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Written by Jeff Bandursky   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:57

Concordia, Wis. (September 8, 2014) - Concordia University Wisconsin officials have released the Spring Honors List for the 2013-2014 academic year. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA.

Among the area students named to the list were Ian Wallace, a sophomore studying accounting from Davenport.

Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, offers over 70 undergraduate majors and is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The school is located on 200 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline, only 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee.


News Releases - Education & Schools
Written by Charlie Becker   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:26
MONTICELLO, IOWA – The 26th annual Back-to-School Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Special Education classes are invited to this free event sponsored by Camp Courageous and Variety-The Children's Charity. There will be games, prizes, train rides, bounce house, swimming, a helicopter landing and more. Face painters, a balloon artists and many mascots will be mingling with the crowd. A free lunch is provided.

Camp Courageous is a year- round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. Camp served 211 campers during the summer of 1974 and now serves over 6500 campers a year.

For more information or to RSVP or volunteer please contact Jeanne
Muellerleile at or call 319-465-5916 ext. 2300.


5 Ways to Change How Teachers Function in K-12 Classrooms PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:19
Educational Researcher Says It Will Boost Learning
& Cut Costs

Less than half of high school graduates who took the SAT in 2013 were prepared for college, continuing a five-year trend.

Less than half – 44 percent -- who took the ACT had the reading skills necessary for college. That’s down from 53 percent in 2009. And nearly a third failed to meet standards in four areas: reading, English, science and math.

The failures have persisted despite years of new tests, new curricula and new demands on teachers, notes educational researcher and consultant Charles M. Reigeluth, author of “Reinventing Schools: It’s Time to Break the Mold,” (

“We continue to approach the same problems with the same sorts of solutions, despite the fact that they’re not working,” he says. “Instead, we need a fundamental shift in how we educate our children. Our public school system was designed to meet the needs of a long-ago era – the Industrial Age. It’s not working because we’re now in the Information Age.”

Teachers unfairly shoulder much of the blame for the lack of progress, he notes, but they’re hamstrung by roles and rules that don’t work for 21st century students.

“We need to change from teacher-centered education to learner-centered. In the Industrial Age paradigm, teachers are a judge and a perceived threat. In the Information Age, they should be guides and coaches who help students overcome obstacles,” says Reigeluth.

His multidimensional approach includes reducing bureaucracy in schools; encouraging students to teach each other with teacher supervision; having interns and other paraprofessionals, including retiree volunteers, assist with guiding student learning; and creating an “educational cooperative,” where a community’s adults can earn access to learning resources, advancing their own education, in exchange for helping students learn.

“The new paradigm can significantly reduce the cost of education while increasing the quality,” says Reigeluth, who outlines the five new roles teachers would have in this redesigned system.

•  Mentor … the same 20 to 30 students for several years, addressing all aspects of student development. Students and teachers would develop the deeper relationships that foster real caring on both sides. Mentors would help students prepare a personal learning plan for each project period, six to 12 weeks, including helping each student and his parents choose appropriate instructional goals, subject to standards set by the community, state and nation. Mentors would also help identify and support the best means for each student to achieve those goals.

•  Designer … of student work options, mostly projects or tasks, to engage students in the learning process. Open educational resources developed by teachers throughout the country and available to all educators for free via the Internet can alleviate much of the burden of the designer role.

•  Facilitator … of the learning process, which entails monitoring student progress, enhancing student motivation and coaching student performance.

•  Learner … the teacher is always learning with the students, about students, from and for the students. The teacher does not have all the answers, but the teacher helps students find answers. And the teacher is always learning more about how best to meet students’ needs. The new paradigm provides sufficient support for teacher learning.

•  Owner and manager … of the school. Like lawyers and accountants in a small firm, teachers would be partners who own their public school and make decisions about its operations, including budgeting and staffing. This model is already a success at the Minnesota New Country School and other EdVisions schools. This role elevates teachers to that of true professionals, rather than workers controlled by an all-powerful bureaucracy.

