DACC literacy program earns statewide honors

DANVILLE – Doris Reed remembers a time not too long ago when working simple multiplication problems was a struggle.

Today, the Danville resident is not only multiplying fractions and percentages, but also applying that skill to everyday activities like shopping and sewing. She credits her new-found ability and confidence to Nancy Harmon of Danville, a tutor with Danville Area Community College's Readers Route program.

Nominations pour in for Golden Apple Award

CHAMPAIGN – In the two months since the Golden Apple Foundation, a Chicago-based organization that honors teachers, expanded to Central Illinois, it has received more than 350 nominations of outstanding teachers for its Golden Apple Award.

"I love the stories that are coming across in the nominations," said Debra Erikson, director of Golden Apple Central Illinois. "We don't get agriculture teachers nominated in Chicago who are doing things like growing corn with their students and showing them how it's turned into ethanol and used in the tractor.

Two students take over as Robeson principals

CHAMPAIGN – They didn't get to change the lunch menu or declare an extra-long recess.

But fourth-graders Jenna DeLuce and Lauren Neitzel got a taste of power Friday, when they served as principals of Robeson Elementary School.

Advocates say balanced school calendar cuts learning gap

URBANA – Can chopping summer vacation in half be a good thing?

That's just one of the quandaries staff and parents at two Urbana elementary schools are facing as they start discussing the year-round school option.

Expert: Early detection of autism important

URBANA – Amy Wetherby, a professor of communication disorders at Florida State University, may not be an actual rock star, but for parents and researchers of children with autism, she might as well be.

"I've been a fan of hers for several decades," said Champaign speech pathologist Ann Osterling.

Danville officials: 'Dropout factory' study wrong

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials are disputing figures in a nationwide study that refer to Danville High School as a "dropout factory."

Associate Superintendent Mark Denman said he doesn't believe the study by Johns Hopkins University researchers accurately factored in the number of students who had moved out of the district.

Schlarman High School focusing on victims of genocide

DANVILLE – Schlarman High School is holding a 5K walk on Saturday to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the front of the school at 2112 N. Vermilion St.

Educators fear students have a lack of motivation

Last April, Oakwood educators had no problem getting high school juniors to show up to take the two-day Prairie State Achievement Exam.

But they're still working on getting the students to take the test seriously and give it their all.

Unit 4 board gives budget wish list, names vision committee

CHAMPAIGN – The wish list of what Champaign school board members would like to see the district pay for includes everything from expanded foreign language offerings to making buildings more energy-efficient to more library clerks.

Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas asked board members to give him their ideas of programs they'd like to see the district invest in, at Monday's school board meeting. By presenting their ideas early in the budget process, the initiatives they suggest stand a better chance of being included in the district's budget next year, he said.

No trick: Students need your donations

Some students from Danville High School and University Laboratory High School in Urbana will be out trick-or-treating on Wednesday evening, but they won't be asking for the typical mini-candy bars, candied apples and wax vampire teeth.

Instead, they're hoping to score canned goods, boxes of macaroni and cheese and jars of peanut butter.