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K-12 Education

Re-imagining education for an emerging future. Issues include funding, governance, STEM, school choice, rural education, early childhood literacy and community engagement.

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

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

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

Replay live stream: What would you do if school funding wasn't an issue?

Funding is a huge issue in education in Iowa, but just for an hour, we asked teachers, administrators, students and parents to set those concerns asid... READ MORE

Imbalance continues in K-12 school funding, Iowa Ideas panel says

CEDAR RAPIDS - If education funding in Iowa received a grade, some education experts and legislators said Friday that it would be a poor one.... READ MORE

State education advocates discuss school choice and voucher systems in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - The idea of Iowa adopting a school voucher program - and taking money away from public schools - gives an Iowa school administrator pau... READ MORE

For richer and for poorer: A look at school funding in two Iowa districts

When her students arrived at school in the mornings with backpacks and books, they often were carrying worries and pain through Edmunds Elementary's t... READ MORE

Case study: Davenport's legal challenge against 'inequity in funding'

While students in neighboring districts of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley were allowed to spend $6,665 and $6,724 respectively per student last year, ... READ MORE

Data: The ABC's of Iowa's school funding formula

When Iowa's school funding formula was written in the 1970s, it set an amount of money the state would spend per student. In the simplest of terms, st... READ MORE

Data: Iowa's changing public schools

As rural populations and school enrollment decline in Iowa, some public school districts are forced to make tough choices. ... READ MORE

Summer reading programs help narrow the gap

Somewhere between the daily reading instruction, math and fun activities that included watermelon seed estimating, sidewalk chalking and swimming at C... READ MORE

Trace Pickering, pioneer in learner-centered education, to keynote K-12 education track

Trace Pickering, executive director of Iowa BIG and associate director of practitioner engagement and learning at Education Reimagined, will keynote t... READ MORE

Symposium recap: Trauma-informed practices and 21st century classrooms

A handful of educators, parents and policy-makers met in Des Moines on Wednesday for a symposium about the future of K-12 education.... READ MORE

Building resiliency against adverse childhood experiences

In his seventh-grade English class, Jeremiah Zhorne showed his teacher an essay he'd written for homework. Maybe, he told her, he should start over. M... READ MORE

Guest column: Why we have to teach creativity in school

Creativity is the fuel that drives the engine of innovation that produces wealth and opportunity for all.... READ MORE

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