Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Iowans' Ideas: Seven steps in a learning journey

The Chinese have a saying that translates to "it takes 10 years to shape a tree, but 100 years to shape a person." It means we are all a work in progr... READ MORE

How we got here: School consolidation leads to 11 percent drop in number of districts

The number of Iowa's public-school buildings and districts has been declining steadily for decades.... READ MORE

Learning curve: Officials wanted a new exam, and maybe they'll finally get it

For three days in March, science teacher Amy Jabens began her mornings in Prairie High School's guidance office, where copies of the Iowa Assessments ... READ MORE

'Math, but louder:' Sparklebots learn engineering and teamwork

The Sparklebots switch between Swahili and English as they gather around their robot between matches to repair a broken string, reinforce a support or... READ MORE

Does a focus on STEM mean losing sight of other skills?

Cholera, a bacterial infection of the intestines, can kill within hours if not treated.... READ MORE

Dance marathons inspire connection off the dance floor, too

Since May 12 of last year, Carie Wisor-McElroy has seen a lot of dark nights.... READ MORE

Getting to market: Iowa's universities work to commercialize research

Most days, Ben Krog works in the University of Iowa's Translational Research Incubator - TRI, for short - alone.... READ MORE

Should college sports share the wealth?

There long has been a separation between the playing field and the classroom when it comes to revenue generated by college sports. But as many Divisio... READ MORE

As school choice movement grows, so does debate over cost

Cassie Mitvalsky never thought she would enroll one of her children in private school.... READ MORE

Conference replay: Early childhood education and literacy

Of more than 33,700 Iowa third-graders who took the Iowa Assessment in 2015-16, 23.1 percent were not proficient in reading. ... READ MORE

Diversity, inclusion and free speech on Iowa's college campuses

Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free s... READ MORE

How can we create healthy school climates to help all students succeed?

Negative experiences at home don't disappear when students arrive at school.  Experiences like physical, emotional or sexual abuse, having mental ill... READ MORE

The 'unfortunate bystanders' in homelessness are Iowa's children

IOWA CITY - To fully understand the situation, let's look at some numbers.... READ MORE

A student, a researcher, a Regent and a lawmaker weigh in on higher education funding

  Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

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