Education http://iowapublicradio.org en Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-adapt-rapidly-diversifying-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Meredith Middle School on Des Moines’ northwest side there are more than 30 ways students say hello. The number of languages can change week to week. This school year the Des Moines school district will&nbsp;receive&nbsp;more than 6 million dollars from federal and state funds for ELL services, and will also spend&nbsp;more than a million dollars of its own money.&nbsp;Next year the district plans to have more than 6,000 ELL students.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 36983 at http://iowapublicradio.org Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State Feds Probe Student Banking Offers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/feds-probe-student-banking-offers <p>The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington&nbsp; is looking into a &nbsp;banking&nbsp; service &nbsp;that’s growing in popularity on college campuses.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Universities &nbsp;team up with large banks to offer debit cards to students. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:47:31 +0000 Joyce Russell 32647 at http://iowapublicradio.org Feds Probe Student Banking Offers Classroom Creatures http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classroom-creatures <p></p><p></p><p>A Wartburg College professor hopes to bring&nbsp;biology classrooms back to life. Michael Bechtel says students should be studying living creatures not ones that are dead and floating in formaldehyde. He's been growing a collection of snakes, frogs, tortoises and others for about 19 years. He's sharing them in his college classroom and beyond.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:16:36 +0000 Pat Blank 32493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classroom Creatures State Education Report Finds Some Iowa Schools Falling Short http://iowapublicradio.org/post/state-education-report-finds-some-iowa-schools-falling-short <p></p><p>As the <a href="http://educateiowa.gov/">Iowa Department of Education</a> releases its annual <a href="http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=cat_view&amp;gid=670&amp;Itemid=4434">State Report Card</a>, officials say they should be <a href="http://educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=2956%3Adirector-buck-2013-ayp-results-show-need-for-new-federal-accountability-framework&amp;catid=242%3Anews-releases&amp;Itemid=2717">graded differently</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:58:08 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 29612 at http://iowapublicradio.org State Education Report Finds Some Iowa Schools Falling Short Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/enrollment-overall-iowas-state-university-system <p></p><p>Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.&nbsp; The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.</p><p>Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:27:59 +0000 Dean Borg 28965 at http://iowapublicradio.org Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-ideas-group-ties-innovation-community-cedar-rapids <p>A small group of teachers in Cedar Rapids is trying a new way to inspire students to learn, by getting them out of the classroom and working on projects with community mentors. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the Big Ideas Group is wrapping up a summer pilot program, and will become an option for students across the district this Fall.</p><p>To get an idea of how this works, take 12th grader McKenna Cole, who—at a weekly meeting, explains to her fellow students why she’s working with a wastewater treatment plant to test how poplar trees can filter water.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27040 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids Odd jobs, student loans, and the Class of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/odd-jobs-student-loans-and-class-2013 <p></p><p>Days before Commencement at the University of Iowa, the music school’s Brass Quintet practices an old favorite.</p><p>From graduation ceremony to graduation ceremony, the tune never changes. But what <em>is </em>changing, is how graduates are mapping their careers afterward. Tuba player and PhD candidate Blaine Cunningham explains.</p><p>“Being a musician, sometimes we need to be creative with our jobs. I play with an orchestra, I teach at a couple colleges, I’m a freelance musician so I play a lot of gigs in the community, I teach private lessons,” he says.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 21444 at http://iowapublicradio.org Odd jobs, student loans, and the Class of 2013 Iowa Experiments with Online Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-experiments-online-education <p>Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:43:47 +0000 Dean Borg 19580 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Experiments with Online Education Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-experiment-line-education <p></p><p>Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Dean Borg 19461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education Diversity in Iowa Schools: It's a Small World After All http://iowapublicradio.org/post/diversity-iowa-schools-its-small-world-after-all <p></p><p></p><p>We've been hearing about some of the challenges with diversity in the Iowa City School District. There are other districts in Iowa with diversity policies, some of them much smaller.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two and a half hours from Iowa City is the town of&nbsp;</span>Postville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Postville made national news five years ago when the federal government&nbsp;raided the town's Hasidic owned meat packing plant and hundreds of undocumented workers were arrested.</span></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:44:39 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 17389 at http://iowapublicradio.org Diversity in Iowa Schools: It's a Small World After All Diversity in Iowa Schools: Won't You Be My Neighbor? