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Dedicated alumnus brings coral reef to students for hands-on learning

Dec. 1, 2014

For the past three years, Brandon Rutherford, Ed.M. ’10 Elem. Ed., has been working hard to bring elements of the ocean into his classroom at Stratton Elementary School in Champaign. The third-grade gifted teacher, who was named a New Teacher of the Year in 2013 by the Illinois Science Teachers Association, has invested his considerable energy and money into bringing aquariums, equipment, and livestock in his classroom. Read more...

Led by Samuel Kirk, Illinois shaped field of special education

Nov. 24, 2014

The late Dr. Samuel Kirk was a determined individual when it came to addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities. His research at Illinois was the first of its kind to study exceptional or special-needs learners, and it pinpointed gaping holes in curriculum for students with learning disabilities. Read more...

10th anniversary of Goldstick Family Lecture highlights progress in combating communication disorders

Nov. 19, 2014

This year’s Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders marked the 10th anniversary of the event, which took place Oct. 30 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Read more...

New technology-enhanced classroom provides collaborative space for students and faculty

Nov. 18, 2014

The College of Education at Illinois strives to be the place where cutting-edge research labs and classrooms put theory and pedagogy into practice. Read more...

Professor helps identify 'Goldilocks effect' of reclassification of high school English language learners

Nov. 12, 2014

The results of a new study by Professor Joseph P. Robinson-Cimpian and Karen D. Thompson of Oregon State University indicate that high school students may sink rather than swim if it is too easy to exit English-learner status. Read more...

Advocates nationwide attend Education Justice Project's Symposium on Higher Education in Prison

Nov. 7, 2014

The Education Justice Project (EJP) in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership offers educational programs at the Danville Correctional Center and is known for facilitating national dialogue on issues of higher education in prison. This year’s Symposium on Higher Education in Prison extended that discourse. Read more...

College alumnus recognized as '40 Under 40' leader and as 'Those Who Excel' Merit Award recipient

Nov. 6, 2014

Joseph Wiemelt, M.Ed. ’09 EPOL, believes education is all about opening doors—from the College of Education guiding his career path to his own work in establishing bilingual programs for local students and families. Read more...

College's Youth Literature Festival a biennial treasure in East Central Illinois

Nov. 5, 2014

Like worthwhile sequels to a topnotch story, the College’s biennial Youth Literature Festival (YLF), which began in 2008, keeps growing and continues to inspire children from kindergarten through high school. Read more...

Professors contribute to new book on the missions and challenges of two-year colleges

Nov. 5, 2014

Professors Debra D. Bragg and Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher of the College of Education have co-edited a new book that explores the history, challenges, and controversies surrounding two-year colleges. Read more...

Ed Psych professor Dorothy Espelage leads research for social sensing game that detects classroom bullies

Nov. 4, 2014

Professor Dorothy Espelage of the Department of Educational Psychology has led the research for a social sensing game that detects classroom bullies and helps scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs in person or online. Read more...

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