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Far too many students walk onto college campuses unprepared for what it takes to earn degrees. Within six years, about half of those who enroll with high hopes will have failed to graduate and bid farewell to their dreams, some for financial reasons and many others simply because they weren’t ready. It’s not helping them....
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Area educators can now register for edcamp Northern Illinois, a free evening of professional development that offers nontraditional opportunities to share teaching techniques, discuss new classroom tools and make connections with like-minded professionals. This innovative event will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road....
Nancy Hanlon Harrison (left) and Econ IL Governing Board Chair Pamela C. Piarowski
Nancy Hanlon Harrison, president and executive director of Econ Illinois, is this year’s recipient of the Terry Savage Financial Literacy Award. Harrison was honored for her contributions to the advancement of financial literacy by Illinois Jump$tart Coalition (ILJ$), an affiliate of the national Jump$tart Coalition, the country’s leading advocate for youth financial education. The award...
Book cover of “The Toy and the Twister”
Northern Illinois University Press and the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement are creating a series of STEM-based storybooks, the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series, which will include a total of eight books to be published over the course of the next two years. The books in the series focus on the adventures of a toy...
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Teams of educators from across Illinois generated their own steam Aug. 3 at Northern Illinois University, doing something most of them probably hadn’t done for decades: racing against time to build model bridges out of pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and other classroom supplies. As the timer ticked down, cries of “more glue!” and “that won’t...
Formal and informal educators will get to experience hands-on activities that they can easily incorporate into their own classes.
Robots in the classroom. Science-infused artwork. Digital storytelling. Teachers will learn how to make their classrooms more exciting by adding the arts to STEM to produce STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering and math) during “STEAMing It Up,” a one-day conference at NIU’s Gabel Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. Bringing STEAM...
A camper in Engineering Amusement designs and constructs a model roller coaster.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Northern Illinois University’s STEM Outreach is hoping to help students answer that question by offering a variety of fun, hands-on summer camps that explore in-demand careers and concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Outreach and other STEM departments host camps from June through...
A student in one of the very first STEM Divas classes, held on campus at Northern Illinois University and facilitated by STEM Outreach, works with her Doodler 3D printer pen to create 3-dimensional jewelry.
Pettee Guerrero is the embodiment of a STEM Diva. An educator with NIU STEM Outreach in the Center for P-20 Engagement, Guerrero lives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has an infectious enthusiasm for both STEM learning and NIU that is on full display in her high-energy demonstrations. She can be seen on...
A team of faculty affiliates from the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL) developed and presented a two-day administrator academy for all DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 administrators and DeKalb Classroom Teachers’ Association representatives. Held Aug. 12 and 13, “Effective and Ethical Evaluation Within a Balanced Assessment Framework” addressed the Performance...
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...
Melissa Leisner. Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation.
NIU alumna Melissa Leisner, a seventh-grade English and reading teacher at Prairie Knolls Middle School in Elgin, has won the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. The honor, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000, was dubbed “The Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine. Joining Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch to present the state’s 2013...
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Northern Illinois University is among the inaugural 16 institutions nationwide designated as an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The designation, announced last week, acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology...
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