From: STATESUP
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 5:06 PM
To: STATESUP
Subject: Weekly Message from Interim State Superintendent Randy Dunn - 04/25/2005
Good afternoon, 
 

Some of you may have heard of the announcement by Secretary Spellings earlier this month about new flexibility with implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and school/district accountability.  We welcome this announcement as Illinois continues to try very hard to implement this  law. 

We are encouraged by continually improving test scores and the progress schools have made in beginning to close the minority achievement gap.  As we work to successfully implement NCLB in Illinois, we know there are needs throughout the state to make the assessment and accountability systems as fair as possible. 

As we work through the changes in our assessment system in Illinois, we have also made proposals to the Federal government to allow us to modify Illinois’ accountability system for 2005.  We have submitted proposals for workbook modifications to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). These modifications would help further in ensuring valid and reliable measures in Illinois and would apply to the 2005 assessment results.

On April 20, I met with Deputy Secretary of Education Designee Ray Simon and other USDE staff in Washington D.C. to review the Illinois proposals.  Below I have listed the proposals we presented. Please note that these are just proposals at this point. Specific, written approval from USDE is required prior to Illinois being able to implement any of the proposed changes.

1.       Concern.  There are several aspects of change regarding subgroup size which are needed in order to ensure the state’s accountability system is more reliable and valid.

1.1 Consider overall changes in school subgroup size. 

Illinois proposes to define subgroups for participation and performance purposes as:

Ø       Participation:   50 students enrolled on first day of testing OR a minimum subgroup size of 15 percent of enrollment across the tested grades, whichever is greater, AND

Ø       Performance50 valid test scores OR a minimum subgroup size of 15 percent of the valid test scores across the tested grades, whichever is greater.

1.2 Consider changes in district subgroup number

Illinois proposes defining a district subgroup for participation and performance purposes as:

Ø       Participation:  50 students enrolled on first day of testing OR a minimum subgroup size of 15 percent of the enrollment across the tested grades, whichever is greater, AND

Ø       Performance50 valid test scores OR a minimum subgroup size of 15 percent of the valid test scores across the tested grades, whichever is greater.

1.3  Consider use of a confidence interval

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, Illinois proposes to add to its accountability system the use of a 95 percent confidence interval where applicable while retaining its use of a 3 percent error of measurement rate.  Schools and districts with subgroup sizes over 740 will continue to use a 3 percent error of measurement rate.  This would be applied to both schools and districts.

 

NOTE:  We had considered but not discussed with USDE two alternative proposals.  Deputy-designee Simon stated that if we choose to take advantage of the proposed 2 percent flexibility in 2006 or beyond, only one set of subgroup numbers would be acceptable rather than multiple sets.

 

2.             Concern.  Consider a means of recognizing a district as not having made AYP only when one or more of its schools OR one or more of its underlying grade spans have not made AYP.  Illinois proposes to change how districts are identified as not making AYP so that no district will be determined to not meet AYP unless one or more of its schools OR one or more of its underlying grade spans have not made AYP in the same subject area.

3.      Concern.  Consider changing the definition of a full academic year.  Illinois proposes to redefine a full academic year as a student enrolled in the school district as of May 1 who remains in the school district through the next year’s state assessment.

NOTE:  If/when enacted, the May 1, 2005 timeframe would define the full academic year for 2005-06.  Students enrolled in your district from May 1, 2005 through testing in 2006 would be considered a full year student (rather than the end of September 2005 through testing in 2006).  Please make sure your records retain this information for use in 2005-06.

4.      Concern.  Use a test with a different readability level.  Illinois proposes to use an adapted assessment with a modified readability level as part of its state assessment system.  The process and details of doing so will to be worked out over time with the state’s new test contractor.

5.             Concern.  Using same subgroup in determination of AYP.  Illinois proposes to define adequately yearly progress such that a school or a district must meet performance standards in the same subgroup as well as in the same content area for two consecutive years in order to make AYP.

Mr. Simon said that Illinois has a sound proposal and that further dialogue is needed.  Following that dialogue, we will make specific wording changes within the workbook very quickly.  Conversations with USDE staff will occur shortly in order to have final wording proposed by May 15.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the IASA Annual Conference this week.

