Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pamela Moran writes about American Education

The link below will take you to this article by Pamela Moran:
"11 Reasons Why I Am Thankful for American Education"  

This is a must read!

The following information is from her blog
About Pamela Moran
Educator in Virginia, creating 21st century community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. I read, garden, listen to music, and capture photo images mostly of the natural world. My posts represent a personal point of view on topics of interest. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

State of Iowa Funding: Allowable Growth Rates

Definition of Allowable Growth--a percentage increase of the state per pupil cost to be calculated for the upcoming budget year. Determined by the state legislature.
The Iowa Senate has recently approved a 4% Allowable Growth Rate for Iowa Schools for 2013-2014. This rate should have been set during last year's session.  However, we appreciate the Senate acting quickly on this for schools to be able to budget.  This means the possibility of a 4% increase in the per pupil allottment for next school year or about $240 per pupil.

The link below provides patrons with information about how Iowa has been funding and underfunding education over time(provided by ISFIS).  One could say there may be a correlation between when the legistlature took over determining how much "allowable growth" funding and Iowa's ranking nation wide in per pupil spending.  To get to the average nation wide which is a little over $10,000, Iowa's legislature would have to approve a 16% Allowable Growth. 

Education is the best investment in Iowa's future!   Thank you for your continued support in the children in the Mason City and Clear Lake School Districts.

Monday, September 10, 2012

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Daniel Pink, author of the book DRIVE talks about three essential things that motivate us.

Purpose -- Mastery -- Autonomy!  Check it out at the link below!

Author Daniel Pink on what motivates us!