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  • Village Theatre Guild Presents Family Comedy Drama, “The Outgoing Tide Jan 2, 2015 4:10 PM
    Press Release for upcoming Production at Village Theatre Guild

  • No injuries in Glen Ellyn apartment complex fire Dec 30, 2014 7:54 PM
    A fire that broke out at a Glen Ellyn apartment complex Tuesday left no reported injuries, officials said.

  • The DuPage Community Foundation Announces 2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Grant Guidelines and Applications Available Dec 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    Three Spirit of Volunteerism grants will be awarded to recognize organizations which have implemented successful volunteer programs and have leveraged volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The amount of the grants will be $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. Most not-for-profit organizations serving DuPage County residents are eligible to apply. For grant guidelines or to determine eligibility, visit www.dcfdn.org and click “Grant Guidelines” under the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards section to the right. Established in 2011, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards were created as a means to say “thank you” to the volunteer and staff leaders of DuPage County not-for-profit organizations for their tireless efforts to help raise the quality of life for our community’s residents during these challenging economic times. Specifically, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards seek to recognize organizations that have successfully leveraged volunteers to enhance their organizational outcomes. “Not-for-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and have become quite creative in the ways in which they engage them to deliver their programs and services,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “The Spirit of Volunteerism awards provide an opportunity to recognize and reward the contributions of volunteers for the critical impact they have on individual organizations and the community as a whole.” The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 15, 2015. Recipients will be selected by a review committee which is comprised in part of donors who have financially supported the award. Questions about the application process may be directed to Szczepaniak at barbs@dcfdn.org. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

  • Glen Ellyn Park District planning for improvements Dec 29, 2014 5:05 PM
    Glen Ellyn Park District is looking to spruce up many of its parks and amenities, including the historic Lake Ellyn boathouse, as part of next year’s budget. he park district’s 2015 budget projects about $18.9 million in expenditures, which cover, in part, costs for several park upgrades.

  • Images: The Week in Pictures Dec 29, 2014 2:15 PM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of toys being donated, a homeless peoples memorial service, and snow falling inside a shopping mall.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of December, 22..

  • Master Gardener presents tools and tips for BodySmart Gardening Dec 26, 2014 7:29 PM
    This winter, join University of Illinois Extension to become a “BodySmart” Gardener, and find out how you can prevent aches and strains and make gardening more enjoyable. Presented by award-winning DuPage County Master Gardener Jan Hanson, the “BodySmart Gardening” workshop will focus on techniques to prevent injury while working in the yard.

  • Experts: Wearable tech, connections to our stuff are likely 2015 trends Dec 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Wearable technology, more connections with your house and car, and faster speeds continue to dominate the hottest technologies expected in the new year, according to suburban tech experts.

  • COD student’s response to adversity inspires others Dec 23, 2014 3:33 PM
    College of DuPage student Ahsan Javaid has faced more than his fair share of adversity and he is using those experiences to inspire others.

  • Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Dec 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    Gift Wrapping for Patients is Serious Business at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

  • Pet Therapy at The Terraces at The Clare Dec 30, 2014 2:07 PM
    Medical professionals are widely acknowledging what animal lovers have known all along.

  • Sandra Pihos to make bid for College of DuPage seat Dec 20, 2014 7:11 AM
    While her tenure as a state representative is coming to an end, Sandra Pihos says she wants to continue to serve the public. So the Glen Ellyn Republican is running for a spot on the College of DuPage board of trustees. She’s already filed her nomination papers to get on the April 7 ballot. “I’m not going to let grass grow under my feet because there’s so many things that need to be done,” said Pihos, whose last day as a state representative is Jan. 13. “I want to continue to be involved.”

  • Virginia Lake Elementary students illistratue children’s holiday book Dec 22, 2014 7:43 AM
    A Good News Story

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of December 15.