 

Best regards,

Randy Dunn

 

 

Also in this week’s message:

State Board of Education action items from April meeting

School District Financial Profiles released

Follow-up on social emotional learning surveys

Invitation to comment on rules

Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey

Video tool kit for Refugee and Bilingual Program students

Preventing diseases associated with animals in public settings

State TBE/TPI and Federal Title III consolidated application workshops

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Mediacom Communications offers scholarships to high school students

U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for American Stars of Teaching

Positions available at ISBE

Weekly newsclips

 

State Board of Education action items from April meeting

Motion:

The State Board of Education authorized solicitation of public comment on the proposed rulemaking for:

Pupil Transportation Reimbursement (23 Illinois Administrative Code 252), including publication of the proposed amendments in the Illinois Register.

Next steps

With the Board’s authorization, staff will submit the proposed amendments to the Administrative Code Division for publication in the Illinois Register to elicit public comment.  Additional means such as the Superintendent’s message and the agency’s website will also be used to inform interested parties of the opportunity to comment on this rulemaking.

Motion:

The State Board of Education authorized solicitation of public comment on the proposed rulemaking for:

Education Purchasing Program (44 Illinois Administrative Code 1110), including publication of the proposed new Part in the Illinois Register.

Next steps

With the Board’s authorization, staff will submit these proposed rules to the Administrative Code Division for publication in the Illinois Register to elicit public comment.  Additional means such as the Superintendent’s message and the agency’s website will also be used to inform interested parties of the opportunity to comment on this rulemaking.

Motion:

Adopted recommended changes in the 2005 Board calendar as follows:

·         Plenary Sessions shall begin at 9 a.m. on the Thursday of our two-day meetings.

·         June 15-16, 2005 meeting will now be held in Springfield, due to the unavailability of hotels in downtown Chicago, and the possibility of the General Assembly being in session.

·         August 1, 2005 there will be a one-day plenary business meeting via phone conference/video conference.

·         The Annual Work Conference dates have been changed to August 16-19, 2005 and the work conference will be held at the Pere Marquette State Lodge in Grafton, Illinois.

·         The October Board meeting will be held in Danville, Illinois.

Motion:
The State Board of Education approved the following programs, authorizing the institutions to conduct the programs and to recommend candidates for certification by entitlement until the time of the institution’s next accreditation review.

l         Chicago State University – School Social Worker

l         Loyola University Chicago – Technology Specialist

l         McKendree College – Principal/General Administrative

l         Rockford College – Learning Behavior Specialist I

Further the State Board of Education authorized the Superintendent to inform the institutions of the State Board’s decisions.

Next Steps

Each of the institutions will be notified regarding the State Board’s decision.  The State Teacher Certification Board will also be notified and the State Board’s Directory of Approved Institutions and Programs will be updated to identify the new programs.

Motions (Waivers):

l         The request from Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 (WM100-3401-2) asking to waive daily physical education for students in grades 9 through 11 is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from South Beloit Community Unit School District 320 (WM100-3447-2) asking to waive daily physical education for students in grades 11 and 12 is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from Somonauk Community Unit School District 432 (WM100-3370) asking to waive instructional time requirements is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from South Beloit Community Unit School District 320 (WM100-3447-4) asking to waive instructional time requirements is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 (WM100-3390) asking to waive time limitations for substitute teachers is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from Cook County School District 130 (WM100-3454) asking to waive time limitations for substitute teachers is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The request from Freeport School District 145 (WM100-3506-1) asking to waive time limitations for substitute teachers is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for legislative disapproval.   

l         The requests from Gavin School District 37 (WM100-3517-1 and WM100-3517-2) asking to waive daily physical education and classes in art and music for students in grades K through 8 is to be forwarded to the General Assembly with a recommendation for one-year approval only.   

l         The remaining 75 requests summarized in the waiver report are to be forwarded without comment.   

l         The Board approved the Spring 2005 Waiver Report, along with the recommendations for disapproval and one-year approval, and authorized its submission to the General Assembly before May 1.  

Next Steps

Staff will submit the Spring 2005 Waiver Report as presented to the General Assembly before May 1.

Motion:

The Illinois State Board of Education approved the 2005 School District Financial Profile designations based on school districts’ 2004 annual financial data.

Next Steps

Continue to review any issues that may still exist with school districts and take all appropriate steps to adjust and improve the way data is gathered and used and the score is calculated.

 

School District Financial Profiles released

The State Board of Education approved the 2005 School District Financial Profiles at their meeting Thursday, April 21.  The School District’s Total Profile Score, or Designation, is based on the Annual Financial Reports (AFRs) from fiscal year 2004.

