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Teachable Moment: Mosque in Manhattan

Teachable Moment: Mosque in Manhattan

I know this is a blog about education and an opportunity to share information about how important it is to continue your education, formally or informally. But this might be a teachable moment, as the controversy about the Mosque and Community Center in Manhattan near Ground Zero continues to be front and center in the news. As educated people our job is to be able to find reliable information about those topics that impact and interest us. We must be able to find answers to questions in order to make informed decisions and develop and support our opinions. continue reading »

Chicago Public Schools - Health Requirements by Grade  2010

Chicago Public Schools - Health Requirements by Grade 2010

The Chicago Board of Education recognizes the relationship between academic achievement and access to health promotion and prevention activities. Healthy students have better attendance and perform better in school. Children must provide proof of required immunizations and health exams before October 15, 2010, or they will face exclusion from school. continue reading »

You May Already Have College Credit

You May Already Have College Credit

There are lots of ways to earn college credit for the adult student. By the time you are a grown up, and this is sort of an arbitrary age since many of us know people older than we are who would not qualify as grown up, you have had lots of experiences that could be translated to college credit. continue reading »

Lenders of Private Student Loans Offering Better Terms

Lenders of Private Student Loans Offering Better Terms

Financial institutions are once again offering students and parents favorable borrowing terms and interest rates on their private student loans. As the financial market rebounds this year, financial institutions are able to offer better borrowing incentives. continue reading »

The Importance of Listening

The Importance of Listening

Listening and hearing are two similar but different things. We hear lots of things all day long, but we only really listen to some of what we hear. Listening requires the intentional focus on the speaker, while hearing can be just noise or background conversation. continue reading »

All Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Ready to open this Fall

All Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Ready to open this Fall

New Preschool Programs, Additional Grade Levels, a New Middle School and an Initiative Mark Changes.All 256 Catholic elementary and high schools in Cook and Lake counties will open for the 2010-2011 school year that will bring additions, expansions and innovative programming to a number of schools. The announcement was made today by Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, OP, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. "All schools reopening is only a part of the good news for families," noted Sr. McCaughey. "School leaders are helping us define the ultimate goal of more students in great Catholic schools. Faith, academic excellence and enrollment intersect beyond school buildings." continue reading »

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child becomea happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child. continue reading »

Leadership and Management: What’s the difference?

Leadership and Management: What’s the difference?

There is a difference between being a leader and being a manager. Do you know the difference? I bet you could easily point to examples of leaders and managers but may not be able to articulate the difference in words. You may recognize the person who is able to engage people in a cause or an event. This person, the leader, see possibilities and is able to help others see them. He or she can get individuals or a group moving to solve a problem or to introduce something new that may even seem impossible. continue reading »

New Rules for Spanish Speaking Preschoolers have Many Concerned.

New Rules for Spanish Speaking Preschoolers have Many Concerned.

New rules, which are expected to sail through the legislative process in time for the 2010-2011 school year, will affect hundreds of thousands of Illinois students. Old laws regarding preschoolers had no mention of English instruction. Soon, it will be required that pre-schoolers be educated according to the same standards as K thru 12th grade. continue reading »

What does it mean to be reflective?

What does it mean to be reflective?

As a rule we are busy people. Our lives are hectic and filled with all kinds of responsibilities that require our attention almost every hour of every day. It is difficult to get a moment to our self, to catch our breadth or to just slow down for a bit. continue reading »