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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

NPR – Linda Lutton

“Once a month, Spears and dozens of other teachers come to the museum for a day of lessons and materials to then take back to their classrooms across the Chicago metro region.”(more)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Let public charter schools succeed: Column

USA Today – Neerav Kingsland and Richard Whitmire

“In Louisiana, the state has transformed the chronically underperforming New Orleans school system by developing the nation’s first charter school district. In New Orleans, 91% of students, nearly all minorities, attend charter schools. And results have followed.”(more)

Friday, February 14, 2014

EXCHANGE: Some Ill. schools teaching 2 languages

BND.com – Meg Dickinson

“Dual-language education is catching on around the country, including Champaign-Urbana…”Being bilingual is a great asset both on a personal and professional level,” said Maria Alanis, Champaign’s director of English as a Second Language and bilingual education.”(more)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

CPS proposes daily physical education

The Chicago Tribune – Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah

“After years of failing to comply with a state requirement that all elementary and high school students have daily physical education, Chicago Public Schools is set to shape up its approach.”(more)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lessons for locals on power of parents in schools

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“A community group in northwest Chicago has turned hundreds of hesitant parents into capable classroom helpers, role models and leaders by tapping into strengths many don’t realize they have.”(more)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chicago schools transition _ smooth or rocky?

Boston.com – MARTHA IRVINE

“Officials have dubbed it a ‘‘welcoming school,’’ the name given to the Chicago schools that have taken in students from closed buildings. The idea was to send displaced students to schools with better test scores, combining forces to give them a better shot at a good education.”(more)

Monday, October 21, 2013

School Closures, Wages Drive Thousands of Activists to Chicago Rally

Education News – Muhammad Nadeem

“Last week, thousands of union workers, community activists and politicians joined together for a “Take Back Chicago” rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. The activists are calling the administration to pay attention to the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare issues.”(more)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chicago School Closings a Blow to Parental Involvement?

The Huffington Post – Lorraine Forte

“Any adult who was successful in school will likely remember that their parents played a defining role in that success. What happens during the roughly six-hour school day is only part of the learning equation. Who else but a parent or guardian will make sure children attend school and complete their homework?”(more)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Edwardsville district focuses on STEM learning

The Telegraph – Kathie Bassett

“Recognizing the importance of STEM-based learning experiences for students, the Edwardsville School District has formed a committee consisting of teachers, administrators, professors and parents to coordinate the initiative across all grade levels.” (more)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chicago School Opening Tests New ‘Safe Passage’ Routes

Education Week – Jaclyn Zubrzycki

“To ease the disruption from the largest set of school closings in the nation’s history, parents, police, volunteers, and district employees in Chicago’s public schools all showed up for the start of school this week to make sure students got to class safely.” (more)