  • College of DuPage Fastest-Growing Community College in Nation Outside California Dec 19, 2014 5:28 PM
    College of DuPage is the fastest-growing community college in the nation outside of California among colleges with enrollments greater than 10,000 students, according to a recent report by Community College Week magazine. Based upon total headcount enrollment figures from fall 2012 to fall 2013, College of DuPage grew 9.4 percent, from 26,156 students to 28,627 students. This ranks College of DuPage sixth nationally behind five California schools. Click here to see a detailed chart (scroll down to “Enrollments 10,000 or Higher”). Community College Week used data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). “This is a reflection of the excellent work happening at College of DuPage,” said COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “Our students recognize the high quality education they are receiving from us while understanding the economic value of attending a community college.” The Community College Week report comes on the heels of five-year numbers released by the Illinois Community College Board. Of the 39 community college districts in Illinois, the report shows that College of DuPage is the only college district to grow Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) enrollment over the past five years. Between fall 2010 and fall 2014, COD grew FTES enrollment by 6 percent. During that same period, the state’s 39 community college districts were down a total of 13.1 percent. The ICCB report also shows growth at College of DuPage between fall 2013 and fall 2014. During this time, no other Illinois community college district added more headcount than College of DuPage, which increased by 849 students, a gain of 3 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down in credit headcount by 4 percent. During this same period, College of DuPage had the largest FTES growth of any Illinois community college district, up 293 FTES or 1.8 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down 4.8 percent in FTES. “College of DuPage is clearly headed in the right direction,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the COD Board of Trustees. “Through careful listening and strategic planning, we understand what our students and community need, and we continue to work hard to provide a top quality educational experience.” For more information, please contact Joe Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (630) 942-2371 or moorej7718@cod.edu

  • COD Revamps Teacher Preparation Program Dec 19, 2014 5:30 PM
    Beginning in 2015, courses in the Teacher Preparation program at College of DuPage will be aligned directly with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) and student progress will be reported using these standards. One important component of the transition includes the use of standards-based grading (SBG) in many of its classes. “College of DuPage prides itself on being a leader among community colleges in Illinois and throughout the nation,” said COD Board Chairman Erin Birt. “With the Teacher Preparation program’s adoption of the IPTS, we are pleased to be leading the way in this national trend focused on student learning and successful learning outcomes. More significantly, we are thrilled with the opportunity to better prepare our students for success not only in their education, but also in their careers and most importantly, as stewards of the education and future of our children.” Adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the IPTS define the knowledge and skills that K-12 teachers must demonstrate to help ensure their students meet or exceed the expectations described by the Illinois Learning Standards. The IPTS requires teacher evaluation based on a broad range of factors, including the use of appropriate summative student assessment, collaboration, communication, content area and pedagogical knowledge, instructional planning and delivery, positive learning environments and sensitivity to student diversity, as well as advocacy, leadership and professionalism. Assistant Professor of Education Shannon Brown said one of the biggest differences between SBG and traditional grading is the climate and atmosphere of the classroom. “With the SBG model, the students have the opportunity to turn in assignments, gain feedback from the instructor and revise their work until they reach mastery of the subject,” Brown said. “This alleviates the frustration that stems from missing assignments, tests that need to be curved or students picking and choosing assignments based on point value.” Student and teacher performance has been a hot-button topic in recent years with calls for reform in educational methods and assessment procedures. Over the last several years, the ISBE has set in motion numerous initiatives aimed at student success including the application of internationally benchmarked learning standards, a new assessment system aligned with college and career readiness standards, and program and policy changes intended to improve teacher and school leader effectiveness. In 2010, despite opposition from teachers unions and educators, Illinois legislators passed an amendment to the Illinois School Code known as the Performance Evaluation Review Act. This legislation requires that student performance and academic growth count for a significant portion, up to forty percent, of a teacher’s total professional evaluation. While traditional grading systems evaluate students’ growth based on a combination of academic achievement and behaviors, SBG reports achievement and behaviors separately. According to Assistant Professor of Education April Zawlocki, SBG offers several advantages over the traditional model, one of the most important being the focus on student learning, rather than on punitive measures, rote memorization or “point-chasing.” “It is extremely powerful for a student to understand how they can improve,” said Zawlocki. “Are they struggling with academic content or a lack of time management impacting their work completion? In a traditional grading system, we cannot answer these questions, but in a standards-based grading model we can. Our students will not only leave the classroom knowing which standards they have mastered, they will also know the standards on which they need to improve.” Zawlocki said that the program’s new grading system will not only help students excel in the classroom, it will also offer a substantial advantage as the students enter the workforce. “SBG is a national movement in the K-12 education system, which our students are preparing to enter,” Zawlocki said. “Since our students will already be familiar with SBG, they will have a considerable advantage over other teacher candidates. In addition, we provide students an Employability Report Card which assesses a variety of soft skills including attendance, collaboration and acceptance of constructive criticism.” The Teacher Preparation program at College of DuPage is designed to meet the needs of students planning to teach in elementary, middle school, secondary or special education settings. Students who successfully complete an A.A. or A.S. degree program at COD can transfer to a state-approved teacher education program in which they complete the education requirements for Illinois teacher licensure. The College also offers Enhanced 2+2 bachelor’s degree programs in Elementary Education, Special Education, Elementary/Special Education and Early Childhood Education, which provides students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree from COD and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University at a significantly reduced tuition rate. In addition, the College offers a 16 credit-hour Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) certificate program which provides hands-on training for educators, managers, trainers and students who want to incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum. Click here for more information on the Teacher Preparation program at College of DuPage.

