Main Menu Summer 2013

College News

College nurtures forward-thinking edupreneurs and innovation

Jul. 22, 2014

From innovative online products that support student writing to successful publishing companies, the College of Education has for many years encouraged and nurtured the development of entrepreneurial proposals, projects, and products for its faculty. Read more...

Faculty-alumnus partnership fosters child development by transforming project into not-for-profit service

Jul. 17, 2014

Educators and researchers in the field understand that federal funding for projects doesn’t last forever. Read more...

Alumna starts College of Adaptive Arts to make a difference in the lives of diverse learners

Jul. 17, 2014

Many aspiring teachers receive their Education degrees from Illinois with the intention of one day leading a classroom and educating students to the best of their abilities. Read more...

Doctoral student's philosophy of giving leads to supporting school in Tanzania and mentoring program in C-U

Jul. 15, 2014

The importance of giving is a driving factor in the life of Eugene Moore, M.Ed. ’03 HRE. The 35-year-old doctoral student at the College doesn’t believe a person has to wait until he or she has “arrived” financially or otherwise in order to contribute to society. Read more...

Economic disparities in education inspired alumna to pursue teaching career

Jul. 14, 2014

As an elementary student, Arijhanna Mann ’14 Elem. Ed. experienced what economic disparities can be like between underserved urban schools and schools that are better funded. Read more...

College Q&A: Writer, professor, and College alumnus discusses article in The Atlantic, recalls top-quality education at Illinois

Jul. 10, 2014

Jon N. Hale, M.Ed. ’06 EPOL, Ph.D. ’09 EPOL, recently contributed an article to The Atlantic called “The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools.” The piece describes how students in the American South boycotted their classrooms 50 years ago in an effort to demand higher educational standards—and how those ideals are missing today. Read more...

IBHE Faculty Fellow Jennifer Delaney to use her expertise in education economics to bridge public policy research and practice

Jul. 9, 2014

Professor Jennifer Delaney was selected as a faculty fellow in the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Fellows Program. She is the first faculty member from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to receive the fellowship, which will take place during the fall 2014 semester. Read more...

K-12 funding remains a challenge in Illinois, says EPOL professor

Jul. 9, 2014

Illinois continues to face significant structural challenges in K-12 education and has experimented with ways of avoiding those obstacles. Yet the current reforms in elementary and secondary education utilize approaches that tend to de-emphasize inputs such as resources in favor of standards, accountability, choice, and structural reforms of school governance. Read more...

In Illinois, eligibility and demand on the rise for need-based financial aid

Jul. 9, 2014

Sixty-four percent of students in Illinois pursuing their bachelor’s degree in college enter the working world with an average debt of $28,028. Nationwide, student debt as of May 2013 was $1.01 trillion. Statistics like these show that college affordability is an issue of major concern for students and families. Read more...

President 'following the lead of states' on universal preschool funding, says College's early childhood experts

Jul. 1, 2014

Early childhood experts Susan Fowler and Dawn Thomas spoke with the University of Illinois News Bureau about President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015, which calls for $75 billion in the coming decade to fund universal preschool. Read more...

Donors to College give to 'pay forward' the benefits of an Illinois education

Jun. 11, 2014

College of Education donor Lawrence L. “Larry” Smith, M.Ed. ’69 EAL, Ph.D. ’72 EAL, began his education career in Palatine, Ill., teaching remedial reading to grade-school students who struggled mightily in the subject. His method was to use “high-interest, low-vocabulary” books that engaged the kids and left them in suspense. Read more...

Innovative new curriculum, degree program underscore College's mission to prepare 21st-century teachers and educators

Jun. 9, 2014

The College of Education at Illinois will be at the forefront of innovation in education when it launches a non-licensure Bachelor of Science degree in the fall of 2015 called Learning and Education Studies, with curriculum focused on three concentrations: applied learning sciences (AppLeS), educational equality and cultural understanding, and workplace training and development. Dean Mary Kalantzis said the curriculum reflects the College’s legacy and commitment to addressing equity and social justice and will help students find jobs—beyond becoming a teacher with licensure—in a wide variety of sectors following graduation. Read more...

Alumnus and SIU president says his Illinois degree opened doors

Jun. 9, 2014

From his days as a fourth-grade teacher to his time as a university president, Randy Dunn has believed in the power of education to transform lives, advocating for education at every level. Read more...

Creativity and patience help student-turned-alumnus shine in classroom setting

May 28, 2014

Not many student-teachers read their own fictional work to the students they teach, but 24-year-old Ian Nelson does. Read more...

Dr. James Anderson weighs in on Supreme Court ruling and reflects on unfulfilled promise of Brown v. Board of Education

May 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law on April 22 that banned the use of race as a factor in college admissions. The ruling came approximately a month ahead of the 60th anniversary (May 17) of the court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared separate public schools for black students and white students unconstitutional. Read more...