A School District’s Designation is achieved by scoring five indicators:  Fund Balance to Revenue Ratio (FBRR), Expenditure to Revenue Ratio (EXRV), Days Cash on Hand (DCOH), Percent of Short-term Borrowing Available (STB) and Percent of Long-term Debt Remaining (LTD).  Each indicator is calculated from information supplied from the AFRs and earns a numerical score based upon the range of the indicator.  The indicators are each weighted to arrive at the Total Profile Score; FBRR and EXRV are weighted at 35 percent and DCOH, STB, and LTD at 10 percent.  The Total Profile Score is on a four-point scale that places school districts in one of four designation levels:  Financial Recognition, Financial Review, Financial Early Warning, and Financial Watch.

The Financial Watch List represents those school districts which face the most severe financial problems and includes 79 school districts.  The next designation level, Financial Early Warning, includes 111 school districts.  Financial Review contains 249 school districts this year, and Financial Recognition has 449, an increase of 93 from last year.

Historical View of the School District Financial Profile

 

2003 Designations (2002 Data)

2004 Designations (2003 Data)

2005 Designations (2004 Data)

Financial Recognition

431

356

449

Financial Review

240

241

249

Financial Early Warning

135

140

111

Financial Watch

87

156

79

Total

893

893

888

 

Analysis of the School District’s AFRs shows that while districts are raising their Profile scores, many are doing so while incurring more short- and long-term debt.  Significant reductions in spending are also credited for improving the financial health of school districts.

Detailed information, including how the indicators are calculated and the comments districts have supplied for their Profile Scores can be found at http://www.isbe.net/sfms/P/profile.htm.  If you have questions, please contact Lou Ferratier lferrati@isbe.net or Ken Wargo kwargo@isbe.net via email or by calling 217-785-8779.

 

Follow-up on social emotional learning surveys

The Illinois State Board and the Mental Health Partnership need information from as many educators as possible to help in planning future activities.  The first of two Social Emotional Learning surveys are now online in IWAS.  The first survey will remain online until May 11, 2005.  The second survey will appear at the beginning of May and will remain online until May 31, 2005. 

Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary.  However, you must have an IWAS account to access the surveys.  If you do not have one, the process is simple and described in detail below.  We ask that you provide this information to your district teachers and staff so that those interested in filling out the surveys can open an IWAS account.

How to Get an IWAS Account and Access the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices Survey

Teachers and other staff members can create their own accounts by using the steps below.  IWAS can be accessed on school computers or a home computer.  The account is secure. 

1.    Access ISBE’s homepage at http://www.isbe.net.

2.    From the left-hand menu, click IWAS.

3.    On the right-hand side of the IWAS login page, click Sign Up Now.

4.    Enter the required information (8 items) and click Continue.

5.    On the Congratulations page, click Continue.

6.    On the Other Systems page, scroll to Surveys and click the Sign Up Now button for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices - Survey 1.

7.    On the My Profile page, enter your school's Region County District Type (RCDT) code and click the Submit button (your RCDT is required in your profile to complete the survey.  If you do not know your RCDT, please contact your administrator).

8.    On the Confirmation page, click the System Listing button.

9.    On the My Systems page, click the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices - Survey 1 link.

10.  Complete the survey.

If you have any questions about the content of the survey, please contact Glenn Steinhausen at gsteinhausen@isbe.net, Richard Carlson at rcarlson@isbe.net or call 217-557-7323.  If you need technical assistance regarding IWAS or setting up an IWAS account, please contact the help desk at 217-558-3600.

Thank you in advance for participating in these surveys.

 

Invitation to comment on rules

At its March meeting, the State Board of Education released two related sets of proposed rules for public comment.  These items have been posted on the agency’s web site at www.isbe.net/rules; choose “Proposed Rules and Amendments”.  Please submit any comments or suggestions you may have to rules@isbe.net.

Repeal of Part 1100 (Procurement by the State Board of Education)

New Part 1105 (Procurement by the State Board of Education)

This rulemaking results from the comprehensive review of the agency’s rules.  When the Procurement Code was adopted in 1998, the State Board of Education was directed by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to adopt administrative rules implementing the new Code.  JCAR’s Executive Director outlined two options for ISBE:  (i) adopt rules naming the Chief Procurement Officer for the Board, or naming the CMS CPO as ISBE’s Chief Procurement Officer, and then cross-reference CMS rules in their entirety; or (ii) develop totally separate rules.  ISBE chose to develop totally separate rules, although these rules do not substantively differ from the procurement rules adopted by CMS.  As a result, ISBE staff and Board time must be spent adopting amendments to ISBE’s procurement rules to reflect changes in law to the Procurement Code.  In addition, the General Counsel believes that the incorporation of CMS’ rules is more consistent with the Procurement Code’s structure and intent.

