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Myra Hall
Iowa Core Lead

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Iowa Department of Education State Level Information

 

The Iowa Core Journey from Initiation to Full Implementation

State of Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System

 

Iowa Competency-Based Education (CBE) Collaborative

 

Iowa Core website

 

Standards-Based Education

 

Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products/Plans (EQuIP)

 

Early Literacy Implementation (ELI)

 

GWAEA Science Team

 

GWAEA Math Team: Iowa Core Mathematics

 

GWAEA Iowa Core Social Studies

 

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

 

Content Area Resources, Iowa Department of Education Iowa Core

 

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IOWA CORE - June 2015

Full implementation is accomplished when the district or school is able to provide evidence that an ongoing process is in place to ensure that each and every student is learning the essential concepts and skills of the Iowa Core. A school that has fully implemented the Iowa Core is engaged in an ongoing process of data gathering and analysis, decision making, identifying actions, and assessing impact around alignment and professional development focused on content, instruction, and assessment. The school is fully engaged in a continuous improvement process that specifically targets improved student learning and performance.  
(Iowa Core Implementation Handbook, https://www.educateiowa.gov/iowacore)

 

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Director Brad Buck expresses his full support for the Iowa Core and our state’s ongoing work...

Dr. Brad Buck, Iowa Department of Education

The path to continuous improvement.

 

The Iowa Core Journey from Initiation to Full Implementation

 

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As the 2014-2015 school year closes, we continue in our individual, system, and state-level efforts to ensure that all Iowa children:

  • Experience success in school.

  • Receive a world-class education.

  • Exit our school systems ready for life.

It seems appropriate to capture highlights of the Iowa Core "journey" from proposal to implementation and now, to sustaining.  


Iowa Core Timeline

Actions/Events

Iowa Core Effort aligned with Implementation Process Steps

2005-2006

In 2005 the state legislature passed Senate File 245, which required the Department of Education to develop a set of expectations for high school students. The Department convened work teams to identify the essential concepts and skills in the content areas of Literacy, Mathematics and Science.  Model Core Curriculum for Iowa High Schools


2007-2008

Senate File 599  extended the essential concepts and skills in the content areas of Literacy, Mathematics and Science work to include kindergarten through eighth grade and added the content areas of social studies and 21st Century skills. (April 2008 Iowa Core Curriculum Report to the State Board (2008-04-04))


2008-2009



Leadership

In 2008, Senate File 2216 signed  into law, which required full implementation of the Iowa Core by all public and accredited nonpublic schools.


State-wide learning supported leadership team development.

A series of half-day learning sessions provided by the Iowa Department of Education were held across the Iowa AEAs  to learn about Iowa Core Outcomes and resources and begin development of Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC) implementation plans.

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2009-2010




Iowa Core Teams and Implementation Plans

Self Study and Implementation Plan· leadership team as they complete the consensus ratings.

  

List actions needed to get to the next level on the rubric and then prioritize them.


All Iowa high schools (public and accredited non-public) were required to have implementation plans in place by July 1, 2010


initial Iowa Core Implementation Plans were to address all 6 outcomes (Leadership, School Improvement, Community Connections, Curriculum Alignment, Professional Development, Instruction and Assessment)


GWAEA 10 Iowa Core Leadership Series

10/1/09, 11/9/09, 1/28/10, 4/21/10, 6/10/10

Evening Speakers following Leadership Sessions

Yong Zhao, Fred Bramante, Scott McLeod, Margaret Heritage


Google Site

           Digital versions of documents

           PowerPoint presentations with talking points and documents


 

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2010-2011



Professional Development Focused on:

Leadership Teams

Collaborative Learning Teams

Curriculum/Content (Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills)

Instruction (Characteristics of Effective Instruction)

Assessment (Assessment for Learning)

Curriculum Alignment (Opportunities to Learn)


Iowa Core Implementation Self Studies helped schools to monitor implementation progress and determine next steps.


Iowa State Board of Education adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics on July 29, 2010.

