Linda Fandel
The Governor's Special Assistant for Education

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With 39 school districts launching Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System in 2014-15, Iowa is taking a big step toward giving students a world-class education. Continuing the conversation about how to build on this landmark reform is crucial. That’s why Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt...

It’s disturbing that across the state, nearly 25 percent of Iowa third-graders did not reading proficiently on state tests last school year, but that statistic tells only part of the story.

Take a look at individual school districts. In about 10 percent of school districts in 2012-13,...

Congratulations to Saydel High School for winning the TAP School of Promise Award earlier this month for its work adopting the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

TAP utilizes the expertise of teacher leaders to improve instructional practice and raise student achievement....

This is what everyone keeps in mind: A year’s worth of growth in reading.

That’s the goal that Cornell Elementary School educators have set for the 2013-14 school year, and step by step they are reworking how they do things to help students meet it.

Cornell is in the Saydel...

Quick takeaways from observing fourth-grade teachers in the Saydel school district meet with a master and a mentor teacher for nearly an hour of professional development in late October:

  • No time was wasted. The meeting started with a review of the previous week’s topic:
  • ...

Better utilizing teacher leadership stands to transform Iowa schools, so watching an Iowa school district with a head start may provide early lessons in how to better support effective teaching.

The centerpiece of Iowa’s 2013 education reform package is making it possible for every...

Starting January 2013, future teachers have to pass both a content test and a pedagogy test to complete teacher preparation programs in Iowa. Highly effective teachers are essential to give Iowa students a world-class education. The new requirement is a step in that direction.

 Former...

The 2013 Iowa School Counselor Association Conference is not just for school counselors.

Janice Kuhl, Iowa Department of Education school counseling educational consultant, said she hopes school administrators and other educators will attend this annual event, which will be held Monday...

A new report suggests that participating in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education programs (STEM) boosts student achievement. That’s not surprising, but it is encouraging. Delivering such programs has been the top priority of the Governor’s Science, Technology,...

With the launch of the new Iowa Reading Research Center, Iowa is on its way to better addressing the challenge of teaching children to read by the end of third grade.

 At an event on closing the achievement gap this week, Gov. Terry Branstad shared some of the statistics that show the ...

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