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  • Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide.

     
  • Technology transforms educational opportunities Dec 15, 2014 2:01 PM
    In the last two decades, few things have changed our lives more than the Internet and mobile technology. Whether in classrooms, boardrooms or living rooms, the advent of our mobile and online existence has transformed how we work, how we learn and how we all interact with one another.

     
  • Does the ACT really tell you if you’re ready for college? Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    More than 64 percent of Larkin High School's students are enrolled in college 16 months after graduation, but according to state statistics, only about half of them were ready for it. The disconnect between college readiness and college enrollment is a statewide trend, one that has many suburban high schools questioning the state’s measure of preparedness.

     
  • Des Plaines school’s ‘Mulan’ production a learning experience Dec 15, 2014 1:20 PM
    This December, students from Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines brought the 1998 Disney classic “Mulan” to their performance stage. Friendship students performed a morning matinee for fifth-grade students from Brentwood and Devonshire elementary school in Des Plaines and Robert Frost elementary school in Mount Prospect as a way of introducing the students to their future school.

     
  • U-46 bilingual instructional coach honored Dec 15, 2014 1:35 PM
    Andrea Gaitán-Bustos, a bilingual instructional coach in Elgin Area School District U-46, recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. She was nominated by state Rep. Fred Crespo for her work in the Latino community.

     
  • Warren D121 board meets: Dec 15, 2014 6:45 PM
    Officials at Warren Township High School District 121 in Gurnee expect a large turnout for a board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the wake of a school board member’s comment about not wanting a gay superintendent. It is the first meeeting since the comments were made board member Liz Biondi.

     
  • Fenton principal to be new Kaneland superintendent Dec 15, 2014 9:27 PM
    The Kaneland school board hired Todd Leden, principal of Fenton High School and associate superintendent of Fenton District 100 in Bensenville, as the new superintendent Monday.

     
  • Streamwood High first in state in STEM contest Dec 20, 2014 1:10 AM
    A plan to teach students about energy management and green housing while helping homeowners earned Streamwood High School the top stop in Illinois in a nationwide contest. Teacher Matt Erbach submitted the winning lesson plan for Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, which means the school will receive $20,000 worth of technology for students. “It’s exposure to the real world, “ Erbach said. “I want to make it real for them."

     
  • Mundelein High board to meet: Dec 12, 2014 5:29 PM
    The Mundelein High School board will meet Tuesday to discuss the campus lunch program, a planned expansion project and other business.

     
  • District 95 film festival: Dec 12, 2014 5:29 PM
    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 and the District 95 Educational Foundation will host the 3rd annual District 95 Film Festival on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

     
  • U of I offers therapy dog visits during finals Dec 12, 2014 5:38 PM
    Students cramming for finals at the University of Illinois will get a little time to visit with canine friends. The school is having therapy dogs come to several campus libraries over the next few days.

     
  • Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd Dec 12, 2014 7:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Boys cross country parent coordinator Keena Anderson described Todd as a big man with a strong presence, but a “soft, wonderful heart.”

     
  • What’s it like to work for the forest preserve district? Dec 12, 2014 1:24 PM
    “I want your job!” said the twentysomething barista as I ordered my latte at the drive-up window. His comment was based solely on seeing the Forest Preserve District of Kane County emblem on my shirt. My colleagues have had similar reactions when wearing their uniforms. What is it about the Forest Preserve District logo that triggers this response?

     
  • Lockport school superintendent seeks Kaneland job Dec 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    The second finalist for Kaneland School District’s top job — the superintendent of a one-school district in South suburban Lockport — told an audience Thursday that his decisions are filtered by one primary concern. “What’s best for kids, and that’s always been my focus,” DJ Skogsberg said. About 10 members of the public plus several members of the school board and district staff questioned him about his leadership style, why he wants to come to Kaneland, how he would deal with difficulties with the school board and more.

     
  • 3 Indiana colleges to share crime information Dec 11, 2014 6:08 AM
    Three northern Indiana colleges in close proximity are working on a way to quickly alert each other when a student is a crime victim. Holy Cross College Dean of Students Kelly Jordan tells the South Bend Tribune he is working with the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College to set up the system. He says when necessary, Holy Cross officials will notify their students via text message if there is an attempted robbery, break-in or other incident involving students from any of the schools. There has been heightened concern about crime in the area. Two Holy Cross students were shot in an apparent robbery attempt in October and on several Holy Cross students reported someone fired gunshots at their rental house in November.

     
  • ECC, Judson to host fall graduations this weekend Dec 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    More than 800 students will receive degrees or certificates from Elgin Community College and Judson University in Elgin during fall commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, respectively.

     
  • University of Illinois to offer free course on wrongful conviction Dec 11, 2014 6:21 AM
    The University of Illinois Springfield plans to offer a free online class examining the issues surrounding wrongful convictions. The university said Wednesday that online registration is underway for the six-week course, which begins in February and is open to the public. Participants need not be enrolled at the university. It will examine the scope and causes of wrongful convictions and the difficulties in trying to free innocent people after they have been convicted. It also will consider strategies to prevent future wrongful convictions. The course will be taught by Assistant Professor Gwen Jordan, who also is a staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project. Scores of inmates in Illinois and elsewhere have been freed from prison after serving years for crimes they did not commit.

     
  • Illinois wins $80 million for early childhood education Dec 11, 2014 6:22 AM
    Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years. The federal program is intended to help four-year-olds from low-income families attend preschool. In a news release, Quinn’s office says the grants will help more than 33,000 additional kids nationwide attend high-quality preschool programs. In Illinois, more than two dozen school districts and organizations will receive funding. They include preschool programs in Chicago and its suburbs, Rockford and Monroe and St. Clair counties. Quinn says “Providing high-quality early childhood education is a game changer for our economy.”

     
  • Grayslake Elementary District 46 approves design plan for air conditioning Dec 11, 2014 4:11 PM
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 will seek a design for air conditioning systems on the chance elected officials decide to chill two schools.

     
  • Lake Zurich all-state musicians: Dec 11, 2014 4:54 PM
    Lake Zurich High School has had a bumper crop of all-state musicians.

     
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