by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 21, 2016, 5:00 AM

Want to build leadership skills while on campus that will prepare you to be successful in your career? Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever due to globalization and changes in employee demographics. Those who lead inclusively will be the most innovative, impactful, and successful. Learn how to listen, talk, and manage at the "Business Leadership Conference - Leading in Diverse Workplace," which is open to all.

Friday, Nov. 4
1-6 p.m.
Business Instruction Facility Atrium, Deloitte Auditorium

Register by Oct. 30.

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by the College of Education / Oct 20, 2016, 5:30 AM

It’s halfway through the semester…and grad school just got real.

It can be easy to forget to take care of yourself as the semester moves full speed ahead, but there are many campus resources to help you do just that.

Do you have questions about McKinley Health Center, Student Insurance, the Counseling Center, work-life balance, self-care, campus safety, managing stress, or financial planning?

Stop by the Graduate Student Wellness Fair to find answers!

Wednesday, November 9
Noon – 2 p.m.
Illini Union, room 104

2016 Graduate Student Wellness Fair

by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 AM

Victor PerezPrior to the Oct. 22 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the year banquet in Normal, Ill., The News-Gazette asked some of the honorees: What does it mean to excel as an educator in today’s climate? Victor Perez, who coordinates the SOAR program, said that educators must continue to identify the most pressing needs in schools and communities, and that collaborations and partnerships are keys to success.

"In order to excel as educators, we must continue to identify the most pressing needs in our schools and communities and address these concerns accordingly," Perez said. "Pertinent stakeholders — including parents, students, teachers, administrators and university researchers — should have a place at the table so that we are all contributing equally to the decision-making that impacts the education that our students are afforded.

"Creating and sustaining these types of collaborations and partnerships ensures that any innovations that are proposed are embraced by all stakeholders and are likely to take and be successful."

Read the full piece.

by Taking Educational Psychology Abroad Seminar Series / Oct 18, 2016, 9:45 AM

Stability and Change in Chinese Education

presented by Professor Emeritus Richard C. Anderson

Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:00 – 12:50
22 Education Building

Economic and social change have proceeded at breathtaking pace in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. Education has been changing, too, but I think at a much slower pace. I will offer my impressions of Chinese education and show two video clips of Chinese children responding to a new learner-centered pedagogy far different from standard Chinese instruction.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 17, 2016, 7:15 AM

Lila Moore and Victor PerezLila Moore and Victor Perez have received Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education for their work with SOAR (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources), an afterschool volunteer tutoring program that provides literacy support and homework help to emergent Latina/o bilingual/biliterate students in grades 2-5.

The two will be honored with awards of merit Oct. 22 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel, with Perez traveling to the event to accept the award on behalf of SOAR.

Perez is the coordinator of operations in the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities. He has focused on P-16 research projects, public policy, higher education, diversity, and equity issues in education for more than a decade. Perez said the center benefits greatly from the tutoring sessions Illinois students provide weekly at the International Prep Academy in Champaign.

“It is truly impressive to have over 120 undergraduate students from across campus take time out of their busy schedules to tutor at least two hours per week,” Perez said. “These undergraduate students certainly represent the very best of the University of Illinois and are making a positive impact on the academic achievement of local elementary students.”

SOAR is a partnership between the College of Education at Illinois and the Champaign Unit 4 School District, a collaboration Perez looks forward to continuing and building upon for many years.

Moore is the former program coordinator of the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities. She moved with her husband to Oregon in May but has continued to volunteer for the College, working remotely on the planning of the Oct. 20-22 Youth Literature Festival (YLF).

“I can’t imagine trying to organize this festival without Lila’s advice and assistance,” said Linda Tammen, coordinator of YLF.

According to a Unit 4 press release, candidates are nominated by the district or members of the community. Winners are chosen for their community involvement, views on the state’s most pressing educational needs, and outstanding service to students.

Read the Unit 4 press release.