Tuesday, July 27, 2010

18 States & D.C. Named Race to Top Round 2 Finalists

By Michele McNeil on July 27, 2010 12:20 PM | 10 Comments | 1 TrackBack

Education Secretary Arne Duncan picked 19 finalists, including Hawaii and Arizona as surprise picks, to compete in the interview portion of the Race to the Top Round Two competition. That means each state will assemble a group of five people to come to Washington the week of August 9 to make their final, last-ditch pitches for a portion of the $3.4 billion in federal money still left in the pot.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

LCEA's NEA Yearlong Member Benefits Plan—JULY—Building a Blueprint for Success

Register to use the NEA Member Benefits website  If you haven't been on the site since August 14, 2009, you will need to re-register to re-access the site.  You can also retrieve lost usernames and passwords here too.


The exclusive services and programs of NEA Member Benefits (NEA MB) are some of our most powerful tools for recruiting and retaining members. By educating members about NEA MB programs we’ll help them save time and money while enjoying the added value of Association membership.

Works for Me: Tips for Teachers by Teachers--Making Math Fun July 14, 2010

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Tips!Three Dimensional Math Project
From Ben James, a math teacher:

“After my geometry class completes surface area and volume lessons, I give them eight sheets of construction paper and they construct a 3D person. They complete three categories: maximized surface area, maximized volume, and creativity. The kids really enjoy being their own boss in completing this project, and it does get quite competitive. I also take this opportunity to be the one time per year that a math class puts something in the display case!”

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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Letter from Senator Harkin Concerning Education in Iowa

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Iowa education budget. This is an important issue and I'm always glad to hear your thoughts.

In the wake of a serious recession, schools in Iowa and across the country face a crushing budget shortfall in the approaching school year. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been successful in sustaining more than 6,000 education jobs in Iowa, school systems across the board are on the edge of a "funding cliff" as these funds expire. Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicts that school systems nationwide could eliminate as many as 300,000 education jobs, from teachers and librarians, to bus drivers and support staff.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ISEA Recommendes Governor Culver for Re-Election

 LCEA Members Join Educators from around the State t0 Recommend Political Candidates(originally posted 6/17/2010)

Democracy in action best represents the extensive process that the ISEA uses to recommend candidates--including Chet Culver for Re-Election as Governor.

All of ISEA's recommendations are based on answers the candidates give to interview questions that deal with a wide range of questions focusing on our students, our schools and our members in pre-K through higher education.