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Research by professor, team reveals sexual violence in school occurs early on

Apr. 18, 2014

High number of middle school students experience sexual violence Read more...

James D. Anderson to deliver prestigious AERA 2014 Brown Lecture in October

Apr. 17, 2014

James D. Anderson, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education and the Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the upcoming Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the AERA annual meeting which recently concluded in Philadelphia. Read more...

Identity, language, power, and agency emerge as key commonalities in how children learn at Global Perspectives conference

Apr. 9, 2014

The stories of young children from several continents were related by professors worldwide attending an April College of Education conference called “Global Perspectives on Childhoods and Composing: The Interplay of Child Cultures, Schooling, and Literacy.” Read more...

College's faculty members to discuss research at annual AERA meeting

Apr. 3, 2014

This year’s theme: “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy" Read more...

Illinois districts building robust STEM pathways and programs of study

Mar. 28, 2014

New high school guide to assist innovative educators, partners Read more...

Integrated technology in renovated classroom fosters collaboration, tech-savvy teaching

Mar. 26, 2014

Professor Stacy Dymond can’t wait to Skype in a guest lecturer, while students appreciate the open space, easily movable furniture, and technological connectivity. Read more...

Doctoral student's groundbreaking research topic leads to prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship

Mar. 19, 2014

Catherine Corr’s designation a first for College, Urbana-Champaign campus Read more...

UI study suggests autism can be discovered at earlier age

Mar. 17, 2014

A new study conducted by Dr. Laurie M. Jeans, Professor Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, Daniel Laxman, Professor Brent McBride, and Dr. Justin Dyer suggests that many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can be identified when children are as young as age 2—earlier than was previously thought. Read more...

Professor co-authors study in quest to improve patient self-care

Mar. 10, 2014

A new study finds that older adults’ casual beliefs about their high blood pressure may vary according to where they live and other demographic variables. Nearly 500 people with hypertension participated in the study, which was co-authored by Daniel G. Morrow, a professor of cognitive science of teaching and learning in the Department of Educational Psychology. The purpose of the study was to better understand how patients conceptualize the cause of their high blood pressure in order to develop educational materials that improve patient self-care. Read more...

Technology a key component to MSTE's successes

Mar. 7, 2014

The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) helps grade-school children with weighty questions such as: Read more...

Movement to make test data more available gaining ground

Mar. 4, 2014

A survey of 1,202 two- and four-year schools published by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) found that while 85 percent of schools have some sort of learning assessment, less than 10 percent make them publicly available. Even fewer assessments are standardized, which means they can’t be used to compare one institution with another, according to Natasha Jankowsi, co-author of the report and assistant director at NILOA. Read more...

Alumna pursues online degree to forward her education, goals

Feb. 19, 2014

Dealing with high tuition costs these days is a fact of life for many college students. Isa Adney, Ed.M., ’12, HRE, is no exception. Looking to save money and avoid major debt after high school, she enrolled at Seminole State, her local community college. Read more...

Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts say

Feb. 10, 2014

Public schools’ service learning projects often fail at inclusiveness, marginalizing students with disabilities from full, meaningful participation, according to a new paper by Jay Mann, the director of the Office of Clinical Experiences.To promote a multifaceted understanding of citizenship, Mann and his fellow researchers suggest that schools offer children multiple, unique and varied service-learning experiences that let them explore different expressions of and purposes for civic action, such as altruism, celebrating diversity or political socialization. Read more...

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...

Confucius Institute opens to enthusiasm about possibilities for research, promoting cultural awareness

Jan. 27, 2014

The Nov. 21, 2013, opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Illinois was marked with a slate of international guests and campus leaders. Provost IIesanmi Adesida said the roots of the institute extend back almost to the University’s beginnings when in the early 20th Century, president Edmund J. James helped set up the first U.S. office for foreign students, provided local housing for Chinese students, and encouraged women and men from China to study at Illinois. Read more...

‘Reverse transfer’ program in Tennessee aims to assist transfer students

Jan. 24, 2014

In a study last year, the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) examined a group of transfer studentsin 12 states. Only about half of thepeopletransferring from a community college completed their bachelor's degree within four years of transferring, though two-thirds entered the university with 45 or more college credits already completed. Read more...

