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Jane Schmidt - 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Jane SchmidtI support the Iowa Core standards because they create a focus through a common vocabulary across all school districts with the goal being higher-level thinking skills towards creating and developing critical readers. The focus is not on the resources used; the focus is on the desired learning and higher-level skills that include analyzing, inferring, summarizing, comparing, and citing textual evidence to support thinking as the development of these skills spiral and move across grade levels. These standards also place an emphasis on literacy taught across all curricular areas to emphasize the importance of reading in all subject areas which will assist our students in being college and career ready.