Therefore, existing Part 1100 is being repealed at this time and replaced with a new, much shorter Part that relies upon the rules of the Department of Central Management Services

Deadline for Public Comment:           May 31, 2005

 

Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey

In conjunction with preparing an application for a federal special education grant for State Personnel Development, the Illinois State Board of Education is seeking your input on the professional development needs of school personnel and parents in the state.  The grant is designed to support “projects that assist state education agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities.”  ISBE is interested in focusing the grant application on establishing a regionalized system of professional development that will ultimately help school districts better meet certain NCLB and IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act) requirements, particularly those related to student performance. 

 In order to prioritize the areas in which professional development will be provided, we are asking that school administrative, instructional and related services personnel and parents complete a needs assessment survey.  The survey may be accessed at http://webprod1.isbe.net/SpecEdProfNeedsSurvey and will be available from April 18 through April 30, 2005.  It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  Questions about the survey may be directed to Kathryn Cox at kcox@isbe.net or 217-782-5589.

 

Video tool kit for Refugee and Bilingual Program students

Two videos that premiered last fall at the “Challenges and Opportunities in Educating Refugee Children” conference are now available as part of a video tool kit.  The videos, “Welcoming New Learners: A Professional Development Tool” and “In Our Country: Educating Newcomers in American Schools,” were developed by the Illinois Refugee Children School Impact Grant (RCSIG) program (comprised of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chicago Public Schools).  The productions are based upon conversations with newcomer refugee children and parents, refugees who have been in the United States for a while and their teachers (including some teachers who themselves had been refugees). 

 These videos attracted much positive response from conference participants representing educators and refugee social service agency staff from Illinois and 16 other states.  Both videos are part of a tool kit that includes:

·         A VHS tape of “Welcoming New Learners: A Professional Development Tool” in English (with closed caption option) and in Spanish;  originally developed for teachers, other school staff and social service agency staff that serve refugee children and their parents.

·         A DVD with “In Our Country: Educating Newcomers in America” in English (with closed caption option) and also in Arabic, Maay Maay, Somali, Spanish and Swahili.  Also included on the DVD is “Welcoming New Learners: A Professional Development Tool” in English (with closed caption option) and in Spanish.

·         A Guide to Using the Videos, a 45-page study guide.

While created for use with refugee students and their parents, these videos also have value in assisting non-refugee immigrants to understand life in American schools.  The professional development video provides valuable background about the lives of newcomers and relates life experiences to pedagogic concepts of educational and social integration of new students into school life.

 For further information about the Illinois RCSIG Video Tool Kit, contact Sherry Johnson, RCSIG coordinator, Illinois State Board of Education at 312-814-3850 or email sjohnson@isbe.net.   The videos and study guide are also available at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls.refugee_services.htm.    

 

Preventing diseases associated with animals in public settings

The Illinois State Public Health Department has issued the following information for schools.

Schools frequently offer opportunities for students and staff to learn about and come in contact with animals through field trips to petting zoos or farms or animal exhibits that visit schools or animals residing in schools.  A recent outbreak of an intestinal, bacterial infection due to Escherichia coli O157:H7 is probably linked to petting zoos in Florida. This outbreak illustrates one of the risks associated with public contact with animals. 

In an effort to reduce such risks, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued the annual Compendium of Measures To Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2005, it is attached. 

The compendium considers the various human health risks due to animal contact, including intestinal disease infections, injuries, rabies exposures and other infections, including those caused by bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic agents.  The report outlines recommendations for managing public and animal contact, guidelines for visiting animals and having resident animals in schools. It also contains recommendations for animal care and management. The single most important disease prevention recommendation from the report is to wash hands after exposure to animals.

Schools are encouraged to review the information in the report and use the guidelines to minimize risks due to animal contact in the school or during school functions.  IDPH understands the benefits of human-animal contact and hopes this information is beneficial while educating students about animals.

 

State TBE/TPI and Federal Title III consolidated application workshops

The Illinois State Board of Education Division of English Language Learning (DELL) is offering a series of five free workshops to facilitate submission of the State Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)/ Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) and Federal Title III Consolidated Application for FY06.  Please be aware that there are several changes to the FY06 electronic document. 

