Four Iowa legislators spoke with education students at the Upper Iowa University campus about the issues discussed in the recent session of the Iowa House and Senate. Front, left are Rep. Roger Thomas, Rep. Bruce Bearinger, Sen. Mike Breitbach; and (back, left) Upper Iowa University preservice education students Sarah Meyer from Volga, Iowa, and Amanda Jellings from Fayette, Iowa, and Sen. Brian Schoenjahn.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 16, 2013) – The Andres School of Education at Upper Iowa University hosted four Iowa legislators recently for a luncheon and discussion session. Iowa senators Mike Breitbach and Brian Schoenjahn and representatives Roger Thomas and Bruce Bearinger spoke at length about the educational issues that are being discussed in the Iowa House and Senate. These issues include the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) initiative, education reform and attracting and keeping teachers in Iowa.
"We really try to instill in Upper Iowa's education students to not only be an advocate for students, but also for themselves," said Dr. Cindy Waters, UIU associate professor of education. "Our representatives in the legislature are making decisions that affect the futures of our preservice educators, but many of these legislators do not have an education background. It is our duty to help enlighten them on the educational needs of children served by early childhood programs."
According to the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, 12 high-quality STEM education programs proven to boost student interest and achievement are being implemented across the state by more than 900 educators, as well as club and faith-based leaders, through the Scale-Up Initiative. Six regional hub managers are helping deliver the programs.
In addition, approximately 38,000 children are participating in these STEM education programs this school year, with an emphasis on serving regions of the state where students have lacked access to STEM education opportunities.
This event was made possible through a grant offered by the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE). Upper Iowa University routinely hosts at least one legislator a year upon completion of that year's session.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.