Iowa Core Curriculum
Area Schools Preparing for Implementation of Iowa Core Curriculum
Schools in Great Prairie AEA recently attended the fourth of six sessions this year to learn about the Iowa Core Curriculum and prepare for its implementation. The Iowa Core Curriculum contains concepts and skills that must be taught to all students in any accredited public or nonpublic school. The Iowa Legislature has passed this legislation in an effort to ensure that students across the state have access to a guaranteed and viable curriculum. High schools need to have an implementation plan in place by July 1, 2010. The remaining study sessions this year will help area districts understand the process of creating local implementation plans.
There are five core areas addressed in the Iowa Core: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and 21st Century skills. 21st Century skills include the areas of employability, financial literacy, health, and technology. Each of these core areas has essential concepts and skills outlined for primary elementary grades, intermediate elementary grades, middle school level, and high school level. Educators will be spending a tremendous amount of time examining their curriculum, instruction, and assessments to ensure that there is alignment with the Iowa Core Curriculum requirements.
The trainers at the AEA stress that Iowa Core is not a task to get done. It is an approach to teaching and learning that requires continuous evaluation and adjustment. The implementation of the Iowa Core is the starting point of a continuous improvement cycle that schools have already been working toward with their Comprehensive School Improvement Plans and the Iowa Professional Development Model. The public will continue to hear a lot about the Iowa Core in the coming months and years and will have opportunities to get involved with improvement efforts at area schools. If you have questions about the Iowa Core, please contact an area school administrator, district leadership team member, or AEA consultant.
Art Sathoff, Fremont Superintendent/Pekin Secondary Principal