PBS documentary to highlight importance of school principals

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 4, 2009)—Ask a person on the street what a principal does, and they’re going to respond with what they witnessed when they were in school. "The Principal Story," a new PBS documentary, will air Sept. 15 at 9:30 p.m. as schools are into the year full...
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River of Words contest explores nature and culture

Every year, River of Words® (ROW) conducts an international environmental poetry and art competition for youth aged five to 19 in grades K-12, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book. This free contest is designed to help youth explore the natural environment and cultural history of...
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ITEC annual conference to feature Daniel Pink

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 4, 2009)—The Iowa Technology Education Connection (ITEC) will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 11-13 in Coralville at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 12 will be Daniel Pink, author and former political speech writer. Tuesday's keynote speaker will be...
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New Teachers' Handbook outlines media and technology resources

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 1, 2009)—Teachers who want to supplement their curriculum with technology or media resources have partners ready to assist at Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA). The 2009-10 Media & Technology Teachers' Handbook was recently placed on the Northwest AEA Web site for teachers to access. It can...
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Message from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

A message from the U.S. Department of Education to school principals: In a recent interview with student reporter <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP-695ATg-c> , Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 – the first day of school for many children across America – he will deliver a national address directly to students...
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Parent involvement is the key to academic success

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Aug. 26, 2009)—More and more, studies are showing that when parents are involved in their children’s education, academic achievement goes up. Still, given the pace of today’s busy family life, how can parents get and stay involved? Here are some basic ideas for supporting your older child’s...
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Rockwell Collins science and technology grant application due Aug. 31

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Aug. 25, 2009)—Rockwell Collins is offering grant monies to help districts across the state get involved with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO Leagues and FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Both programs have been shown to help increase students’ interests in science and mathematics....
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Iowa SAT scores top in the nation

From the Iowa Department of Education: DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa students continue to perform well on the SAT, the college entrance exam administered by the College Board. With three percent of 2009 graduating seniors taking the exam, the SAT is less predominant in Iowa than the ACT test. Iowa...
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Student support services offers "Coping with Grief and Loss" online

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Aug. 24, 2009)—Northwest AEA's Student Support Services team has recently updated the "Coping with Grief and Loss" guide for principals, counselors and teachers. In the revised book, school personnel can follow steps for creating a plan in the event of a tragedy. It also outlines roles and...
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