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Jordan Spring Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:08
On Wednesday April 24th from 4:00 - 6:30 P.M. Jordan Catholic School will hold a Spring Open House. Come see all that Jordan has to offer your family. Take a tour of our school, meet the administrative staff and teachers, view preschool - 8th grade classrooms, science, engineering, and computer labs, library, and fine arts classrooms. You can also learn about Jordan's faith formation, curriculum and enrichment, special education and speech services, and athletic programs.

Jordan Catholic is recognized for its outstanding academic programs, cultural diversity, and safe, friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Jordan Catholic School is the FIRST choice of families seeking an outstanding core academic program, lab-based science and technology, dynamic middle school enrichment, a comprehensive & secure campus, and inspiring teachers.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln honors local students at All-University Honors Convocation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tom Simons   
Monday, 15 April 2013 07:54

LINCOLN, NE (04/12/2013)(readMedia)-- University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students will be honored in conjunction with UNL's All-University Honors Convocation April 14 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, including 42 seniors who will be recognized as Chancellor's Scholars, the university's highest undergraduate academic honor.

Students are recognized at Honors Convocation for their cumulative academic achievements (compared with Dean's List, which is for one semester). Honorees include:

➢ Chancellor's Scholars, students who graduated in December or who will receive their degrees in May or August and have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages on all collegiate work at UNL and elsewhere;

➢ Superior Scholars, seniors graduating in the 2012-13 academic year who have been recognized at Honors Convocation each year of their enrollment;

➢ High Scholars, students other than Chancellor's Scholars and Superior Scholars who are in the top 10 percent of their class.

Students from this area who will be honored include:

Bettendorf: Hannah Marjorie Kurth, senior, Superior Scholar, College of Fine and Performing Arts .

Bettendorf: Nathaniel Robert Sullivan, junior, High Scholar, College of Fine and Performing Arts with a 4.0 grade-point average.

Davenport: Samantha Walton Adrales, sophomore, High Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences .

Photographs of 36 of the 42 Chancellor's Scholars (six were unavailable for photographs) can be found at A list of all students recognized at Honors Convocation can be found at

Discover Western-QC and Discover Western Engineering Set for April 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami S. Seitz   
Monday, 15 April 2013 07:52

April 12, 2013

MOLINE, IL -- Freshman and transfer students interested in attending Western Illinois University-Quad Cities can tour the new campus and learn about WIU-QC programs by attending the Discover Western-Quad Cities Open House set for Saturday, April 20 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

Discover Western-QC programs, which are offered several times during the year, are designed to serve freshmen and transfer students. The Discover Western-QC April 20 open house event will take place from 9-11:30 a.m., with an introduction of representatives from WIU's academic colleges and to the wide range of services offered at Western.

In conjunction with the Discover Western-QC April 20 event, Discover Western Engineering will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m. for Discover Western Engineering attendees.

Through a class project, senior marketing students enrolled in a marketing management course collaborated this semester to promote and coordinate Discover Western Engineering. To prepare for the event, the students—who will be present at the event—created a 30-second promotional video, sent marketing materials to area high schools and businesses and collected prizes.

"This class project has been a rewarding learning opportunity," noted Rebeka Farias, a senior from Moline pursuing her bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. "It has enabled us to work on a real-world project and the chance to communicate and build professional relationships with peers, professors and businesses."

All Discover Western-QC attendees (including Discover Western Engineering participants) for the April 20 event will receive a raffle ticket and will be entered to win a variety of prizes, also collected by the students.

For more information about the Discover Western-QC portion of the program, contact WIU-QC at (309) 762-1494. Individuals can register online at

For more information about Discover Western Engineering, contact WIU-QC Engineering at (309) 762-9481, ext. 62783. Individuals interested in attending Discover Western Engineering can register online at


Two Plus Two Equals Four: Respected Education Groups Endorse Compromise Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 15 April 2013 07:51

(DES MOINES) – Senate Democrats on Thursday provided misleading information regarding the finances of the education reform conference committee offer made by legislative Republicans and the governor.

“Senate Democrats have repeatedly stated ‘The price for education reform is four and four’ (meaning 4 percent allowable growth or supplemental state aid for the next two fiscal years),” said Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. “The governor and legislative Republicans took them at their word, and found a way to meet this demand. Senate Democrats could have everything they wanted, in exchange for all the fundamental reforms Republicans want. Now, Senate Democrats are trying to confuse the issue by saying the offer is not equivalent to their demand of four percent each year.”

