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Success of dual-language programs spurring a new kind of teaching

Jan. 31, 2014

Dual-language education is catching on around the country, including in Champaign-Urbana. The increasingly popular concept combines native speakers of English and Spanish in the same classroom, with the goal of getting students to speak and read in two languages long before they reach high school. Read the full News-Gazette article, and then discover how professors Eurydice Bauer, Georgia Garcia and Christina DeNicolo played major roles in establishing dual-language programs in Urbana School District 116. Also, meet Urbana teacher Greg Ballweg ’13 Elem. Ed., who is having a blast instructing third-graders in a dual-language program at Leal Elementary School in Urbana. Read more...

Bilingual Urbana teacher credits College of Education for his ‘worldly’ growth

Jan. 17, 2014

Given that English is his first language, one might expect teacher Greg Ballweg ’13 Elem. Ed. to take a job where his students primarily spoke English as well. But Ballweg’s third-grade classroom is different: His students all speak Spanish as their first language. Read more...

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Article offers guidelines for research and design methodologies on embodied learning through digital media technology

Dec. 16, 2013

Robb Lindgren, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, recently co-authored a paper for the November issue of the Educational Researcher. The paper, titled “Emboldened by Embodiment: Six Precepts for Research on Embodied Learning and Mixed Reality,” details the potential of immersive technologies called mixed realities to promote embodied learning through physical actions such as gestures or walking. Read more...

Fortuitous failure leads professor to illuminating career in education

Dec. 1, 2013

“Congratulations on your failure.” These words were said to Fouad Abd-El-Khalick by his professor in education after receiving news that Fouad did not get into medical school, urging him to consider education as an alternative. From that moment on, Abd-El-Khalick, now department head and professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois, embarked on pursuing a career in education. Read more...

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C&I professor and doctoral student promote reasoning and sense making skills in math instruction

Nov. 19, 2013

Research by Gloriana González, assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), and doctoral student in C&I, Anna F. DeJarnette was published in the recent issue of the online journal, The Mathematics Educator. Read more...

New book argues private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest

Nov. 13, 2013

A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory. Read more...

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Fouad Abd-El-Khalick named to CIC Academic Leadership Program

Nov. 8, 2013

NOVEMBER 7, 2013, INSIDE ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Professor and department head of Curriculum and Instruction Fouad Abd-El-Khalick is one of five University of Illinois faculty members to be named a 2013-14 fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Academic Leadership Program. Read more...

Senior Stephanie Cheng recognized for work in campus sustainability and social justice leadership

Oct. 22, 2013

Stephanie Cheng, a senior in Elementary Education, was a recipient of the 2013-2014 Fred S. Bailey Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding leadership and fellowship. The scholarship has been bestowed by the University YMCA since 1957. According to the Y, the scholarship was established to give financial support to Illinois students who demonstrate unique skills and talents that allow them to make a difference as community leaders. Read more...

Early Childhood Education pioneer Lilian Katz to be featured on WILL-TV

Sep. 11, 2013

Lilian Katz, truly a trailblazer in the field of Early Childhood Education, will be featured on WILL-TV's "Illinois Pioneers" program at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12. WILL's David Inge interviewed Katz—a professor, international speaker, author, and renowned scholar. The show's producers described her as "quite remarkable" and they say viewers will be surprised at what she has to say. Read more...

Learning in English, aprendiendo en Español: Professor helps create a K-5 dual language program in local elementary schools

Aug. 1, 2013

When 5-year-old Garrett started kindergarten at Leal Elementary School in Urbana, he learned the usual kindergarten tasks: reading simple sentences, following class rules, socializing with his peers, and other skills appropriate for his age and grade level. Read more...

C&I Professor Adam Poetzel makes mark on mathematics education, wins prestigious Max Beberman Award

Jul. 11, 2013

Adam Poetzel, clinical assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Max Beberman Award, bestowed by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Read more...

Summit brings scholars together in D.C. to re-imagine innovative education

Jul. 1, 2013

Innovation was the focus at the Radical Innovation Summit held in Washington, D.C., in June that brought together scholars from around the world. Read more...

NSF CAREER grant funds research to help mathematics educators better understand student learning process

Jun. 20, 2013

Professor Gloriana González is the principal investigator of a new CAREER grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The $853,675 grant started in May and will run through April 2018. The grant will fund the mathematics education research project titled "Noticing and Using Students' Prior Knowledge in Problem-Based Instruction." CAREER grants are highly competitive and touted by the NSF as the "most prestigious awards" supporting junior faculty. Read more...

Education faculty lead prestigious AERA institute examining equity in mathematics education

Jun. 17, 2013

Sarah Lubienski, professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Joseph Robinson, assistant professor of Educational Psychology, taught the AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy May 20-23 in Washington, D.C., where Lubienski again served as director and Robinson repeated his role as faculty of the institute. This was their second year leading the institute, which addressed intersections of mathematics education and equity. According to Lubienski, the event provides a rare opportunity for scholars from mathematics education, statistics, and other fields to come together and learn about cutting-edge data sets and research methods. Read more...

Alumnus and chemistry teacher John Kretsos earns Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jun. 11, 2013

May 2, 2013, GoldenApple.org, CHICAGO — Golden Apple, a leader in advancing the teaching profession in Illinois for 28 years, announced 2013 recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, including John Kretsos, '92 Sec. Ed. Read more...

Ten doctoral students awarded Hardie Dissertation Awards to support research

Jun. 3, 2013

Each year, the College of Education grants the Hardie Dissertation Award, a competitive award that offers financial support to graduate students as they complete their doctoral dissertations. These awards are funded through the generosity of the alumni and friends of the College, including the Hardie Endowment. Read more...

