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Written by Robin Anctil   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:07

IOWA FALLS, Iowa - One hundred fifty-four students, including Austin Smith of Davenport, have been named to the Spring 2013 (January to May) Dean's List at Ellsworth Community College.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must have taken 12 or more credit hours during the semester (a full-time class load) and have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average while attending ECC classes in Iowa Falls or online. Part-time students are not included on this list, and developmental courses do not count toward a student's GPA. The staff and administration congratulate these students for their academic excellence.

Lt. Governor Simon introduces new 6th-12th grade math courses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:41

Urges districts to better prepare students for college math, careers

SPRINGFIELD – May 23, 2013. As the state’s point person on education reform, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and the Illinois State Board of Education today released the state’s first 6th-12th grade math curriculum and urged middle and high schools statewide to implement the new courses beginning this fall.

The new curriculum package aims to reduce remedial math needs for college-bound students and improve career readiness for those going into the workforce. In 2012, 58 percent of Illinois high school graduates failed to meet the math college readiness benchmark, according to the ACT. Research shows when students enroll in remedial math courses at college, they are more likely to drop out or graduate late.

To make sure Illinois students are better prepared for college-level math and careers, Simon worked with ISBE last year to pass Senate Bill 3244 and launch the Math Curriculum Task Force to design the first-ever statewide math curriculum units. The units outline teaching techniques aligned with Common Core standards, providing educators a better road map for math instruction than ever before.

“We want to put all middle and high school students on a track for success,” Simon said. “Colleges and employers expect our students to have certain skills, but find too many students unprepared. The tools we released should help educators better prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.”

Illinois adopted the Common Core standards in 2010. But how to implement or teach to those standards has been up to districts. Many rely on textbook companies to dictate curriculum not necessarily aligned to standards, while others can invest in curriculum directors to assist teachers.

The state-designed curriculum units, and soon-to-come lesson plans, provide new, high-quality tools that are aligned with the Common Core and can be adapted as needed to meet each classroom’s needs. Simon said this should help level the playing field for districts with fewer resources.

“This is not an unfunded mandate,” Simon said. “We are giving teachers, schools and districts an extra resource to incorporate within their classrooms in a way that is most beneficial to the students.”

In all, 24 middle and 28 high school unit outlines were developed, with major changes in high school curriculum. Currently, high school math progresses annually from one content area to the next – Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II. The new model introduces integrated high school math courses – Math I, II and III – which each teach elements of algebra, geometry and statistics at each grade level.

Although four years of math are not required to graduate from high school in Illinois, the new model also includes content recommendations for senior year courses. The fourth-year options include career and technical education courses and dual credit coursework offered in conjunction with a local community college or university. These can help better prepare students for college-level math or the workforce.

Schools can opt to follow the state-recommended scope and sequence of math study in part or whole, or continue to follow local curricula. Analysis of the models’ effect will be completed within four years.

“These math curriculum models can help districts continue to implement the more rigorous Illinois Learning Standards in the coming year,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Our new learning standards emphasize a holistic approach and ensure that students truly master math concepts and can apply them in their jobs and everyday life.”

ISBE has decided to go beyond its statutory charge and develop lesson plans to correspond with the proposed math curricula, as well as develop math curriculum units for elementary schools. The additional materials will be available in the fall.

“The units structure the way a topic should be approached and allow a common ground for all teachers to teach their grade level,” said Tai Williford, an 8th grade math teacher from Neal Math and Science Academy in North Chicago. “You can see the progression from one topic to the next and one grade level to the next. Using these units has been great for me and my colleagues because we know what we need the end result to be and we can discuss how to get our students there based on their current standings.”

For more information about the model curricula, click here.


News Releases - Education & Schools
Written by Pascious Prince   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:29

Kaplan University’s Davenport campus will celebrate the graduation of 102 students on Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the RiverCenter Great Hall, 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport.

Student Melanie Baumann, candidate for the master of science in criminal justice degree, will address her fellow graduates.

The May 2013 graduates of Kaplan University’s Davenport campus are as follows:

