, but success on the program’s corresponding national exams is elusive for many, a Des Moines Register review of district data shows.” (more)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

STEM Hubs in Iowa Driving Student Interest in Technology Careers

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“An initiative in Iowa promoting student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is beginning to show successful results after its first three years.” (more)

Symposium highlights teacher mentoring program

The Des Moines Register – Jason Noble

“Almost 500 Iowa educators gathered in Ankeny on Monday for a status update on the state’s new system for improving the performance of K-12 teachers.” (more)

Monday, August 4, 2014

New school’s focus: Workforce readiness

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Rows of desks, worksheets and sagelike instructors — take everything you thought you knew about education and toss it aside. That’s the game plan for a new school in West Des Moines, where students would work alongside teachers to guide their own learning through projects aimed at solving real-world problems.” (more)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Iowa City: Economic integration?

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Efforts to desegregate public schools have broadened to include economic integration in the six decades since “separate but equal” was ruled unconstitutional.” (more)