Business Education Week Media Coverage Summary1. SJR, Chamber accepting registrations for Business Education Week, 2/22/122. SJR, Business-Education partnership to meet April 19, 4/03/123. Illinois Times, Continum of Learning supports pre-k screening, 4/12/124. SJR, Principal for a Day brings executives together with schools, 4/20/125. SJR, Principal for a Day, 4/22/12 The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 1011 South Second Street | Springfield, IL 62704 | Ph: 217.525.1173 | Fax: 217.525.8768 | www.gscc.org
Chamber accepting registrations for Business EducationWeekThe State Journal-RegisterPosted Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:08 AMThe Business/Education Partnership of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is acceptingregistrations for Business Education Week, which begins Monday, April 16. Nominations also are beingsought for Partner in Excellence awards.As part of the event, businesses executives are invited to service as “principal for the day” at a localschool, and to co-teach and provide lesson plans.Registrations and nomination will be accepted through Thursday, March 1 by contacting Mikal Sutton atthe chamber, 525-1173 or email@example.com. Information also is available at www.bepsc.org.
Business-education partnership to meet April 19By Staff reportsThe State Journal-RegisterPosted Apr 03, 2012 @ 08:40 AMLast update Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:43 AMThe Business Education Partnership of Sangamon County and Sangamon CountyContinuum of Learning will present the findings of research into Sangamon County at ameeting on Thursday, April 19 at the Illinois Education Association.There also will be information on local business-education partnerships. Doors open at4:30 p.m. and the program begins at 5 p.m. Reservations are not required.Additional information is available from Mikal Sutton at the Greater Springfield Chamberof Commerce, 525-1173, ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuum of Learning supports pre-k screeningThursday, April 12,2012Getting kids ready for kindergartenBy Patrick YeagleThe beginning stages of a plan to improve education in Sangamon County are already showingpromise, according to an upcoming report from the Sangamon County Continuum of Learning.The Continuum is working to implement pre-kindergarten screening county-wide, along with ahandful of other projects aimed at preparing children for school. It’s just the first step of theContinuum’s multifaceted, long-term plan.“Our hope is that we would be able to increase the proportion of children who are indeed readyfor kindergarten, so that when they get to kindergarten, they’re not in a situation of having tocatch up,” says Dr. Harry Berman, chairman of the Continuum’s steering committee. “Thatwould be such a shame. It’s a painful thing to think about, and yet it’s a reality for manychildren.”The Continuum – a collaboration between the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln,the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Central Illinois – expectsto release its 2011 annual report during a roundtable discussion and awards banquet held at 5p.m. April 19 at the Illinois Education Association. An advance copy of the report was providedto Illinois Times by the Continuum.The report shows the results of pre-kindergarten screening at several early education centers inSangamon County. Roughly one out of five children tested exhibit a lag in academicdevelopment and, roughly one out of three children tested exhibit a lag in communication andmotor skills. In total, 52 percent of children tested showed a development lag in one or moreareas. It’s difficult to apply the results to the greater student population county-wide, however,because three of the pre-kindergarten centers tested accept only students with mental, social oremotional problems, which negatively skews the results.Stacy Reed, program director for the Continuum, says pre-kindergarten screening allowsschools to identify areas of teaching curriculum that need improvement and individual childrenwho need specific help.Berman says the testing also helps parents understand areas in which their children maystruggle so the parents can coordinate with teachers to address developmental lags.“It’s been hugely beneficial,” Berman says. “It creates an occasion for teachers to sit withparents and actually talk.”The Continuum pays for the tests through local fundraising and a grant from the Grand VictoriaFoundation, while 14 public and private preschools in Sangamon County conduct thescreenings using a standardized test known as the Brigance Early Childhood Assessment Kit. In2012, the Continuum expects to test about 1,500 children ages 3 through 5. The Continuumhopes to eventually implement screenings in all 10 school districts in Sangamon County, alongwith offering screenings to any pre-kindergarten child in the county.
The Continuum also partnered with several other groups to create a mental health program forchildren in high-risk neighborhoods. The program is paid for by a grant from the IllinoisChildren’s Healthcare Foundation – one of only four such grants awarded statewide. It’sintended to “weave together an array of mental health services and support systems that oftenoperate in isolation to better meet the social and emotional health needs of local children andfamilies,” the report says.Also highlighted is a plan to develop partnerships between schools and local businesses inwhich the businesses provide paid community service days for employees who serve assubstitute teachers in Sangamon County schools. The employees would become state-certifiedto substitute teach and would fill in for full-time teachers pursuing further teacher training. A pilotversion of that program is scheduled to start in Springfield public schools this year.Mary Loken, a program director for the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education, isworking to organize and analyze data collected by the pre-kindergarten screening program.“To me, the absolute beauty of this process is that it’s a community-wide effort,” Loken says.“We’re hoping this will be perceived as valuable enough to continue. We know we can do it.”Contact Patrick Yeagle at email@example.com.
