LEARNING COUNCIL: Students Recommend Education Improvements

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After months of discussion a panel of Iowa students released a list of recommendations for improving education.

The Learning Council is comprised of 18 students from small and large schools across the state. Throughout 2012 the group met both in person and virtually to come up with ways to make Iowa schools more relevant, engaging and effective.

“Decisions about education traditionally have failed to include the voices of the most important stakeholders – the students,” said Byron Darnall, an Iowa Department of Education bureau chief who facilitated the Learning Council’s meetings. “These talented young Iowans have brought forward a refreshing perspective and meaningful recommendations.”

Some of the group’s recommendations include adapting the curriculum to make it relevant with an emphasis on the individual needs of students, service learning and competency-based education. As well as supporting positive and meaningful teacher-student interactions and expanding online learning opportunities.

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