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...

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...

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...