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Area Residents Are Among DePaul University's 2012 Graduating Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ximena Beltran   
Monday, 23 July 2012 12:42

CHICAGO, IL (07/20/2012)(readMedia)-- DePaul University announced the following local area residents were among its 113th graduating class this summer:

Alexandra Corbin of Davenport

Mark Lazio of Davenport

Serving more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the nation's largest Catholic university and offers programs, many nationally ranked, in the liberal arts and sciences, education, commerce, law, computer technology, music and theater. Additional information about DePaul's exceptional academic programs can be found at

UI helps students across state take AP courses through online academy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:49

In Iowa, geography does not determine opportunity.

The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) provides Advanced Placement (AP) courses to every high school in Iowa with a focus on small/rural schools ranging from Denison to Danville.  AP courses are college-level and nationally recognized for their rigor and as indicators of college readiness.  High scores on the national AP exams in various academic areas can provide a high school student with college credit.

IOAPA is part of the University of Iowa College of Education's Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

IOAPA is completely online and gives every Iowa student the opportunity to take AP courses and exams regardless of the size of school or community.  IOAPA is currently funded by the Iowa Legislature and underwrites the cost for the student.  Since the start of IOAPA in 2001, more than 10,000 students from communities across the state have taken AP courses.  The course completion rate has been over 90 percent, which is remarkable for online courses.  Also, Iowa students taking courses through IOAPA have consistently scored above the national average on AP exams.  The message is simple:  Give Iowa students a chance at a high-level academic challenge, and they will not only step up to the challenge, but will perform at a high level.


Zane Scott-Tunkin, a teacher and mentor at Colfax-Mingo High School: "The IOAPA is a great resource for schools that do not offer an on-site AP Program."


IOAPA was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s top six programs to feature in its report, “Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online: Innovations in Education” (2006).  To find out more about IOAPA, visit

Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium is sold out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad   
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:02

(DES MOINES) – The governor’s office today announced that the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium next month is sold out.

In May, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Education Director Jason Glass to announce they would host the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Friday, Aug. 3, at Drake University in Des Moines.

Branstad said he and Reynolds are holding the symposium to focus on how to organize schools to treat teachers as instructional leaders, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

Symposium speakers and panelists will share their thinking about shared principal and teacher leadership.  We’ll hear about why this matters, how it’s being done in this state and country, and how top-performing school systems around the globe approach this issue.

Symposium registration was open to the public, including educators, school board members, business leaders, parents and legislators. More than 700 Iowans are expected to attend the all-day conference.

“Teacher leadership will be at the heart of our 2013 legislative package because it is critical to give students the knowledge and skills they need to be well prepared,” said Branstad.

“We also recognize that growing expectations for students place even more demands upon teachers, without always providing teachers the support needed to meet those demands,” said Reynolds. “Stronger, shared principal and teacher leadership can help schools do that more effectively.”

Branstad and Reynolds stressed that the symposium is about ending the outdated practice of teachers working largely in isolation in their classrooms and moving toward greater collaboration to help students learn more. Some Iowa schools have already set off in this direction, and two of them will be on hand at the August 3 symposium: Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

Branstad and Reynolds note that their October 2011 education blueprint included a four-tier teacher leadership and compensation structure, with master, mentor, career and apprentice teachers. When they took the blueprint out on the road to town-hall meetings across the state, Iowans raised good questions about it would be put into operation.

So the decision was made to study the issue further, and make recommendations to the 2013 Legislature.

In February, Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass announced the members of a new Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation Taskforce, which is meeting monthly. Its report is due Oct. 15.

“The status quo is not serving our children well. We have to set the bar higher,” said Reynolds.

Here are just a few statistics that drive that home:

  • Nearly 23 percent of Iowa third-graders don’t read proficiently on state tests.
  • Just 33 percent of Iowa fourth-graders read at proficient or advanced levels on the exam known as the nation’s report card.
  • In math, just 34 percent of Iowa eighth-graders are proficient or advanced on that exam.
  • Only 35 percent of Iowa eighth-graders are proficient or advanced in science.

“Our children deserve better,” said Reynolds. “A stronger, shared principal and teacher leadership model can help us make faster progress toward restoring Iowa schools to best in the nation, and giving all students a globally competitive education.”

To learn more about the symposium, go to:

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Summer Camp at Rivermont! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rivermont Collegiate   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:24
There are still 2 more weeks of Summer Camp at Rivermont Collegiate!

4th-8th Grades:

Have some fun with your favorite gym teacher and his mom, Mrs. Pillow in Physical Adventures with Mr. Pillow.  Learn about different cultures and their unique art techniques in Cultural Art (this class will share their art with the 1st-3rd graders in Cultural Food)!  Sign up for Murals and create a beautiful mural to be donated to Juan Diez Rancheros,

a non-profit horse ranch in Davenport that provids programs for abused or tramatized kids. Or, go on a bug hunt with Mr. Knupp in Insect Collecting. (There are lots of openings in these 4 classes)

1st-3rd Grades:

Have some fun with your favorite gym teacher and  his mom, Mrs. Pillow in  Physical Adventures with Mr. Pillow.  Learn about different cultures and cook some of their food in Cultural Foods (this class will share their food with the

4th-8th graders in Cultural Art)!  Go on a bug hunt with  Mr. Knupp in Insect Collecting, or do some wild and crazy science experiments in Wacky Chemistry. (There are still several openings in these 4 classes)


Learn about growing tomatos, peppers, and more in Edible Plants.  Jump into fantastic science experiments with Soaking up Science or Science Superstars.  Learn about life under the sea in Commotion in the Ocean. (Space is very limited in these 4 classes)
Don't miss out on the best summer enrichment camp in the Quad Cities! Click the link above to download your brochure today!

Local residents named to Drake University's Honors Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alyssa Cashman   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:19

DES MOINES, IA (07/19/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local residents received a grade point average of 4.0 and have been named to the Drake University President's List for the Spring 2012 semester:

Kathryn Hamilton of Blue Grass

Stephanie Merrick of Eldridge

Daniel Pelletier of Davenport

Jordan Porter of Eldridge

Hayley Thomson of Davenport

Matthew Van of Coal Valley

The following local residents achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above and were named to the Drake University Dean's List for the Spring 2012 semester:

Taylor Bender of Eldridge

Lindsey Garner of East Moline

Talor Gray of Port Byron

Tori Groves of Port Byron

Eric Hartmann of Davenport

Ryan Hendricks of Rock Island

Hailey Kitzmann of Blue Grass

Marlana Kulig of Coal Valley

Taylor Larson of Coal Valley

Steven Merrick of Eldridge

Holly Nelson of Eldridge

Chelsea Rink of Davenport

Claire Vandercar of East Moline

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 50 states and 50 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

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