C&I professor and two of her students address teaching methods and classroom discussions in mathematics journal articles

May 23, 2013

Gloriana González (left photo) and Anna F. DeJarnette are the authors of two recently published journal articles. The first, which appeared in the April 2013 issue of "Mathematics Teacher," was titled "Geometric Reasoning about a Circle Problem." The second was featured in the May 2013 issue of "Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School" (MTMS) and was titled "Leading Classroom Discussions." Read more...

Bonding over math, C&I Professor Adam Poetzel builds relationships and shares knowledge across borders

May 21, 2013

Two Illinois mathematicians travel to Haiti to share learning and teaching methods with math teachers in a rural school Read more...

College announces outstanding and distinguished faculty/staff awards for 2013

Apr. 2, 2013

The College of Education is pleased to announce the faculty, staff, and students who are recipients of the College's 2013 Faculty and Staff Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the spring faculty meeting, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 2 in room 22 in the Education Building. Read more...

Liv Thorstensson Dávila's research shows school policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learning

Mar. 11, 2013

Liv Thorstensson Dávila, clinical assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction, recently spoke with Sharita Forrest of the UI News Bureau about high schools’ placement policies and teachers’ biases about immigrant students’ abilities, which can be detrimental to students’ academic success, according to Dávila's research. Read more...

Education student wins Isabelle Purnell Education Award

Mar. 7, 2013

Kelley Sullivan, an Elementary Education student from Wonder Lake, Ill., won a $2,000 Isabelle Purnell Education Award for 2013-14 from the Illinois Club. She was honored at an awards brunch on March 2. Read more...

C&I Professor Eurydice Bouchereau Bauer part of International Reading Association's Poverty and Literacy Task Force

Feb. 28, 2013

The International Reading Association (IRA) has created a task force to examine poverty's impact on literacy, and Eurydice Bouchereau Bauer, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of seven members commissioned to examine the important topic. Read more...

Alumna Lynn Wiedelman named science-teaching academy fellow

Feb. 18, 2013

Biology teacher Lynn Wiedelman ('11 LAS, Biology major, Sec. Ed. minor), has been named a science-teaching fellow—an Astellas-NSTA Fellow in the National Science Teachers Association's New Science Teacher Academy to be exact. Wiedelman, who teaches biology at Centennial High School in Champaign, was featured in The News-Gazette for her fellow designation. Read more...

Education major Jeri Hart incorporates theater into her curriculum

Feb. 8, 2013

Jeri Hart, a senior in the College of Education, had a passion for theater that was too great to leave behind in high school. As an Elementary Education major, she has found a way to blend her interest with her major. Read more...

Undergraduate James Scholar students present research at poster presentation

Dec. 18, 2012

Professor Adam Poetzel and his EDUC 102 honors students hosted a poster session on December 13, 2012, at the College of Education. Faculty, staff, and peers interacted with the James Scholar Education students as they shared their research findings and answered questions related to student academic achievement, poverty, race, disability, native language, teacher quality, and school reform. Read more...

College introduces new faculty for 2012-13 academic year

Aug. 29, 2012

The College of Education is pleased to announce new faculty for the 2012-13 academic year: Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky and Maya Israel have joined the Department of Special Education and Dan Berry has joined the Department of Educational Psychology. Read more...

Casey George-Jackson to participate in Institute for Higher Education Policy, Lumina Foundation Academic Fellows Program

Aug. 22, 2012

Casey George-Jackson, IES postdoctoral research fellow in Curriculum and Instruction, has been chosen to participate in the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the Lumina Foundation Academic Fellows Program for a second consecutive year. Her involvement in the program allows George-Jackson the unique opportunity to influence the national postsecondary education agenda by evaluating critical research to elevate the current policy discourse in Washington, D.C. Read more...

C&I Professor Violet Harris: books fail to accurately represent our increasingly diverse world

Aug. 14, 2012

Violet Harris, professor in Curriculum and Instruction, speaks in the following story about her expertise on children's books and the low proportion of published children’s books by minority authors.

EPOL alumna and C&I student compete in 2012 Paralympic Games

Jul. 9, 2012

The College of Education is proud of EPOL alumna Anjali Forber-Pratt and student Brian Siemann (English major/education minor) for their success in qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games, August 29 – September 9 in London. Read more...

Sarah Lubienski and Joseph Robinson teach AERA Statistical Institute

May 25, 2012

Sarah Lubienski, professor in Curriculum and Instruction, and Joseph Robinson, assistant professor in Educational Psychology, taught a three-day AERA Statistical Institute on May 16-18, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The AERA Grants Governing Board sponsored the program, "Mathematics Education and Equity," with funding from the National Science Foundation. Read more...

Chris and Sarah Lubienski's math studies cited in public versus private school debate

Nov. 1, 2011

While the costs of private schools continue to rise, the jury is still out on whether the money is a worthwhile investment, writes David Potts. Read more...

Studies by Christopher and Sarah Lubienski assess math performance in public and private schools

Oct. 17, 2011

Western Australia Today (Subiaco, Australia, Oct. 17) -- Landmark studies by U. of I. education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski found public schools produced better math students than private ones. Read more...

Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classrooms

Jun. 26, 2011

A gap in reading and math scores still exists in lower grades, with boys continuing to outpace girls in math, and girls ahead of boys in reading, two University of Illinois education professors say. Read more...

Teacher conference to focus on ways to recruit, retain teachers

Feb. 23, 2011

New teacher induction and mentoring will be the focus of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative Read more...