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Illinois Colleges With the Best 'Value-Added'

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.

How to Hire Good Candidates

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Geri Spieler

Recruiting and staffing a company is time-consuming and complex. The pressure to fill an opening has as much pressure for the employer as it has for the candidate. In fact, there is more pressure for the employer as a bad hire is very expensive on may levels.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

I'm Tired of People Telling Me My Kid Needs to Be Fixed

Meredith Spidel | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Meredith Spidel

Let me be clear from the get-go: no one has actually ever said these words. No, this is purely my sensitive Momma's heart hearing implications that may or may not be there.

The Dynamics of Listening

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

My suggestions are most easily applied in settings where both teachers and students have considerable autonomy, but I hope these ideas may be useful to teachers even in traditional settings.

The Swan Song of School

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Part of me completely loathes the end-of-school-year insanity -- especially the frenetic pace at which we parents must perform. We dutifully ferry our charges hither and yon without complaint, cram our schedules with more events than it is humanly possible to attend.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Illinois Counties With the Most Public Libraries

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Libraries can be an important part of civic life in Illinois, providing spaces for reading, quiet work, Internet access, public gatherings and, of course, a place to hold a community's books. Not every Illinois county has the same number of public libraries available for their residents, though.

Ode to Sophomore Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Susan Kaufman

As the school year starts rapidly coming to an end, I'm forced to think about what's next. I must mentally prepare to spend next semester away from Tufts, studying abroad, and prepare to return just in time to watch some of my friends graduate.

Learning Is Something You Choose

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

Learning is something you choose. This isn't news. Just look at your own life and observe your own interests, hobbies, and passions. Does anyone make you do them?

Not Even Her Parents Burning Her Textbooks Could Keep Woman From Becoming A Teacher

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact

A driven woman from a rural village in Vietnam stopped at nothing to pursue an education. Tay Thi Nguyen, 21, came from a poor family with parents...

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!

Working to Solve the Frustration Equation

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I made a promise to myself that if I ever had a child with a learning challenge, I would do everything in my power to make sure that they never had to feel lost in the world. If I could spare my own kids the pain and frustration I went through then everything I endured would be worth it.

A Glimpse Into A School Lunchroom In France

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

My eyes have been opened, and I am amazed by what the French public school system does daily at noon. It's no wonder French kids can be seen in very nice restaurants on their best behavior, eating whatever is given to them.

Watch The Reactions Of These Adults Eating Lunchables

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.27.2015 | Taste

Some things might be better left in the 90s.

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

Learning Lessons From A Little Boy

Cort Ruddy | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

"You lost dessert when you took your pants down at the table." I actually said that to him after dinner one day recently. As the girls all laughed, including his mother in a seriously-suppressed sort of way, I told him that it wasn't funny to moon the table.

Does Your Computer Have a Voice?

Janie Emaus | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Janie Emaus

Right then, the computer started calculating. "What's happening?" I asked. "We're getting graded," she explained. "Right now?" My heart chugged in my throat as the seconds ticked by. I covered my eyes with my hands and peeked through my fingers at the little ball circling on the screen.

Using Technology to Improve Mathematical Intelligence

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 03.20.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

The role of technology in fostering mathematical and logical intelligence is obvious in that technology is built on the same mathematical principles and logic that drive life itself.

Dear Teacher

Shanell Mouland | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Do you know how many doctors' appointments and autism therapy sessions she has sat through, watching everyone in the room fawn and flitter around her sister, Kate?

What It Feels Like to Be Bullied at School

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Stella Kasdagli

For me, many years after the bullying had stopped, anorexia became a new way to get smaller, quieter, less intimidating, non-existent, so that my life would be less risky -- or, at least, less painful.

Four Best Business Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois has dozens of universities with prestigious undergraduate programs. But what about the state's graduate programs? Which schools are best for which areas of study?

How to Get Hired in Tech, With ironSource's Dana Primo

Daniel Etcovitch | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Daniel Etcovitch

Joining the constantly evolving tech sector workforce can be scary, and many recent graduates are having trouble figuring out the best way to get noticed by the tech world or choose the best way to build a career in the industry.

Going to Class 2.0

Ian Van Buskirk | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Ian Van Buskirk

Learning is not isolated to a certain time of life or a certain location. There is no campus where one must be or a particular desk where one must sit. In fact, I think the opposite is true: learning happens in those moments of movement.

Two Words For The Mom Who Sent Her Kid To School With No Socks Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

We moms can be so hard on ourselves, and, in turn, so hard on one another. I realized then and there that sometimes the nicest thing we can do for each other is just be human.