Professor’s work focuses on improving U.S. schools via European methods

Jan. 23, 2014

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) highlighted some of the research conducted by College of Education at Illinois faculty member Katherine Ryan, in regard to school evaluation models that are being instituted in Western Europe. Read more...

Program for children with disabilities finds new home in Special Education

Jan. 22, 2014

In dreaming of their future children, most expecting parents imagine red hair or blonde, blue eyes or brown, left-handed or right. For parents of children with disabilities, though, their time is often spent imagining a better world for their child. Read more...

Straight up: College of Education professor making his public presence felt

Jan. 21, 2014

Professor Chris Lubienski is making a significant contribution to the national discourse on education, according to the Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU). Lubienski notched a No. 7 ranking among scholars in the field of government and policy in the Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens rankings, as well as two-way tie for No. 52 on the Edu-Scholar Public Influence list. The RHSU rankings recognize the often unseen accomplishments of scholars “who have had the biggest impact on public discussion of education.” 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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Special Education professor offers ways to head off challenging behaviors in young children

Jan. 16, 2014

Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors – patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction – are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes. Read more...

U.S. News ranks college’s online programs in top 10

Jan. 9, 2014

The College of Education at Illinois is starting 2014 on a high note—it has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation for its online programs in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs list. With an increasing number of online students applying to the College of Education, the ranking reflects the dedication of the college to provide the best options for meaningful and impactful graduate education degrees online. Read more...

Well-rounded alumna views teaching as a lifelong, varied endeavor

Jan. 5, 2014

Throughout her life, Alice Vernon ’72 Elem. Ed. has traveled the world and had different jobs and diverse interests. One constant, however, has been a sustained passion for educating others. Read more...

Researchers have a new take on which schools work and why

Jan. 2, 2014

Like many in their field, Christopher and Sarah Lubienski, education professors at the University of Illinois, had long taken it as a given that private schools generally outperform public schools. Why would parents shell out thousands of dollars a year in tuition if they weren’t getting more for their money? Moreover, studies in the 1980s and ’90s had apparently settled the matter, showing that private schools produced higher test scores even when accounting for the demographic differences between public and private. Read more...

Local school teaches computer programming using EToys and help from UI Special Education and Computer Science

Dec. 26, 2013

When you think of elementary school, you think of reading, writing and arithmetic — but probably not computer programming. 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...

University extends global reach with office in Shanghai

Dec. 13, 2013

The University of Illinois expanded its international reach with the official opening of the Illinois China office on Monday, December 9, in Shanghai. Representatives from the College of Education's Greater China Initiative desk were on hand to welcome Chancellor Phyllis Wise as well as Chinese dignitaries and educators. Read more...

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EPOL professor inducted into International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Dec. 12, 2013

Ronald Jacobs, professor of human resource development in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, and director of the office of international programs at the College of Education, has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame at the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education. Read more...

Student research honored at U of I Ethnography of the University Initiative conference

Dec. 11, 2013

Last week, three master’s students in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership received awards at the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) conference, supported by the University Library. Part of an expansive undergraduate research program at the University of Illinois, the EUI focuses on social science and humanities research. Read more...

Encouraging kids to try computer programming with national 'Hour of Code'

Dec. 10, 2013

This week marks the start of Computer Science Education Week, and part of that is a campaign called an “Hour of Code,” where everyone from President Obama to Angela Bassett is urging children to try computer coding for an hour. Some in the technology world say it’s about time. Read more...

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Faculty and students featured at ASHE annual conference

Dec. 9, 2013

Professors and graduate students flocked to the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference in November to engage with higher education researchers from around the nation. Participating in hundreds of research and scholarly panels and presentations, symposia, poster presentations, and roundtables featured at this year’s conference, faculty and students explored ideas, problems, and possibilities in the study of higher education. Read more...

Alumna doing her part to promote equality, diversity in society

Dec. 8, 2013

We live in a country that has made great strides in embracing its differences. Whether it be Martin Luther King, Jr.’s persistent role in the Civil Rights Movement or talk show host Ellen DeGeneres publically supporting Prop 8, many Americans continue the work to achieve equity for all. Yet, there is still work to do. Read more...

