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Ali Sareini Graduates from Lawrence Technological University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Debbie Faes   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:16

SOUTHFIELD, MI (08/02/2012)(readMedia)-- Ali Sareini from Davenport, IA graduated Saturday, May 12th at Lawrence Technological University's 80th Commencement Exercises. Ceremonies were held at Ultimate Soccer Arenas at 1 p.m. Lawrence Tech's class of 2012 included some 900 graduates. About 5,000 students, their families and guests attended the event.

Sareini was awarded a Master of Engineering Management.

Lawrence Technological University,, was founded in 1932. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation's upper third of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, "theory and practice" education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

Details of Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium are announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:49

(DES MOINES) – The governor’s office today announced more details of Friday’s Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium.

The sold-out Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium will be live streamed by JDL Horizons. JDL Horizons, using its flagship Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium events in cooperation with the governor’s office and the Iowa Department of Education. eSchool Media will accept the stream and deliver the roundtable events to a national audience of nearly 1 million K-12 educators throughout North America and around the world. Individuals interested in watching coverage of the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium should visit

The Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium will launch a statewide conversation about why stronger shared school leadership matters, and what is the right approach to adopt in Iowa. Given higher academic expectations for students in today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s not reasonable to expect principals to provide all the instructional leadership required to significantly raise achievement. Tapping the talents of outstanding teachers who are interested in new leadership roles makes sense.

A preliminary schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

9 a.m. Welcome – David Maxwell, President of Drake University

9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

9:15 a.m. “Better Than We Used to Do Is Not Good Enough” – Mark Tucker, President of the National Center on Education and the Economy

10:30 a.m. “Leadership Lessons From Around the Globe” – Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society

11:30 a.m.   TAP Panel

Noon Break for lunch

1 p.m. Des Moines Panel

1:30 p.m. Cedar Rapids Panel

2 p.m. The Toledo Plan Panel

2:45 p.m. “The Future of Teacher and Principal Leadership”

3:30 p.m. “Looking Forward” – Brad Jupp, Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

4:30 p.m. Final Remarks – Jason Glass, Director of the Iowa Department of Education

Click here for a detailed schedule of events.

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.

To learn more about the symposium, go to:

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Erin Steckel Graduates from the University of Houston PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristina Michel   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:39

HOUSTON, TX (08/01/2012)(readMedia)-- Erin Steckel, a English, BA major and a resident of Davenport, IA, was among more than 4,200 students who graduated from the University of Houston (UH).

The UH Spring 2012 Commencement was held in May at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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Written by TheLink Delivery Service   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:53

The following individuals from your area have been named to the Dean's List at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Spring 2012 semester:

Jordyn Elizabeth O'Rourke from Davenport, a Nursing Undergraduate and Erica Renita Peace from Moline, a Letters & Science Undergradate.

 UWM is the second largest university in the State of Wisconsin, with more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Davenport Community School District chosen as finalist to compete for up to $25,000 Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Taylor K. Lutkewitte   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:48

Local farmers nominate school districts for America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠

DAVENPORT, IA. (August 1, 2012) – Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Davenport Community School District in Davenport was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education℠ grant. Davenport Community School District is one of 33 finalists in Iowa.

“We received so many outstanding applications from rural school districts across the county,” said Deborah Patterson, President, Monsanto Fund. “The finalists truly went above and beyond what was expected and stand out as top tier choices.”

More than 61,000 farmers shared their passion for rural education by nominating more than half the eligible school districts. Finalist schools were chosen for their program ideas and funding needs. Davenport Community School District also benefited from community support through numerous farmer nominations which strengthened the district’s application.

The grant review process includes an online application scoring system based on merit, need and community support; a review by science and math teachers from ineligible school districts; and a farmer advisory council.

Now that the finalists have been chosen, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications. In 2012, the Monsanto Fund plans to award nearly $2.3 million to eligible school districts across the country. To see the full list of finalists please visit

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education started with a successful pilot in Illinois and Minnesota, in which farmers were given the opportunity to nominate a public school district in 165 eligible counties in those two states. The Monsanto Fund awarded more than $266,000 to local schools in 16 CRDs. Now, the program has expanded to 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities and support local rural school districts. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural education and communities. Another program that is part of this effort is America’s Farmers Grow Communities, giving farmers the opportunity to enter to win $2,500 to donate to their favorite community nonprofit organization in their county. You can participate in this program between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30 by visiting

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


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