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Reginald Hurt Graduates from Grantham University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Peak   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:56

KANSAS CITY, MO (09/04/2012)(readMedia)-- Reginald Hurt of Davenport, IA graduated from Grantham University on April 9, 2012. Hurt earned a/an Master of Business Administration – Project Management With Distinction.

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a veteran of World War II, to help prepare veterans for new jobs in the electronics' industry and a better future upon their return to civilian life. Today, the University supports thousands of online students in 36 different associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Grantham's courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty (TDY) or from almost anywhere in the world. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. For more information about the University and its online degree programs, visit:

Branstad, Reynolds, Allen to hold 14 STEM community conversations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:36

(DES MOINES) -  Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen today announced a series of community conversations featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development that will take place across the state in September and October.

The community conversations are designed seek feedback from Iowans about what priorities the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council should focus on as the STEM initiative continues to build across Iowa.

“We are determined to provide Iowa’s young people with engaging STEM education opportunities, no matter where they live,” said Reynolds, co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. “That will help assure more students are well equipped to be knowledgeable citizens and to someday begin college or career training prepared for success. It also will help assure a stronger STEM employee pipeline for Iowa’s businesses and industries.”

All parents, grandparents, educators, business and civic leaders, legislators and other Iowans are invited to attend the hour-long, town hall style meetings.

“We are in the process of rolling out STEM programs through our scale-up initiative and these community conversations are a way to foster STEM relationships between local businesses, the regional STEM networks and area schools," said Allen, co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and a stronger STEM workforce.

“STEM jobs are projected to be among the fastest growing and best paying. Iowa’s economy also will benefit if more young people are ready for STEM jobs. Employers routinely tell us they have difficulty filling STEM jobs that pay well because applicants lack the right skill set,” said Branstad.

The following STEM Community Conversation events are open to the public:

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

9:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and President Allen hold Tama County STEM Community Conversation

Reinig Center

1007 Prospect Dr.

Toledo, IA

11:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and President Allen hold Black Hawk County STEM Community Conversation

University of Northern Iowa – Center for Energy and Environmental Education – Main Lobby

1227 W 27th St.

Cedar Falls, IA

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

9 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Greene County STEM Community Conversation

Greene County Community Center

204 W Harrison St.

Jefferson, IA

10:30 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Boone County STEM Community Conversation

DMACC Boone Campus – Auditorium

1125 Hancock Dr.

Boone, IA

12:30 p.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold Marshall County STEM Community Conversation

Emerson Innovation Center, Fisher Technology

301 S 1st Ave.

Marshalltown, IA

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

10 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds and President Allen hold Polk County STEM Community Conversation

Drake Legal Clinic Courtroom

2400 University Ave.

Des Moines, IA

1:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Warren County STEM Community Conversation

Simpson College – McNeil Hall – Pioneer Conference Room

701 North C St.

Indianola, IA

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

1:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds and President Allen hold Union County STEM Community Conversation

Southwestern Community College – Instructional Center Room 180

1501 W Townline St.

Creston, IA

4 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds and President Allen hold Taylor County STEM Community Conversation

Bedford High School – Auditorium

906 Penn St.

Bedford, IA

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

9 a.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Emmet County STEM Community Conversation

Iowa Lakes Community College – Wind Energy Facility

2021 7th Ave. S

Estherville, IA

2 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Webster County STEM Community Conversation

Iowa Central Community College – Bioscience and Health Services Auditorium (BHS105)

330 Ave. M

Fort Dodge, IA

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

12:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Muscatine County STEM Community Conversation

Muscatine Community Schools Administrative Center – Conference Room

2900 Mulberry Ave.

Muscatine, IA

3:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Des Moines County STEM Community Conversation

Greater Burlington Partnership – Winegard Board Room

610 N 4th St., Suite 200

Burlington, IA

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

2 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds holds Linn County STEM Community Conversation

The Hotel at Kirkwood Community College – Ballroom

7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Cedar Rapids, IA


TILE classrooms promote active, student-centered learning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:11

What if students had classes that helped them earn better grades and that they liked better than traditional classes?  At the University of Iowa, thousands of students now have an opportunity to do just that as they experience a very active style of learning through tech-infused TILE classrooms.

TILE stands for Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage.  Since 2010, the UI has created five of these student-centered learning spaces, which support in-class collaboration, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, and more interaction with faculty.  TILE rooms accommodate 27 to 81 students and are equipped with round tables, laptops, and whiteboards to facilitate hands-on projects and small-group discussions.  Multiple projectors and screens around the room allow them to share their work.

To date, instructors have taught 148 TILE courses in an array of fields, including STEM disciplines, foreign language, education, political science, theater arts, business, urban and regional planning, and more.


ITS-Instructional Services is assessing the difference in learning outcomes in TILE and traditional classrooms.  All other things equal, students in TILE classrooms earned slightly higher grades than students taking the same courses in regular rooms—an outcome consistent with prior research about similar classrooms at M.I.T. and the University of Minnesota.


Sample comments from UI students who took TILE classes: “It compels collaboration.” “It gives us a chance to learn from each other.” “It’s more of a facilitator’s classroom versus a lecturer that holds all of the knowledge and bestows it on us.”

Skip-a-Long Child Development Services – Rock Island Campus – ALL staff now hold CDA Credential! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Strader   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:38
Skip-a-Long Child Development Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible care to all children, staff at the center regularly participate in training opportunities and continuing education. Today the staff at this center have reached a milestone!

EVERY staff member at the Rock Island Skip-a-Long Campus now holds a CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential! This means all staff who nurture and teach our children at this site are Teacher Qualified.

According to The Council for Professional Recognition, “The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.”

We are very grateful and thankful for our dedicated staff who work to ensure excellence and quality in our child care center. Please celebrate this achievement with us, because it means that when you put your trust in Skip-a-Long to care for your child you can be assured that he or she is receiving the best care available from an organization whose mission is to provide “high-quality accessible child development services where learning is fun!”

Rep. Morthland: WIU Breaking Ground on Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:40

Moline, IL … Today, Rep. Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the new Western Illinois University Quad Cities Riverfront campus in Moline.

“I am grateful for all of the hard work that went into this worthwhile project,” said Morthland. “With the opening of Phase I and now the groundbreaking of Phase II, the Quad Cities no longer has to hang its’ head as the largest community in America without a public 4-year university.”

Morthland says this is an important step towards the development of WIU and the Quad Cities.

“This is a tremendous day for WIU and our other institutions of higher education. We are not just breaking ground on a new building; we are breaking ground on the future of the Quad Cities. This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when leaders from both the public and private sector come together and work towards a common goal.”


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