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First-ever Teacher Memorial was dedicated on Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:10

Granite boulder serves as a tribute to all Iowa teachers

DES MOINES, IA (05/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Over 100 educators, friends, and family unveiled a new memorial at the Capitol Complex on Sunday, May 6. The memorial-established as a tribute to Iowa Teachers and their outstanding service to Iowa's students-is the 47th memorial and first to honor teachers on the Capitol grounds.

"We are pleased to be a part of the ceremony today marking the first-ever teacher memorial in our state. Iowa has a long history of attracting the best and the brightest into the profession. We pride ourselves in our strong graduation rates and our great student scores. We have fine public schools and outstanding students. We are a strong and proud profession and we know we have the most important job in the world. Tomorrow marks the first day of National Teacher Appreciation Week and I can think of no better way to launch this week than with this memorial tribute to all Iowa teachers," said Chris Bern, President of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA).

"We are gathered to pay tribute to those thousands of teachers who, on a daily basis, make a difference. I'm sure there are other states that treasure the field of education and educators as much as Iowa, and I'm sure those states can boast of great educators. But I am also sure no state exceeds us in either of those categories," said Tim Lane, memorial organizer.

The Teacher Memorial rests on the terrace located on the northwest corner of the Capitol Complex across from the Historical and Wallace buildings on Grand Avenue. The memorial is a granite boulder with a one-word inscription "TEACHER." Private donations for the memorial were collected from members of the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD).

 

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North Scott students take top honors at National History Day in Iowa contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Morgan   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:36

Advance to National History Day contest at University of Maryland next month

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Pictured: (front row, l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Taylor Gehrls, Emma Hubner, Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie, Emily Bainter, Cydnie Carmody and Department of Education Director Jason Glass

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Pictured: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Taylor Beitzel, Department of Education Director Jason Glass and Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie

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Pictured: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Gretchen Mohr, Dexter Golinghorst, Department of Education Director Jason Glass and Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie

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Pictured: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Jenna Coe, Department of Education Director Jason Glass and Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie

DES MOINES – Eight North Scott High School students received top honors at the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.

Taylor Beitzel, Emily Bainter, Cydnie Carmody, Taylor Gehrls, Emma Hubner, Jenna Coe, Dexter Golinghorst and Gretchen Mohr join a group of Iowa students who will compete against nearly 2,500 other students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, June 10-14, 2012, at the 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

During this week’s state contest, the students competed against nearly 270 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12). Following is a list of the students and their project titles and categories:

Category: Senior Individual Exhibit

Student: Taylor Beitzel

Project Title: “A Revolution to Cleanse Germany: The Handicapped Holocaust”

 

Category: Senior Group Exhibit 

Students: Emily Bainter, Cydnie Carmody, Taylor Gehrls, Emma Hubner

Project Title: “Scattergood Hostel: Revolutionary Concept to Reform Lives of Refugees”

 

Category: Senior Individual Documentary 

Student: Jenna Coe

Project Title: “People’s Reactions, Medical Reforms, Revolutionary Goal”

 

Category: Senior Group Documentary

Student: Dexter Golinghorst, Gretchen Mohr

Project Title: “Igniting Reaction, Prompting Reform: Iowa’s Revolutionary Refugee Resettlement Program”

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2012 is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department Cultural Affairs, since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 
Davenport student takes top honors at National History Day in Iowa contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Morgan   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:31

Advances to National History Day contest at University of Maryland next month

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(l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Danielle Baresel, Department of Education Director Jason Glass and Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie.

DES MOINES – Danielle Baresel of Davenport Central High School received top honors at the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.

Baresel joins a group of Iowa students who will compete against nearly 2,500 other students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, June 10-14, 2012, at the 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

During this week’s state contest, Baresel competed against nearly 270 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) and received top honors for her entry, “Virginia Woolf: Reforming the Modern Novel Through Revolutionizing Feminism” in the Senior Individual Performance category. About 400 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the junior division contest Monday, May 7, 2012, also at the State Historical Museum.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2012 is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department Cultural Affairs, since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 
Rivermont Collegiate students take top honors at National History Day in Iowa contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Morgan   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:29

Advance to National History Day contest at University of Maryland next month

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Pictured: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Adam Dada, Lolly Telleen, Grace Moran, Department of Education Director Jason Glass and Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie

DES MOINES – Three Rivermont Collegiate students received top honors at the National History Day in Iowa contest Monday at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.

