Category: Student Needs

How Illinois Adults Can Potentially Receive Their High School Diplomas

How Illinois Adults Can Potentially Receive Their High School Diplomas
Did you know? Almost 1.5 million Illinois adults, or 11% of the population, do not have a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), a state agency serving libraries in northern and western Illinois, is working with Gale, a library resource provider, to offer accredited high... Read more »

Our Amazing Chicago Youth: "I Am For Peace" Documentary

Chicago Youth Violence: “I Am for Peace” Documentary coming soon! Chicago Youth Violence: Our Kids are Taking a Stand. With the world in their pockets, a generation is coming alive through online voices, creativity, fundraising and monumental social change on a local and global scale. Chicago youth are standing up against violence in their city... Read more »

The Impact Of Teachers: The Gifts Our Students Give Back

This article is dedicated and in memory of my very first student, Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag. In the picture above, he is the child under the cursive ‘O’ on the board. He sat next to me for most of his 4th grade school year; he was a charming, happy and wonderful young boy who was... Read more »

The Largest Resource For Non-Profits Is Available Right Now...

Do you know how many searches there are on Google in one day? According to, there are over 3.5 billion searches in one day. Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide; that is a great deal of searching. There are really... Read more »

Advice For A Bully

Tonight we were asked to write about advice..20 years forward, 20 years back and so on. Since bullying has been such a hot topic (and I was honored to be on Fox News a few weeks ago discussing it), I thought it would be a good idea to give some advice to bullies. Bullies come... Read more »

Back to School and Social Media: Keeping Your Kids Safe and Happy

There is no time like the fall; school is back in session and routine begins to settle quickly. As children return to school, new friends are made, activities begin and social media madness begins to quickly rise. We see more kids with smart phones in their hands today than at any other time in our... Read more »

Who Is Your Champion?

Originally published May 11. Today I publish again, in honor of Dr. Rita Pierson, a great loss to the education community. Her speech inspired so many on the opening of the first education TED talk live on TV. Please see her speech below. Thank you Rita. According to Michele McNeil of EdWeek: “Not since the... Read more »

Buffalo Grove Park District Asks Parents To Chill Out

  Emmerich Park in Buffalo Grove has a new sign up addressing parents’ behavior during sports games. Mike Terson, who is the Buffalo Grove park district’s public relations and marketing manager, came up with the idea for the signs after noticing inappropriate or hot-headed behavior by parents at some of his own son’s games. These... Read more »

Thank You: Teachers Who Sang, Danced and Saved Lives

The end of the school year is quickly approaching for many students and teachers. This year was a challenging year for almost everyone in education. We saw quite a bit of struggling, anger, policy change, tears and hearts broken. Some say, this time in education has been one of the most unstable since the desegregation... Read more »

International Education, Freedom And Gratitude

I was recently honored to be asked to cover a conference at the University of Chicago. The main topics discussed were in regard to higher education, K-12, online learning and the Fulbright Scholarship. The panel was fascinating, as it opened up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and continued with discussions from some of the best and... Read more »