by (Jessica Bryson) / May 23, 2017, 10:15 AM

Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In) is a nonprofit academic enrichment organization. Tap In has a mission to enhance educational achievement, support leadership development and captivate cultural awareness for children and families upon graduation. Tap In is currently looking for research based articles on educational topics to publish in our quarterly magazine. Desired articles should be less than 3000 words; however, submissions of any length will be considered. Submissions must be original and unpublished. To submit an article for consideration, please e-mail Jessica Bryson at

by the College of Education at Illinois / May 22, 2017, 4:45 AM

Alumna Shireen PavriShireen Pavri, Ph.D. ’99 Spec.Ed., has been named dean of the college of education at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). She will begin her tenure July 3.

CSULB Provost Brian Jersky said in a Long Beach Post article that Dr. Pavri has a “quiet professionalism and breadth of knowledge” that will benefit the college.

“I am confident her oversight of our student body and cutting-edge campus-based research will lead to improved excellence in teacher education at home and throughout the nation,” Jersky said.

Pavri’s research knowledge, formulated in the Department of Special Education, encompasses preparing teachers to help students’ emotional and social functioning. She has published more than 30 scholarly publications, conducted more than 50 academic presentations, and has been a principal investigator on 10 federal, state, and foundation grants.

Pavri said the doctoral program in Special Education is topnotch.

“It prepared me thoroughly for the rigorous teaching, research, and service requirements of my faculty position,” she said. “The faculty at Illinois created a warm and welcoming community for us doctoral students, challenging and supporting our development as academics, researchers, and leaders.”  

Pavri has served as interim dean at CSULB’s college of education since August 2016. As a special education professor, she has coordinated the education specialist preliminary credential program and the Master of Science program in special education.

Along with her doctorate, Pavri has a school psychology education science degree from Miami University, Ohio; a special education master's degree from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University in Mumbia; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Xavier's University in Mumbai.

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by Robb Lindgren ( / May 15, 2017, 7:30 AM

STEM for All Video Showcase

The 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, funded by the National Science Foundation, has officially opened and will be running from May 15 through May 22. There are 171 three-minute videos in the gallery designed to stimulate discussion and feedback about new approaches and designs for STEM Education in the U.S.

This year College of Education at Illinois faculty are participating in two projects that are highlighted in the showcase. Robb Lindgren and Jose Mestre are principal investigators on the ELASTICS project, and Maya Israel and George Reese are co-principal investigators on the LTEC project with faculty from the University of Chicago. Please visit these project pages, view the videos, and give them your vote!

by School Research Relations ( / May 12, 2017, 6:00 AM

For: (1) Research funding submissions needing school district support; and (2) Fall 2017 dissertation research projects, please submit inquiries by May 26, 2017 for priority consideration. Champaign Unit 4 and other local school districts will review proposed projects in June. Visit School University Research Relations for details and submission interface.

by the College of Education at Illinois / May 9, 2017, 8:30 AM

An alumna and a student in the College of Education are recipients of the 2017 Cupcake Awards from the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.

Steve KeepesAwardee Steve Keepes-England is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL). He has been a kindergarten teacher at Bottenfield Elementary in Champaign for a decade and is known for making the educational experience for children “magical,” according to his nominee, thanks to his high-energy personality and creative ideas.

Rhonda TurnerHonoree Rhonda Turner ’99 C&I, Ed.M. ’03 C&I, is a fourth-grade teacher at King Elementary in Urbana, a school she attended as a child. Turner’s nominator said she has a “tenacity for teaching” that has led to student projects ranging from battery-powered boats to robots. Along with her two degrees from the College, Turner earned a certificate of advanced study in EPOL in 2009.

The Cupcake Awards began in 2010 and recognize educators who display outstanding service, hard work, positive attitudes, and cutting-edge ideas that enhance students’ learning. Keepes-England and Turner will be recognized for their efforts at a May 10 ceremony at Pear Tree Estate in Champaign and will receive $500 grants for their classrooms.

Karen Kaplan, a five-year nursing teacher in Urbana, will be honored as a Cupcake Award recipient alongside Keepes-England and Turner.