Why an Iowa barber gives free haircuts

The Christian Science Monitor – Denise Hassanzade Ajiri “As the new school year is getting closer, a barber in Iowa has come up with a creative way to encourage reading among children. Courtney Holmes gave free haircuts to children who read books to him on...

Early childhood education is a moral imperative

The Des Moines Register – Bishop Julius C. Trimble “Last month, I attended a screening in Des Moines of the PBS documentary “A Path Appears,” which features actress Jennifer Garner traveling to rural West Virginia to see the effect poverty has...

Educator relates stories from Army service to daily lessons

The Des Moines Register – Stacey Becker ” A large American flag hangs in Brian Lawrence’s Clayton Ridge Middle School classroom. Lawrence, a science teacher, relates stories from his service with the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and Special Forces to his...

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...

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...

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...