by the College of Education at Illinois / Jan 23, 2017, 9:45 AM

Victor PerezVictor Perez, coordinator of operations at the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, said this year’s MLK Creative Expressions Competition drew 109 entries from children in area K-12 schools, with the majority of submissions being essays and poems.

Perez said the 15th anniversary of the contest was a tremendous success thanks to the support from local school administrators, teachers, and parents.

“Witnessing all of the students who submitted winning entries smile and walk with great pride to receive their award makes this event all the more special,” he said.

The 2017 winners were:

Second/third grades: 1) Sandaru Devmal; 2) Quincy Dixon; 3) Dayaneira Gomez; 4) Eldana Nigussie; 5) Simon Nudelman; 6) Campbell Phillips

Fourth/fifth grades: 1) Nydia Mora; 2) Corey Robinson

Middle school: 1) Kassandra Casco; 2) Sarah Ming Guo

High school: 1) Amani Joy Congleton; 2) Angelynn Huang

View the honorable mention recipients of the contest and the additional happenings that took place during the Jan. 21 Community Celebration at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jan 23, 2017, 5:30 AM

Tanisha King-TaylorMarchers across the U.S. and worldwide joined together in many cities Jan. 21 to show their pro-inclusion unity and to offer a categorical “no” to the contentious rhetoric and tone often associated with President Donald Trump and his past campaign.

Champaign was one of the cities where the rallies took place, and among the estimated 5,000 people at West Side Park for the Women's March at C-U was local motivational speaker Tanisha King-Taylor, who spoke at the event. Taylor is pursuing a doctorate degree in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership.

King-Taylor said speaking at the rally provided an opportunity to recognize the contributions of black women, whom she believes are often underestimated and undervalued.

“I will demonstrate to my daughters that backing down is not an option, and that change is possible,” she said before the event.

King-Taylor was interviewed by The News-Gazette prior to the event and told the publication that unity, collaboration, and identification of the issues are elements that can help taper racial strife in the U.S.

“Getting people of color on the political sphere with the right people in the right places in order to push back and against things that are not for everyone and getting things done that serve the entire society and not just particular people,” King-Taylor said of the importance of the march.

Read The News-Gazette article with King-Taylor’s thoughts.

by Mackenzie Dankle / Jan 23, 2017, 4:15 AM

This spring the College of Education is offering an 8-week course aimed at providing students an overview of education in the Spanish region and a comparative experience between European and American education systems. The course involves a spring break trip to Barcelona and Tarragona, Spain. 

Undergraduate or Gradute students pursuing a related degree are welcome to apply. If interested, see the attached flyer or visit:

The deadline to apply is February 1st. For questions, contact Mackenzie Dankle at or Dr. Allison Witt at

Learn more about the course and trip.

by Mary McDonald / Jan 19, 2017, 12:15 PM

The Student Alumni Ambassadors is a prestigious group of highly motivated and spirited students who play several roles on campus. SAA serves to promote school spirit through campus-wide events such as Homecoming, Illinois Sights and Sounds, and iHelp. Our organization revolves around growing professionally and creatively while allowing our members to help organize, develop, and execute large scale events that bring the campus community together. We maintain relationships with campus administration and various groups to assist numerous departments on campus with service requests and outreach opportunities. While we engage students here on campus, we strive to mold students to become engaged alumni. The Student Alumni Ambassadors is a family that takes great pride in our work and our membership, and we ask that you please join us for our Information Sessions January 25 or 26th at 7PM in Room 66 of the Main Library to meet our members and learn more about our organization. 

Please visit or email with any questions!

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jan 18, 2017, 8:30 AM

Regina Sierra Carter Regina Sierra Carter, Ph.D. ’16 EPOL, is a teaching and learning librarian at the University of Virginia who recently contributed a piece to Inside Higher Ed called “Hidden Figures: Librarians.”

In the essay, Carter explains why graduate students should consult librarians more often, and why she wishes she would have utilized their services earlier on as a graduate student.

“Becoming acquainted with your college/university librarians is not simply a nicety,” she writes. “Instead, it is a necessity—especially if you would like to maintain your sanity and boost your scholarship.”

At the end of the piece Carter offers tips on how to effectively utilize librarians, mentioning their vast knowledge of services and resources, their willingness to help, and their non-judgmental attitudes as students pursue last-minute assistance.

Read “Hidden Figures: Librarians,” published by Inside Higher Ed.

* Photo by Holly Kuper