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    Why 2014 Election Results Will Affect Education PDF Print E-mail
    News Releases - Education & Schools
    Written by Michelle Tigani   
    Monday, 17 November 2014 16:05

    There’s a reasonable tendency among Americans to view the education of their kids as an exclusively local issue and distinct to their communities. After all, school buildings are constant fixtures in neighborhoods, sports teams play crosstown rivals and the vast majority of public students still attend schools based solely on zip code.

    However, the innovations and flurry of activity that takes place in classrooms and communities are guided by the state level policies that govern them, which is why the 2014 gubernatorial election results matter, and could potentially mean substantial improvements to student learning.

    A national analysis found that more than half of governors hold encouraging views or have proven track records on promoting the types of choice and accountability measures that will lift student outcomes and give more power to parents in the educational process.

    Post-election media reports signaled an overall victory for candidates with fresh ideas on how to make education the great equalizer.

    This means that if there are meaningful shifts in policy that facilitate excellent schools, they’re likely to originate from the statehouses and governor’s mansion.

    These governors and governors-elect understand that schools cannot be properly held accountable for results if parents don’t have the choice to look around them and find the best educational fit for their child. And the teachers that work hard day in and day out should be rewarded for performing well and going the extra mile for kids.

    They appreciate that some students need an alternate environment to master course content, and want to expand charter schools to operate alongside traditional schools, with the necessary autonomy for teachers to cater to particular learning needs.

    News Releases - Education & Schools
    Written by Janine Parr   
    Monday, 17 November 2014 14:52

    Sydney Andersen
    Lily Beardsley
    Annabelle Bishop
    Brock Clark
    Ella Darrow
    David Dierickx
    Anna Do
    Joseph Dockery-Jackson
    Dana Egan
    Grace Ekstrom
    Anthony Guzzo
    Errin Hoffman
    Emily Klauer
    Luke Lofgren
    Casey Magee
    Janie Martens
    Jackson Marx
    Margo Maynard
    Morgan Moore
    Jacob Morel
    John Nonnenmann
    Zachary Otten-Thoms
    Jack Patting
    Miriana Peterson
    Brook Pickslay
    Audrey Reynolds
    Stephanie Ruiz
    Isabelle Smith
    Billy Taylor
    Brianna Waller

    Kaden Boden
    Lucy Evans
    Caleb Habel
    Billy Hayes
    Jack Janssen
    Seth Paniamogan

    Emma Cowles
    Tyler Estes
    Jaylen Gore
    Adam Hyder
    Gianna Jewhurst
    Madilynn Klauer
    David Moens
    Grace Moore
    Megan Tanghe

    Alexandra Amacher
    Grace Anders
    Erik Coulter
    Ted Fogel
    Timothy Marolf
    Margaret Schaecher
    Daniel Smith
    Collin Snyder
    Tony VanDeWalle
    Vanessa Verschoore
    Alexis Wilkens

    Emma Beardsley
    Gabe Beardsley
    Chloe Boyd
    Anna Darrow
    John Do
    Anthony Dockery-Jackson
    Sydney Elliott
    Jonathan Fernandez
    Grant Florence
    Parker Georlett
    Lauren Hird
    Hannah Luppen
    Olivia Manternach
    Aaron Mickelson
    Haley Mosley
    Paige Nimrick
    Taylor Parker
    Faith Pickslay
    Mary Powers
    Vanessa Reger
    Ava Reynolds
    Lily Schoeck

    Jonathan Berry
    Emily Elliott
    Nate Maynard
    Isabella Milani
    Claudia Ruiz
    Lillian Steffen
    Logan Swartz
    Natika Woods
    Kaitlyn Zonnevylle

    The Principal's List requires a GPA of 3.5 to 4.0. The Honor Roll requires a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49

    An Illinois community college graduate can expect a total lifetime earnings gain of over $570,000 PDF Print E-mail
    News Releases - Education & Schools
    Written by Matt Berry   
    Monday, 17 November 2014 12:49

    November 12, 2014 - An Illinois community college graduate can expect a total lifetime earnings gain of over $570,000.

    SPRINGFIELD - A new study released today by the Illinois Community College Board finds that an Illinois community college education increases earnings for workers, even during a recession.

    For Illinois community college graduates, the return on investment equates to a total lifetime earnings gain of over $570,000 and an average annual rate of return of 14.2%.  In fact, taking courses at an Illinois community college increases a student’s earnings 25.3% over pre-enrollment wages.

    “Graduating from an Illinois community college pays off,” said Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board.   “With a rate of return of over 14%, investing in an Illinois community college education provides a far greater financial return than home ownership or even the stock market.”

    Illinois community colleges add skills to our workforce and boost business competitiveness.  Nearly 9 out of 10 Illinois community college graduates remain in Illinois after completing college and contribute to the state’s economy.

