Some Danville students get extra hand with reading

DANVILLE – Some Danville elementary schools are using a new resource to improve student achievement, particularly in reading.

It's a special group of teachers who have stepped into a new role. Their job is to evaluate student learning using a variety of measures.

10 appointed to Champaign schools equity committee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board named 10 community members Monday night to a new equity committee for the district.

The board chose the committee members from 32 applicants.

The Education Equity Excellence committee was created as part of the district's settlement of its consent decree. It is to be a diverse group that will help to foster a climate of equal opportunity, and is supposed to review data in areas such as academic achievement, special education, attendance, discipline and graduation rates.

Danville teachers' union ratifies proposed contract

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and other staff are closer to working under a new 1-year contract.

Danville Education Association members "overwhelmingly" ratified a proposed contract on Monday afternoon, union President Robin Twidwell said. The proposal now goes before school board members on Wednesday night.

Fall used book sale set Saturday

DANVILLE – The Friends of the Danville Public Library will hold its fall used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the first floor meeting room of the library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

The sale will include books for all ages, magazines, collectible books and audiovisual materials.

Master plan work to expand diesel program at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – One of the first projects of Parkland's campus master plan will address one of its most critical needs – more space for its diesel technology program.

The demand is high for the program. There is a waiting list, and Parkland could easily double the number of students in it, if it weren't limited by physical space. An addition for the diesel technology program is under way, with ground broken on the new building earlier this month.

Teacher, staff contracts in Danville nearing approval

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and other school district staff could be working under a new contract next week.

Danville Education Association representatives plan to take proposed contracts – one for teachers and teaching assistants, and another for secretaries and learning resource clerks – to their membership at a meeting today.

Project's employment numbers not as big as projected

CHAMPAIGN – Was it all "pie in the sky?"

When the University of Illinois Research Park was proposed a decade ago, supporters talked of the park's potential to have 5,000 employees within a decade, or even five years.

Research Park growing, but UI tenants help fill the space

CHAMPAIGN – At the University of Illinois Research Park, State Farm Insurance runs a consumer research center, Caterpillar operates a simulation center and Archer Daniels Midland has a mathematical modeling center.

Over the years, park tenants have come to include large companies with satellite research operations or local startup companies like R Systems, which built a supercomputer in the park.

UI translation program already extending its reach

URBANA – Established a year ago at the University of Illinois, the Center for Translation is already working to build a name for itself in the community.

That name already is known a bit internationally, as well.

As the only program of comprehensive translation studies available in the Midwest, the center is well-placed to excel in its commitment to not only world-class education, but also to the art and craft of translation.

Hunting Web site features students' pro-quality videos

Nic DiFilippo's fourth-hour class at Mahomet-Seymour High School buzzes with activity as some students navigate video-editing software on professional grade computers while others adjust lighting in front of a green screen propped against his classroom's chalkboard.

But there's more to this class than just kids fooling around with technology. DiFilippo thinks his video-editing class is the only in the nation to be producing a regular show for a Web site.