Lolly Telleen, Adam Dada and Grace Moran join a group of Iowa students who will compete against nearly 2,500 other students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, June 10-14, 2012, at the 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

During this week’s state contest, the students competed against nearly 270 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) and received top honors for their entry, “Striking the Chains of Insanity” in the Senior Group Performance category. About 400 students in grades 6-8 will compete in the junior division contest Monday, May 7, 2012, also at the State Historical Museum.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2012 is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in the following categories: historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and websites. Nearly 10,000 Iowa students competed in the program this year, with winners at school and district competitions advancing to the state contests in Des Moines.

In addition to helping students discover the world of the past, the NHD program helps them develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department Cultural Affairs, since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 
Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children recognized nine outstanding community leaders as 2012 Children’s Champions! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz Strader   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 15:26
On May 1st, Illinois AEYC recognized twelve outstanding early childhood leaders from around the state
through a special proclamation in the Illinois General Assembly and a dessert reception in their honor.

The mission of Illinois AEYC is to facilitate the optimal development of young children by advocating for the
rights, needs, and well-being of young children; and educating, supporting, and collaborating with
individuals and organizations working in direct or indirect service to young children. To accomplish this
mission, the organization depends on the hard work of its members. Among them are dedicated leaders
whose hard work has made their local affiliate stronger and the lives of children in their communities better.

Illinois AEYC values the impact these exemplary volunteers have made as early childhood professionals.
Each stands out for their contribution to their communities, to the early childhood field, their local AEYC
affiliates, and to Illinois AEYC. The twelve represent a wide range of professional positions; many have
worked in the field for more than 25 years; some continue to volunteer after retiring. Illinois AEYC gratefully
acknowledges these contributions.

The twelve 2012 Children’s Champions and the affiliate chapter they represent are:

LORI LONGUEVILLE - Illinois AEYC
JENNIFER BROSNAHAN – Joliet Area AEYC
ANGIE COX – Southern Illinois AEYC
ANNETTE HERBERT – South Suburban AEYC
LEON DENTON - Chicago Metropolitan AEYC
PEGGY PATTEN - East Central AEYC
LAURIE WALKER - Quad Cities AEYC
TAMMY HALTER - McLean County AEYC
BRENDA SMITH- Heart of Illinois AEYC
PAM GIERMANN- DuPage AEYC
CATHY ARMSTRONG- Capitol Area AEYC
CATHERINE (CASS) WOLFE – Golden Corridor AEYC (GOAEYC)

An Award Ceremony and Reception was held in their honor on May 1, 2012, at the Governor’s Mansion,
401 E. Jackson St., Springfield, Illinois, 62701. The twelve 2012 Children’s Champions and their guests,
AEYC members from across the state, and Illinois Legislators were invited to the dessert reception where
each 2012 Children’s Champion was recognized for their achievements.

Everyone gathered at the Capitol for a special proclamation in both chambers and then proceeded to the
Governor’s Mansion. The 2012 Children’s Champions represent shining examples of those in our
communities doing good things for children, which led them to be nominated by their state/local affiliate

chapters and designated by the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children as Illinois 2012
Children’s Champions.

Quad Cities AEYC Nominee – LAURIE WALKER

Laurie Walker has always been a Children’s Champion! If she has not found a way to speak out for
children, we are sure she is in the process of discovering it! Laurie has no problem being the voice for
Children, Families, and Early Childhood Providers. She sits on various boards and meets with individuals
all across the State of Illinois in order to make sure that the voice of young children do not go unheard.
Laurie is a member of the IL Action for Children Board of Directors and past Board Chair, the IL Governor’s
Early Learning Council Oversight and Coordination Committee, the IL State Board of Education
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Stakeholder Committee, the IL Department of Human Services
(IDHS) Child Care and Development Advisory Council and co-chairs the Quality Committee, the Bi State
Leadership Committee, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee. She was
formerly Chair of the United Way Agency Director Association, Chair of the IL Department of Human
Services Statewide Advisory Council, and co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and a member of
the IDHS Tiered Reimbursements Committee, the IDHS contract Deliverables Committee, and the IDHS
Great Start Committee. Laurie, truly, has a passion and commitment to children and excellence and her
dedication to this field is what Early Childhood is all about.

 
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