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New Iowa Science Standards-Professional Development in MBAEA

October 14, 2015

The new Iowa Science Standards were adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education on August 6, 2015.  An implementation timeline was recently released by the Iowa Department of Education and can be found below.

Implementation Timeline:

2015-2016 Exploration, Awareness, and Statewide Capacity Building

2016-2017 Classroom Transitions, Shifts, and Practices

2017-2018 Leveraging Materials, Resources, and Expertise

2018-2019 Full K-12 Implementation* (at least one middle school grade)

During each year of the implementation process professional learning will be made available to support the transition to the new standards.  Districts are encouraged to send a Science Standards Implementation Team, consisting of teachers (grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12), teacher leaders and coaches, and an administrator to this learning, at a minimum.  

During the 2015-2016 school year the following professional development options will be available at the Mississippi Bend AEA.  These are repeat sessions and the professional development materials will be shared with participants so the learning can be replicated in each district depending on the availability of professional development time.  Registration information can be found at the following link,

Option 1

  • Location: MBAEA-Bettendorf Learning Center
  • Dates: December 3, 4, and 8
  • 3 days (2 days of learning, 1 day of planning)  Day 3 is required if taking for relicensure credit.

Option 2 (Blended Learning Format)

  • Online/Remote Learning: 6 hours of learning between Feb. 1-22.
  • Bettendorf Learning Center: Feb. 25th
  • Online/Remote Learning: 3 hours of planning time between Feb. 26-March 11
  • Instructor will provide support to participants for the online portion through zoom, email, phone, and/or in person during the online portions of the course.  

Option 3

  • Location: MBAEA-Bettendorf Learning Center
  • Dates: June 6, 7, 8
  • 3 days (2 days of learning, 1 day of planning) Day 3 is required if taking for relicensure credit.

This is an exciting time in science education in Iowa and I look forward to working with you throughout the implementation process.  Please contact me if you have any questions about the implementation timeline, professional development opportunities, and the new Iowa Science Standards.

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