Master of Science

Criminal Justice

Melanie Baumann, Davenport, IA

Jennifer DeCock, Moline, IL

Kimberly Hill, Bettendorf, IA

Kimberley Koller, Muscatine, IA

Melissa Vance, Davenport, IA

Information Technology

Thomas Beaudry, Buffalo, IA

Geoffrey Salyars, Wilton, IA

Environmental Policy

Libby Imming, Davenport, IA


Christopher L. McAfee, Davenport, IA

Bachelor of Science


Brian Dalton, Clinton, IA

Business Administration

Derrick Barry, Bettendorf, IA

Justin Burds, Peosta, IA

Jennifer Foster, Aledo, IL

Katie Gerst, Morning Sun, IA

Gail Johns, Clinton, IL

Brittany Johnson, Clinton, IA

Ishanti Johnson, Davenport, IA

Shawn Montagna, Muscatine, IA

LaMonté Nimmers, Rock Island, IL

Gabriella Palmer, Sterling, IL

John Pieper, Muscatine, IA

Darcy Raymie, Davenport, IA

Tiaira Walls, Davenport, IA

Chris Wheatley, Aledo, IL

Criminal Justice

April Davis, Davenport, IA

Kevin Esp, Moline, IL

Michael Grace, Tipton, IA

Dianna Head, Davenport, IA

LeAnna Heard, Davenport, IA

Bobbi Hepler, Davenport, IA

Eustace King, Davenport, IA

Jessica L. McIntyre, Davenport, IA

Michael Pearce, Whitten, IA

Hallie Petre, Davenport, IA

Crystal Roquet, East Moline, IL

Kelly Van Rycke, Davenport, IA

Health Care Administration

Jordan Brautigam, Rock Island, IL

Jennifer Buchanan, Galesburg, IL

Rebecca S. Klemme, Davenport, IA

Ashleigh Mayberry, Clinton, IA

Information Technology

Joseph Bates, Davenport, IA

Harold Boyd, Walcott, IA

Stephen Gibson, Davenport, IA

Randall Miller, Wilton, IA

Thomas Rivera, DeWitt, IA

Kelly Whitlow, Davenport, IA

Jason Wieneke, Geneseo, IL

Seth Yerington, Davenport, IA

Legal Studies

Whitney Dietz, Moline, IL

Vincent Jones, Moline, IL

Kayla M. Thorndike, Eldridge, IA


James Hollowell, Sterling, IL

Rachel Paetz, Muscatine, IA

Associate of Applied Science


Veronica Bales, Walcott, IA

Barbara Gonzales, Moline, IL

Chelsea Harland, Seaside, CA

Jackelin Moats, Kewanee, IL

Stan Rossmiller, Eldridge, IA

Business Administration

Ashley Atkins, Oceanside, CA

Rhonda Goettsch, Davenport, IA

Melissa Gottfreid, Eldridge, IA

Danny Lapsey, Bettendorf, IA

Justin MacIntyre, Bettendorf, IA

Jessica Mackin, DeWitt, IA

Emily Schwener, Eldridge, IA

Lateshia Sheets, Davenport, IA

Marshall Siegfried, Davenport, IA

Samantha Strohbehn, DeWitt, IA

Nathan Tutor, Eldridge, IA

Criminal Justice

Luke Garcia, Colona, IL

Heather Hammond, Muscatine, IA

Jessica Houseman, Moline, IL

William Lovel, Davenport, IA

Human Services

Jaime Barnes, Bettendorf, IA

Katlyn Gibson, Clinton, IA

Renea Harbison, Davenport, IA

Tiffany Hinkle, Davenport, IA

Bonnie Jenious, Davenport, IA

Ashley Jones, Eldridge, IA

Lynn Mizer, Walcott, IA

Information Technology

Jabes Blake, Clinton, IA

Edgar Grandberry, Rock Island, IL

Angela Leffler, Bettendorf, IA

Jeremy Mills, Moline, IL

Kenneth O'Donnell, Davenport, IA

Cody Schroeder, DeWitt, IA

Medical Assisting

Pamela Bonnewell, Sterling, IL

Tonya Cole, Muscatine, IA

Marcy Combs, Wilton, IA

Jennifer Hass, Davenport, IA

Shannon Lenz, Joy, IL

Kimberly Luke, Davenport, IA

Gwendolyn Marino, Davenport, IA

Katrina Norton, Muscatine, IA

Dallas Retherford, Joy, IL

Julie Smith, Sterling, IL

Leslie Villalpando, Milan, IL

Stephanie Willis, Thomson, IL

Medical Office Management,

Samantha Mayland, Park View, IA

Sonja Newell, Bettendorf, IA

Medical Transcription

Sariah Luna, Davenport, IA

Ellen M. Stone, Bennett, IA

Paralegal Studies

Benjamin Crichfield, Davenport, IA

Chasity Swift, Savanna, IL

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 49,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 67,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit today.


Statement by Iowa State Education Association president Tammy Wawro PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:21

In response to passage of the Conference Committee report on education reform

DES MOINES, IA (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Education Association is pleased a compromise has been reached on the education reform package. We know there are pieces in the bill that will benefit Iowa's students and public schools tremendously. Allowable Growth is now set for the next two years giving school districts a reliable and stable budget stream to plan for class sizes, course offerings, and school technology. The Iowa Early Intervention Block Grant means that K-3 students will continue to receive essential learning tools that are needed to enhance and improve their chances for a good beginning in school; Home Rule was defeated which could have hindered our ability to maintain a statewide standard of excellence; the teacher leadership pathways will enhance the roles of educators in our schools; and the Legislature has provided an opportunity for educators to be involved in studying our evaluation system and recommending improvements.

While there are disappointing portions of the bill, overall we are pleased with the outcome. At the end of the day, this funds our schools and provides educators a voice in their profession.


The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!

Bettendorf Resident Simone Hermes Graduates from Concordia University, St. Paul PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Dunham   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:20

ST. PAUL, MINN. (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- Simone Hermes of Bettendorf, Iowa graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul during the graduate programs commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Concordia's Gangelhoff Center. Hermes graduated with a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management.

Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia delivers an educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students, relevant to the demands of the job market, and provides real preparation for thoughtful living and dedicated service, so that our students can achieve personal and career success. Visit us on the web:

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