Teacher collaboration improving outcomes for students

The Dallas Center-Grimes Community school district in Iowa is making strides in reaching important district and building goals by having collaborative teams of teachers learn together about how to conduct formative assessments of student learning. The entire district leadership and teaching force is focused on this effort and four years…

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Silos

Silos

At my in-law’s annual reunions of the offspring of Danish immigrants who settled in northern Iowa, one can learn a lot about life by listening to the stories about farming. Last year, I heard a retired farmer reminisce about the time he loaded the grain silo on Thorvold’s farm with…

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May 2013 Cultural Heritage Recognition

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage month. We were in the midst of our customary recognition of cultural heritage months, which we hold every month, when we ran into a wrinkle that we just couldn’t smooth out on our own and we’d like…

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May 7, 2013 Teacher Appreciation Day

May 7, 2013 Teacher Appreciation Day

In recognition of the day, some of us at West Wind want to share about teachers from our K-12 years who we remember and appreciate. BY DEB HANSEN—I have been thinking lately about my High School German teacher, Frau (Mrs.) Chua. At the time I thought she was very strict,…

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The Burden

The Burden

Last weekend I was reminded of the care and caution needed with raising young Black men. My sons have been involved with a local Boy Scout troop for the last five years.  My eldest joined the scout troop at the beginning of sixth grade and my younger two sons followed…

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