small colorful toy blocks that spell funding
Cornell Institute for European Studies
Education Blog - July 28, 2017

The Numbers Game - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Revised Education Plan

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to rewrite the Democratic education funding bill by implementing a new formula that shows most school districts will gain additional state funding but Chicago Public Schools (CPS) stands to gain nothing.

Row of books
Jordan Nielsen, www.flickr.com
Education Blog - July 18, 2017

The Danger of a Single Story in a Classroom

The educational system is filled with personal biases, assumptions, and even stereotypes. The stories told in the world or seen in the media can be hurtful but more importantly the stories told in the classroom can have a greater impact on our children.

Astronaut floating in space
NASA-NASA Remix Man
Education Blog - July 14, 2017

Journey Back to the Moon

The teens at the Champaign Park District Leonhard Center summer camp have been busy the past few weeks with WILL educational staff working with On the Moon engineering activities brought to them by NASA and PBS Design Squad.

Diverse group of children's ahnds holding up the globe.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair
Education Blog - June 27, 2017

Does Social Justice Education Matter?

As teachers, we have control over the cultures of our classrooms, but we cannot control the world our students face when they leave us.  As a result, it is important that we continue to incorporate Social Justice Education into our curriculum to do our part in helping our students become “socially just” citizens.

Preschool boy and girl playing at a Lego table in classroom
SunUp Preschool
Education Blog - May 23, 2017

Enrolling in Preschool: A Benefit or Not?

Recently in Washington DC, a few of the nation’s top early childhood education researchers met to discuss whether there is truly a benefit in sending your little ones to preschool. They all agreed that kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who do not.

Small boy reading book on floor.
Eugene Kim
Education Blog - April 14, 2017

Miner, Mirror, Model, and Mentor: Strategies for Improving Your Student’s Reading Skills

The pressure to read at the appropriate grade level can be overwhelming and even scary for some children.  We know strong reading skills help lay the foundation for a student’s educational career. Chicago literacy expert, Timothy Shanahan, explained to Today’s Parent that a British study released in 2013 showed children’s literacy and math levels at age seven were predictive of their overall earnings at the age of 42. How do we make reading a skill that children love instead of a complicated task they despise?

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