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March 2, 2018   Vol. 5

Future Ready Learning Save the Date

Professional learning for curriculum leaders

Connecting standards to students' future success

Join us for this opportunity to discover your role in advancing Future Ready Iowa. This one-day event is to set the stage for future work aimed at connecting careers and civic life to instruction of the Iowa Academic Standards. It is designed for curriculum leaders including members of statewide leadership teams, administrators, curriculum directors, teacher leaders, and teachers. Future Ready Learning is on June 13 at the FFA Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus from 9:00-3:30. To register, click here

For more information, contact Erika Cook at erika.cook@iowa.gov or (515) 240-3103 or Rita Martens at rita.martens@iowa.gov or (515) 281-3145. 

Ensuring alignment to the standards

EdReports supports textbook selection and use

Finding high quality K-12 instructional mathematics materials was the focus of a recent mathematics network webinar. The session featured EdReports.org staff in describing how the educator-led, evidence-based reviews of K-12 instructional materials in mathematics and English/language arts can be used to assist administrators and teachers in making textbook adoptions or adapting materials already purchased to align to the Iowa Core mathematics and English/language arts standards. 

Tim Truitt, mathematics specialist for EdReports.org, reviewed the process EdReports.org follows to collaborate with teachers and other content experts to generate reports that show the texts’ alignment to the standards and instructional shifts. These reviews are shared with publishers and posted on the EdReports.org website.

“Instructional materials matter,” Truitt said. “There is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on students learning – effects that rival in size those that are associated with differences in teacher effectiveness.”

EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit committed to teachers having access to high quality, aligned instructional materials to support their classrooms. Reviews currently available focus on mathematics and English/language arts textbooks, but the organizations is working to include reviews of science textbooks by the spring.

In addition to providing the reviews, the website also features information on step-by-step processes for textbook adoption and for adjusting previously purchased materials to align to the standards.

This webinar was offered to the Iowa Administrator Mathematics Network, which provides a forum for curriculum directors, principals, and superintendents supporting to the Iowa Core mathematics standards in instruction, assessment, and professional development. To join, click this link.

For more information, contact April Pforts for mathematics at april.pforts@iowa.gov or (515) 314-6243 or Destiny Eldridge Eldridge for literacy at destiny.eldridge@iowa.gov or (515) 822-2554. 

Networks supporting Iowa Core implementation

The Iowa Department of Education strives to offer educators timely access to resources and tools to support standards implementation through our websites and through on-line communities and newsletters.

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Quality teachers recognized

Outstanding Iowa teachers acknowledged at luncheon

A number of Iowa teachers were recognized at the Outstanding Iowa Teacher Recognition Luncheon that was held at the State Historical Building on January 26. Ryan Wise, director of the Iowa Department of Education, delivered welcoming comments, praising these teachers and referencing the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system. “In Iowa, the nature of the teaching profession has changed for the better. Nearly 10,000 teachers hold formal, compensated leadership roles,” he said. He went on to describe some of the quality learning experiences he has observed through his visits of schools across Iowa on a weekly basis. “These school visits give me a front-row seat to excellent teaching in classrooms,” he said.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The deadline to nominate is April 27. For more information, contact Isbelia Arzola at isbelia.arzola@iowa.gov or (515) 326-5962. Now is also the time to nominate and encourage exceptional K-6 teachers to apply for the 2017-18 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nominations are accepted until April 1 and applications are due May 1. Contact April Pforts at april.pforts@iowa.gov or (515) 314-6243 or Kris Kilibarda at kris.kilibarda@iowa.gov or (515) 322-7620 for more information. Teachers can apply or be nominated for the State History Teacher Award at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/national-history-teacher-year.  The deadline is March 31. Contact Stefanie Wager at stefanie.wager@iowa.gov or (515) 725-7842.

Outstanding Iowa teachers