The five workshops include three in the Chicago area, one in Springfield and one in southern Illinois in Carterville.  All registrations must be made through the Illinois Resource Center and must be mailed in. DO NOT FAX OR SEND REGISTRATIONS TO ISBE.  To download information and registration form please go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/irc/pdf/consol-wksp.pdf

For questions about the workshops or the application please call DELL at 312-814-3850. The sessions are scheduled as follows:

l         Palatine - Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Harper College, Wojcik Conference Center Auditorium

1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067, 847-348-5100

Maps: http://www.harpercollege.edu/contact/index.shtml

l         Springfield - Friday, April 29, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lincoln Land Community College, Workforce Development Resource Center Classrooms 2-3

5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois 62794, 217-786-2200

Maps: http://www.llcc.cc.il.us/masterplan/

l         Elgin - Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elgin Community College, Segal Auditorium

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois 60123, 847-697-1000

Maps: http://www.elgin.edu/facilitiesindex.asp

l         Lake County - Wednesday, May 4, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

College of Lake County, High Schools Technology Campus facility

19351 W. Washington, Grayslake, Illinois 60030, 847-543-2430

Directions: http://www.clcillinois.edu/maps/direct.asp#Grayslake

Maps: http://www.clcillinois.edu/maps/pdf/graycamp.pdf

l         Carterville -  Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John A. Logan Community College, Workforce Development Building, Room H127

700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 618-985-2828

Maps: http://www.jalc.edu/Online_Student_Handbook/Maps/

 

Illinois Learn and Serve America grants awarded

Forty-five Illinois school districts and regional programs have been awarded K-12 School-Based Learn and Serve America (LSA) two-year grants to support incorporation of service-learning into their local schools and regional special education, vocational education, and alternative education programs.

The State Board’s Learn and Serve America program is designed to enhance student academic learning, social-emotional development, civic responsibility and leadership, and student volunteer service to their communities by encouraging the use of service-learning as a teaching methodology in all Illinois K-12 elementary and secondary schools. This approach combines meaningful student service to the community with inquiry-based learning, aligned with Illinois academic and social-emotional learning standards.

The recipients of the grants include: Chicago Public Schools 299, Elgin U-46, Sangamon County ROE 51, Community Unit School District 300, Thornton 205, South Cook ISC 4, Berwyn South 100, Newark 18, Sesser-Valier 196, South Holland 150, Knox County ROE 33, West 40 ICS 2, Charleston 1, Iroquois-Kankakee County ROE 32, Park Forest-Chicago Heights 163, North Suburban Special Education District, Waukegan 60, Homewood 153, Oak Grove 68, Sterling 5, Community High School District 94, West Northfield 31, Adams/Pike ROE 1, Cornell 426, Alden-Hebron 19, Rural Champaign County Special Education, Wabash 348, South Holland 151, Lewistown 97, Atwood-Hammond 39, Special Education District of Lake County, Sparta 140, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield 3, Carmi-White Country 5, Jersey 100, Tazewell County ROE 53, Iroquois West 10, Mannheim 83, Plainfield 202, Vermillion Vocational Education Delivery System, Des Plaines 62, DeKalb County ROE 16, North Shore 112, New Trier 203, and Bushnell-Prairie 170.

The grants are provided through funding from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, under Title B of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-82).  Illinois’ appropriation for 2005 is approximately $800,000.

 

Chronic Illness and postsecondary education conference planned

DePaul University and the Lupus Foundation of Illinois present the First Annual Symposium on Chronic Illness and Postsecondary Education.  The event will feature Maureen Pratt, author of Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Illness.   explore what students with chronic illness need to be successful in college and beyond and what the faculty and staff who work with them need to know.

When:             Tuesday, May 17, 2005,  2 to 5 p.m.

Where:           DePaul University Lincoln Park, Student Center, Room 120

                        2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

To register for this free event go to https://secure.campagne-online.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=2543  or email Lynn Royster at lroyster@depaul.edu; in the subject line please put Symposium and include in the text of the message your name, address and telephone number.

 

Illinois State Board of Education awards Advanced Placement Incentive Program grants

The Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, has announced Advanced Placement Incentive Program Grant (APIP) awards. These grants are the result of a competitive bid process initiated as a result of Illinois receiving funds from the federal government. This title grant, part of No Child Left Behind Section 1705 Part G, was created to promote Advanced Placement and pre-Advanced Placement programs for low income students. For this reason, only schools and districts with 40 percent or more students on free and reduced lunch were eligible to apply.