  • COD Board of Trustees Approves Tax Abatement Dec 19, 2014 5:23 PM
    The COD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday night to approve a tax abatement in District #502, essentially declining a $1 million dollar increase in next year’s operating budget. Prior to voting, members of the board expressed confusion about the proposal presented to the board by the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Tom Glaser. In brief remarks, he explained the measure would freeze the property tax levy for the school district in the coming year. The nearly five hour meeting included a lengthy closed session, and board members continued to squabble about the Trustee’s policies for public comments. Board vice chair Kathy Hamilton reiterated her objections to assigning agenda-related comments to the start of the meeting and general comments to the end of the meeting, stating “It is a sad commentary on the Board’s regard for First Amendment Rights.” The administration also reported on a survey project outsourced to Comiskey Research, which compared District #502 community perceptions about the College of DuPage to survey results from a previous study. Comiskey reported on results from 400 respondents, including their views about four year bachelor’s degrees at COD. After the presentation, Trustee Hamilton questioned the survey methods and how its questions were framed. Hamilton stated that she rejected the results and Comiskey’s conclusions. The Board also approved a contract with the Scott Marquardt group for lobbying services, and discussed and approved in a 6 to 1 vote an audit of WDCB, the campus radio station (Hamilton voted no). During the meeting, more than a dozen community members and college employees spoke during public comments, based on concerns about expenditures, transparency, and the size of the boardroom and seating provided for the public. Several speakers responded to a November speech by Trustee Dianne McGuire in which she defended the COD Board of Trustees and read a poem by Martin Niemoller. Matthew Tyrmand, Deputy Director of American Transparency, stated that he visited from New York in order to address her comments. He said, “McGuire used rhetoric evoking Nazi Tyranny in a comparison with those who would demand honesty and integrity in government. Those that invoke Nazis in a spending debate have no place IN government and especially in a position of trust in a public educational institution.”

  • Governor’s Office announces early childhood grants, Illinois to receive $80 million over four years Dec 22, 2014 6:34 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week the Illinois recipients to receive funding through a competitive federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services.

  • Turkey’s president not fit for office Dec 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently stated that women are not equal to men and that the true purpose of a woman is to be a mother. “It is against nature,” he said on why women are not equal to men. This is outrageous.

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