Hamlin Middle School Mentoring Program

Over the past two years, EPIC staffers have participated in a student mentorship program at Hamlin Middle School to demonstrate our passion for career and college readiness within our own community. This past Friday, we made our second visit this school year to meet with students to talk about their personal experience in school and…

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Look Out Disney, Here We Come!

The EPIC Bridge the Divide team is off to the 35th annual First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference in the City That the Mouse Built (Orlando) from Feb 21–23. Once an educator, always an educator, so I ask you to please indulge me as I provide a short history lecture: The FYE National Resource…

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Convergent Consensus

Tools for Collaboration: Convergent Consensus

In the context of education, the word “collaboration” may conjure up images of small groups of students working together to solve a problem. Or we may think of multiple stakeholders discussing options for school improvement. But we may be less likely to think of teachers collaborating to assess student work, using a common scoring guide…

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Sauk Valley Keynote – A Smashing Success

Kirsten Aspengren, EPIC’s Senior Director, was the keynote speaker at the PASS College and Career Summit held at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. PASS (Partnership Advocating Student Success) is an initiative to create partnerships between Sauk Valley Community College and area high schools, vocational centers, institutions offering adult education, regional offices of education, and community members who…

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