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New faculty members of College to help prepare, lead, and connect with students in classrooms and online

Sep. 17, 2014

The College of Education is delighted to welcome and introduce eight new faculty members. With an eye on renewal and a promise to deliver the most advanced scholarship, we have attracted a cadre of scholars who are excellent researchers in their chosen disciplinary fields. They are also tech-savvy educators who are discernibly collaborative and engaging, with an eye toward problem-solving. We look forward to a bright future as these individuals help prepare, lead, and connect with students in the classroom and online. Read more...

EPOL professor's book reveals power struggles during Egypt's 2011 'Facebook revolution'

Sep. 17, 2014

The 2011 revolution in Egypt, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a firm believer in the power of social media. The Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership was a past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed the events through their Facebook pages. For a moment in time, she was a “complete cyper-optimist,” and her interest led to a book called Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet, published in May. Read more...

Four-year NSF grant funds faculty innovation in educational simulation design and development

Sep. 11, 2014

New technologies are emerging that allow people to interact with computers with physical actions, such as waving their hands or moving their bodies. These technologies are starting to show up in the area of entertainment, such as video games, but Assistant Professor Robb Lindgren believes that these devices can be put to use in helping students learn complex concepts in areas such as physics and chemistry. Read more...

College's Counseling Psychology Program rated fourth in nation by

Sep. 11, 2014

The Counseling Psychology Program (CPP) in the Department of Educational Psychology was ranked No. 4 on’s “Top Psy.D. & Ph.D.” list. The data and ranking methodology relied on published surveys, exam scores, and other school and career information gathered through sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Psychological Association, and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Read more...

Extended field experience and mentorship at center of College's transformed teacher preparation programs

Sep. 11, 2014

Significant changes are ahead for the College of Education’s Elementary Teacher Education Program, all of them designed to provide more opportunities to gain deeper pedagogical knowledge, formative learning opportunities, and supervised assessments that thoroughly prepare teacher candidates for their independent student-teaching experiences during senior year and for their future careers. Read more...

Study by EPOL professor finds federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability

Aug. 8, 2014

A new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, indicates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 may have failed to promote college access and affordability. According to Delaney, the federal stimulus hurt rather than helped college access and affordability by prompting reductions in student financial aid programs. Read more...

College's 1st MOOC highlights importance of digital technology in education

Aug. 7, 2014

Advanced digital technology can be a game-changer in education. The key is to use it in an innovative way. Read more...

Accomplished alumnus Freeman Hrabowski III reflects on MLK's Children's Crusade and mentorship in NPR interview

Aug. 1, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski III, PhD. ’75 EPOL, has led an impressive life. Among numerous accolades, the current president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was a recipient of the 2008 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award and earned the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Read more...

U of I a 'family university' to alumnus leading Champaign's Barkstall Elementary

Jul. 24, 2014

Being from Champaign, Peter Foertsch ’04 Elem. Ed., M.Ed. ’10 EPOL, absorbed early on certain aspects of the vibrant campus life at the University of Illinois. Read more...

WWII's London Blitz shaped the life of trailblazing educator Lilian Katz

Jul. 23, 2014

Professor Emerita Lilian Katz has been a trailblazer in the field of early childhood education at the University of Illinois for more than 45 years. The 83-year-old Katz is a renowned scholar, widely published author, and international speaker who has lectured in all 50 states and spoken in 57 countries. Read more...

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