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Governor Quinn Directs State Agencies to Further Strengthen School Emergency Response and Prevention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:45

Coordinated Effort Will Review and Recommend Improvements to Existing Programs and Policies; New School Safety Video to Be Released in Early January 

CHICAGO – December 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies will review existing programs for student protection and determine whether improvements can be made. Following the recent horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, state agencies in Illinois will work together to assist local school districts and local law enforcement in the review to aid in emergency response planning and ensure they can provide support to local jurisdictions in a timely and efficient manner.

Today's directive is part of the governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring safe schools in Illinois.

“We want the parents of Illinois to know their children are as safe as possible when they are at school," Governor Quinn said. "Illinois has increased emergency preparedness and collaboration between local police and schools in recent years, but we must continue to take every step possible to make our schools even safer. This coordinated effort will assist local police and school officials to make sure our students are protected."

In the coming weeks, Governor Quinn will convene experts from the state and local public safety, education, public health and mental health agencies to discuss violence prevention and response strategies.

In addition, the School and Campus Security Training Program, a cooperative effort of the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, will soon roll out a School Safety Drill Video and Computer-Based Training tutorial, which reflect best practices based on lessons learned from real life emergency events. The videos will be free and available for distribution for public and private schools by early January 2013. The videos detail specific actions for administrators, teachers and support staff for each drill, based on post-incident reports and de-briefings from real school events.

Since 2009, schools in Illinois have been required to perform an emergency drill at least once per year. In addition, schools must have emergency and crisis plans in place and review them annually.

Since 2005, the School and Campus Security Training Program provided more than 250 K-12 school safety planning courses attended by more than 8,600 participants representing 817 public school districts and 545 non-public schools. In 2012 the program delivered 55 preparedness training courses for both K-12 and higher education institutions, which were attended by 1,486 participants, to update emergency operations plans and increase their capacity to respond to and recover from all hazards, including active shooters. Currently, there are 11 courses scheduled from January through March of 2013.

“School-based emergency management teams, with plenty of back-up members, have become a standard part of education,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Efforts to keep our students safe require districts to build and maintain close relationships with their community responders as they run the law enforcement drills required under the School Safety Drill Act.”

While significant focus is on planning and preparation to respond to emergency situations, state laws and services also address threats to our students’ social and emotional health with requirements to address bullying. ISBE works with partners to provide statewide workshops on school safety and administers federal funds aimed at keeping students safe.

In 2004, Illinois became the first state in the nation to require all school districts to teach social and emotional skills as part of their curriculum and daily school life, from lunch room interactions to after school activities.  As part of these classes, students are required to meet certain benchmarks – such as recognizing and managing feelings, building empathy and making responsible decisions.

For more information, please visit www.ready.illinois.gov and www.isbe.net/safety.

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LIVE UNCOMMON / ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS Award $10,000 in Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Russell   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:35

LIVE UNCOMMON congratulates six area students who were awarded $10,000 in scholarships underwritten by LIVE UNCOMMON Team Doctors – ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS.

Scholarship Winners include:

  • ANNA FRY, St. Thomas University, Minneapolis, Minnesota - $3,000 Scholarship;
  • DANA EWAN, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - $1,500 Scholarship;
  • AARON PEROUTKA, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa - $1,500 Scholarship;
  • JOE MUELLER, Notre Dame University, North Bend, Indiana - $500 Scholarship.
  • JAKE HAYLES - $3,000 Scholarship is currently a sophomore at Bettendorf High School; and
  • ALI OPPEL - $500 Scholarship is currently a senior at Pleasant Valley High School.

Both JAKE’s and ALI’s scholarships awarded by ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS will be issued to their colleges of choice at time of
enrollment.

The $10,000 ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS Scholarships were awarded to the top 3 Male and Female finishers competing in the LIVE UNCOMMON Adventure Race held on the RUSSELL CONSTRUCTION campus in Davenport.