    “The state’s investment in community colleges stays right here in Illinois,” said ICCB Chairman Alexi Giannoulias.  “Illinois community college graduates generate billions of dollars in state and federal tax revenues and provide a skilled workforce for the jobs of the 21st century.”

    As major employers and business entities, Illinois community colleges generate substantial economic benefits for communities through local expenditures and employment.  According to the report, in fiscal year 2012, Illinois community colleges generated a total economic output of $3.1 billion and almost 51,000 jobs.

    “Community colleges are the lifeblood of many local communities in Illinois,” said Dr. Anderson.  “Investing in Illinois community colleges is not only good for students, but also good for local communities that benefit from significant economic growth and job creation.”

    “Overall, this study clearly demonstrates that, for a small investment, Illinois community colleges are unmatched in their long term payoff to Illinois’ students, employers, and local communities,” said Giannoulias.

    The economic impact study was conducted by Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies.  The study is unique from many other state and national higher education economic impact analyses because student-level data was matched with employee-level wage data to determine student economic impacts through their employment and earnings gains.

    The Illinois Community College Board is the state coordinating board for community colleges. Illinois is home to 48 community colleges in 39 districts and has the third largest community college system in the nation serving nearly 1 million residents each year in credit and non-credit courses.

    For more information, including a copy of the full report, visit http://www.iccb.org/eis.html.


    Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Announces STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching PDF Print E-mail
    News Releases - Education & Schools
    Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
    Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:34

    Kemin Industries, Council team up to recognize outstanding STEM educators

    DES MOINES, IOWA – (Nov. 10, 2014) – Today, the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council, in conjunction with Kemin Industries, highlighted the STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching today at the lieutenant governor’s weekly press conference.

    "The Council is fully committed to increasing interest and achievement in STEM education and actively engaging businesses to support this work,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. “This is a wonderful example of how business and industry partnerships can develop STEM opportunities for our students, as well as recognize the great instruction their educators are providing."

    "Business and industry increasingly are stepping up to work with schools in ways that make a real difference," said Mary Andringa, co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and Vermeer CEO. "I'm confident that the STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching sponsored by Kemin will encourage more companies to look at how they can help prepare students to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math. That partnership is crucial in a fast-changing, global economy."

    "Iowa's educators hold the key to the future of STEM through their work with our next generation of innovators," said Jeff Weld, Ph.D., executive director of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. "It is vital that we do all we can to support them, including recognizing a job well done. Kemin has developed a generous award program enabling us to honor great teaching that impacts so many young minds."

    The award will honor one K-12 educator from each of the six STEM regions across the state of Iowa for their work inspiring and encourage students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The six teachers selected will receive an award of $1,500, with an additional $1,500 designated for classroom use.

    “We’re proud to support STEM educators for all they do to engage young minds and increase awareness of the numerous opportunities available in STEM fields,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, Kemin president and CEO. “Science, technology, engineering and math are integral to our business, and we appreciate teachers’ efforts to demonstrate to students the enormous impact they can have in these careers, not only on their lives but the lives of others.”

    Nominations are due December 12, 2014 and can be completed online. Anyone is eligible to submit an educator through the simple nomination form. Once nominated, educators will fill out an application to be assessed by a panel of judges who will select the six winners. Winners will be announced in March 2015.

    For more information or to nominate an educator, visit stemaward.fluidreview.com.

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    News Releases - Education & Schools
    Written by Lora Adams   
    Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:50

    MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and WQPT’s AmeriCorps program has completed its first year of service.

    The original class of 12 AmeriCorps members served the Illinois Quad City area and set out to improve literacy skills in the classrooms they serve by 15 percent. After completing a pre-test and post-test based on Illinois Early Learning Standards, the results show improvement in literacy skills of the students served by 49 percent.

    The AmeriCorps program has also undergone changes for the 2014-2015 class. The program is now able to serve both Illinois and Iowa and has been expanded to 24 members. Currently there are 20 members enrolled.

    Fifteen of the members are new to the program, and five are returning for a second year of service. Members are serving at all three Skip-a-Long locations (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, IA), Casa de los Ninos in Moline, Grant Wood Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, both in Bettendorf, IA, Blackhawk Family Literacy Program in Moline, Hillcrest Elementary School in East Moline and the WIU Infant and Preschool Center in Macomb.

    This is also the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the Western/WQPT members celebrated in Springfield, IL, marching through the city and taking the oath of service on the steps of the Old State Capital.

    Other projects included making 250 blank books for children to write and illustrate their own stories at the newly opened Newcome Early Learning Center in Davenport, IA, and helping at the National Bullying Prevention Month CommUNITY Party in Bettendorf, IA, promoting kindness and helping the children make Elmo puppets.

    Anyone interested in applying to AmeriCorps can email Scott at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    WQPT is a media service of WIU.


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