Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

July 31, 2006


District 205 teachers to attend NIU conference

Project REAL-sponsored event includes parents

Rockford — “REAL Connections: An Opportunity for Professional Growth,” a three-day conference this week at NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State St., will give teachers in the four Project REAL schools some strategies for motivating students to learn through math, reading and technology.

Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Paul L. Gasser, represents “Love and Logic.” Gasser will speak to teachers from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at NIU-Rockford on “Calming the Chaos in the Classroom.” He will speak to parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockford Environmental Science Academy, 1800 Ogilby Road, on “Keeping Parenting Fun!”

Project REAL is a five-year U.S. Department of Education grant of $4.875 million for teacher quality enhancement shared with the Rockford Public Schools and Rock Valley College.

Funded in 2003, the project concentrates on Jefferson, the Rockford Environmental Science Academy, and Nelson Elementary School and, with a focus on special education populations, Rolling Green Elementary School.

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CONTACTS: Portia Downey, Project REAL, (815) 753-5072
Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs, (815) 753-9472

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