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/diversity-iowa-schools-wont-you-be-my-neighbor <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday we heard how the public outcry over the Iowa City School District Diversity policy continues to fuel a bitter debate in Iowa City. Like much of Iowa, Iowa City is facing a changing population and with that has comes a widening achievement gap. In the second part of a series about diversity in Iowa schools, reporter Sandhya Dirks takes a closer look at balancing school integration with divided neighborhoods and a new influx of residents.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:54:11 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 17324 at http://iowapublicradio.org Diversity in Iowa Schools: Won't You Be My Neighbor? Diversity In Iowa Schools: The Elephant in the Room http://iowapublicradio.org/post/diversity-iowa-schools-elephant-room <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Demographics in Iowa are changing and perhaps no where is this fact more visible than in the classroom. In the first of a three part series about diversity in Iowa schools, Iowa Public Radio’s </span>Sandhya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dirks takes a look at the public outcry over a diversity policy in the Iowa City School District. It’s a policy that is exposing deep racial and cultural divides in a part of the state that prides itself on acceptance.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:46:52 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 17302 at http://iowapublicradio.org Diversity In Iowa Schools: The Elephant in the Room In Wake of Shootings, Iowa Schools Put Safety Plans in Place http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wake-shootings-iowa-schools-put-safety-plans-place <p></p><p>As President Obama’s gun control proposals make their slow way through Congress, Iowa, and every state in the nation, is asking the same question. How do we protect our children from gun violence? Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters talked to some of the voices in this debate and visited a school in Des Moines.</p><p>At Studebaker elementary school in southeast Des Moines, students practice a fire drill.&nbsp; They exit the building in single file.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:32:30 +0000 Clay Masters 14858 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Wake of Shootings, Iowa Schools Put Safety Plans in Place Ruud named to lead UNI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ruud-named-lead-uni <p>The State Board of Regents today announced the selection of William N. Ruud (ROOD), as the 10<sup>th</sup> president of the University of Northern Iowa. Ruud currently serves as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.</p><p>Ruud will assume the duties of UNI president on June 1 and will be paid an annual salary of $340,000. The date for an official welcoming on the UNI campus will be announced later.&nbsp; Ruud was one of two finalists for the job. The other was Indiana University-Purdue University Chancellor Emeritus Michael Wartell.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:47:57 +0000 Pat Blank 14674 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ruud named to lead UNI Teacher Evaluations Under Fire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teacher-evaluations-under-fire <p>Whether student performance should be considered &nbsp;when teachers are evaluated has once again become a divisive issue at the statehouse.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Department of Education proposes scrapping Iowa’s current teacher evaluation standards, and writing new ones to satisfy the federal government.&nbsp;&nbsp; Otherwise, they say, Iowa will remain under the demanding requirements of federal education law.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 05:25:08 +0000 Joyce Russell 14216 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teacher Evaluations Under Fire Watching out for Bald Eagles http://iowapublicradio.org/post/watching-out-bald-eagles <p></p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:10:59 +0000 Julie Englander 14097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Watching out for Bald Eagles Branstad's Education Proposals Get an Early Hearing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstads-education-proposals-get-early-hearing <p>Governor Branstad’s education reform proposal received high praise from those that helped inform its creation at a House committee hearing Tuesday. But some say it doesn’t confront major problems that face Iowa’s students.</p><p>The package includes raising beginning teacher salaries from $28,000 to $32,000. There’s tuition forgiveness for teachers that stay in Iowa. It creates pathways for veteran teachers to mentor new teachers so there’s incentive for them to stick with teaching.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Clay Masters 13908 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad's Education Proposals Get an Early Hearing Iowa's Education Department Seeks Funding for Online Classes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-education-department-seeks-funding-online-classes-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The Iowa Department of Education is seeking state funding to expand on-line education for high school students. The Department is now operating what’s called “Iowa Learning Online” with federal funding that’s expiring.</p><p>State Education Director Jason Glass says the program is serving students who aren’t doing well in traditional classrooms.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:44:26 +0000 Dean Borg 12773 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Education Department Seeks Funding for Online Classes Combating Bullying of Gay Youth in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/combating-bullying-gay-youth-iowa <p></p><p></p><p>Same sex marriage is legal in Iowa and it appears to be gaining acceptance. A Supreme Court justice who was part of the ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage was retained in a heated campaign this year. But advocates for gay teens say bullying is still a problem in schools.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:23:30 +0000 Clay Masters 12115 at http://iowapublicradio.org Combating Bullying of Gay Youth in Iowa New Tests for New Teachers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-tests-new-teachers <p></p><p>Starting next year, graduates&nbsp; of Iowa’s teacher preparation programs will be required to pass exams with a minimum score in order to get a license to teach.