The Iowa CBE Collaborative included 100 school district personnel, 14 Area Education Agency personnel, and 16 institutions of higher education personnel. We have been working through 2013-14 to deepen our understanding of what it means to be competency-based. As you know the team includes three professors from the UNI: Rick Knivsland, Amy Petersen, and Nadene Davidson.
It is very important to us that we make connections from preschool to college and career. Two of our work teams are investigating transitions to higher education and what educators will need to know and be able to do to be successful in these environments.
The Collaborative was required by HF 215, which requires a five-year process toward demonstration sites and a statewide framework or toolkit for others making this transformation. However, we have made it a top priority to share the learning of the Collaborative in as many ways as possible so others do not have to wait to begin this work.
To that end, we have partnered with IA-ASCD to develop a CBE conference this summer. The conference will provide opportunities or professors and administrators of our institutions of higher education to connect to the process.
Please discriminate the attached invitation to anyone at your university who might be interested in learning more about competency-based education in Iowa. Please include the provost and administration office as well as colleges outside of educator prep.
Thank you for your help in this matter, and I hope you will consider joining us at the conference.
The 2014 Distinguished Service Award
The 2014 IACTE Distinguished Service Award recipient is Robin White of Grandview University. Dr. White has been department chair of education at Grandview. She has provided great leadership for the program at Grandview and has served IACTE as secretary for the Executive Board for a number of years. She also organized wonderful support for the IACTE Day at the Capital including lodging in Grandview dorms for students coming from afar as well as developing materials to share with legislators. Robin has also participated in the current Chapter 79 revision work being completed with the Iowa Department of Education. Robin has truly exemplified passion, practice, commitment, and caring in all aspects of her work as a teacher educator. We will miss her when she leaves the state to retire in West Virginia.
The IRRC is pleased with the number of institutions that have agreed to send faculty members to the Early Warning System training for IHEs. We now have additional information on dates and are asking everyone who received the original survey to respond to this email and the attached spreadsheet in lieu of the previous survey. The additional details are below: