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  • ‘Tech, Tech Baby’ video a big winner for Des Plaines school Dec 22, 2014 9:50 AM
    Dorothy Henson has found entering students in competitions can be motivating -- and empowering. That was the case earlier this month at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, when it was announced that a video Henson and co-teacher, Cathy Hanley, had helped students produce won a national contest and up to $60,000 worth of education technology. “Working together on a competition gets the kids involved,” Henson said, “and it teaches them that they can succeed.”

  • Purdue gets $1.6M to create virtual patients Dec 22, 2014 5:35 AM
    Purdue University has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to counsel people to quit smoking using “virtual patients” and educational assessments. Purdue pharmacy Professor Karen Hudmon is leading the project that will develop teaching and learning tools. Hudmon says tobacco use is the primary known preventable cause of disease and death in the United States and results in enormous health care costs. She says it is well established that the most effective method to quit is a combination of counseling from a health care provider and the use of medication to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. But she says most health professional schools are not adequately preparing students for that role.

  • Learn about college aid at Stevenson Dec 21, 2014 2:17 PM
    Stevenson High School juniors and seniors and their families can attend a program about college financial aid Jan. 6. The free program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the performing arts center at the Lincolnshire school.

  • CLC scores construction grant Dec 21, 2014 2:20 PM
    College of Lake County has scored state cash to help build a construction business development center.

  • Congresswoman speaks at Bradley graduation Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told graduates at Bradley University that changing the world requires dedication and patience.

  • Minorities now the new majority in many suburban schools Dec 21, 2014 7:00 AM
    There are more minority students in Illinois than their white counterparts, and more than 50 percent of students now come from low-income families. Suburban educators are adjusting to the demographic shift. Of the change and the challenge, Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent David Larson said, “This is what’s happening in America. It’s exciting. It’s energizing, and it’s important to embrace.”

  • Incoming leader sees U of I as economic asset Dec 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen says he wants to build the school into a stronger economic asset to the state. Killeen takes over in July, when President Robert Easter retires.

  • Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin Dec 19, 2014 11:58 AM
    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It's a whole different type of learning going on.”

  • Mundelein High School drops national lunch program starting Feb. 1 Dec 19, 2014 3:49 PM
    Mundelein High School is dropping out of a federal school lunch program. The move should give students more food options, but it will eliminate federal subsidies.

  • Libertyville High students sign pledge to avoid drugs, alcohol during winter break Dec 18, 2014 4:27 PM
    Libertyville High School student athletes are asking their peers to pledge to avoid drugs and alcohol over winter break.

  • Palatine Dist. 15 helps interns ‘live the life of a teacher’ Dec 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    A school of sorts in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 is graduating its biggest class ever. This fall, the district welcomed 20 teachers-in-training who snagged one-year internships. They are all young women and students from Illinois State University’s College of Education.

  • St. Patrick reopens after flu outbreak: Dec 18, 2014 5:58 PM
    St. Patrick Catholic School in Wadsworth reopened Thursday after closing earlier in the week due to a flu outbreak.

  • Bids wanted for Mundelein High expansion project Dec 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    After months of planning, Mundelein High School officials are seeking construction bids for a $23.6 million expansion project. The three-story addition will be dedicated to science, math, technology and engineering. It will include large science labs, space for students to work cooperatively and other features.

  • Highland Middle School students show off their dance moves for parents, classmates Dec 18, 2014 12:08 PM
    Highland Middle School students showed off their dance moves for parents and classmates in the school’s gymnasium Thursday in Libertyville. The dances they learned were part of their physical education curriculum.

  • University of Illinois at Chicago names next chancellor Dec 18, 2014 8:51 PM
    The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced a provost at the University of South Carolina will be its next chancellor. Michael D. Amiridis still must be confirmed by the board of trustees.

  • St. Charles students expelled for shutting down Dist. 303 network Dec 19, 2014 7:11 PM
    Two St. Charles East High School students successfully shut down District 303's network for the better part of a month in an ongoing denial-of-service attack. They were expelled for the rest of the year, but it cost the district about $9,000. “It clearly made life very difficult for our teaching staff,” Superintendent Don Schlomann said. “I think, clearly, that had a great deal of impact on our classrooms. And that was the most concerning part of this for me.”

  • Gather around the campfire to mark winter solstice Dec 17, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will hold its annual Winter Solstice Campfire at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The program is free, and all ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun. The program will include stories from different cultures, emphasizing the interplay of cultural, astronomical, and ecological events on this pivotal day.

  • Learn about college aid: Dec 17, 2014 5:33 PM
    Mundelein High School students and parents can learn about financial aid opportunities for college during a program to be held Jan. 8.

  • District 79 preschool program: Dec 17, 2014 5:34 PM
    Fremont Elementary District 79 is encouraging parents to register for its new tuition-based preschool program for fall 2015.

  • Free choir concert: Dec 17, 2014 5:34 PM
    Stevenson High School’s choirs will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincolnshire school’s performing arts center. Admission is free.

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