CCSS replaced the literacy and mathematics sections of the Iowa Core, and additional Iowa items were adopted by the State Board


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2011-2012

Iowa Core online resources available through the Iowa Core Moodle

Myriad resources developed and made available:  characteristics of effective instruction

Instructional Coaching

Assessment for Learning


Iowa Core Investigations for ELA and Mathematics

Full implementation of Iowa Core to occur in  High Schools by July 1, 2012

K-8 initial  plans were required by July 1, 2012

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2012-2013

Iowa Core Leadership

Iowa Core Mathematics and English Language Arts Investigations

and Deeper Investigations


State-level Assessment Considerations: SmarterBalanced Assessment Development and Pilots



Iowa Core Implementation Plan elements were merged into the state’s Consolidated Plan (C Plan) that includes:

  • CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plan)

  • DDSDP (District Developed Special Education Delivery Plan)

  • APR (Annual Progress Report)

  • SINA/DINA (School In Need of Assistance/District In Need of Assistance)

  • Lau Plan (English Language Learner) First year that Iowa required the Lau Plan as part of C-Plan

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2013-2014

GWAEA Leadership for Continuous Improvement Year 1

Learning Strands:

  • Competency Based Education (CBE)

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

  • Standards and Assessment


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School improvement focus on leadership, learning, action planning, and implementation monitoring.


State of Iowa

  • Iowa’s Collaborating for Kids (C4K)

  • Early Literacy Implementation (ELI) Phase 1

  • Iowa Core Essential Elements for students with significant disabilities



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2014-2015

GWAEA Leadership for Continuous Improvement Year 2

Learning Strands:

  • Competency Based Education (CBE) with Tammy Heflebower, Marzano Research Lab

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)with Kelly Johnson and Doug Fisher, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development(ASCD)

  • Standards and Assessment with Sarah Schuhl, Solution Tree


Continued focus on leadership, learning, action planning, and implementation monitoring


State of Iowa

Early Literacy Implementation(ELI) All requirements in effect immediately and implementation expected by August 1, 2014


Full implementation of Iowa Core Deadline:  2014-2015 School Year


State level work regarding state-level assessment continues.


State launches new and improved comprehensive Iowa Core Website with practical tools and resources to support  implementation of the Iowa Core

www.iowacore.gov

next steps

 

June 2015

Iowa Core Questions and Elements will no longer be required as a separate part of Consolidated Plan (C-Plan)



sustainability

2015 and forward

Full implementation is accomplished when the district or school is able to provide evidence that an ongoing process is in place to ensure that each and every student is learning the standards of the Iowa Core. A school that has fully implemented the Iowa Core is engaged in an ongoing process of data gathering and analysis, decision making, identifying actions, and assessing impact around alignment and professional development focused on content, instruction, and assessment. The school is fully engaged in a continuous improvement process that specifically targets improved student learning and performance.


adapted from Iowa Core Self Study Handbook


GWAEA Leadership for Continuous Improvement Year 3, 2015-2016


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Reference: C4K PowerPoint presented 2013 by Brad Niebling, Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Standards and Curriculum.

 

State of Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System

Year 1 TLC grant recipients are implementing their TLC plans and making plans for continued development of this significant school improvement opportunity.

 

Grant Wood AEA (GWAEA) provides system-level, team, and individual supports professional development and continuous improvement plans as staff members in TLC roles become the driving force behind professional development and school improvement efforts in their districts.


As part of the grant application process, all TLC Grant recipients have well developed plans in place. Supporting with implementation for the learning they’ve assigned. Implementing the actions and realizing the improvements in teaching and learning. GWAEA is offering and developing appropriate resources to support the systemic continuous school improvement processes afforded through the teacher leadership innovations.

 

Professional development and learning offerings will be communicated as appropriate through Agency communication channels and staff.

 

James Pedersen continues to provide support and guidance as AEA 10 systems implement the TLC plans.

 

 

Iowa Competency-Based Education (CBE) Collaborative

Competency-based Education (CBE): Pathways to College, Career, and Life Ready Graduates       

Iowa Department of Education PK-12 Competency-based Pathways Guidelines:                         

Iowa Department of Education CBE Contact:  Sandra Dop, 515-281-0127, sandra.dop@iowa.gov


Iowa Core Website

In the fall of 2014, the Iowa Department of Education made available a new website: iowacore.gov organized by Standards, Educators, Parents and Community.

 

Iowacore.gov provides educators with access to “concrete resources” that support professional learning and full implementation of Iowa Core.   

IowaLearns and Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC) are also accessible through iowacore.gov.

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IowaLearns.org is a searchable repository of resources for Iowa educators. Developed for Iowans, by Iowans, IowaLearns.org includes classroom resources and materials to help educators implement the Iowa Core. Also linked to the Iowa Core website is Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC) which is “Building Iowa's Home for Literacy.”


Feel free to contact Myra Hall  or Lynn Tiemann, AEA 10 Iowa Core Network Team Members or
Deanna Weber in the GWAEA Media Center with questions.

 


Standards-Based Education (SBE)

The Iowa Department of Education is developing and will make available Standards Based Education Professional Development Modules using information from effective standards based education systems. Standards-based approach to teaching and learning and full implementation of the Iowa Core.

