Education Hot Topics
For national education week, host Ben Kieffer looks at some of the hot topics in education. Governor-elect Terry Branstad made no secret of the fact that he does NOT support Governor Culver's state funded preschool program for Iowa's 4-year-olds. We'll talk about what quality preschool programs look like and where the gaps are in Iowa's system. Then we examine how Iowa judges teacher performance, and whether student achievement a good measure of teacher performance. Guests include Betty Zan, Director of the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education at UNI; Nadene Davidson, interim head of the Department of Teaching at UNI; and Barry Wilson, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Foundations and Director of Assessment at UNI.