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Jason Martin-Hiner, Science School Improvement Facilitator

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Iowa Standards launching into the next generation

Visit our new science standards resource page.
The Next Generation of Iowa Core Science!

Jason Martin-Hiner
School Improvement
Facilitator - Science


Iowa's New Science Standards

An informational letter from the Iowa Department of Education congratulating the Iowa science learning community can be found here

Keystone AEA is encouraging school districts to use this school year as a time for teachers and administrators to move beyond a basic familiarity with the new standards and take steps toward initial implementation.  To help facilitate this, there will be additional learning opportunities to expand on your initial work with the new standards from last year.  Here are a few dates and resources to keep in mind:

Module 1 Session (Online - Self-Paced) - Available Now

As of 2015, Iowa has new K-12 science standards and this year marks the second year of our four-year implementation process. Are you a new teacher or new to Iowa and have not yet heard about the new standards? Were you unable to attend the Iowa Science Standards Overview Professional Development offered through your AEAs? Did you attend the Overview PD but want a refresher prior to attending the next round of professional learning? Did you attend the Overview PD and are now in charge of sharing the learning with others in your districts?  Are you an instructional coach who needs a foundational understanding of the science standards? If you said “yes” to any of those questions, the science leadership team and AEA PD Online are pleased to announce that a condensed version of the Iowa Science Standards: Overview is now available through AEA PD Online. This overview provides  foundational information, helps build a common vocabulary, and provides a glimpse of the vision for teaching and learning with the new standards. The overview may be completed individually as a self-paced course but is broken into smaller segments that could be completed within teams/PLCs. In order to help provide a more complete picture of the number of participants using this resource, every individual should register even if you are completing the course as a group.

To register

1.      Go to   

2.      Either login or register for a new account

3.      Search for science standards

4.      Select "Iowa's Science Standards: Overview" and use the "Register" button to begin


Supporting the Implementation of Iowa's Science Standards [Elkader (12/5) & Dubuque (12/12)]

Register at using the workshop numbers 52201 for Elkader and 52202 for Dubuque.

This one day workshop will help educators serving in leadership roles (administrators, curriculum directors and instructional coaches) as they support the implementation of the new Iowa Science Standards in their district. This session will include an overview of the structure of the standards, how to unpack a science standard, and resources/strategies that can be utilized to support teachers as they continue to implement the new standards.

Educators in TLC roles are also encouraged to attend “Implementing the  Iowa Science Standards-Year 2” with teachers from their districts to assist in supporting unit design process.

Implementing the Iowa Science Standards - Year 2

Register at using the workshop numbers below

K-5:   Elkader (1/30/17, Workshop #52211) & Dubuque (1/31/17, Workshop #52212)

6-8:   Dubuque (2/21/17, Workshop #52213) & Elkader (2/23/17, Workshop #52214)

9-12:  Elkader (2/28/17, Workshop #52215) & Dubuque (3/2/17, Workshop #52216)

In collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education, Keystone AEA will be hosting professional learning to support teachers in implementing the new Iowa Science Standards as part of the state implementation plan. This year (Year 2) will focus on evaluating lessons/units for alignment to the standards and designing a lesson/unit aligned to the standards that is grounded in phenomena. Unit design work will include unpacking and bundling standards, selecting an appropriate phenomenon, designing student products, and creating a coherent storyline. 

The format of this professional learning will be in a blended format similar to last year.  District teams will be asked to complete some preliminary learning prior to attending the in person day in either Elkader or Dubuque.

Educators in TLC roles are strongly encouraged to attend the session as part of the team from their district.

PREREQUISITE: Understanding of the structure and three-dimensional nature of the science standards is required. If you did not attend “Implementing the Iowa Science Standards-Year 1” either at Elkader or in your own district, you are encouraged to go through the online, self-paced course found on Iowa PD Online ( called "Iowa's Science Standards: Overview" prior to attending this training.


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