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

When Iowa (almost) revived commuter rail

On a normal day, Iowa City's Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Station - or Rock Island Depot, as it's commonly called - sits relati... 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

Recruit, retain, repeat: Iowa faces doctor shortage

Health care constantly evolves and shifts, in policy and practice. Iowa providers need to innovate to provide the best care.... 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

Offering hope: Faith-based providers add to social services in an evolving climate

When Samantha Allsup moved to Cedar Rapids in late 2017, she had her 4-year-old son with her and little else.... READ MORE

Iowans' Ideas: 5 things we need to fix

As Iowans, we tend to believe life is good. After all, we live in a state with safe communities, solid schools and an affordable lifestyle. But do we ... READ MORE

How we got here: Iowa's population shifts

Rural Iowa has struggled for decades to hang on to its residents. Even as the state's total population has grown - although slowly - most areas have s... READ MORE

Has TIF been successful for economic development in Iowa?

For years, Coralville was Iowa's bad boy for its aggressive use of TIF - tax increment financing. Soon we could find out if Coralville was actually th... 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

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