The reality: 4 percent growth in state aid for FY 2014 is equivalent to funding of $6,241 per pupil – a total of about $2.7 billion statewide.  The offer by the Governor and legislative Republicans of 2 percent supplemental state aid and a 2 percent one-time payment is equivalent to that same $6,241 per pupil.

“Simply put, two plus two equals four,” said Albrecht.

Senate Democrats demanded 4% in FY 2015, and the conference committee offer met that request.

“Respected education organizations recognize the opportunity presented in this compromise proposal,” continued Albrecht. “That’s why the proposal has been endorsed by the Iowa Association of School Boards, the School Administrators of Iowa, and the Urban Education Network of Iowa.”

Though the communication from Senate Democrats mentioned nothing about the policy in House File 215, these organizations recognize that the transformational reforms the bill offers will dramatically increase student achievement. In addition, nearly the entire business community endorsed House File 215 when it passed the House in February.

“We will not continue to put additional money into the existing system absent fundamental reforms in education that will increase student achievement,” said Albrecht. “The conference committee proposal offers the ability to provide school districts the regular funding they have requested, all while transforming education in Iowa.”


Iowa Students Get “Mad About Money!” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Miesen   
Friday, 12 April 2013 09:49

The Iowa Insurance Division Sponsors Live Performances Teaching Financial Literacy in Middle Schools

Minneapolis, MN (April 11, 2013) – Beginning April 15, thousands of middle school students throughout the state of Iowa will be treated to performances of Mad About Money II: Pay Yourself First! This unique and entertaining program – featuring live, educational theatre performances by professional actors – also includes print and Internet curriculum designed to get students to consider good habits around earning, saving and spending money.  Sponsored by the Iowa Insurance Division (IID), the program will play in 50 middle schools throughout the state.

Mad About Money, produced by The National Theatre for Children (NTC), features two professional actors who play a variety of characters in a 40-minute program for the entire school.  Students learn important lessons about their money and buying habits through four comical and informative sketches, including:

  • Wages minus deductions equals take home pay
  • Saving and investing always have some level of risk involved
  • Don’t let advertisers make your decisions
  • Financial choices affect your future

While the performance and educational content is completely scripted, the shows are built to incorporate certain moments of improvisation.  At the beginning of each scene, actors solicit information from the audience that is then humorously integrated into the show.  “The improvisational part of the show is really fun,” says Jolene Schurman of the Iowa Insurance Division. “The actors are able to take those suggestions from the audience and blend them into the action of the show in some really amazing ways.  The comedy of the show actually changes every time you see it!”

IID is a committed advocate for financial literacy in the state of Iowa, sponsoring a Mad About Money program into Iowa schools for the last six years.  Following the performances, students return to their classrooms to complete print activities and digital classroom games that further reinforce the financial literacy concepts from the show.  “Live theater is a really exciting and unique teaching platform,” Ms Schurman confirms.  “Especially when you combine it with classroom activities and homework assignments.  And the sooner students begin learning about managing their money, the better off they are in the long run.”

The Mad About Money program and format was the focus of a study conducted by financial literacy researcher Dr. Lewis Mandell.  His study provided empirical evidence that NTC-style productions—live educational theatre combined with print and classroom activities – positively influence student attitudes on personal finance.  For a copy of Dr. Mandell’s study, please contact NTC.

About the Iowa Insurance Division (IID)

The Iowa Insurance Division’s mission is to protect consumers through consumer education and by effectively and efficiently providing a fair, flexible and positive regulatory environment.  The IID supervises all insurance business transacted in the state. The insurance commissioner grants permission to companies wishing to sell insurance in Iowa and has general control over all aspects of their business, from the forms they use to the rates they charge. The commissioner also serves as the administrator of the securities act which involves the licensing of brokerage firms and their agents, examining new securities offerings and investigating investment fraud cases:

About The National Theatre for Children (NTC)

In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We educate young people – and their families – on important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, STEM, financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC has added printed curriculum and multiplatform media and developed the art of teaching through educational theatre into a science of its own.  NTC has grown to become the largest in-school touring educational theatre company in the world:

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