by the College of Education at Illinois / Sep 18, 2017, 11:15 AM

Education Justice ProjectThe Education Justice Project (EJP) was announced as a co-recipient of the Community Impact Award by the C-U Immigration Forum and the Urbana Free Library. The award will be presented to the organization at the fourth annual Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration on Sept. 23.

The C-U Immigration Forum Welcome Awards recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in Champaign-Urbana.

A unit of the College of Education since 2011, EJP is a comprehensive college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education on incarcerated people and their families, as well as the communities they come from. The academic program consists of for-credit courses, various educational workshops, a mindfulness discussion group and other extracurricular activities, and reading groups.

While EJP’s core work remains in the realms of penal incarceration and reentry, the organization has in recent months extended its reach in response to the uncertainty surrounding federal immigration policy, according to Director Rebecca Ginsburg.

EJP’s longtime Ripple Effect program, for example, which invites concerned individuals to send cards of encouragement to individuals behind bars, now includes an opportunity for people to send notes to undocumented students at Illinois, undocumented immigration families in the community, and refugees who have settled in the Midwest.

“It’s a small gesture, but we understand that the letters received, which are distributed by local nonprofits with whom we partner, have made a big impact upon those who have received them,” Ginsburg said. “Under circumstances of such vulnerability and uncertainty, it means a lot to people to know that others recognize their plight and care about their situation.”

EJP’s award is also in recognition of the organization’s new reentry guide, which will be distributed to individuals who are leaving prison and will be deported to Mexico. Ginsburg said these people face particularly harrowing circumstances, and the revised reentry guide will help make them aware of the issues and direct them to pertinent resources.

The Immigration Project will also receive the Community Impact Award at the September event. Ginsburg will attend the ceremony on behalf of EJP, possibly with an individual who has received cards from members of Ripple Effect.

Ginsburg said efforts to draw distinctions between immigrants with “clean records” and those with a criminal background is more concerning than the overall “criminalization of immigrants” stories pushed out by mainstream media. One of EJP’s goals, she said, is to bring together people who have been impacted by incarceration and those who have been affected by immigration policies.

“We hope to help folks consider how much these two vulnerable groups have in common, and that we’re stronger when we join forces,” she said.

View all of the awardees and watch a video from WCIA News about EJP’s recent honor.

by Chris Higgins ( / Sep 13, 2017, 8:45 AM

Lecture & Discussion:
David Blacker (University of Delaware),
"The Educational Needs of Erstwhile Humans: Identity Fluidity in a Post-Work World"

College of Education at Illinois alumnus David Blacker will give a September 25, 2017, talk on campus about how economic forces are eroding traditional anchors of personal identity and how education should respond.

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Monday, September 25, 4PM • Levis Faculty Center, Room 210

Reception to Follow

by Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment ( (CREA) / Sep 13, 2017, 8:00 AM

September 27-29, 2017 in Chicago

Heightened community unrest sparked by the death of unarmed citizens; disproportionate inequities in education, poverty, health care, and rates of incarceration; and an intensely divisive U.S. presidential election require even more vigilant attention from our global CREA community. It is critically important that we focus on the generation, analysis, and usage of substantive evidence “that matters” in the evaluations and assessments we undertake. To address the issues our communities face, we are compelled and responsible to raise questions about what is being done to correct inequities and aggressively translate this evidence into action that has meaningful impact on our collective future. 

Therefore the Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times   will focus on the following areas:

- Program evaluation, measurement and assessment as sources of evidence

- Challenging the status quo regarding whose evidence matters. Cultural responsiveness as foundational to more equitable public policy

- Moving from evidence generation to advocacy and action. Policies and practices of influence and consequence in the quest for social justice

- Ethical challenges in complex areas of inquiry; whose justice is advanced?

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by Steve Witmer and the College of Education at Illinois / Sep 12, 2017, 10:45 AM

Chancellor's Scholars Fall 2017Two College of Education underclassmen have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential.

Sophomores Grace Oberg and Michael Rotter, both of whom are studying in the Department of Special Education, were among 140 freshmen and sophomores who received the honor.

The Campus Honors Program is a four-year general-studies program open to undergraduates in any curriculum. It admits up to 125 freshmen each year, selected from more than 7,000 on the Urbana campus. Up to 20 additional students join the program at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Chancellor’s Scholars participate in small-enrollment honors classes and seminars. Close student-faculty interaction also is fostered by a mentor system, a lecture series on topics of general interest, dress-rehearsal visits to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and international programming. Other benefits include summer research and travel grants.

Education seniors Hannah Bohn, Morgan Havel, Grace Liu, and Lindsay Perkins are also Chancellor’s Scholars.

View the full list of Fall 2107 Chancellor’s Scholars.

by Linda Herrera ( / Sep 11, 2017, 1:45 AM

Professor Linda Herrera of the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership has a regular column in the open global media platform, openDemocracy, "Critical Voices in Critical Times." Her second column is an interview with the activist - daughter of Frantz Fanon, Mireille Fanon-Mendès France. In part one of their interview, which is accompanied by a video, they talk about the enduring relevance of Fanon, the state of contemporary politics, the need for the decolonization in Africa, and struggles for emancipation in our age of globalization.