Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.Â The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.
The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization Decoding Dyslexia. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.
Listen back to Talk of Iowa's conversation on middle childhood. Middle childhood is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. Itâ€™s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.Â Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.
Nearly 400 teachers in the Cedar Falls School District spent today learningÂ some newÂ optionsÂ should theyÂ ever have to deal withÂ someone with a gun in their classroom.Â The training was provided by the Cedar FallsÂ Police Department and focused on updated protocols from the Department of Homeland Security. Much like the fire drill, Stop, Drop and Roll,Â Â public safety officials have developed Run, Hide, Fight for use in an active shooter situation.The Cedar Falls School District is one of the first in the state to involve all teachers, not just administrators.
Governor Branstad has laid out his plan for paying and promoting the stateâ€™s teachers. Last week we heard the Branstad administrationâ€™s pitch for the plan. This week, weâ€™ll talk with school administrators and teacher representatives for their view. Our conversation legislative show is live from the state Capitol Law Library.
As a child growing up in Ames Nancy Sprowell Geise struggled with severe dyslexia...she was even held back a year in school. Now, she's published her first novel. The novel is called, "The Eighth Sea." It's a sweeping historical romance with twists and turns, but the story of how the novel came to be is equally as compelling.
After years of discouragement in school, in 1978 Geise found herself in the high school English class of John Forssman. Charity Nebbe talks with them both about how Mr. Forssman changed Geise's life.
Starting next year, graduatesÂ of Iowaâ€™s teacher preparation programs will be required to pass exams with a minimum score in order to get a license to teach.Â Â Iowa is one of the lastÂ holdouts in the country in not requiringÂ testing of new teachers. Â But at a statehouse committee meetingÂ today Â there were complaints that this yearâ€™s graduating seniorsÂ didnâ€™t get enough advance warning. Â Â
Earlier this year, the director of the Iowa Department of Education unveiled 13 recommendations from the stateâ€™s Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation. The goal - to improve education in part through getting better teachers. This hour we talk with several people about how to improve education in the state, including Linda Fandel, a special assistant for education to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Weâ€™ll also hear from two faculty members at Iowa Stateâ€™s School of Education about their national recognition for preparing science teachers.
Advocates Â for higher teacher pay better be upfront about just how much itâ€™s going to cost, and whoâ€™s going to cover it, if they want to achieve their goal.Â Â Â That's according to a representative of Iowaâ€™s school administrators whoâ€™s serving on a task force on teacher salaries.
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.Â
On todayâ€™s "River to River", weâ€™re taking a look atÂ how digital technology is revamping the way todayâ€™s students learn. Many districts are renting out laptops to students and doing away with the traditional textbook model of learning. Then, we speak with several experts on how bullying can be prevented in Iowaâ€™s schools and communities.
A few years after former Governor Robert Ray found a home in Iowa for the Tai Dam refugees of Laos, he did the same thing for another group who was seeking sanctuary. These were the â€śboat peopleâ€ť, most of them from Vietnam, who risked everything on the high seas to escape communism.
Itâ€™s estimated as many as one in five Americans experience some form of specific learning disability. Identifying who these people are, however, is not a precise science.
It took years before Jefferson-Scranton High School senior Mary Larson and her parents figured out why she couldnâ€™t read. She depended on her father to read her grade school textbooks out loud. By fifth grade, she still showed no signs of grasping the meaning of written words.
â€śI went to Iowa City hospital and they had a professional test me, I had to do some reading tests, comprehension.â€ť
School was torture for Nancy Sprowell Geise. With severe dyslexia she struggled to read and write, but in high school she had an English teacher at Ames High School who recognized her potential. On this Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio, Charity speaks with novelist Nancy Sprowell Geise and the teacher, John Forssman, who changed her life. Her novel is called "The Eighth Sea."