March 10, 2014 -- School District Leaders Participate in Innovative Improvement Program
Program emphasizes collaboration and peer feedback during a concentrated time span
A group of Illinois school district leaders, from Rockford to Mounds, are piloting a collaborative improvement process that aims to better prepare students for success in college and careers. Called the District Leadership Team (DLT) Learning Network, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) initiative provides support and expert training so that local administrators can plan and implement best practices to improve their schools. Throughout the 18-month process, district administrators will receive immediate feedback from state school improvement experts and their colleagues in schools throughout Illinois.
March 6, 2014 -- Illinois Green School Award Recipients Announced
Two schools and a district receive state recognition for their conservation efforts
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Thursday announced the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green School Award program. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education. The three recipients are Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake, Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School in Oak Lawn, and Evanston Skokie School District 65 in Evanston.
February 11, 2014 -- Illinois closes equity gap for Latino students on AP exams
Percentage of Latino test takers exceeds percentage of Latino graduates overall as record number of Illinois students takes exams and excel; Leyden High School District 212 recognized for expanding access to AP courses and improving performance
Illinois is emerging as a national leader in closing the equity gap for Latino as well as low-income Advanced Placement test takers, providing additional access to college for these traditionally underserved populations, according to the 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation. The percent of Latino Class of 2013 graduates who took the rigorous Advanced Placement exams during high school surpassed the total percent of Latino graduates statewide, continuing a decade-long trend of continued Latino participation in these accelerated college-prep courses.
January 31, 2014 -- Illinois State Board of Education seeks sponsors/sites for summer food programs
Programs ensure low-income students are well-fed when school is out
Though the thermostat says otherwise, summer will be here soon and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child has access to nutritious meals during the break from school. School districts, local government entities and non-profits are encouraged to become a summer food site sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks to low-income children.
January 23, 2014 -- ISBE calls for State to shift focus toward economic growth in FY15 Budget; Priority needs to be on investing in tomorrow’s workforce
Calls for emergency relief for disaster-stricken districts, increases for closing achievement gaps, supporting bilingual education
The Illinois State Board of Education today called on lawmakers and the Governor to invest in students and the state’s economic future by changing their budgeting focus to increase the state’s share of funding for education.
January 9, 2014 -- ISBE names 22 school districts to receive funds from School Technology Revolving Loan Program
Low-interest loans to boost technology in schools across the state
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the selection of 22 school districts from across Illinois to receive more than $3.5 million from the School Technology Revolving Loan Program. The low-interest loans allow schools to use technology for classroom instruction and staff development.
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