 

The Iowa Department of Education’s resources will support current Standards Based Grading efforts and available resources.

 

If you have questions, feel free to contact Myra Hall, GWAEA Iowa Core lead.

 

Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products/Plans (EQuIP)

Achieve the Core provides a myriad resources for educators. Of particular interest are the EQuIP Quality Review Rubrics for ELA and Mathematics.

These tools support educators’ review of instructional materials for quality and alignment  to the Common Core (Iowa Core) standards, pedagogical and cognitive complexity “shifts,” learning supports, and assessment. Quality vetting process that Iowa is using for resource review.

 

Contact Grant Wood AEA Iowa Core Network Lead Myra Hall with questions and requests for support with these resources.

 


Early Literacy Implementation (ELI)

Summer Training dates for schools new to FAST and IGDIs can be found on the ELI site. https://www.educateiowa.gov/early-literacy-implementation

 

GWAEA Science Team:

The Iowa State BOE is reviewing the work group’s recommendation to adopt modified Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The statewide Science Leadership Team developed an introductory module for Professional Learning related to NGSS and planned further module development.  Meanwhile, Grant Wood AEA science consultants continue to work with districts on implementation of Iowa Core Science and Characteristics of Effective Instruction. Information is available by contacting any GWAEA Scienceconsultant.

 

GWAEA Math Team:  Iowa Core Mathematics  

Keith Stamp, Administrative Link to GWAEA Math Consultant Team

The State of Iowa Math Leadership Team continues development of materials to support professional development of teachers as they transition to the Iowa Core.


In July and August of 201, two 3-day workshops for elementary teachers will be held at Grant Wood AEA.  Developing Essential Understandings-Elementary-Part 1 on July 21-23 and Developing Essential Understandings-Elementary-Part-2 on August 4-6.  Part 1 has been offered previously and explores addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and rational number.  Part 2 will explore geometry, measurement, and fractional relationships.  Also on July 28-30 of 2015 a workshop entitled Instructional Strategies for K-8 Math Teachers will be offered.  In the fall of 2015 Statistics and Probability from the HS Iowa Core will be offered on September 15, October 13 and November 12 and Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Reasoning from the MS Iowa Core will be offered September 17, October 20 and November 19.  In the spring of 2016 Statistics and Probability from the MS Iowa Core will be offered February 23, March 31 and April 28.  All of these workshops explore content from the Iowa Core  with which teachers of these topics should be confident.  More content workshops are being discussed.  Information is available through Professional Development at Grant Wood AEA http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/profdev/index.html or by contacting any Grant Wood AEA mathematics consultant.



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GWAEA Iowa Core Social Studies

Chad Blanchard, GWAEA Social Studies Contact and Member of State Social Studies Team

The Statewide Social Studies Leadership Team has developed and began implementing the Building Literacy in 7-12 Social Studies (Year 1) learning modules over the past few months.  Kim Heckart and I will be providing this training at Grant Wood on June 16th and 17th.  If you are a secondary social studies teacher who is interested in this professional learning opportunity please register through the Grant Wood PD Office.  Through this professional development opportunity 7-12 social studies teachers will learn about the ELA Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies within the Iowa Core.  In addition, time will be spent on an overview of the six instructional shifts needed to fully implement the Iowa Core.


As a way to increase communication between the DE, AEAs, and LEAs in the field of social studies a monthly “Social Studies Update” is created by Stephanie Wager, Dept. of Education Social Studies Consultant. You can access this monthly update by visiting this link.  https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/content-areas/social-studies. The monthly updates are located toward the bottom of this webpage.

 

Leadership for Continuous Improvement

Grant Wood AEA is mid-year in its second offering of Leadership for Continuous Improvement (LCI).
 The outcomes are:

1. Integrate new content learning into building/district PD plans.

2. Develop and action plans to improve student achievement and implementation of the Iowa Core.

3. Implement and monitor progress of full implementation of action plan.

4. Use data/evidence based decision making model to evaluate and monitor implementation of district learning that supports the Iowa Core.

5. Communicate success and challenges to all stakeholders.

 

LCI provides leadership learning with particular focus on current initiatives in education: Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Competency-Based Education, and Standards and Assessment.

 

Various metrics, including stakeholder input, cause and effect data will inform decisions and plans for Leadership for Continuous Improvement (LCI) professional development to be offered in 2015-2016. Updates will be provided through GWAEA communication channels including regional administrators, school improvement, and content team members.


Content Area Resources, Iowa Department of Education Iowa Core

 

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