Illinois loyalty and a love of learning reach across generations

May 21, 2014

Throughout her nearly 91 years on earth, Marian L. Hall, M.Ed. ’59 EAL, was a curious person who inspired inquisitiveness in her family and in the grade-school students she taught. Long before the days of Google, she made the process of discovering information a more communal effort. Read more...

Professor Robinson-Cimpian's study suggests 'mischievous responders' can skew data, public policy

May 15, 2014

“Mischievous responders” intentionally provide inaccurate answers on anonymous surveys, according to research by assistant professor Joseph Robinson-Cimpian, who teaches quantitative and evaluative research methodologies in the Department of Educational Psychology. Though the problem is widespread and can mislead research findings, Robinson-Cimpian’s data analysis may help minimize the impact of the responders’ false and often flippant answers. Read more...

College's University Primary School nurtures innovative learning community for students, teachers

May 12, 2014

University Primary School, a Champaign lab school affiliated with the College, is committed to project-based learning and democratic community building. The school breaks the stereotype that teachers primarily teach and students primarily learn. At University Primary, researchers and teachers continue to learn alongside the students. Read more...

Class of 2014 celebrates achievements at College convocation ceremony

May 11, 2014

The College of Education held its convocation ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014, to celebrate and mark the magnificent academic milestones of its newest alumni. Graduates of on-campus, online, and off-campus degree and certificate programs were recognized for their accomplishments before standing to shift their mortar board tassels from right to left, signifying the completion of their education. Read more...

Benefits of College's Education Justice Project extend beyond prison bars

May 9, 2014

Orlando Mayorga is a Teaching Partner within the award-winning Language Partners program of the College’s Education Justice Project (EJP). Through training and coursework from University of Illinois faculty members and graduate students, Mayorga provides language instruction to men from the general population of the Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison. Read more...

Bragg and Espelage honored by campus with named professorships

May 8, 2014

Debra D. Bragg and Dorothy L. Espelage have been recognized by the campus as Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professors. The formal investiture ceremony for the two College of Education professors took place May 8 at Beckman Institute. Read more...

Study by alumna: Mothers raising autistic children prone to depression, stress

May 6, 2014

A new study by Laurie M. Jeans, Ed.M ’08 Spec.Ed., Ph.D. ’13 Spec.Ed., indicates that mothers of children with autism experience higher rates of depression and stress than mothers of typically developing children. Read more...

Alumna Laura Taylor honored as Educator of the Year by GLSEN

May 1, 2014

Dr. Laura Taylor, Ed.D. ’06 EPOL, will receive the Educator of the Year Award May 19 at the annual Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network Respect Awards ceremony at Gotham Hall in New York City. Taylor is currently an assistant superintendent for achievement and student services at the Unit 4 School District in Champaign. She is being recognized for founding the Champaign Unit 4 Schools Social Justice Committee, which gives educators the tools to tackle racism, homophobia, and other forms of institutionalized discrimination experienced by marginalized youth in and out of the classroom. Read more...

Professor Ruth Nicole Brown provides research expertise at White House conference

Apr. 28, 2014

Professor Ruth Nicole Brown, an expert in gender and women’s studies, will share her thoughts with educators, policy-makers, business leaders, media experts, and advocates at the April 28 White House Research Conference on Girls, hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls. The assistant professor in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership is part of a select group of people at the conference focusing on how to make research on girls more available and accessible to everyone. Read more...

Esteemed Hardie professor of educational philosophy receives Dewey Lifetime Achievement Award, recalls influential colleague

Apr. 24, 2014

Professor Emeritus Walter Feinberg, a renowned professor of philosophy of education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, was honored in April as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the John Dewey Society, in conjunction with the AERA conference in Philadelphia. Feinberg said Dewey was a mentor and one of the foremost philosophers of the first half of the 20th century. Read more...

Students gain valuable multicultural teaching experiences thanks to College's Study Abroad Program in China

Apr. 24, 2014

One of the goals of the College’s Greater China Initiative is to pave the way for more students to study abroad. As a benefit, all students who participate in a Study Abroad program receive a $500 scholarship from the College. Undoubtedly, though, it’s the experience in China itself that offers students the most value. Read more...

Gift from '77 COE alumnus MuKeun Lee assures topnotch research by doctoral students for years to come

Apr. 24, 2014

Dr. MuKeun Lee has accomplished many things in his life, and now he is making certain that future doctoral students in the College will be able to do the same thing. Read more...

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...

College alumnus MuKeun Lee receives UI's International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement

Apr. 10, 2014

College alumnus Dr. MuKeun Lee was the recipient of the 2013 Madhuri & Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement. He was honored for his work in vocational-technical education and human resource development, and for his efforts in government commissions that have helped shape education and labor policies in South Korea. 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 from all over the world at 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...

Micki Ostrosky

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...

Robb Lindgren photo

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...

Ronald Jacobs picture

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...

ASHE Conference

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...

Gloriana Gonzalez Picture

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...

Dorothy Espelage Picture

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...

Hear our Truths cover

'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...

Milo Dodson Picture

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...

Fouad picture

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...

Dorothy Espelage Picture

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...

Brandon Rutherford Picture

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...