 
Iowa Library Services Chooses LearningExpress as provider of Online Resources PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Deborah Porchivina   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:29
New York – December 19, 2012 — LearningExpress, LLC announces that Iowa Library Services (State Library of Iowa) has selected LearningExpress Library™ as their workforce-related online resource for Iowa job seekers. This platform will provide Iowans with anytime, anywhere, online access to a comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry to the workforce.

Iowa Library Services selected LearningExpress from among several competing organizations in the state’s formal RFP process to provide Iowa libraries and workforce centers with an online platform for job seekers, "which prepares them for success in the workplace using tools and resources that improve job skills and vocational test-taking skills."

The online tools from LearningExpress are easy-to-use and user friendly. Included in the Iowa subscription are tutorials, practice tests and exercises, eBooks, and Computer Skills Tutorials. Computer Skills include both Popular Software Tutorials, which help improve one’s skills using today’s most widely used applications, and Computer and Internet Basics, to guide individuals completely unfamiliar with using computers or accessing the Internet to competency and beyond.

Mary Wegner, State Librarian, Iowa Library Services stated, "Everyone involved in the selection process is very pleased and excited about being able to offer LearningExpress Library through public and academic libraries and Iowa Workforce Development Centers." Through funding from the Iowa Workforce Development agency (IWD), LearningExpress platforms will be available at no charge to all Iowa public and academic libraries.

Mary Wegner’s sentiment is resounded by Barry Lippman, President and CEO of LearningExpress: "We are excited to expand our many long-standing working relationships with individual libraries to work directly with the State Library of Iowa and Iowa Workforce Development, to provide comprehensive workforce solutions to all Iowa residents."

About LearningExpress, LLC?LearningExpress, LLC is an educational technology company founded with the mission to help adult and student learners improve basic skills required for academic and career success. The company currently serves over 6,000 public libraries, 5,000 schools, and 1,200 colleges across the United States and Canada, and helps more than 1.8 million adults and students each year. Visit LearningExpress, LLC at http://www.learningexpressllc.com.

 
Local Students Earn Degrees from University of Northern Colorado PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:23

GREELEY - The following local student was among 786 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during fall 2012 graduation ceremonies Dec. 14-15.

Lindsey McCalla of Moline, Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science

For more information about spring commencement ceremonies and a profile of the class of 2012 (spring), visit http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=4627.

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Rivermont Collegiate Welcomes New Director of Development PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:54

The Rivermont Collegiate Board of Trustees has selected Rod Ossowski as the school’s new Director of Development.  Mr. Ossowski will manage Rivermont’s advancement endeavors, including the annual fund, endowment, planned giving, auction, and alumni relations.  Rivermont has been educating students in the Quad Cities since 1884.  At Rivermont, tuition alone does not cover the cost of the education provided, nor does it take into account the school’s long term needs or address capital improvements.  We are excited to welcome Mr. Ossowksi aboard to help raise the funds that make Rivermont’s mission possible!

Ossowski, a resident of East Moline, is a graduate of Alleman High School and Northern Illinois University with over twenty five years of development experience.  He returned to the Quad Cities seven years ago after time spent in Arizona, where he served as Director of Development for the West Valley Symphony and the Challenger Space & Science Education Center in Phoenix, as well as a Major Gifts Officer at the University of Arizona and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Prescott College.  Ossowski spent the past six years as Director of Development at Family Resources, where he started the first annual fund campaign and helped lead a $1.1 million campaign to complete the historic Wittenmyer gymnasium restoration and renovation project.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school for preschool through 12th grade, with students from throughout the Quad City area.  Each year, students come to grow, to learn, and to experience an education designed to make a difference in their lives.  Founded in 1884, the school was originally organized as St. Katharine’s School, an Episcopal school for girls located at 10th and Tremont Streets in Davenport.  In 1968, St. Katharine’s dropped its boarding program, became co-educational, and added St. Mark’s to its name.  In 1973, St. Katharine’s – St. Mark’s moved to its present location in Bettendorf and the name was changed to Rivermont Collegiate in 2001, following an amicable break with the Episcopal Church.

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