by the College of Education at Illinois / Feb 24, 2017, 8:00 AM

Sarah McCarthey

Education practitioners, professionals from various fields, students, and parents gathered together on Feb. 13 in Hong Kong to hear a talk by Sarah J. McCarthey called “Teachers’ Curricular Enactments in Writing Instruction.” The event was co-sponsored by The Yew Chung Education Foundation and the Hong Kong chapter of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA-HK).

McCarthey’s presentation—attended by more than 100 people—was made possible through the collaboration between the College of Education and The Yew Chung Education Foundation, founded by Betty Chan.

Chan did doctoral work in the College and was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters in 2010 by the University of Illinois, in recognition of her outstanding work and research in education.

She also established the Yew Chung – Bernard Spodek Scholar in Early Childhood Education fund, which currently supports Stephanie Sanders-Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

“Betty Chan’s efforts in establishing international schools in Hong Kong and China, the community college, and PECERA in Hong Kong enhance our cutting- edge curricula in early childhood education,” said McCarthey, the director of teacher education in the College and a professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. “The collaboration also enhances the College of Education’s presence in Asia.”

McCarthey’s talk focused on a qualitative study encompassing 20 teachers in the U.S. who enacted mandated writing curricula in their schools. Her presentation also gave an overview of curricular policy in the U.S. and offered suggestions for curriculum and instruction in early childhood classrooms in global settings.

by Kalli Clayton ( / Feb 23, 2017, 7:15 AM

Sammy Lindgren, Coordinator for STEM Teacher Development at MSTE, and a PhD student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was part of the Sun Buckets team that won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award at Ocean Exchange in Savannah, GA in November. This award honors an outstanding innovation that demonstrates positive impact on the environment, economies, and health while respecting cultures around the world and has applications across multiple industries. Sun Buckets, created by researchers in the Stored Solar Stove Project, funded by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions.To learn more about the project, visit the Stored Solar Stove Project website or check out Sammy's presentation Solution: Sun Buckets from The Ocean Exchange's 2016 Annual Event.

by Riannon Szofer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | James Scholar | LBS-I Program | 2017 Illinois Student Senate | 13th Assembly Education Senator) / Feb 14, 2017, 10:00 AM

The Illinois Student Senate's Teaching Excellence Awards is a completely student run effort to recognize and thank excellent instructors at the University of Illinois. Any instructor may be nominated, from TA to Full Professor and everything in between.

Please visit GO.ILLINOIS.EDU/TEAwards17 and nominate your favorite professor or TA by March 18, 2017.

by Alejandra Agüero / Feb 13, 2017, 9:00 AM

The College of Education is offering an eight-week course—one week of which is in Spain—that will provide students with an overview of education in Spain and a comparative experience between European and American education systems. The experience in Tarragona, Spain, includes a visit to Barcelona! Learn more...

Application deadline: March 1

Course Length: EPS 199 SSA, 8 weeks

Meet time: Friday 3-5 pm, starting Feb 3rd, 2017

Location: College of Education, Rm 166

Cost: $3100 (includes flight, homestay accomodation, meals, dinner reception in Barcelona, all ground travel, and sightseeing tours)  

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