July 21 2011


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Rockford student awarded GVSU scholarship  Eric Henderson of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A recent graduate of Rockford High School, Henderson is the son of Phil and Laura Henderson. To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum 3.5 GPA. GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Albano named to Niagara Dean’s List  Marie Albano of Rockford was named to the Niagara University academic dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. To qualify, students must attain a 3.25 academic grade-point average for the semester. Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive master’s institution sponsored by the Vincentian Community, an order of priests and brothers founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Located on the Niagara River at the northern boundary of the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the university enrolls more than 4,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs in its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. It also offers programs in teacher education and graduate education in the Toronto and York regions of Ontario. For more information on programs and offerings, visit www.niagara.edu. Bialkowski graduates from Montreat College  Kathryn Bialkowski of Rockford graduated from Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies in May with a master of arts degree in education. Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Black Mountain, with courses being taught in Cherokee, Murphy and other N.C. locations. Herbel named to Dean’s List  Andrew Herbel of Sparta is on the Dean’s List for spring semester 2011 at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. He graduated May 22 with a degree in chemistry, and is also a graduate […]


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Equipping our students for the 21st Century  by PETER J. YOUNG Director of Technology Rockford Public Schools Rockford Public Schools (RPS) entered into a partnership with Steelcase a year ago to study the environmental impact of a traditional classroom design. The current traditional classroom design uses a hierarchal configuration of the teacher at the front of the classroom with rows of fixed desks and chairs. The partnership with Steelcase utilizes a different design, which we termed as a “classroom of the future.” This new classroom layout not only involves new furniture but also integrates new classroom technologies. There are six teaching spaces within the district that make up this new classroom of the future with representation at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. The purpose of this partnership is to equip our students in 21st Century skills that require them to communicate, collaborate, create and problem solve in this environment. This allows our teachers and students to teach and learn differently while practicing these necessary skills with 21st Century tools. Funding for these classrooms came from the public elected bond passed in May 2008. These new classrooms utilize several aspects or elements to their design. One key design element is the layout of furniture and their mobility. The layout of these rooms can be thought of as a hub-and-spoke configuration. A table represents a spoke and can seat anywhere from six to eight students to form a group. A classroom design can have four or five of these spokes that are off the center of the classroom where the teacher has a lectern represented as the hub. The furniture in these classrooms are completely mobile, allowing students to easily transition to collaborative group work as well as focus their attention wherever information is presented. The teacher in this design has the ability to freely move in and out of this hub-and-spoke configuration, where they can have interaction, connection and eye contact with all students. This format eliminates the back of the classroom by providing multiple fronts. Within the new classroom design, an element specific to this environment is a term called “triangulation.” Information is presented off three projectors in each classroom that forms a triangular geometry within the room. The information can be […]

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