College of Education student receives prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award

Dec. 2, 2013

Amanda Rowland, a senior in Special Education from Burr Ridge, Illinois, received the 2013 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award as the sole recipient from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This award seeks to recognize senior students from four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for their excellence in curricular and extra-curricular programs, while honoring their contributions to the benefit of humanity in or on behalf of the state of Illinois. 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...

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A Minute With: Professor Dorothy Espelage on workplace bullying

Nov. 18, 2013

NOVEMBER 11, 2013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Recently, Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin left the team in response to alleged maltreatment by teammate Richie Incognito and the event has sparked controversy about bullying in professional sports. Educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage recently led a study that examined factors predictive of workplace bullying. Espelage discussed her work in an interview with New Bureau editor Sharita Forrest. Espelage is the Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois. Read more...

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'Hear our Truths' uncovers the power of arts for African-American girls and community

Nov. 15, 2013

In her latest book, Ruth Nicole Brown, assistant professor in Educational Policy Studies and Gender and Women's Studies, documents her experiences with the organization Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT) and its efforts to provide black girls and women a space for creative performance and expression. Read more...

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Principles of love guide life of ambitious Educational Psychology student

Nov. 15, 2013

Love and be loved. These four simple words embody the philosophy that Milo Dodson strives to live by. Originally from Covina, Ca., Dodson expresses the importance of giving compassion and encouraging others to receive it as well. He recently completed his doctoral work in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois. 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...

Scholarship connects alumna and student from worlds apart

Nov. 8, 2013

Alumna Donna Reichmann earned her master's degree in education in 1970. When she could not find a teaching job in the States, she took a leap of faith and travelled to Iran where she taught for three years. Read more...

Honoring exceptional students and donors at the annual Student Recognition Brunch

Nov. 7, 2013

Each year the College hosts the Student Recognition Brunch to celebrate the achievements of our students and the generosity of our alumni and friends. This year, 132 awards totaling $318,000 in scholarships and awards were given to undergraduate and graduate students. Read more...

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Study finds poor social and communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullying

Nov. 1, 2013

OCTOBER 30, 2013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest – Poor social and communication skills heighten risks of peer rejection and bullying involvement for students with disabilities, according to a new study co-authoredbyDorothy Espelage, professor of Child Development, and university alumni Chad A. Rose andAnjali Forber-Pratt. Read more...

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Local alumnus Brandon Rutherford named Illinois New Science Teacher of the Year

Oct. 28, 2013

Brandon Rutherford, Ed.M. ‘10 Elem.Ed, is a third grade teacher at Garden Hills Elementary in Champaign, and was named a New Teacher of the Year in 2013 by the Illinois Science Teachers Association. Award winners are recognized as new, up-and-coming teachers who facilitate excellence in science learning in their classrooms and encouraged to continue to grow as teachers. Read more...

College of Education's Anjalé Welton honored as ACT Foundation 'Ace' researcher

Oct. 23, 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign assistant professor Anjalé Welton has been selected by the ACT Foundation as an “Ace” in the Aces Research Network, a collaborative, applied research hub of selected scholars and practitioners. Welton is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the College of Education and an Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) faculty affiliate. In her research, she plans to look at how working learners who identify as a person of color, connect to learning resources and what structures are in place that enable them to make those connections. Read more...

Accomplished graduate drawn to special education from high school onward

Oct. 23, 2013

During Abbey Storey’s senior year of high school, she was selected to be a peer leader for an adapted physical education class for individuals with disabilities. Upon nervously entering the gymnasium, a girl with a severe form of autism grabbed Storey’s hand with a welcoming smile and led her through the gym. From that moment, Storey knew she wanted to pursue a career in special education. Read more...

More than half of students surveyed experienced sexual coercion

Oct. 23, 2013

OCTOBER 23, 3013, ILLINOIS NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — More than half of young women in high school or college have experienced at least one incident of sexual coercion, according to a new study by Bryana H. French (Ph.D. EdPsy '10, M.A. EdPsy '06) and Helen A. Neville, a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies. 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...

Pathways to Results starts fifth year in OCCRL's new Chicago office

Oct. 22, 2013

Pathways to Results (PTR) recently held its first cross-site meeting of the 2013-14 academic year at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership’s (OCCRL) offices at the Illini Center in Chicago. In addition to the Chicago office, OCCRL will continue to maintain its original University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign location at 51 Gerty Drive in Champaign. Read more...

