IACTE 2016 Spring Conference


When:    Thursday, March 31 & Friday, April 1, 2016

Registration begins onsite at 12:30 pm on Thursday, March 31, with the opening general session beginning at 1:00 pm.



Where:   Iowa State University

ISU Alumni Center

420 Beach Ave.

Ames, IA 50011-1430

(in the Iowa State Center complex between C.Y. Stephens Auditorium and Jack Trice Stadium)

IACTE Spring Conference Agenda 2016

IACTE Spring 2016 Conference Registration Form

Lodging: Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

2100 Green Hills Drive

Ames, IA 50014

800-FOR-AMES or 800-367-2637

Room reservations must be made by Monday, March 14, 2016 in order to receive the IACTE group rate of $104 (+ tax) per night. When calling for reservation please identify your affiliation with IACTE – Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to receive preferred rates.



IACTE Message at Day at the Capitol

IACTE logo-smallIowa kids won’t get a world class education if schools have to raise class size, use old technology, and cut back literacy programs because of underfunding by the state.

~Rep. Patti Ruff of McGregor, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee


*All quotes are from the 2015 Iowa School Administration Survey, available here.



I. Iowa Teaching Candidates benefit from working with high-quality teachers with adequate resources to meet the needs of all students.  It is how we learn.


Kristyn Kell, Principal,BCLUW High School/BCLLUW:

In a small district like mine I am unable to recruit strong teachers when they are only teaching 3/4 time because we cannot afford a full time teacher.

Dewey Hupke, Principal.West Elementary, Independence:

With the limited allowable growth, our school district was forced to eliminate a classroom position. The position was a 3rd grade classroom. In 2017, the State of Iowa says all 3rd graders need to read at grade level.

This gets increasingly difficult when the budget of the district is severely limited by the lack of state funding!!

II.  In 2013-2014, over 2000 student teachers were in Iowa schools, working with high-quality educators across the state.
We rely on the partnership with our PK-12 districts in Iowa to best prepare teachers for the future. When funding is cut, teachers take on more duties and challenges with less time and fewer resources.  That makes it much harder to mentor someone new to the field.swmo

Lynn A. Baldus, 6-12 Principal, St. Ansgar Middle and High School:

We continue to have increased costs and see an increase in our students’ needs (both academically and economically). We do not want to cut staff or programs, but we will not have a choice if we do not see increased state support.

Lynne Wallace, MS/HS Principal, Mount Ayr MS/HS:

We now have middle school classes with 29 and 30 students in each class. Even the very best teachers have difficulty providing interventions or enrichment when that many students are in one class! Please visit our schools in Iowa to see the needy students that we are trying to serve each day in overcrowded classrooms!…

Preparing Iowa Teachers for the Future

338 school districts
Iowa’s K-12 student population=over 480,000

Iowa students eligible for free and reduced lunch=41%

* From 2014-15 Iowa Annual Condition of Education Report

In 2014, the top endorsement areas for new elementary education teachers were reading (816), special education (376), and early childhood education (264).  However, we need opportunities for students studying to be teachers to connect with other high-need areas.  For example, Iowa needs more new teachers to seek endorsements in math (125) and science (29).

College scholarships and grants help Iowa teachers seek excellent preparation for the classroom at our Regents institutions (UI, UNI, ISU) or at any of the 27 private, not-for-profit institutions in the state. Our students rely on the availability of these opportunities to maximize their education for teaching.

Iowa teaching candidates continue to pass the nationally normed test for licensing purposes, Praxis II, at a much higher rate than the national average.

Scores on the tests for pedagogy (teaching) are on average 13% above the national averages.

In 2013-2014, over 2250 teachers were prepared in Iowa licensing institutions (public and private colleges and universities)


For more information about teacher preparation programs in the state, contact the teaching/education department in your local district or contact:

IACTE President Susan Lagos-Lavenz, IACTE Past President Nadene Davidson, or IACTE President-elect Christy Wolfe.

