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National Learning Disabilities Conference in Anaheim Addresses Current Issues Related to Education and Employment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary-Clare Reynolds   
Monday, 10 February 2014 13:21
February 10, 2014—Pittsburgh, PA— Assistive technology, cultural diversity and universal design will be featured topics at the 51st annual international conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, February 19-22, 2014.

Educators, administrators, support professionals, parents, and adults with learning disabilities will gather to take a comprehensive look at issues and best practices in professional preparation and evaluation; advances in reading and math research; assessment for learning disabilities; and transition from school to work.

Throughout the four days, 200 breakout sessions and topical workshops will be provided by leading experts in special and general education, mental health, education research, best classroom techniques, adult issues, assistive technology, assessment, public policy, advocacy, substance abuse, and juvenile justice.

Keynote sessions are “Cultural Diversity and Students with LD: Addressing Difference and Disability in Cultural and Linguistic Contexts” by Catherine Collier, Ph.D., Director/CEO – Cross-Cultural Developmental Education Services, Ferndale, WA on Wednesday, Feb. 19; “What’s LD and How Can I Get One? Reframing Technology for Persons with Learning Disabilities” by Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., Educational Research and Consulting, Bainbridge Island, WA, on Thursday, Feb. 20; and “Universal Design: How do Students with Learning Disabilities Benefit?” by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., Director, UW Accessible Technology, University of Washington, on Friday, Feb. 21.

An Assistive Technology (AT) Solutions Lab will be conducted for conference attendees by AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in the Exhibit Hall Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 19-21. Sessions will include AT Writing Solutions and Reading Solutions, Accessibility Tips and Tricks, Understanding Apps and Tablets Accessibility, sharing information about apps for a variety of uses, and demonstrations by AT vendors.

A special session on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, “Toxic Chemicals, Nutrition and Child Development” will be presented by Irva Hertz-Picciotto, M.P.H., Ph.D., Environmental Epidemiologist, Professor, UC Davis MIND Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA. CNN Hero John Zickefoose (Mr. Z) will speak at the Adult Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 20.

LDA is a non-profit organization of parents, professionals and adults with learning disabilities providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities.

For further information go to www.ldaamerica.org/conference/index.asp

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Northern Illinois University announces Fall 2013 Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Constance Ervins   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:50

DEKALB, IL (02/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Northern Illinois University announces its Fall 2013 Dean's List. The following local residents have been recognized as a Dean's List students at Northern Illinois University (NIU):

Ian Andrews of East Moline. Andrews, as a student in the College of Business

Diego Gomez of Moline. Gomez, as a student in the College of Business

Jacob Ngo of Moline. Ngo, as a student in the College of Business

Wesley Brinkman of Lyndon. Brinkman, as a student in the College of Education

Megan Wilson of Milan. Wilson, as a student in the College of Education

Angela Versluis of Silvis. Versluis, as a student in the College of Health & Human Sciences

James Green of Rock Island. Green, as a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Keaton Brown of Illinois City. Brown, as a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jacob Blair of Silvis. Blair, as a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ellen Collison of Clinton. Collison, as a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The dean's list is compiled by NIU's academic colleges according to varying criteria. Students must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale to receive this award.

We appreciate your assistance in acknowledging their accomplishment.

Chartered in 1895, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of about 21,000. Located near a vibrant research and development corridor, NIU's main DeKalb campus is 65 miles west of Chicago and 45 miles southeast of Rockford. NIU provides more than 60 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate- and doctoral- level programs in seven colleges (Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts). The university also operates education centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, where working professionals can access NIU programs at convenient times and locations. The 16 NIU Huskies athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference at the highest NCAA Division I level.

 
Northern Illinois University announces Fall 2013 graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Constance Ervins   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:22

DEKALB, IL (02/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Northern Illinois University announced the awarding of graduate and undergraduate degrees at the conclusion of its Fall 2013 session.

Amadou Hanne of Moline is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Hanne graduated with a MBA degree from the College of Business.

Eli Gehn of Moline is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Gehn graduated with a B.S. degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Ellen Collison of Clinton is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Collison graduated with a BFA degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Jose Nunez of Moline is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Nunez graduated with a B.S. degree from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Kristen Andrews of East Moline is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Andrews graduated with a B.S. degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Lawrence Vanwinkle of Hillsdale is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Vanwinkle graduated with a B.S. degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Stephanie Tunnell of Rock Island is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Tunnell graduated with a BFA degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

NIU announced the awarding of graduate and undergraduate degrees at the conclusion of its fall semester, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 respectively.

