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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)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

System ‘holds a lot of families hostage,’ mom says

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Des Moines families denied open enrollment say they understand the importance of diverse schools.” (more)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chobani Gets Nod for USDA’s School Yogurt Program

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Upstate New York’s Chobani has been chosen by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt for a school lunch pilot program being launched in seven states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and New York, this fall.” (more)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kids, Parents Are Embracing the Walking School Bus


“For a growing number of children in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states, the school day starts and ends in the same way — they walk with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are catching on in school districts nationwide because they are seen as a way to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.”(more)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mentoring new teachers can boost students’ learning

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Des Moines, Iowa’s largest public school district, is one of a few Iowa school districts that have revamped their new teacher mentoring programs in an effort to increase staff retention and improve student achievement. Other Iowa districts will likely follow suit over the next three years as more state money becomes available for districts that pledge to increase support for new teachers and add leadership roles for veteran educators.”(more)