Posted on 08/21/2014 at 10:15 AM by Liz Determan

The school doors are anxiously waiting to open and welcome all the eager learners for another year of learning. With the beginning school year also comes the September 15th deadline for C-Plans. The questions to the Iowa Core C-Plans have been condensed from 21 questions to 10 questions! Hopefully, this will offer more clarity and focus to your written plan. I have attached the revised Iowa Core C-Plan questions for you to review and prepare for completing with your Iowa Core Team. You can also find this document on the Iowa Department of Education website: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/iowa-core/2014/06/iowa-core-c-plan-review-protocol

It is essential for district Iowa Core Teams to meet and complete this together. It is also beneficial to discuss your Self-Study and use the rating scores to determine which outcomes need more focus and actions steps. Setting goals for the new school year pertaining to your Iowa Core plan is vital:)

There have also been webinars developed to help with each outcome in the Iowa Core. These short clips will walk you through each outcome and how to interpret and respond to questions. These can be found at: https://aea111.eduvision.tv/default.aspx

I am also happy to announce that the Department of Education will be unveiling a new and improved Iowa Core website on the Department of Education website! The anticipated date for the live site will be around September 1st. The four major areas of the new site will be:

  1. Explore the Core
  2. Educator Resources
  3. Parents and Community
  4. Iowa Core Spotlight

I am super excited about this new user friendly website as it will offer many useful things for educators. Here are just a few things to look for:

         *Scope and sequence charts to help organize standards for each grade level

         *Resource links to instructional materials

         *Guidance and support resources for educators

As always, please let me know if you need any assistance in completing your Iowa Core C-Plan. You can email or call me anytime!

I will be working with Dee Gethmann and Kimberly Villotti from the Department of Education again this year reading all of your Iowa Core C-Plans.

Here’s to a fabulous school year!

Jody Still Herbold
jherbold@nwaea.org
712-222-6213

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