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  • Planting the Seeds for School Readiness | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    with the latest evidence One widely used measure the Classroom Assessment Scoring System CLASS looks at three broad domains emotional support classroom organization and instructional support Whereas teachers across the nation are scoring relatively high in the emotional support and classroom organization categories the instructional support scores are consistently low Instructional support encourages teachers to engage in a deeper level of teaching in which they help children gain new rich language and begin associating words with actions This requires teachers to provide a stimulating environment and encourage children to ask questions Science is the way to do all of these things Greenfield said Preschool is the time when children begin to understand what is important in life Science draws upon their natural curiosity about how their world works Recent research has shown that CLASS instructional support scores are higher on average during science than other activities i e circle time math and reading This is evident even when teachers use very basic science activities Although average instructional support scores are still low across these types of activities these findings suggest that more advanced science activities might produce even better results Greenfield also discussed how science can easily be integrated into other school readiness categories He made the argument that science need not be a stand alone unit but can be a tool through which teachers can incorporate other domains such as language and literacy math skills social and emotional development physical development creative arts and English language acquisition Preschool children are not too young to grasp broad scientific concepts Greenfield said Teachers won t be expected to teach them physics equations or chemistry Instead science in early childhood classrooms can draw on the basic scientific process of questioning hypothesis making and testing of new ideas Greenfield shared a number of examples from research studies he has conducted in partnership with Boston area schools Teachers are experimenting with science education in diverse ways that are attune to their local contexts and are finding that children are receptive even excited by the approach Greenfield engaged in a hands on activity with the audience that provided one possible lesson plan that included playing with then examining and taking apart a wind up toy ladybug that jumped flipped and traveled across the table The purpose of the activity was to guess how the ladybug works then take it apart and examine the mechanics Greenfield showed video clips of teachers and preschoolers in Boston engaged in a similar activity Link to ladybugs used in activity Following the activity several panelists discussed ways in which Illinois is testing the science approach Catherine Main a clinical faculty member at the College of Education at UIC talked about her research into instructional improvement and early learning standards Beth Crownover left the Director of Education at the Field Museum described new efforts to create little scientists with Chicago Public Schools and museum resources that preschool teachers can check out from the museum for use in their classrooms Kim Kull

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/greenfield (2016-02-17)
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  • The Sunday Spin: Director Mooney recaps POTUS visit to Springfield | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory The Sunday Spin Director Mooney recaps POTUS visit to Springfield Submitted by jimpaul on February 15 2016 9 51am URL http wgnradio com 2016 02 14 potus trip to springfield Twitter Description Source WGN Radio Chicago Feb 14 2016 Content Taxonomy News Related Content Jim Edgar to receive Champion of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/node/2290 (2016-02-17)
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  • Jim Edgar to receive "Champion of Democracy" recognition | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    IGPA State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Jim Edgar to receive Champion of Democracy recognition IGPA Distinguished Fellow and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar is one of four Illinoisans who will be honored as a 2016 Champion of Democracy by Illinois Common Cause Edgar will be honored on Wednesday Feb 10 in Chicago Common Cause says that since leaving the governor s office in 1999 Edgar has been an outspoken advocate for reaching across party lines calling on leaders from both parties to work together to find solutions to the problems in our state The organization also credits Edgar with founding the Edgar Fellows Program at IGPA The annual program brings together 40 early career leaders from throughout Illinois to discuss requirements and responsibilities of leadership and governing Learn more about the Edgar Fellows Program Others receiving the award with Edgar are Martese Chism state Sen Don Harmon and Eliseo Medina Information about the ceremony is here Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney recaps POTUS visit to Springfield Director Chris Mooney compares budget less states of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/node/2288 (2016-02-17)
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  • Director Chris Mooney compares budget-less states of Illinois and Pennsylvania | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Director Chris Mooney compares budget less states of Illinois and Pennsylvania Submitted by jimpaul on February 8 2016 8 29am URL http www dailyherald com article 20160208 news 160209018 Twitter Description Source The Daily Herald Arlington Heights Feb 8 2016 Content Taxonomy News Related Content The Sunday Spin Director Mooney

