WGCI 107.5 FM: Creg Williams
Creg Williams, Ed.D., President of the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity (SCSDD), talked with a radio host at WGCI 107.5 FM, Chicago’s #1 Hip-Hop and R&B station. Dr. Williams talked about Vision 20/20 and a variety of other topics. Listen to the full recording by clicking on this link from WGCI.
Morris Herald-News – Troy, Coal City, Plainfield superintendents support new school rating system
Coal City is known as a blue-collar town with a heavy emphasis on the trades. But school standing in the eyes of the state had always relied on students’ performance in standardized tests. So the conventional rating system for Coal City schools never factored in student success in areas – like being good in the hands-on trades that offer multiple career opportunities – other than test-taking.
WBEZ Morning Shift – IASBO Executive Director Discusses Vision 20/20
Chicago Public School students are getting ready to get back to class after Labor Day, and the district is gearing up for a new year with a new CEO and some old budget problems. But there are more than 2 million kids enrolled statewide, and many districts have already started, including many suburban schools…We’re joined by Dr. Mary Kearney, interim Superintendent for the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, Michael A. Jacoby, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials and WBEZ Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente.
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WQAD 8 – Free iTunes app to provide ‘equity’ for Illinois schools
A group of Illinois educators advocating for changes in the Illinois’ public school system have launched a free iTunes app they say will level the playing field for Illinois public schools.
Read more and view segment: http://wqad.com/2015/08/21/free-itunes-app-to-provide-equity-for-illinois-schools/
Daily Herald – Editorial: For generations at risk, ‘iTunes U’ offers education equality
In the series of stories the Daily Herald published last June under the heading Generations at Risk, 10 years’ worth of numbers showed a distinct correlation between low-income students and low test scores throughout Illinois.
Daily Herald – New teacher resource launched at Dist. 214 ‘a model’
High school teachers across Illinois can now access free curriculum resources through iTunes U and bring additional digital learning experiences to their classrooms.
The State-Journal Register – New system of digital lesson plans, resources available to all Illinois teachers
State educators looking to bring comprehensive changes to Illinois’ public school system announced an initiative Tuesday aimed at improving equity and boosting curriculum.
OurQuadCities – Vision 20/20 launches iTunes Platform
Teachers are heading back to school with some new supplies. Illinois Vision 20/20 launched its learning center on iTunes today. It’s a free educational collection of resources accessible to all Illinois teachers, but will initially focus on grades 9 to 12.
Press Release: Vision 20/20 joins iTunes U, offering free course content to transform Illinois teaching, learning
Illinois’ leading education group, Vision 20/20, announced today the launch of Vision 20/20 21st Century Learning Center to help transform Illinois teaching and learning by providing high-quality, digital course content on iTunes U for classroom teachers in the four core content areas of mathematics, science, social studies and English language.
Read the full press release: http://illinoisvision2020.org/wp-content/files/Final_iTunesu_press_release_August_18_2015_Smith.pdf
Press Release: Vision 20/20 gets second bill signed by Gov. Rauner
A second legislative bill was signed yesterday by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner–introduced and passed on behalf of the Vision 20/20 group–ensuring a balanced accountability measure focusing on continuous improvement, recognizing the diversity of struggling schools and aimed at eliminating achievement gaps across the state. The model adopted under HB2683 (now Public Act 99-193) allows local flexibility, promote shared accountability, and is sensitive to local district improvements.
HB2683 Press Release, August 2, 2015