From: Infinite Scholars Program www.infinitescholar.org
Re: Annual Infinite Scholars College Scholarship Expo
Greetings Administrators and Guidance Counselors:
The Chicago Teachers Union and Infinite Scholars Program cordially invite your school’s juniors and seniors to attend our Annual College Scholarship Expo which is scheduled to take place Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sept. 27, 2013, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sept. 26 event will be held at the TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School, 6201 S. Stewart Ave., Chicago, IL 60621. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 event will be held at the Harvey Community Center, 15320 Center Ave., Harvey, IL. 60426.
What makes the Infinite Scholar College Scholarship Expo unique is that college and university recruiters will issue acceptance letters with partial or full scholarship offers on-site. Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in on-site recruiter/student interviews with college, university and military officials. Also, the Expo will provide potential college students and parents with workshops and information on higher education.
Online registration is required for students who are interested in applying to colleges and universities that will be present at the Scholarship Expo. Students who will be attending the Expo are asked to complete the registration process so they can obtain their admittance ticket before the event.
Requirements for students who wish to participate in the Scholarship Expo include:
- High school transcript with an overall 2.8 G.P.A. or better (there will be exceptions)
- ACT Score of 21 or SAT score of 1650 if student has already taken (there will be exceptions)
- 250 word essay explaining Why A Higher Education Is Important
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator and/or community leader
- Printed admission registration form available at http://www.mohela.com/infinitescholar
Schools that would like to send students in a group are asked to RSVP. To RSVP or receive additional information, a representative can attend an information seminars on August 30, 2013, 11 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center, or Sept. 13, 2013, 11 a.m. at Team Englewood Academy. If there are any additional questions please feel free to contact Jack Solomon at 773-269-0691. Additional information on the Infinite Scholars Program can be found at www.infinitescholar.org. Please make sure that your students complete their online registration forms and bring several copies of the above mentioned documents. We look forward to working with you in the immediate future.
Chicago Program Director
Infinite Scholars Program
by: Anuli Akanegbu via EdTech K-12
Arthur Wynne, a British journalist for the New York World, created the first known published crossword puzzle in 1913. Wynne sketched out a diamond-shaped grid and then wrote “FUN,” the name of the newspaper’s comic section across three squares toward the top of the puzzle. He left readers with simple instructions: “Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions.”
What was once just a pastime for adults now helps teachers introduce students to new concepts and improve their vocabulary.
Jan Buckner Walker, self-professed “word nerd” and creator of the popular family crossword game Kids Across Parents Down (KAPD), wants to expand the use of crosswords in the classroom by running them on interactive whiteboards.
Buckner Walker says she developed her latest venture, Kids Across Teachers Down (KATD), after meeting teachers who adapted her KAPD crossword puzzles for classroom use.
KATD allows teachers and students to work together to solve curriculum-based, multilevel learning puzzles tied to the National Common Core State Standards.
“The idea is to have the teacher up at the board doing the down clues and the students doing the across clues. Many of the down clues are also accessible to the students, [so] they can reach it,” says Buckner Walker.
The themed crosswords are geared towards students in pre-k to sixth grade. The puzzles are optimized for interactive whiteboards, but teachers can also use a notebook or projector to display them.
KATD partnered with Kidsville News! earlier this year to pilot the collaborative learning program at J. Harold Van Zant Elementary School in Marlton, N.J. Lynne Berman, publisher of the Camden and Burlington editions of Kidsville News!, organized the pilot. Berman says students in the pilot were able to solve the puzzle on a Promethean ActivBoard in less than 30 minutes. The results of the pilot were featured in the January 2013 edition of the New Jersey Education Association’s NJEA Review.
“Initially people think of puzzles just as fun, time-filling or a downtime thing for students. I think that Kids Across Teachers Down really bridges that gap. Teachers are able to incorporate that into the curriculum and still make it fun for kids while they're learning,” says Berman.
The KATD collaborative learning program is expected to roll out in schools nationwide in fall 2013.