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Branstad, Reynolds announce upcoming Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:35

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at their weekly news conference today announced that they will host the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit this fall, and encouraged all Iowans to engage on the important issue of bullying prevention.

The summit will be held on Nov. 27, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, and will feature a number of speakers from Iowa communities who will present their strategies at the summit. Also featured will be state and national experts about how to combat bullying, both offline and online.

Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of Sioux City Schools, joined Branstad and Reynolds at the news conference. He will talk about community involvement and efforts his community has taken to combat bullying.

The luncheon speaker will be Rosalind Wiseman, whose book became the basis of the movie, “Mean Girls.”

Registration will begin in September, and further details will be announced as that date gets closer.

“We believe we can, and we must, do more to stand up against bullying in Iowa,” said Branstad. “Iowans have a well-deserved reputation for neighborliness. Let’s leverage that tradition to put an end to bullying because all children deserve to feel safe at school.”

In the most recent Iowa Youth Survey of students in grades six, eight and 11, half of those surveyed reported being bullied in some way, and most youngsters witness the bullying of their peers sooner or later.

“Some people may ask, ‘Why is so much attention being paid to the issue of bullying now?’” said Reynolds. “Awareness is growing that what used to be excused as ‘kids being kids’ is more harmful than previously realized. Additionally, with the added threats from cyber-bullying, we can no longer discount bullying as a normal phase of childhood, or hope someone else will deal with the problem.”

The summit will be paid for with funding from the Iowa Department of Education, registration fees ($30 for adults older than age 22 and $20 for students) and generous support from the private sector.

For more information go to: https://preventbullying.iowa.gov.

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UNI President Allen's retirement announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:21
Friday, August 3, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley issued the following comment regarding UNI President Benjamin Allen’s announcement that he will retire by July 2013.

“I was sorry to hear of President Allen’s retirement but I’m glad to celebrate his accomplishments.  He’s an intelligent, upstanding person who’s been dedicated to Iowa, higher education, and science.  The University of Northern Iowa is the smallest of the three state schools, but its reputation has grown and continues to grow, thanks to the leadership of President Allen.”

 
Braley Statement on Ben Allen's Retirement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:06

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after reports that UNI President Ben Allen has announced his retirement:

“I want to congratulate Ben Allen on his retirement.  I have a great deal of respect for the work Ben did at UNI and the sacrifices he’s made.  Throughout all the difficult challenges he faced, I always respected Ben’s love for the University and his contributions to higher education at both UNI and Iowa State.”

 

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Ali Sareini Graduates from Lawrence Technological University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Debbie Faes   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:16

SOUTHFIELD, MI (08/02/2012)(readMedia)-- Ali Sareini from Davenport, IA graduated Saturday, May 12th at Lawrence Technological University's 80th Commencement Exercises. Ceremonies were held at Ultimate Soccer Arenas at 1 p.m. Lawrence Tech's class of 2012 included some 900 graduates. About 5,000 students, their families and guests attended the event.

Sareini was awarded a Master of Engineering Management.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, was founded in 1932. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation's upper third of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, "theory and practice" education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

 
Details of Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium are announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:49

(DES MOINES) – The governor’s office today announced more details of Friday’s Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium.

The sold-out Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium will be live streamed by JDL Horizons. JDL Horizons, using its flagship Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium events in cooperation with the governor’s office and the Iowa Department of Education. eSchool Media will accept the stream and deliver the roundtable events to a national audience of nearly 1 million K-12 educators throughout North America and around the world. Individuals interested in watching coverage of the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium should visit https://educateiowa.eduvision.tv/.

The Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium will launch a statewide conversation about why stronger shared school leadership matters, and what is the right approach to adopt in Iowa. Given higher academic expectations for students in today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s not reasonable to expect principals to provide all the instructional leadership required to significantly raise achievement. Tapping the talents of outstanding teachers who are interested in new leadership roles makes sense.

A preliminary schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

9 a.m. Welcome – David Maxwell, President of Drake University

9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

9:15 a.m. “Better Than We Used to Do Is Not Good Enough” – Mark Tucker, President of the National Center on Education and the Economy

10:30 a.m. “Leadership Lessons From Around the Globe” – Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society

11:30 a.m.   TAP Panel

Noon Break for lunch

1 p.m. Des Moines Panel

1:30 p.m. Cedar Rapids Panel

2 p.m. The Toledo Plan Panel

2:45 p.m. “The Future of Teacher and Principal Leadership”

3:30 p.m. “Looking Forward” – Brad Jupp, Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

4:30 p.m. Final Remarks – Jason Glass, Director of the Iowa Department of Education

Click here for a detailed schedule of events.

In May, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Education Director Jason Glass to announce they would host the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Friday, Aug. 3, at Drake University in Des Moines.

To learn more about the symposium, go to: https://educationleadership.iowa.gov/

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NIC Inc. is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. Our popular self-funded solution allows government to put in-demand services online without using taxpayer funds. The NIC family of companies currently provides cost-effective eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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