IACTE Day at the Capitol

Senator Dotzler Representative Kressig and Nadene Davidson 2.9.16

Senator Dotzler, Representative Kressig, and IACTE Past-President Nadene Davidson

Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm and UIU 2.9.16

Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm and Upper Iowa University Students

The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) held its annual Day at the Iowa Capitol on February 9.

The Day at the Iowa Capitol allows students and faculties from the 32 preparation programs in Iowa  the opportunity to speak to legislators regarding issues in education.

The students and faculties  prepared talking points around issues like school funding, Iowa Tuition Grants, program requirements, and Board of Educational Examiners’ fees.

This event continues to be an excellent opportunity to witness democracy and advocacy in action as they observe such  activities as the Iowa Senate debate funding for K-12 schools.

Both professionals and future professionals let their voices be heard on important issues that will impact the education field in our state.


More Photos:

Senator Bill Doztler and UIU students 2.9.16

Senator Dotzler and Upper Iowa University Students

Representative Nancy Dunkel and Clarke College 2.9.16

Representative Nancy Dunkel and Clarke College Students








Representative Sally Stutsman and UIU 2.9.16

Representative Sally Stutsman and Upper Iowa University Students


Senator Tod Bowman and Clarke College 2.9.16

Senator Tod Bowman and Clarke College representatives








Briar Cliff

Briar Cliff University students traveled from Sioux City


Senator Bertrand and students from Briar Cliff.









Representative Nancy Dunkel and Coe College 2.9.16

Representative Nancy Dunkel and Coe College constituent

Senator Liz Mathis Clarke College Coe College University of Iowa and UIU students 2.9.16

Senator Liz Mathis with future teachers from Clarke College, Coe College, University of Iowa, and Upper Iowa









Clarke College

Representatives from Clarke College step up

IACTE group photo 2.9.16

Group Photo

NCTM and the Harvard of the Midwest

UNI has been declared to be the “Harvard of the Midwest”.   I was told by former Price Lab director Ross Nielsen that phrase originated in the 1950’s and was based on a simple declaration by one of the school’s administrators.   I googled the expression recently and 7320 hits told me that declaring your college or university to be the Harvard of the Midwest is a common attribution for many colleges and universities. harvardOne notable exception was the University of Chicago, which was proclaimed as the “anti-Harvard of the Midwest”.   As far as I know, no one at Harvard has declared Harvard to be “the UNI of the East” although I have seen it on a T-shirt at UNI.   And that’s not an original acclamation either.

I don’t see any real harm in such claims and I’m not sure anyone takes them as factual. Individually and collectively we tend to aspire to be best or at least better. I once claimed to have come in second in a Robert Redford look-alike contest but made no claim other than there was more than one contestant. RobertRedford No one took me seriously. In this era of education reform, however, competition and comparison of individuals and institutions has evolved into a notable pseudo-science. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTM) is an excellent example.

Of late, NCTQ has been requesting information from all our IACTE members so that we can be judged by their self-appointed judge and jury.   Many of our colleges and universities have declined to give them requested information. NCTQ has also contacted some of our students to obtain syllabi for courses.

All of the “data” that NCTQ collects for their ratings are paper documents or obtained on-line. It would be similar to rating restaurants on the basis of their menus as some have pointed out.   Until recently, there was no one who attempted to validate any of the ratings that NCTQ dished out. That changed in May with a 2015 study of NCTQ by the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) as reported by blogger Mercedes Schneider, author of A Chronicle of Echoes.

Not surprisingly, the results of this review of NCTQ are underwhelming. In a nutshell, the reviewers found little or no relationship between NCTQ’s ratings and standards and the performance of teacher prep program graduates nor was there empirical support for the criteria they put forth to justify their grades.   I don’t anticipate that this report will receive as much attention in the media as the goofball grades given by NCTQ on teacher quality.dallasbaptist

I also anticipate that there will be some who will proclaim the glory of their NCTM rating as illustrated at right. I want to meet anyone who would take such claims seriously—perhaps they will also see my resemblance to Robert…

  • BJW


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