Education faculty engage in critical research and publications

Oct. 18, 2013

Faculty at the College of Education at Illinois produce valuable research, evidenced by the number of publications released each year. In 2012-13, our faculty contributed 95 book chapters, 204 referreed journal articles, and 36 non-referreed journal articles to the field, expanding our reach and impact in the higher education and P-12 classrooms. Read more...

Two education professors named as Illinois Gutgsell professors

Oct. 18, 2013

Drs. Dorothy Espelage and Debra Bragg have been appointed as Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professors by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The College now holds four of the 16 endowed professorships. Read more...

New faculty hires bring new perspective and dedication to research and teaching

Oct. 17, 2013

At the College of Education at Illinois, we engage in groundbreaking research to 
address critical educational and societal issues. With an interrogative research culture and 
interdisciplinary collaboration, our faculty and students create knowledge and programs 
that impact society and communities around the world in order to advance the common good. Our 2013-14 new faculty hires bring new perspectives partnered with that same dedication to research and empowerment of the learner. Reflecting our intentional focus on the impact of technology on education, our four new educational technology faculty are pursuing a deeper understanding of how technological applications can enhance the effectiveness and outcomes of teaching, learning, and assessment processes. Read more...

Special Education doctoral student turns kindness into art with service-learning project

Oct. 17, 2013

Visitors, students, and staff walking through the College of Education's Student Academic Affairs Office can now enjoy a new, decorative piece of art on the office wall: the “Be Kind Illinois” mosaic, made by Michelle Bonati, a 2014 doctoral candidate in Special Education. Read more...

Special Education student receives DEC's Kathleen W. McCartan Award for making a difference in the lives of young children

Oct. 14, 2013

Kristen Lawrence, a second year master's degree student in the Department of Special Education, is the recipient of the 2013 Kathleen W. McCartan Award, bestowed by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) to honor individuals who are making a difference in the lives of young children and their families. The award also recognizes outstanding scholarship, dedication to community and university programs, and professional leadership. Read more...

Research shows thousands of college students could be eligible for an associate’s degree

Oct. 10, 2013

Research released by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), a research group focused on policies, programs, and practices around P-20 preparation, transition, and completion, suggests more than 27,000 transfer students would have been potentially eligible for an associate’s degree even though they had already matriculated to a bachelor’s program had “reverse transfer” policies and practices been operating in the states studied. According to baseline data compiled by OCCRL, about half of the 27,000 students had no credential four years after transfer. Read more...

Education students spend summer teaching in China

Oct. 9, 2013

Jumping at the chance to broaden their horizons and learn what it's like to teach in China, nine graduate and undergraduate students (eight from the College of Education) traveled to China this summer. The teaching placement was coordinated by the Yew Wah School in Shanghai. Read more...

Dean's lecture series kicks off with learning sciences professor Reed Stevens on learning 'in the wild'

Oct. 8, 2013

Dr. Reed Stevens, professor of Learning Sciences at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, was the first featured presenter in the College of Education Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. He visited the College of Education in early October and spoke on "Studying and Designing Alternative Infrastructures for Learning." Read more...

Outstanding Student Medal recipient melds love of education with philosophy background

Oct. 7, 2013

If Natasha Jankowski could do it all over again, she firmly believes she would still be in the education field. Jankowski earned her Ph.D. in higher education in December 2012 and now serves as the assistant director for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Read more...

OCCRL among experts in Community College Times article about remedial math courses in high schools

Oct. 7, 2013

The Office of Community College Research and Leadership, a research group focused on policies, programs, and practices around P-20 preparation, transition, and completion, was among several experts cited by a Community College Times article on bringing remedial math courses to high schools. Read more...

Higher education funding expert Jennifer Delaney speaks about decreasing state funds, importance of philanthropy

Oct. 4, 2013

Jennifer Delaney, assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was recently interviewed by The Michigan Daily to speak about the University of Michigan's presidential search and higher education funding. Read more...

Bye-bye blackboard: Education alumni featured in News-Gazette article about educational technology

Sep. 30, 2013

In a recent article in the News-Gazette, alumni Stephanie Alves ('97 Elem. Ed., EDM '12 HRE), Matt Sly ('99 Sec. Ed., '05 EDM Ed. Psych.), and Anne Monroe (EDM '97 C&I) talk about new educational technologies they use as educators in Champaign-Urbana schools. Mike Williams, the College of Education's director of Learning Technologies, also gives advice in the article. Read more...