Principal for a Day brings executives together with schoolsBy DAN PETRELLAThe State Journal-RegisterPosted Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:45 PMLast update Apr 20, 2012 @ 10:11 AMWILLIAMSVILLE — Brian Oaks and Russell Galusha have quite a bit in common.As general manager of the Prairie Capital Convention Center and principal ofWilliamsville High School, respectively, both lead large staffs and face new challengeson the job each day. They both see themselves as hands-on administrators and visibleleaders.The men got acquainted Thursday while Oaks served as principal for a day atWilliamsville. Now in its second year, the Principal for a Day program is part of BusinessEducation Week. The Business Education Partnership of Sangamon County, an affiliateof The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, puts on the event.Throughout the week, 42 executives from area businesses have spent time withprincipals at public and private schools throughout the county, giving them an up-closelook at the day-to-day challenges educators face.“Anytime that you can look for potential partnerships between our school districts andour local business community is a good thing,” said Oaks, a chamber board member.Galusha, who is in his fifth year as Williamsville’s principal, said there are many waysschools and local businesses can work together. For example, business leaders couldhelp set up incentive programs for students, serve as mentors, or visit classrooms asguest speakers, he said.“It helps students to hear kind of a different perspective,” Galusha said.Family businessFor Oaks, visiting the school was an opportunity to see how much things have changedsince he graduated from Auburn High School in 1994. One major difference is how
technological advances have changed the way teachers teach and students learn, hesaid.Serving as principal for a day was also a chance for Oaks to try his hand at the familybusiness.His father, John Oaks, was principal at Auburn for two years while Brian was there.“It was a unique experience when I got sent to the principal’s office,” he said.That’s another thing Oaks and the Williamsville principal have in common. Galusha’sson is a junior at the school this year, and his daughter will be a freshman next year.Establishing personal and professional connections is just what the event’s organizersare hoping for, said Mikal Sutton, executive director of the Business EducationPartnership.“For the executives, it’s giving them an up-close and personal look at what schools looklike today,” she said. “For many of them, it’s been decades since they were in a school.”A win-win’The group hopes to emphasize the important connection between education andeconomic growth, Sutton said.“It’s a win-win for the community when we have strong economic development and astrong school system,” she said. “Education, whether it’s public or private, regardless,it’s a community effort.”In addition to the Principal for a Day program, this year the partnership started aconcurrent event called Business Professionals in the Classroom. Through this project,representatives from local businesses were matched with teachers to share theirexpertise with about 800 students across the county.Business Education Week culminated Thursday night with the Partners in ExcellenceAwards. The event recognized ongoing collaborations between Jefferson Middle Schooland Bunn-O-Matic, Matheny-Withrow Elementary and First Presbyterian Church, andFairview Elementary and First Christian Church.***Principals for a dayAuburn Middle School: Mike Hulligan, vice president, U.S. BankAuburn High School: Dean Graven, owner, Knob Hill Landscape Co.Ball Elementary School: Rick Serena, president, Frye-Williamson Press Inc.
Chatham Elementary School: Sharon Durbin, CEO, Land of Lincoln Goodwill IndustriesGlenwood Elementary School: Chuck Hunt, financial planner, AXA AdvisorsGlenwood Middle School: Chris Hembrough, executive director, Big Brothers Big Sistersof the Illinois Capital RegionGlenwood Intermediate School: Todd Wise, president and chief operating officer, UnitedCommunity BankGlenwood High School: Dave Olejniczak, COO, St. John’s HospitalPawnee Grade School and Junior High School: Pam Kovacevich, CEO, Girl Scouts ofCentral IllinoisFarmingdale Elementary School: Josh Langfelder, Sangamon County recorderPleasant Plains High School: Jim McLean, vice president, customer service, Blue CrossBlue Shield of IllinoisRiverton High School: Tim Brown, president, Vital Restoration of Central IllinoisJane Addams Elementary School: Nina Harris, president and COO, Springfield UrbanLeagueFairview Elementary School: Brett Jackson, COO, SystemaxFeitshans Academy: Tim Rowles, executive director, The Springfield ProjectHarvard Park Elementary School: Rob Heberling, general manager, SpectrumPackagingIles Elementary School: Karen Pletsch, president, Hanson Information SystemsLee Elementary School: Bob Heisse, executive editor, The State Journal-RegisterOwen Marsh Elementary School: Dan Wright, partner, Brown, Hay and StephensMatheny-Withrow Elementary School: Craig Glover, president and CEO, CentralCounties Health CentersMcClernand Elementary School: Tom Fitch, vice president, Harold O’Shea BuildersPleasant Hill Elementary School: Jeff Ball, senior vice president, Hanson ProfessionalServicesLindsay Elementary School: Dan Sale, CEO, Capital Area Association of RealtorsWilcox Elementary School: Matt Lamsargis, vice president, The Springfield RunningCenter
