I’m writing this blog to promote a conversation about how to give every Iowa student a world-class education. We have outstanding schools across the state, but they all should fit that description. We have many talented educators, but each student deserves a highly effective teacher in every class, and a principal who is inspiring as an instructional leader. I’ll share my ideas, as well as information about interesting research, programs and people. Please post your ideas, too.
Fandel is special assistant for education to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Previously, she was editorial page editor at The Des Moines Register, where she won national awards for her multi-year project looking at how Iowa – and the nation – could have world-class schools. The project took her to high-performing schools in Finland, Alberta, Canada, and the United States. Before that, she covered education issues at the Register for more than two decades for the news and opinion sections.
Fandel earned a B.A. in political science with honors from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. She did graduate work in Russian studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
She is married to, Gary Fandel, a freelance photographer. They have two children.