U of I team, including two from Education, leads $2M NSF study on best practices for STEM education reform

Sep. 27, 2013

U of I physicist and chair of Educational Psychology José Mestre is the principal investigator on a new study at that will seek to provide U.S. higher education institutions with a model of best practices and methods to reform gateway STEM courses offered in the first two years of study. Jennifer Greene, professor of Educational Psychology and evaluation expert, is a co-principal investigator. Read more...

NEH Institute looks at translation studies and ways to teach translation

Sep. 20, 2013

Professor Chris Higgins is so passionate about the scholarly craft of translation—not only studying and teaching it, but also its cultural dimensions and importance—that he and professor Elizabeth Lowe spent countless hours applying for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant in order to organize a three-week, residential institute that would fill a unique gap in research and teacher training. Read more...

Advancing support of the College with outstanding leadership

Sep. 18, 2013

The College of Education is pleased to welcome Lizbeth Katsinas as the new Assistant Dean for Advancement. The philanthropic foundation of our alumni and friends is strong, and with this new leadership the College is poised to build even more support for scholarships and resources for our community of scholars. Read more...

Teacher collaborative (INTC) releases guide to support new teachers

Sep. 18, 2013

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — When school bells began ringing a few weeks ago to convene a new academic year, thousands of novice teachers embarked upon their first teaching assignments in Illinois. However, statistics show that within five years, about 30 to 40 percent of these new teachers will leave the profession, often as a result of a perceived lack of support from their schools’ administrations. Read more...

Professor Peter Kuchinke delivers keynote at European higher education conference

Sep. 13, 2013

Professor Peter Kuchinke delivered a keynote address at the International Conference on European Higher Education in Vilnius, Lithuania, in early September. The conference marked the assumption of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and focused on the expansion and internationalization of European Higher Education within and outside of its 28 member states. 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...

Reforms would benefit early childhood education programs in Illinois

Sep. 10, 2013

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — Illinois officials need to re-examine enrollment and funding policies for the state’s public early childhood education programs to eliminate barriers that may keep the neediest of children from attending. Read more...

Inclusive approach, including legislation, helps schools fight bullying

Sep. 9, 2013

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013, CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Page One) — Two decades ago, bullying was often seen as a rare occurrence, where small groups of parents sought protection for their children with the school district. But when the problem was blamed for widely reported shootings and suicides, parents started lobbying for help and legislators got involved, says Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at Illinois whose research has focused on bullying. Read more...

Bringing kids to art: College and Krannert Art Museum introduce local schools to museum experience

Sep. 8, 2013

According to a Carrie Busey Elementary School fourth-grade student named Cadence, KAM-WAM is the highlight of her school year. Through KAM-WAM, a week-long program that brings local elementary school students to the U of I's Krannert Art Museum, Cadence peruses the artwork displayed throughout its halls and critiques the art with the same flair and finesse of an art reviewer five times her age. Read more...

New OCCRL study on 'what makes TAACCCT tick'

Sep. 4, 2013

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES — A new case study on one of the largest federal investments in community colleges shows that aspects of the initiative are starting to gel together and take hold, though it’s too early to collect data to assess how it is really working. Read more...

Adrienne Dixson on pros and cons of Louisiana curriculum changes

Aug. 29, 2013

Louisiana State Department of Education has adopted the Common Core curriculum for this coming school year, which means fundamental changes in the curriculum and testing for the public schools students in Louisiana. Adrienne Dixson, associate professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, discussed the pros and cons of this new curriculum on The New Orleans Imperative, a weekly radio show about New Orleans public education. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Dixson taught at an elementary school in New Orleans. Read more...

New Education students mingle with current students and faculty at Welcome Celebration

Aug. 28, 2013

Ice cream, popcorn, and snow cones, oh my!

New and returning students and their families were officially welcomed to campus at the College of Education's Welcome Celebration on August 23. Attendees had the opportunity to meet classmates, talk with faculty and local teachers, and learn about volunteer opportunities. The beautiful and hot summer afternoon served as the perfect backdrop for such an event and also made the ice cold water, syrupy snow cones, and refreshing ice cream popular commodities. Read more...