&nbsp;&nbsp; Iowa is one of the last&nbsp; holdouts in the country in <u>not</u> requiring&nbsp; testing of new teachers. &nbsp;But at a statehouse committee meeting&nbsp; today &nbsp;there were complaints that this year’s graduating seniors&nbsp; didn’t get enough advance warning. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 02:45:03 +0000 Joyce Russell 11894 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Tests for New Teachers Regents Decline to Renew UI President Sally Mason's Contract http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regents-decline-renew-ui-president-sally-masons-contract <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Iowa Board of Regents is declining to renew a contract with University of Iowa President Sally Mason. Regents President Craig Lang confirms that Mason is working without a contract.</p><p>“Her contract – five-year contract – was up in August,” he says. “We did not renew a new contract with President Mason. She is employed at will.”</p><p>Lang says the Regents are asking Mason to improve the University’s statewide outreach, improve relations with the Iowa Legislature, and establish goals.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:26:44 +0000 Dean Borg 11720 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regents Decline to Renew UI President Sally Mason's Contract Bullying Prevention Summit Focuses on Community Solutions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bullying-prevention-summit-focuses-community-solutions <p>More than 1100 Iowa educators, students and community members from across the state came to Des Moines Tuesday for Governor Branstad’s first Bullying Prevention Summit. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports the message was not just about how to respond to bullying, but how to prevent it.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:15:03 +0000 Clay Masters 11307 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bullying Prevention Summit Focuses on Community Solutions "Argo" Rescue in Iran Remembered by Waverly Woman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/argo-rescue-iran-remembered-waverly-woman <p></p><p>The highly acclaimed movie “Argo” is finishing its run through Iowa theaters this week. Directed by Ben Affleck “Argo” depicts the rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.</p><p>A Waverly woman, Kathryn Koob has a unique prospective of those events because she was one of two women who did not escape and was held by the Revolutionary Guard for 444 days.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:04:04 +0000 Pat Blank 10771 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Argo" Rescue in Iran Remembered by Waverly Woman Iowa Educators Could See Pay Increase http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-educators-could-see-pay-increase <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Iowa teachers would see their base pay bump if new recommendations from an education task force are put into place. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.</span></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:15:30 +0000 Clay Masters 9254 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Educators Could See Pay Increase Year-Round School Considered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/year-round-school-considered <p>A state task force wants Iowa schools to move toward &nbsp;air-conditioning their classrooms.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s part of a drive toward year-round schedules&nbsp; which experts say can boost student achievement.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:28:08 +0000 Joyce Russell 8896 at http://iowapublicradio.org Year-Round School Considered School Administrator Warning on Teacher Raises http://iowapublicradio.org/post/school-administrator-warning-teacher-raises <p>Advocates &nbsp;for higher teacher pay <u>better be upfront</u> about just how much it’s going to cost, and who’s going to cover it, if they want to achieve their goal.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That's according to a representative of Iowa’s school administrators who’s serving on a task force on teacher salaries.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:15:27 +0000 Joyce Russell 8694 at http://iowapublicradio.org School Administrator Warning on Teacher Raises Iowa Educators Need More Time to Create New Teacher Evaluations http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-educators-need-more-time-create-new-teacher-evaluations <p>During the last Iowa legislative session, lawmakers failed to agree on how beef up teacher evaluations. Instead they commissioned a task force to make recommendations for next year. The task force met in Des Moines on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:14:22 +0000 Clay Masters 8250 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Educators Need More Time to Create New Teacher Evaluations 2013 Iowa Teacher of the Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-iowa-teacher-year <p>Governor Terry Branstad&nbsp;has named veteran Cedar Rapids educator Tania Johnson&nbsp; the 2013 Iowa Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Johnson spent most of her 22-year teaching career in Cedar Rapids kindergarten classrooms before she accepted a teacher leadership position with her school district this fall.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:47:43 +0000 Pat Blank 7885 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2013 Iowa Teacher of the Year Iowa Young Birders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-young-birders <p>Iowa Young Birders is a new program to get kids outside and develop their interest in birds.&nbsp; Executive director Carl Bendorf says the nonprofit is a first of its kind in the state.</p><p>www.iowayoungbirders.org</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:07:14 +0000 Julie Englander 6928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Young Birders Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program http://iowapublicradio.org/post/writers-arriving-university-iowa-international-writing-program <p>Thirty-one&nbsp;writers from 28 countries are arriving in Iowa to participate in the writing residency program.&nbsp;UI International Writing Program Director Chris Merrill talks with Ben Kieffer about&nbsp;the program&nbsp;and&nbsp;what it takes to bring the world's greatest writers to Iowa.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:45:13 +0000 Jeff Schmidt 6892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program