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Fifty minutes in Mrs. Stafstrom’s classroom

During the last hour of any Friday work day – even the 12th period at DeKalb High School – concentration does not always come easily. Five days of labor are coming to an end. The weekend beckons. Just one more lap to go, and with any luck, time is barreling downhill. But for the 35 juniors in…

NIU’s STEM camps foster creativity, career exploration

Students in Engineering Amusement learned about the physics of thrill rides by constructing their own rollercoasters.
Learning is happening year-round at NIU. Over the summer, the next generation of innovators explored career options at NIU’s STEM summer camps. “Starting as early as middle school, students begin defining their career possibilities,” says Pati Sievert, director of NIU STEM Outreach. “Research shows that serious career interests motivate students to work harder in middle school and…

New book sounds national alarm on U.S. education crisis

Book cover of “Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers”
La Vonne I. Neal is ready for action. Ready to disrupt cultural disparities in education. Ready to upend the rising numbers of students of color leaving high school without diplomas. Ready to remove institutional obstacles that dissuade people of color from becoming teachers. Ready to enact potentially transformational remedies. The dean of the Northern Illinois University College…

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