Funds from this grant will be used to train teachers and administrators in AP philosophy and methodology and encourage teaming between high school and middle school teachers. Additionally funds can be used to promote these courses to parents and students, support for students’ academic achievement and on supplies and materials for coursework. Ultimately funded programs will encourage teaming of teachers, but also result in more students taking AP courses and achieving better scores on the AP tests as a result of better preparation. Additional grant funds from ISBE will be utilized to send staff from these programs to summer and other institutes conducted by the College Board, allow selected staff to attend national meetings, support mentoring of new AP teachers by experienced AP teachers.

 The coming months will see the seventeen successful applicants develop teams of teachers to expand AP courses and support services, train new teachers and create vertical teams between high school and middle schools for the purpose of creating course articulation and planning. ISBE looks forward to working closely with these newly award programs and helping to promote AP to the wider community. For more information contact Lou Berkman at 312/814-3853.

The programs and amounts of the awards are as follows:

Moline Unit School District 40 - John Deere Middle School                                      $10,000

Benton Cons High School District 103 - Benton Cons High School                            $10,000

Rockford School District 205                                                                                $15,000

Granite City Community Unit School District 9 - Coolidge Middle School                   $10,000

South Holland School District 150 - McKinley Jr. High School                                  $10,000

Community High School District 218 - Dwight D Eisenhower High School                $10,000

J S Morton H S District 201 - J Sterling Morton East High School                            $10,000

Crete Monee Community Unit School District 201U - Crete-Monee Middle School      $10,000

City of Chicago School District 299 - North Lawndale Charter HS                            $10,000

City Of Chicago School District 299 - Farragut Career Academy High School            $10,000

City Of Chicago School District 299 - Kelvyn Park High School                               $10,000

City Of Chicago School District 299 - Lane Technical High School                           $10,000

School District U46 - Elgin High School                                                                 $15,000

City Of Chicago School District 299 - Chicago Vocational Career Academy HS          $10,000

Sparta CUSD 140 - Lincoln Middle School                                                             $10,000

Champaign Community Unit School District 4 - Franklin Middle School                    $10,000

Alton Community Unit School District 11                                                               $10,000

 

 

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Illinois State Board of Education does not currently plan to release an FY 2006 Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grant. Available funds will provide continued support of the current 21st Century programs. Future announcements regarding available funds for this grant program will be posted on the Illinois State Board of Education’s 21st Century website at www.isbe.net/21cclc.

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Carol McCue, Federal Grants and Programs Division, at 217 - 782-4832.

This week, the format of the Special Education website at www.isbe.net/spec_ed  will change to a style that is similar to the pages of other divisions on the Illinois State Board of Education website.  The format is designed to make it easier for you to locate special education resources.

While the address of the Special Education homepage will remain the same, the addresses to other special education pages and documents will change making it necessary for you to update any items that you currently have bookmarked.

 

Please contact the Division of Special Education Services at 217-782-5589 if you have any questions.

 

Mediacom Communications offers scholarships to high school students

Mediacom Communications is offering $50,000 in scholarships to senior high school students in five states where it conducts business – Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin – through its World Class Scholarship Program. The deadline for application is April 30, 2005.

Mediacom Communications will award up to 50 scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating high school students attending accredited post-secondary institutions (e.g., a four-year university, a two-year community college, a technical institution or other institutions that provide further training and education beyond high school) in the fall of 2005.

Applications for the Mediacom Communications World Class Scholarship Program may be obtained on the Internet at www.mediacomworldclass.com or by sending an inquiry to World Class Scholarship Program, Mediacom Communications, 2195 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2005.

 

U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for American Stars of Teaching
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking nominations for its second annual American Stars of Teaching project, which recognizes outstanding teachers who are using innovative strategies to raise student achievement, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced today.

Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2005 American Stars in Teaching. One teacher, or team of teachers from a school, will be recognized in every state and the District of Columbia. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators or others can nominate a teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching.

U.S. Department of Education officials will again visit the schools of American Star teachers to congratulate them on their success. The American Stars of Teaching project is part of the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, which offers teacher and principal roundtables, teacher workshops and conferences, regular e-mail updates, and a free online professional development tool. Nomination forms for American Stars of Teaching and information on the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative are available at www.ed.gov/teacherinitiative.

 

Positions available at ISBE

The Illinois State Board of Education external vacancy list can be viewed at http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/positions.pdf.

 

Weekly newsclips

Highlights of last week’s education newsclips can be found at http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050422.htm.