We appreciate your assistance in acknowledging their accomplishment.

Chartered in 1895, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of about 21,000. Located near a vibrant research and development corridor, NIU's main DeKalb campus is 65 miles west of Chicago and 45 miles southeast of Rockford. NIU provides more than 60 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate- and doctoral- level programs in seven colleges (Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts). The university also operates education centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, where working professionals can access NIU programs at convenient times and locations. The 16 NIU Huskies athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference at the highest NCAA Division I level.

 
Iowa Students Need Help in Reading Proficiency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Garvin   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:54
Nearly one in four of Iowa’s public third-grade students (8, 706) are not proficient in reading. National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading results for Iowa students has been virtually stagnant since 1992* among both 4th and 8th grade students tested. Reading is a gateway skill to learning, and we are committed as a state to preparing all students for success in college and career training.

A survey commissioned by the IowaReadingResearchCenter (IRRC) and conducted by Iowa’s regent universities shows inconsistencies in literacy instructional practices in Iowa schools, which may be contributing to stagnant reading trends reported among Iowa’s students for the past several years.

The survey revealed inconsistencies in the following areas among Iowa’s schools:

Classroom Literacy Instruction

There is a wide array of teaching approaches, uneven interventions for students who are struggling and disparate time allotments for literacy instruction.

Professional Development

A majority of educators reported professional development participation related to the Iowa Core English Language Arts, but with a varying range of time allotted for implementation, and a low percentage of professional development focus in reading interventions for targeted students.

Resources

The survey results indicate an uneven perception of the availability of resources, including technology resources and materials covering the Iowa Core standards, but results also showed some agreement among administrators and teachers that the time available to dedicate toward Iowa Core standards is insufficient.

Summer Reading Programs

Just more than half of Iowa’s schools responding to the survey indicate they currently offer a summer reading program. Among those school programs, both the duration and the daily time allotment for literacy instruction vary widely.

The IRRC is tasked with the identification of teaching strategies and interventions; student assessments; professional development for educators; a statewide student data reporting system; and to develop the criteria and guidelines for a summer literacy program with the goal of literacy proficiency for all of Iowa’s students.

The IRRC is in a unique position to advocate and coordinate best practices because the center is not committed to any one entity. The mission is to mine the existing research and disseminate proven interventions and strategies. Our goal is to be the cohesive, comprehensive resource for vetted, evidence-based practices so that teachers and parents do not have to spend their valuable time trying to identify best practices. We can instead do that for them.

The IRRC website is a growing content source of highly vetted, evidence-based resources for teachers, parents and all stakeholders interested in advancing students’ literacy and reading proficiency.

Michelle Hosp, the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, may be reached at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Unique Presentations from QC Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marrietta   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:42

Rivermont Collegiate Students Present Community Service Projects & Living Biographies!

11th Grade Community Service Project Presentations

Tuesday, 2/11 – 1:00 p.m.

Community service projects are completed by every 11th grade student at Rivermont. During these formal presentations before faculty and community judges, students explain how they applied academic learning to community needs and how the experience not only benefitted others, but affected them personally. (See project list below.)

7th Grade Living Biography Performances

Thursday, 2/13 – 10:45 a.m.

The lead designer of Minecraft, an MSNBC political commentator, the 1st Native American prima ballerina, the founder of the American Red Cross, the President and CEO of Yahoo, and more – all gathered in one place as they come to life on stage at Rivermont! (See project list below.)

 

11th Grade Community Service Projects

Community Judges:

Dr. Edward Rogalski, President of St. Ambrose University 1987-2007

Katherine Sigardson-Poor, Rivermont Alum Parent

Marie Christian, Communications Professor at Scott Community College and Educational Consultant

Mike Romkey, Associate Managing Editor at Dispatch/Argus

 

Organizations Served:

Davenport Junior Theatre

Bettendorf Public Library

Engineering Kids Camp (Putnam Museum)

Girls Scouts of America

Café on Vine (Davenport)

Humane Society of Scott County

Hope Creek Nursing Home (East Moline)

Quad City Animal Welfare Center

Adarsha Vidya Mandira (English medium school located in India)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Davenport)

Center for Belgian Culture (Moline)

7th Grade Living Biographies

Markus Persson

Anne Frank

Steve Jobs

Erwin Schrodinger

Rachel Louise Carson

Rachel Maddow

Joan of Arc

Stephen Hawking

Maria Tallchief

Marissa Mayer

Michael Jordan

Clarissa Harlowe Barton

Niccolo Machiavelli

Karl Benz

 
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