Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code. 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.
From Cinderella to Miley Cyrus our girls grow up in an environment rich in images of femininity. Host Charity Nebbe gets insight into the challenges and dangers girls face as they grow and how the media influences their development.
As students prepare for classes, the social studies classroom in Iowa’s public schools might be a little different than it was when you were in school. Today on River to River, we talk about the modern social studies classroom with the Iowa teacher that won a 2013 American Civic Education Teacher Award. And as high school football practices are starting, we talk with a coach that’s using new technology to assess concussions in athletes.
The Branstad administration as well as school districts all over the state are reacting to Friday’s school shootings in Connecticut. One official is encouraging schools to review their security procedures. But the governor and key lawmakers aren’t jumping to any conclusions about needed legislation to prevent such a tragedy here.
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.