Springfield Ball Charter: Tom Lex, COO, Heartland Credit UnionJefferson Middle School: Chris Daniels, executive director, Refuge RanchLanphier High School: Randy Bryant, CEO, Springfield Clinic LLPSoutheast High School: Jim Sullivan, COO, Design IdeasSpringfield High School: Lou Dixon, senior vice president , Crawford, Murphy & TillyCapital College Preparatory Academy: Sue Massie, president, Massie Massie &Associates Inc.Lincoln Magnet School: Walt Lafferty, publisher, The State Journal-RegisterLawrence Education Center: Nancy Huntley, director, Lincoln LibrarySpringfield Learning Academy: Mike Pence, executive vice president, Bank ofSpringfieldTri-City Junior-Senior High School: Dottie Bellm , Manager, Illini BankWilliamsville High School: Brian Oaks, general manager, Prairie Capital ConventionCenterCathedral School: Jasen Best, branch manager, United Community Bank, ChathamSt. Agnes Elementary School: Erich Bloxdorf, interim president and CEO, The GreaterSpringfield Chamber of CommerceChrist the King Elementary School: Shannon McAuley, general manager, CountyMarket, ChathamSacred Heart-Griffin High School: John Stremsterfer, executive director, CommunityFoundation for the Land of LincolnLutheran High School: Jeff Fulgenzi, senior planner, Sangamon County Strategic &Comprehensive PlanningOur Savior’s Lutheran School: Barbara Weatherford, vice president, Business BankingOfficer, Town and Country BankCalvary Academy: Vicki Meseke, assistant vice president, consumer lending, Town andCountry BankDan Petrella can be reached at 788-1532. Follow him at twitter.com/PetrellaReports.
Bob Heisse: Glass plates yield a remarkable exhibitGateHouse News ServicePosted Apr 22, 2012 @ 12:05 AMA remarkable photo exhibit has come together, through the work of State Journal-Register photo editorRich Saal over the past two years.The exhibit, “Springfield Photographs: Images from The Illinois State Journal Glass Plates 1929-35,“ willdebut with a 6 p.m. presentation on May 1 at the Lincoln Public Library. The event is open to the public.Saal’s strong interest in history began when he reviewed the entire collection of the photographs in ourbuilding, dating to 1936, for an exhibit in 2005 for the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.He started studying history at the University of Illinois Springfield, and research for a class led him to viewthe newspaper’s glass plate photography in the Sangamon Valley Collection of the Lincoln Library.In all, there were 1,340 glass plate photographs from 1929-35 preserved at the library, taken by TheIllinois State Journal’s first photography staff of Raymond Hodde, Joe Imlay and Charlie Bilyeu. Saalmade it his graduate thesis project to scan, restore and present them.“There were certain images during that process that just hit me when I saw them for the first time,” hesaid, adding that the stories behind the photos are fascinating.Saal had museum quality display panels built with the help of grant money, and chose 35 photos for thisdisplay that will run through Aug. 3.The grant money came from Patrick Coburn, former publisher of The State Journal-Register; the RichardH. Driehaus Foundation of Chicago; the Sangamon Valley Historical Society; and the Illinois PressFoundation.When the exhibit ends in August, the panels will remain at Lincoln Library, creating a new venue for
community art exhibits in a public and accessible downtown space, said Saal, who soon will graduatewith a master’s degree in history from UIS.Look for a full preview of this exhibit next Sunday in the SJ-R. For an early look at some of the photosvisit the photo department’s blog, “Behind the Curtain,” at www.sj-r.com and join the department’sFacebook page at www.facebook.com/sjrphoto.Enjoy this exhibit starting May 1.Principal for a DayThe business and education communities in Sangamon County came together in a great way last week,as 42 CEOs/executives visited public and private schools and served as Principal for a Day.This unique event grew in its second year from 29 business leaders involved last year. It’s a wonderfulinitiative developed by a Leadership Springfield group in 2010 and modeled after a program in Chicago.I look forward to my visit to Lee Elementary School next week as part of this exchange. I’ve visited andspoken to a number of classes in schools and in colleges over the years, but it will be a first to spend aday in a school as a visitor.“Principal for a Day is a really unique experience. There is no better way to get a first-hand view of thedaily rigors of running today’s schools,” said Mikal L. Sutton, director of work force and medicaldevelopment at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.By all accounts, the program was a success and a learning experience for the business community.“The program gives you a great perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing schools today,”said Erich Bloxdorf, interim president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber, who spent a day atSt. Agnes Elementary School. “Principals wear so many hats … administrator, teacher, disciplinarian,strategic planner and mentor.”I’ll let you know about my Lee experience next week.Thanks for reading, and please contact me with any concerns about The State Journal-Register or ourwebsite.Executive editor Bob Heisse can be reached at 788-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his “From theEditor” blog online.