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/node/2287 (2016-02-17)
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  • Chapter 7: Child Care Quality in Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    environments that are essential to a young child s mental growth and have been proven to improve at risk children s school readiness Rachel A Gordon discusses her findings transcript PDF Read the complete chapter PDF In an effort to assess the range of quality in existing child care settings Illinois recently launched a Quality Rating System QRS aimed at boosting the quality of child care used by families who receive child care subsidies This system is intended to improve quality of care as parents demand higher levels providers seek higher ratings and policymakers hold settings accountable for increasing quality Similar QRSs have been implemented in other states and comparisons with other programs and evaluations of their effectiveness will help Illinois improve the potency of its own QRS Illinois sits at or near the top of many child care investment and early childhood education rankings While its position relative to other states is strong it is essential that the state works towards attaining the quality standards set by professional research evidence of which Illinois child care systems still fall short Additionally as policymakers strive to provide low cost child care to all the focus on preserving program quality must be maintained Illinois Quality Rating System Quality Counts has the potential to address these concerns The system could encourage providers to improve their program structures increase competition through higher reimbursement rates and foster collaboration between preschool and child care Implementing this system will not be without challenges however as is apparent from examinations of similar systems nationwide QRS programs require periodic revision as they are rolled out an issue that may be abetted by a small scale pilot period to identify areas requiring improvement As Quality Counts continues to expand throughout the state it provides child care stakeholders an opportunity to

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/IR09/ch7-childcare (2016-02-17)
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  • Edgar Fellows Blog | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Urbana 217 333 3340 Chicago 312 996 6188 Copyright 2014 The Board of the Trustees of the University of Illinois This site is best viewed with Google Chrome Firefox 3 x

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/opl/blog (2016-02-17)
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  • Illinois' economic slowdown is consistent with national trend | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the case last month this is the lowest reading since March 2013 104 7 This slowdown is consistent with data showing a national slowing economy National GDP grew at a slow 0 7 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 yielding an annual rate around 2 percent This marks a continuation of a slow recovery from recession in 2008 However according to J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs the current national slowdown does not signal a recession because the economy is not contracting It is still growing albeit at a slower rate State unemployment rose again this month to 5 7 percent This means the Illinois level is again diverging from the national rate that stands at 5 0 percent Sales tax receipts in real terms were little changed from the same month last year Comparisons for the individual income and corporate taxes between January 2015 and 2016 are problematic because of the reduction in the two rates in January 2015 Last January s tax receipts reflected a mixture of the two rates making meaningful comparisons difficult The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/node/2285 (2016-02-17)
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  • Fiscal Futures Project | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the crisis continues And when future capital needs are included the estimated penalty could grow to more than 400 million per year according to the study IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Read more about Illinois Still in the Penalty Box Economist David Merriman talks with Nebraska Legislature about taxes Tax shifts and other unintended consequences often accompany caps on assessments and other attempts to fix property taxes according to IGPA and University of Illinois at Chicago economist David Merriman who spoke to a legislative symposium on the subject at the Nebraska State Capitol Read the full summary IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Content Taxonomy News Read more about Economist David Merriman talks with Nebraska Legislature about taxes Improving Budget Practices in Illinois Author s Richard F Dye David F Merriman New research finds that Illinois does not follow basic principles of sound budgeting recommended by fiscal experts and suggests ways that Illinois and other states can reform practices to avoid fiscal crises in the future Two reports from a team of researchers from IGPA and the Volcker Alliance demonstrate ways states can improve transparency and accountability IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Read more about Improving Budget Practices in Illinois Transparency and Accountability in State Budgeting Monday December 7 2015 8 30 AM 11 00 AM The Union League Club of Chicago Crystal Room 65 W Jackson Blvd Chicago IL 60604 8 00 AM 8 30 AM Registration and breakfast Cost 0 USD Date time December 7 2015 8 30am America Chicago Location The Union League Club of Chicago IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Read more about Transparency and Accountability in State Budgeting Illinois third major deficit Infrastructure funding New analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs finds a third looming fiscal problem for the state beyond an unbalanced operating budget and pension debt Depending on the estimate of infrastructure need the state has an infrastructure funding deficit of approximately 31 billion Read the report IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Content Taxonomy Research Read more about Illinois third major deficit Infrastructure funding Flash Index up in July The Flash Index 107 Month July 2015 The U of I Flash Index rose to 106 6 in July from its 106 4 level in June The index has been steady for more than two years it has remained in the 106 0 107 2 range for the last 26 months This stability does not mean that the Illinois economy is not expanding but that it is growing at an even rate Any reading above 100 indicates economic growth Graph http igpa uillinois edu system files flashindex 201507 png Mini Headline Flash up in July Content Taxonomy Research IGPA Categories Fiscal Futures Project Read more about Flash Index up in July Illinois faces 9 billion annual deficit and 159 billion in IOUs New analysis PDF by the Fiscal Futures Project finds no easy fix to Illinois chronic fiscal imbalance Illinois now faces a 9

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/category/igpa-categories/fiscal-futures-project (2016-02-17)
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