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Apply Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dona Oliver   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:29


University of Colorado Boulder

"I definitely approach environmental subjects differently than I did before the fellowship, I have more confidence in my ability to grasp scientific concepts ad consequently, I find I can probe a little more deeply, have a bit more confidence in my ability to question research that I presented with, and be ore critical and skeptical when I look at policy relating to science. "

Michael Kodas, Journalist and author, former fellow 2009-2010

Apply now for the 2012-2013 academic year. Full-time U.S. print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years professional experience are eligible. Applicants may include general reporters, editors, producers, environmental reporters, full-time freelancers and photojournalists. Prior experience covering the environment is not necessary. Fellows will take classes, attend special seminars, go on field trips and engage in independent study at a university renowned for its environmental science and policy studies. The fellowship provides a 9-month stipend of $50,000, and additionally covers tuition and fees.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

For more information and application instructions contact:

The Center for Environmental Journalism
University of Colorado Boulder
1511 University Avenue, 478 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0478

(303) 492-4114

Adam Reab Named to Honor List at Missouri S&T PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Calicotte   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:23

ROLLA, MO (01/24/2012)(readMedia)-- Adam Reab of Blue Grass, Iowa, a senior in electrical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., has been named to the honor list for the 2011 Fall semester.

Honor list recipients must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0

For more information, visit or contact the admissions office at 800-522-0938.

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri S&T is a technological research university of 7,500 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Michael Millea Honored for Outstanding Academic Achievement at The Citadel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlene Gunnells   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:55

CHARLESTON, SC (01/24/2012)(readMedia)-- Cadet Michael Joseph Millea of Davenport, IA, was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Millea earned one of the college's top academic honors, a Gold Star.

Gold Stars are presented to students who achieve a 3.7 grade point average or higher during a semester's course work. In addition, Millea also will be placed on the Dean's List, a recognition that is given to those cadets and active duty military students whose grade point ratio is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester's work.

Millea is seeking a bachelor's degree is History.

Gold Star and Dean's List students will be recognized during The Citadel's Jan. 27 military dress parade, which begins at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field.

The Citadel, founded in 1842, is a public, coeducational military college in Charleston, S.C., that offers a classic military education for young men and women seeking a college experience that is intense, meaningful, academically strong and is focused on educating principled leaders for a strong military and a global workforce.

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Overhaul School Performance Reporting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:48

New School Report Cards to Help Parents and Communities
Measure Performance


CHICAGO – January 24, 2012. As part of his ongoing commitment to reform education in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will give parents and communities more information about their schools’ performance than ever before. The new law makes changes to school report cards, and report cards for school districts, in an effort to continue improving the state’s primary and secondary education system. This law was the result of ongoing work by the Governor’s P-20 Council, which was formed in 2009 to work with teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to improve education in Illinois.


“Every child in Illinois deserves access to a good, well-rounded education and we want every parent to know how their child’s school is performing,” Governor Quinn said. “Empowering parents and communities with this information increases accountability in our schools and allows us to better judge what works and what can be done better.”


Sponsored by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), House Bill 605 makes changes to the report cards submitted to parents, the Governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education starting in the 2013-2014 school year for elementary, middle and high schools statewide. The new cards will help the state better evaluate the success of schools, programs and districts by allowing comparisons between similar schools across the state, as well as current and past outcomes and progress.


The revamped report cards will include:


  • School characteristics and student demographics (school enrollment; racial and ethnic background; # of low income students; per pupil expenditure)
  • Curriculum information (availability of AP classes; availability of foreign language classes; school personnel resources; dual credit enrollment)
  • Student outcomes (percentage of students meeting and exceeding state standards; graduation rates; percentage of college-ready students)


  • Student progress (number of students entering kindergarten ready to learn; student growth measures; percentage of students entering high school on track for college or career)


  • School environment (teacher and principal retention; percentage of students and teachers with fewer than 10 absences; measures of school learning climate)


“Every child in Illinois, regardless of background or ethnicity, deserves an effective education,” P-20 Council Chairman Miguel Del Valle said. “Knowing how schools serve students and their communities is key to understanding how we improve our education system as a whole.”


“The first step towards improving our schools is knowing where we stand,” Rep. Chapa LaVia said. “Giving parents, teachers, administrators and lawmakers the information they need to make decisions about the future of our children is the responsible thing to do for our communities and our education system.”


"Parents have a right to know how their child's school is performing,” Sen. Lightford said. “The new report card is important from both an informational and a transparency standpoint, and will allow us to track vital information about student progress and determine what policies and practices are working and how we can do better. It's an essential tool for parents and educators alike."


HB605, which passed the General Assembly unanimously, follows historic education reform Governor Quinn signed into law last year, which facilitated longer school days and stronger standards for teachers. The new cards (example attached) are a result of collaboration between the Governor’s P-20 Council, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, school districts, state lawmakers and education advocacy groups from across the state.


The new law goes into effect immediately.



Grant Will Help Close Achievement Gap PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whitney Smith-Bringolf   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:06

Last year, due to grant funding, the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) was able to pilot technology which enhanced language to hearing impaired students. The pilot was such a success the Mississippi Bend AEA has decided to expand this technology to all preschool aged identified hearing impaired students (ages 1-6) who have hearing aids or cochlear implants. A grant in the amount of $14,256, from the Scott County Regional Authority, will help do this. The grant will assist seven deaf and hard of hearing students at home and in the classroom – helping to close the achievement gap between them and normal hearing students.  This grant in combination with last year’s grant and additional department funds will reach a total of 19 deaf and hard of hearing students with FM technology.

When hearing impaired students are fitted with either hearing aids or cochlear implants, they typically do not have access to additional technology to support their hearing needs. Parents usually cannot afford to purchase this equipment and educational institutions do not allow this technology to leave the buildings. The Mississippi Bend AEA will use the grant money to purchase equipment to be used in connection with hearing aids and cochlear implants, which will increase their access to devices such as; computers, cell phones, iPods/iPads and other technology which normal hearing students do not have difficulty with.  Most classrooms have background noise that competes with the teacher or device (i.e. others talking, paper shuffling, other electronics, ventilation systems, outside traffic or construction, and hallway noise). This background noise can make hearing very challenging for people with hearing aids or cochlear implants. The technology being purchased will allow sound to be transmitted directly to the hearing aid or cochlear implant so the background noise is less prominent.

Introduction of language is critical in the early preschool years and is the key to all academic success. Without the technology to access language, preschools and parents are constantly playing catch up with their deaf and hard of hearing children. Having the opportunity to expand this project will forever change the lives of these young children.

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The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of nine AEAs across the state of Iowa created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature. It provides educational services, media services and special education services to approximately 50,000 students in twenty-two public school districts and twenty-two approved non-public schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, socio economic status, or disability in its educational programs, services or employment practices. Inquiries concerning this statement should be addressed to Dr. Edward Gronlund, Equity Coordinator, at 563-344-6315.

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