“These new roles offer empowerment to those who are most affected by our system, the student and the teacher, the latter of whom I suggest calling ‘guides’ to better reflect their new roles,” Reigeluth says. “The new roles better serve students in the age in which we live.”

About Charles M. Reigeluth

Charles M. Reigeluth is a distinguished educational researcher who focuses on paradigm change in education. He has a B.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in instructional psychology from Brigham Young University. He was a professor at the Instructional Systems Technology Department at Indiana University, and is a former chairman of the department. His new book, “Reinventing Schools,” (, advocates and chronicles a national paradigm change in K-12 education. He offers presentations and consulting on this topic.

Sing & Play & Learn Today! at West Music Quad Cities Accepting Fall 2014 Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Goerdt   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:06

Moline, IL - September 5, 2014 – Sing & Play & Learn Today!, West Music's own early childhood music and movement program is excited to kick off their Fall 2014 classes in September. The program is accepting registrations for all classes and will continue to accept new students as space allows after classes begin. Sing & Play & Learn Today! classes are held at West Music Quad Cities at 4305 44th Avenue in Moline, Illinois.

Sing & Play & Learn Today! offers a fun, engaging curriculum that explores instrument playing, singing, moving, and so much more. All classes are age and developmentally appropriate and are taught by enthusiastic and experienced early childhood educators. Curriculum materials include child-friendly instruments and materials.

A variety of classes and class times are available for Fall 2014 including

  • Sing, Play, Grow! for babies ages 3-15 months

  • Sing, Play, Move! for toddlers ages 16 months - 3.5 years

  • Sing, Play, Drum! for preschoolers ages 3.5-6 years

For more information about class times and instructors or to register, please visit

About Sing & Play & Learn Today!

Sing & Play & Learn Today! is West Music’s own early childhood music and movement program! Designed for ages 3 months - 6 years and using activities created by our own educators and other nationally recognized authors, Sing & Play & Learn Today! helps your child experience the amazing musical and non-musical life skills outcomes of early childhood music and movement! For more information regarding Sing & Play & Learn Today!, please visit

About West Music Company

Founded in 1941, West Music continues to fulfill its mission of creating musical communities by providing knowledge, products, and services people need to experience the power of making music! West Music specializes in pianos, guitars, drums and percussion, band and orchestra instruments, and print music as well as offers music instruction, repair and music therapy services. West Music has eight retail locations in Iowa and western Illinois including two new locations with their recent merger with Kephart’s Music Center. For more information, visit West Music’s website at or call 1-800-373-2000.

Braley Asks Iowans to Share Their Stories Dealing with Student Loans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 08:37

In continued effort to address student loan debt and college affordability, Congressman reaches out to Iowans

Washington, D.C. – After a recent report showing a 12-fold increase in the cost of college tuition in the last 30 years, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today called on Iowans to share their stories receiving and repaying student loans. Braley will share the comments he receives with Department of Education in his continued effort to address the student debt crisis and college affordability.

"I was lucky to receive college student loans when I attended Iowa State, but my experience pales in comparison to present-day graduates who have the highest level of student loan debt in history," Braley said. "We’ve got to find solutions to rising tuition costs and rising debt burdens, and a big piece of that hearing and sharing the first-person stories of those facing these challenges."


Braley is seeking personal stories from Iowans that have taken out student loans and/or are repaying those loans, and the challenges they have faced to further their education goals. Stories can be shared on his website at:

Braley recently sponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, allowing individuals to refinance their student loan debt at lower interest rates, helping address the record high levels of crippling loan debt and delinquencies increasingly affecting millions of students and their families. The U.S. Department of Education estimates this new legislation would benefit 311,000 Iowa student borrowers.

Student loan debt today totals $1.2 trillion, $864 billion of which is backed by the federal government. More than 70 percent of students who graduated from college in 2012 had student loan debt.

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