Iowa Ideas 2022

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Practices and dynamics of the classic learning environment with the realities of future learning.

    Access to Mental Health Resources

    Across k12 and colleges/universities, Iowa has seen a significant increase in the demand for mental health resources. How are administration offices handling demand and associated expense?

    Moderated by Vanessa Miller

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 9:15AM

    • Okpara Rice

    • Barry Schreier

    • Alissa Doobay


    DEI: Cultural Proficiency & Inclusivity

    From curriculum to censorship issues, educators are in a state of uncertainty with what's allowed and not allowed in the classroom. Who is keeping these issues top of mind and how are our systems ensuring accountability?

    Moderated by Erin Murphy

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 2:10PM

    • Monic Behnken

    • Ken Morris

    • Nathan Wear


    Factors of Enrollment in Liberal Arts Colleges

    Is the public opinion of higher education changing? A look at existing conditions that may impact the traditional college experience.

    Moderated by Vanessa Miller

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 3:15PM

    • Douglas Shapiro

    • Cornelia Lang

    • Jennifer Rathje

    • Jonathan Brand


    The Big Idea: A Look at Classroom Structures

    A review of traditional and innovative structures in physical space and curriculum in k12 learning.

    Moderated by Trace Pickering

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 4:20PM

    • Dan Devore

    • Laura Williams

    • Vicki Hyland


    DEI: Changing Demographics in Students

    How can the unique perspective of every student impact the overall educational experience? A look at socioeconomic, trans, non-English speaking, behavioral and more.

    Moderated by Vanessa Miller

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 10:10AM

    • Laurie Phelan

    • Dr. Mary Grinstead

    • Roy Salcedo

    • Becky Smith


    Practical Coding & Tech in the Classroom

    How has the evolution of computer science as a required part of curriculum impacted the classroom and students within? How have Iowa educators embraced what was once an innovative add-on to the expected skill sets ahead?

    Moderated by Samantha Dahlby

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 11:15AM

    • Sean Roberts

    • Corey Rogers

    • Kate Moreland

Education Articles

  • As the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum in Cedar Rapids during the summer of 2020, two Kennedy High School students made demands to the school board — including asking for the removal of school resource officers from schools. Almost a year later, district officials in Cedar Rapids schools presented data to the school board from the Io...
  • With the pandemic raging in August 2020 and the hope of vaccines seemingly still far off, Iowa colleges and universities welcomed students, faculty and staff back to campus — sort of. The 2020-21 academic year bore little resemblance to the college experience of yore — the one children and then teenagers dream of as they work their way through h...
  • Bridget Castelluccio spent a year teaching 33 fourth-graders remotely during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Castelluccio — known as Mrs. C by her students — said she volunteered to teach virtually because of her “extensive” background in technology.
  • The higher education term “summer melt” is used to describe a phenomenon of high school seniors intending to go to college who don’t actually enroll in the fall. But “COVID-19 melt” could be this year’s turn of phrase after thousands of students who did show up for classes last fall left midstream after finding themselves in a pandemic-plagued c...
  • IOWA CITY - An ACT Scholar program enabled Eduardo Munoz to be the first in his family to go to college, graduating from Kirkwood Community College for an associate degree and continuing to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to study mechanical engineering. Munoz was born in Mexico City, migrating to the U.S. with his parents in 2003. W...
  • David M. Kennedy is the Executive Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen rela...
  • The achievement gap in education is the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. In Iowa, that's students with economic hardship, individualized education plans (IEPs), English as Second Language and Black and Hispanic students. How can we close those gaps? How big of an impact is COVID having? What efforts hold the most pro...
  • Speaker: Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD / Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School / Co-founder, Tripod Education Partners / Faculty Associate, Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy/ Founder, The Basics, Inc. Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson is an MIT-trained economist whose teaching, research, and...
  • With in-person learning challenged in ways like never before, what adjustments need to be made to make sure all students have an opportunity to learn when the system must pivot like never before. We'll talk about some of the lessons tried, learned, or failed and what policy changes may be necessary going forward. Panelists included: Ann Lebo, Di...
  • The COVID pandemic has inserted significant uncertainty in Iowa's higher education system, threatening the delivery of learning, enrollment and finances at the same time. What permanent change needs to be enacted? What long-term adjustments will Iowa need to make for the health of colleges and universities? Panelists: Jonathan Brand, President, ...

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