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Diana Anghel Awarded Scholarship to Attend Lake Forest College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Nemcek   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:36

LAKE FOREST, IL (09/28/2012)(readMedia)-- Lake Forest College welcomed 485 new and transfer students from 35 states and 40 countries this year. Diana Anghel, of Moline, IL, joined the Forester community this fall and is expected to graduate in 2016. Anghel was awarded an In-State Scholarship, given to well-qualified Illinois high school graduates and the Forester Reid Music Scholarship.

Anghel attended Moline Senior High School in Moline, IL.

Lake Forest College is a national liberal arts institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago. The College has 1,500 students representing 47 states and 78 countries. For more information visit

Gov. Branstad announces Iowa school districts receive Teacher Incentive Funding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:31

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced today that the Central Decatur Community School District and the Saydel Community School District won a grant in partnership with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) from the U. S. Department of Education’s 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund.

The goal of the project is to create a new teacher leadership and compensation structure in each district to help boost student achievement. This will be done by putting in place NIET’s Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), which creates mentor and master teacher roles that provide more support for classroom teachers to help them improve instructional strategies. As part of the project, the districts will make it possible for teachers who specialize in science, technology, engineering and math to seek more training at local universities. Helping principals become more effective also is a focus of the project.

The grant provides $2.3 million for the first two years, with the possibility of nearly $9.6 million total over five years depending upon annual congressional appropriations.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to implement a new teacher leadership and compensation structure, which will better support teachers in the classroom as they work to raise student achievement,” said Branstad. “I would like to thank the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching and the Central Decatur and Saydel school districts for working together to win this grant. Their superintendents, school boards, teachers’ associations and others did an extraordinary job of moving this application forward in a short time frame. Graceland University and Grand View University also deserve to be commended for their support for the grant application. So does the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council.”

“The creation of mentor and master teacher roles will give teachers new career options in these two districts,” Branstad added. “We cannot continue the one-size-fits-all approach toward the teaching profession, which limits professional opportunities.”

The Central Decatur and Saydel superintendents said the grant will better support work already under way in their districts.

“We are excited to have this opportunity. The core concepts of the Teacher Advancement Program align with the work we have done and conversations we already have had as a district. We feel this will help provide more structure and better consistency to sustain and improve student achievement,” said Chris Coffelt, Central Decatur superintendent. Coffelt added that the grant will offer teachers multiple career paths, and will help the district have more success retaining and attracting great teachers.

“I believe the grant has the power to be transformational. It is such a great opportunity to improve teaching to increase student learning,” said Saydel Superintendent Brad Buck.

Buck said Saydel teachers work extraordinarily hard now, but the additional support will help them accelerate student achievement.

“In line with Governor Branstad’s and Education Director Jason Glass’s reform blueprint, this will open up new career opportunities in our district with the designation of mentor and master teacher roles,” said Buck. Master teachers will spend 100 percent of their day providing staff with instructional coaching and analyzing student achievement data, among other duties, he said.

“This is an exciting new day for the teaching profession in Iowa,” said Glass. “This is the first federal grant of its kind ever awarded to the state and a marked change from the one-size-fits-all profession that has come to limit career opportunities for teachers. We are incredibly proud of these two districts and their innovative spirit, and we look for them to lead the way in this exciting new era of the teaching profession.”

The grant won by Central Decatur and Saydel is one of 35 grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Education to “improve pay structures, reward great teachers and principals, and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high-poverty schools.” For more information:


Lt. Governor Simon to tout student veterans pledge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:41
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will join Illinois higher education leaders tomorrow to support a pledge committing schools to implement policies that provide support for Illinois’ 30,000 student veterans.

Leaders from more than 20 Illinois community colleges and universities, including City Colleges of Chicago, National-Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois will be in attendance at the University Club in Chicago and asked to sign the Valuing Veterans Pledge. The pledge declares a school’s support for enhancing student veteran outreach and recognition, providing transition services, and establishing support policies and procedures. Simon said pledging to invest in Illinois’ student veterans should be a priority of every citizen.

“As a state, we must ensure that our veterans, those who put their lives on the line to serve us, have access to the tools they need to succeed in school,” said Simon, who is Governor Quinn’s point person on education reform. “An investment in student veterans is an investment in the future of our economy.”

The Valuing Veterans event is co-hosted by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Student Veterans of America. Simon will be joined by David Hiller, the president and CEO of McCormick Foundation, Col. David Sutherland, a former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

DATE: September 27, 2012

TIME: 8:30 a.m. event start; 9:30 a.m. Lt. Governor’s remarks

PLACE: University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe, Chicago



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Written by Vera Hinrichsen   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:40
Milan, IL 9/26/12

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) has awarded Just Kids @ XPAC with NAC Accreditation.

As a NAC accredited center, Just Kids @ XPAC has been recognized as an early care and education program that exemplifies excellence in the care of young children. By achieving NAC accreditation, Just Kids @ XPAC offers a high quality program that  exceeds state licensing requirements and provides an environment that is conducive to each child’s individual growth and development. The program also offers opportunities to support and educate staff members and parents on child development issues.

The accreditation process included a self-study process in which administrators, staff members and parents evaluated the program in accordance with NAC Accreditation Standards. After the self-study process was complete, an onsite observation took place at Just Kids @ XPAC by an early childhood professional. Based on the information collected, Just Kids @ XPAC was awarded  accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. All parents, staff members and administrators at Just Kids @ XPAC are to be congratulated for achieving this level of excellence.

Just Kids @ XPAC is located on site at XPAC Corporation, Milan. More information about the program can be found at

About NAC
The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is sponsored by the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP). NACCP is the nation’s leader among associations serving child care owners, directors and administrators. The organization’s goal is to strengthen and enhance the credibility of leaders in the field of early care and education by providing membership services and benefits. For more information about NACCP and NAC, please visit


Braley Announces Nearly $350,000 for Clarke University & Returning Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:38

Waterloo, IA – Today, Representative Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that Clarke University in Dubuque has been awarded a $348,942 grant to train nurses and help veterans transition from the military to civilian nursing careers when they return home. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Advanced Education Nurses Traineeship (AENT) Program.

“The funding going to Clarke College is part of the continued promise to help our veterans find good paying jobs when they return home from duty,” said Braley. “Our veterans have shown what they can do on the battlefield and with the help of this grant they can get the skills they need for a successful nursing career.”

The students in advanced nurse education programs will be helped with the costs of full or partial tuition, books, fees, and stipends. The funding will also help nursing students provide critical career enhancement and job placement for our Nation’s veterans. The AENT program will support schools with technological innovations to allow active duty personnel to register and be admitted to the school during a deployment so that they can immediately begin their studies once they return from an overseas assignment.

For more information on the health professions programs, visit

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