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Video conference to examine groundbreaking “value-added” teacher prep assessment
Dr. George Noell, researcher in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University and A&M College, will discuss the design, development, and implementation of the Louisiana Value-Added Teacher Preparation Assessment model in a video conference April 3. Noell developed the groundbreaking model that examines the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs based upon the actual achievement of children. Three sites across the state are available to attend the videoconference.
Lt. Governor Pat Quinn joins the International Dark-Sky Association and the World Wildlife Fund in asking Illinois residents to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8 to 9 p.m. this Saturday night. “This movement conserves energy, protects wildlife, and reminds all of us of the natural beauty of a starry night,” Quinn said. "This Saturday night, I hope people throughout Illinois will extinguish all unnecessary lights to participate in Earth Hour.”
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James C. Schroeder has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. He also becomes senior vice president of the U. of I. Foundation.
Patrick José Dawson of the University of California, Santa Barbara has been selected to take the reins of Northern Illinois University Libraries.
Alina-Carmen Cojocaru, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Career award to study elliptic curves, fundamental objects in the theory of numbers, that may play a role in improving computer security.
Research fails to support current rapid growth of charter schools
The case for charter schools, by all appearances, has been made with politicians and the public. Forty states now have them, their numbers are rapidly increasing, and they now serve more than a million students. The research, however, on issues from student achievement to equity and integration, is limited, often overstated, often based on suspect methodology, and largely outside the normal system of academic peer review, says Christopher Lubienski, an education professor at the University of Illinois.
Education professor Christopher Lubienski, left, and graduate student Peter Weitzel
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