by Mary B. Herrmann (mbherrma@illinois.edu) / Aug 10, 2017, 12:00 PM

We are still accepting applications for fall!

Please register for University of Illinois Principal and Teacher Leader Programs: Informational Webinar on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 4:30 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6094782453373498883. This webinar presents information on Principal and Teacher Leader programs (EdM and CAS) offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at our Chicago and Des Plaines cohort locations (starting Fall 2017), as well as the online Teacher Leader program. Working as a partner of the Chicago Public Schools, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an approved provider and member of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative. Participants will learn about the programs, curriculum requirements, and application processes and will have an opportunity to ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you are unable to participate in the webinar but would like information on our programs, please email Dr Mary Herrmann (mbherrma@illinois.edu) or Dr Anjalé Welton (ajwelton@illinois.edu) for information. 

by the College of Education at Illinois / Aug 10, 2017, 5:45 AM

Handshake @ Illinois is students' new career-services platform to access postings for jobs and internships, on-campus interviews, workshops, career coaching appointments, and much more.  Handshake is used at more than 400 schools nationwide and by 230,000 employers worldwide, exposing students to more employers and job postings than ever before.

Handshake @ Illinois provides personalized job recommendations and career information based on students' profiles and site usage, similar to Amazon and LinkedIn. Given this, it is very important to have a complete and accurate profile to maximize search results. The more information students provide Handshake, the more useful it will be. Some of students' basic profile information has been preloaded.

Claim your Handshake @ Illinois account today! Log in and complete your profile at go.illinois.edu/handshake.

For training videos and more information on getting started with Handshake, visit go.illinois.edu/HandshakeHelp.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Aug 9, 2017, 8:15 AM

Maya IsraelSpecial Education scholar Maya Israel will be the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project that focuses on progressions in how students should learn computational thinking within the context of elementary mathematics.

Israel and co-principal investigators Diana Franklin, Andrew Isaacs, James Pellegrino, and Leonard Pitt will begin the two-year “Learning Trajectories for Everyday Computing” project in January. 

Israel said computer science and computational thinking are new areas of study in elementary schools. The team’s hope is to increase access and engagement to a diverse set of learners by focusing on integration in mathematics in grades three through five through instructional lesson plans and activities designed through a Universal Design for Learning framework.

“It might seem odd to teach young learners how to ‘code,’" Israel said, "but there is a growing body of literature that suggests such activities, if designed in an age-appropriate manner, can improve problem-solving, collaboration, and persistence.”

Until recently, Israel said such activities were reserved for enrichment programs for students who were academically advanced or were provided, through informal learning, opportunities that were not available to students without financial means. Her project focuses on computer science and computational thinking for all learners.

By studying the implementation of these materials in academically diverse elementary school classrooms, the project will refine learning trajectories; aim to better understand how synergies between elementary mathematics and computational thinking might be leveraged to create effective and efficient integrated instruction; and generate evidence related to the effect of computational thinking-infused mathematics instruction on students' understanding of fractions.

Israel’s team is made up of campus scholars and scholars in Chicago. They will be collaborating with teachers and administrators in the Champaign Unit 4 School District and will work with George Reese, the director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. Israel said the complexity of developing and testing learning trajectories in the new discipline of computational thinking requires expertise in teaching and learning for diverse learners as well as educational research, computer science education, mathematics education, and assessment.

“This project is truly interdisciplinary,” Israel said. “I count myself privileged to work with such an esteemed group of people.”

All of the materials developed within the project will be available to view on the Creative Technology Research Lab.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jul 25, 2017, 6:00 AM

Bill Cope and Mary KalantzisEducation at Illinois scholars Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis are working with The Geneva Learning Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO) on conducting a high-quality, statistically robust vaccination-coverage survey, which will focus on disease control in developing countries.

Cope and Kalantzis have worked in the past with The Geneva Learning Foundation on projects for WHO and the Red Cross. The Geneva Learning Foundation is again collaborating with the University of Illinois on the upcoming survey project.

“The nonprofit Geneva Learning Foundation has strong associations to Geneva-based nongovernmental organizations and experiments with more engaging forms of knowledge creation and training. This is a mutual learning experience,” said Cope, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership.

With its focus on medical education, Cope said the WHO survey project ties in with the National Science Foundation-funded project he is a principal investigator on titled “Assessing Complex Epistemic Performance in Online Learning Environments.” That project focuses on developing online software tools that assess and give feedback to learners in the medical field, individuals who must communicate complex scientific and technical information.

In addition, Cope said the survey project has associations to the university’s longstanding partnership with Njala University College in Sierra Leone, also a land-grant institution.   

The survey program will be developed in Scholar, which allows for collaborative knowledge construction that contrasts to transmission-based models of traditional learning delivery, according to Cope. The late-August survey will be open to epidemiologists and statisticians who are involved with or interested in vaccination-coverage surveys.

The survey will last through December and encompasses three intensive digital learning modules that aim to develop both the technical and leadership qualities required to successfully assist countries in the adoption of the 2015 WHO recommendations for conducting vaccination-coverage surveys, which are needed to obtain reliable data for immunization.

A past WHO pilot course for students on Scholar titled “Using Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices to achieve better immunization outcomes” led to more than 800 participants from 70 countries. The majority of them said they would use the material they gathered in the course in their next annual immunization work plan.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jun 22, 2017, 9:30 AM

Stephanie Newman HealyStephanie Newman Healy ’02 C&I has been appointed principal of Arcadia Elementary School, which was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Office of Education in recognition of its ranking among the top 10 percent of Illinois schools.

Healy earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College and a master’s degree at Lewis University. She has been assistant principal at O.W. Huth Middle School since 2015.

“I truly believe the education I received from the University of Illinois provided a strong foundation that was necessary to be successful in the field of education,” Healy said.

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