Op Ed: It’s Time for a Real Debate on Iowa’s Educational Future

A Better Iowa: It’s Time for a Real Debate on Iowa’s Educational Future Everyone can agree that education in Iowa is important. Whether is it pre-school, elementary, middle, high school¬†or college; education is the key to strong communities and strong long-term economic growth. Therein ends the agreement from the General Assembly. How we get there […]

Clarinda Education

News: Virtual welding sparks interest of students

Clarinda Herald: Virtual welding sparks interest of students Excerpt In response to the demand from several area manufacturers, Clarinda High School has started a new program to teach students the fundamentals of a highly sought after skill. Utilizing advancements in technology, Clarinda students are being introduced to welding through the use of virtual reality. Commentary […]


News: Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000?

NPR: Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000? Excerpt But their real-life counterparts aren’t getting rich, either. The average pay for a teacher in the United States? About $56,000, usually higher in urban districts, lower in rural ones. Add the fact that salaries fell in recent years, and it’s probably no surprise that more teachers […]

Perry High School

The Status of Iowa Schools and Students

The Des Moines Register has asked a really good (and fair) question: How do Iowa students today compare with those 20 years ago? Their story Iowa schools: Are they better or worse off? details the changes in funding, costs, and success of Iowa schools and students. A few numbers stood out to me: Fourth-grade reading […]

Education Classroom

Video: Changing Education Paradigms

Education, in every state, is an annual debate on funding and accountability. But we should also be debating the style and structure of education itself. This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. It […]