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Iowa’s Area Education Agencies play daily, “behind-the-scenes” role in your child’s education

Those of us who have been employed by Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEAs) system are used to the puzzled looks we get from neighbors and friends when we say that we work for the Area Education Agency–or “AEA”– system. Despite … Continue reading

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Helen Hanson Elementary School honored for breaking education barriers

Helen Hanson Elementary School in Cedar Falls was one of five Iowa schools honored by the State Board of Education for their work to raise achievement among groups of students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. The Breaking Barriers to … Continue reading

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ESSA public input meeting to be held January 19 at AEA 267

Iowa Department of Education leaders have scheduled January statewide meetings to share Iowa’s state draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The statewide public meetings will then run from Jan. 9-19, with Department leaders presenting information about the … Continue reading

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Input sought on draft social studies standards

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public … Continue reading

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AEA 267 board member honored for excellence

AEA 267 board member Richard Vande Kieft was honored with an Award of Achievement at the Iowa Association of School Boards’ (IASB) 71st Annual Convention on Nov. 17th. The IASB Better Boardsmanship Awards Program highlights board members who have put … Continue reading

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