Markesha Hillsman spending her summer teaching at Camp Invention

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Danville students are attending Camp Invention, held at East Park School this week. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program gives kids a chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts through hands-on projects aimed at ... Read more

Casie Bowman helps feed hungry students

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Brownstown Elementary teacher Casie Bowman was inspired to action after seeing how often students wanted school breakfast.“I was noticing that there were students who would come in and couldn’t wait to get to breakfast, so I did a little ... Read more

Javier Diaz’s enthusiasm helps grow Round Lake Middle School’s choir program

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Javier Diaz's enthusiasm for choir clearly has captured the pupils in the school for grades six through eight. The numbers indicate he's doing something right, because the program has grown from eight to 90 students since he was hired in ... Read more

Frerichs tours state to tout IEA recommendation


State Sen. Mike Frerichs is appearing with IEA members around the state this week to talk about his support for public education and to acknowledge IEA's recommendation from him for the state treasurer's office. At an appearance in Springfield ... Read more

Matthew Krueger receives donation from Donors Choose

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Third grade teacher Matthew Krueger at Oakton Elementary School in Evanston requested kits for math in his post. "My students and their families trust me to educate them, and I want every day to be as meaningful as possible. To most ... Read more

IEA/IPACE recommends Gov. Pat Quinn for reelection

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The largest education employee union in Illinois is backing Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election. The Illinois Education Association (IEA), made up of 130,000 teachers, school support professionals and other education employees and retirees, says Quinn ... Read more

IEA announces statewide recommendations for constitutional officers


The state’s largest education employee union has announced its candidate recommendations for the state offices of treasurer, comptroller, secretary of state and attorney general. The Illinois Education Association (IEA), representing over 130,000 ... Read more

An interview with Delfidio Narvaez, 2014 Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award winner

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Delfidio Narvaez is a 5th grade teacher at Washington school in Schiller Park. He’s an extraordinary person, a humanitarian and professional teacher in the truest sense of the word. He makes his class come alive with real world experience. And he ... Read more

Allen built a tradition of success and love at Williamsville

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Pam Allen retired as a coach and physical education teacher at the end of the school year. She coached volleyball, softball and track and field while at Williamsville. Allen has been everything to the female athletes who have put on a Williamsville ... Read more

Public comments wanted for educator license renewal

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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved the initial review of the educator license renewal process through the proposed rule, part 25. The proposed rule would implement a new license renewal process that would include the ... Read more

Anne Beranek named a 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence recipient

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Anne Beranek will join 38 other public school educators to receive one of public education's most prestigious awards. The awardees will be recognized at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education gala in Washington, DC, on Feb. ... Read more

Matt Herndon named Middle School Teacher of the Year

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Lewis and Clark Junior High School's Matt Herndon was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). The association will honor Herndon, a physical education teacher, as ... Read more

Jennifer Donatelli, Andy McWhirter and Katherine Seguino help change science curriculum at all Naperville Dist. 203 schools

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Jennifer Donatelli, a project manager in Learning Services who is a part of the curriculum team, said the Next Generation Science Standards incorporate more engineering and technology design into science education. The most notable change will be at ... Read more

Mike Doyle receives Journalism Teacher of the Year award

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Mike Doyle, a member of the Belvidere Education Association and adviser to The North View and Equus, received his award as the IJEA’s James A. Tidwell Scholastic Journalism Teacher of the Year. Doyle, who retired last month as a teacher in the ... Read more

Betty Eilers honored as outstanding school employee

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Highland Elementary School secretary Betty Eilers was recently honored as an outstanding school employee by the Illinois Education Association. Eilers was nominated for the award by Highland's association local President Tracy Frey. "As incredible ... Read more

State Board, IFT and IEA recognize almost 30 exemplary educators for their performance


The Illinois Education Association is proud to announce 18 members who were honored by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association as the best in their field of expertise during the ... Read more

Anti-public education activist remembered


Anti-public education activist Jack Roeser died today. This News Watch Blog item was originally published on September 19, 2010. An enemy of the republic? Many years ago, I accompanied the then-president of IEA, Bob Haisman, to a TV studio for ... Read more

Teacher of Year gives life-changing gift to co-worker

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Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich is filled with amazing teachers and staff.  In October 2013, second-grade teacher Pam Reilly was named 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year. “It was humbling to receive this honor for a job I truly love and am ... Read more

Hagop Soulakian teaches Barrington students, awarded $80,000 for startups in school’s ‘Shark Tank’

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The focus was on technology May 28 at Barrington High School’s first-ever Business Incubator Pitch Night, during which $80,000 was awarded to student entrepreneurs in BHS’s version of TV’s “Shark Tank.” Teaching in such a unique program, in which ... Read more

Capitol Update: Budget keeps spending at current levels

Capitol Update for May 31, 2014

The budget just approved by the Illinois General Assembly preserves education spending and other necessary public services for all of 2014, but also avoids resolving the issue of how much revenue will be available to fund those same services in ... Read more