Teachers sharpen skills during August Academy


Many Marshalltown Community School District staff members participated in the four-day August Academy workshop in the district. Pictured are Lenihan staff members in a session on science standards led by Kay Schmalen (far right) from the Central Rivers AEA. Also pictured from left are Jenny Allen, Eliana Garcia, Liz Jurgensen, Vanessa Engel and Crystal Gassman.

More than 130 teachers, teacher leaders, instructional coaches and administrators in the Marshalltown Community School District attended a four-day workshop known as August Academy held in the district August 7-10.

There were 15 different sessions which were led by district staff and staff from the Area Education Agency and included a wide range of topics to help them gear up for the school year. Topics included¬†co-teaching, classroom management, preschool literacy, science standards, Google Suite, a tour of JBS, Go Math, Lexia Core 5, writer’s workshop, oral language development and more.

“August Academy is a great week of teaching and learning for our teachers as well as our coaches and administrators,” said Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction with Marshalltown Schools. ¬†“It gives everyone a chance to choose areas of interest which will increase teachers’ skills and knowledge.”

August Academy is offered through the use of Teacher Leadership and Compensation funds for professional development as well as Teacher Quality funds.


District Instructional Design Specialist Dave Stanfield leads a workshop on Google.


Staff participate in a Writer’s Workshop.