“I really want to make my profession proud, and I really want to advocate, not only for students, but for teachers as well. I absolutely think it’s the most important job in the world, but it is a challenging job, and I want to be someone who brings attention to all that teachers do.” Lindsey … Read more Congratulations to Lindsey Jensen, Illinois Teacher of the Year!
What makes successful K-12 schools tick? A recent study cited by Education Pioneers, a nationwide school improvement project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, concluded school leadership is a critical factor. Along with excellent teachers, outstanding principals and superintendents have significant impact on how well students learn in school. That impact is the … Read more UIS Perspectives: Educating leaders in education (SJ-R.com, 12/16/17)
All area children should have access to Lincoln Library. Libraries are, after all, the great equalizer. They serve everyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, social status or economic class. Those who can’t afford books, DVDs, an internet connection or a computer can turn to their local library for access. The resources a library offers … Read more Our View: Better ways for Lincoln Library to address late fines (SJ-R.com, 12/12/17)
Instead of giving a kid a book this holiday season, you can give him a library. Lincoln Library has launched a new initiative in which patrons can pay off fines on children’s accounts. “The gift people are paying for here is library access for kids,” said Jessica Paulsen, the library’s access services manager. Since the … Read more How to give the gift Springfield library fine forgiveness (SJ-R.com, 12/8/17)
Springfield District 186 schools received their ninth and 10th bomb threats this year on Thursday afternoon. The district said the incident at Southeast High School occurred at 1:20 p.m. via phone call, and the second occurred at Springfield High right before the 3:17 p.m. dismissal. District 186 said in a release students at Southeast were … Read more Springfield School District receives ninth, 10th bomb threats (SJ-R.com, 11/30/17)
The Illinois Education Association (IEA) launched the “Keep Learning, Keep Moving” campaign to preserve daily physical education (P.E.) classes for all students in the state. A commercial featuring IEA member and Glencoe South and Glencoe West P.E. teacher, Hilary Lee, is now airing in television markets throughout the state. Multiple studies have shown P.E. classes … Read more IEA launches “Keep Learning, Keep Moving” campaign to protect students from P.E. class cuts (11/27/17)
Bomb threats number seven and eight were called in Tuesday at District 186 schools. District 186 spokeswoman Bree Hankins said the call came in right before 11 a.m. at Springfield High School and Grant Middle School. Both schools were evacuated so police could search the grounds. Many parents decided to pick their students up early. … Read more District 186 parents fed up with repeated bomb threats (foxillinois.com, 11/28/17)
If you’re going to a high school basketball game in Springfield, be prepared to be searched. District 186 is now enforcing wanding at all boys games. This coming after six people were stabbed after a game at Lanphier High School. “Not a lot of kids are taught that, they think the world and everybody in … Read more New changes in security for high school basketball games (foxillinois.com, 11/22/17)
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