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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 10) March 16, 2007

Bill Status With the passing of the first funnel date this past week many bills became ineligible for debate in their present form. At the end of the narrative portion of this report you will find a status report of bills still alive for debate. Following that section are bills...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 9) March 8, 2007

Teacher Quality The Iowa Senate this week passed the teacher quality legislation. The bill SF 277, as passed by the Senate increases the funding for the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality Program by $70.0 million in 2007-08 and $75.0 million in 2008-09. The net effect of the additional appropriation is...
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Just The Facts

Question and answers for Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency employees. Have additional questions? Contact: jtfacts@aea9.k12.ia.us Question: How is the current position as a building "generalist" different from the new position of "Service Facilitator?" Why the proposed increase in salary for the "Service Facilitator?" Answer:The Service Facilitator will be responsible for...
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Attention National Board Certification hopefuls!!

The state of Iowa has appropriated money to help fund mentoring, FREE OF CHARGE for any teacher in the state of Iowa who wishes to seek National Board Certification. The AEA 9 has been training two teachers as mentors for the program. Chris Like and Greg Bouljon of Bettendorf are...
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Instructional Decision Making (IDM) information and video

The Instructional Decision Making (IDM) process focuses on instruction by using data regarding students’ responses to past instruction to guide future educational decisions. This process is based on the proactive concept of early assistance and matches the amount of resources to the nature of the students’ needs. The Iowa Department...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 8) February 28, 2007

Due to the fact that it has been a slow week thus far, also that the legislature is anticipating adjourning earlier than usual because of the threat of bad weather and because my computer needs some work, I am sending out the update this week early to bring you up...
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Little Moments - Big Magic!

My Mentor @ School is developed by Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton, Muscatine and the Quad Cities with funding from the United States Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. The purpose of My Mentor @ School is...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 7) February 23, 2007

Teacher Quality The Senate Education committee passed the Teacher Quality Bill this past week. This legislation, which will provide an additional $70 in teacher salaries, is one Governor Culvers’ priorities for the session. It is intended that it will begin the process of moving the average teacher salaries in Iowa...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 6) February 16, 2007

Growth Factor to Governor The Iowa House this week passed 99-0, a four percent school growth factor for the 2008-09 school year. The bill had passed the Senate the previous week. An amendment to raise the growth to 6% was ruled not germane during the debate. Majority Democrats said that...
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Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction, also know as differentiation, is responsive teaching rather than one-size-fits-all teaching. By differentiating we are meeting the students where they are, not where we wish them to be. “Differentiation is classroom practice that looks eyeball to eyeball with the reality that kids differ, and the most effective teachers...
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