by Kathy Stalter ( / Feb 2, 2018, 8:00 AM

The College of Education Undergraduate Honors & Awards Committee invites students to review the College scholarships available for the 2018-2019 academic year and to apply for those scholarships for which they meet the criteria. Scholarship criteria vary depending on the donors' wishes.  Examples of donor wishes include, but are not limited to, the following: financial need, educational interests and or goals, support for non-traditional students, and support for students from specific Illinois counties.

The deadline for scholarship application submission is Friday, April 6, 2018. Scholarship application and instructions as well as a complete list of available scholarships can be found at Scholarship announcements will be made in late May and scholarship recipients will be honored at the College of Education Student Recognition Banquet held annually in the fall semester.

If you have questions, please contact your adviser.

by Gianina Baker ( / Jan 25, 2018, 4:00 AM

Following up to its 2009 and 2013 surveys of chief academic officers, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) continues to provide a landscape of current approaches and practices related to assessing student learning unfolding on college and university campuses. To take a snapshot of institution-level assessment in 2017 and trends over time, Director Natasha Jankowski and the NILOA team conducted its third nationwide survey of provosts between April and September 2017. This report summarizes the major findings and presents implications for policy and practice. Watch a video discussing the report here.

by Linda Herrera ( / Jan 25, 2018, 3:15 AM

On the occasion of the seven-year anniversary of the Egyptian uprising of 2011, Professor Linda Herrera of the Global Studies in Education program produced a short film with French philosopher Alain Badiou for her column in openDemocracy, “Critical Voices in Critical Times.”

Watch the video and read the column.

by Christine Wyant ( / Jan 22, 2018, 7:45 AM

University Primary School, the preK through fifth-grade lab school of the College of Education, invites campus and community members to walk through its "Project Studies" exhibition in the first- and third-floor lobby areas of the Education building (1310 S. Sixth St., Champaign) on Feb. 2-7. Documentation and representation of fall-semester inquiry studies will be on display.  

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jan 17, 2018, 6:15 AM

Liv T. Davila

Liv Dávila, an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL), will be involved in two recently funded research projects that focus on immigrants and refugees.

The first project, “Family and Community Dynamics and the Experiences of Congolese Immigrant and Refugee Youth in School,” was awarded $24,485 by the Campus Research Board and will address a need for longitudinal, process-oriented data on refugee and immigrant youth outcomes in school.

Dávila, who is the principal investigator of the project, said African immigrants and refugees currently comprise 36 percent of the total foreign-born black population in the U.S., and that this population has increased by 137 percent since 2000.  Given this increase, the Office of English Language Acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans have both noted a pressing need for research that focuses on black people who are English learners.

“This funding will be used to hire research assistants to assist with community-based field work in the Champaign-Urbana area, and to develop collaborative research initiatives around newcomer immigrant and refugee education with colleagues at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Michigan State University,” Dávila said.

Dávila’s research will examine the roles families and community resources play in students’ development of resilient multilingual identities, which will lay the foundation for a larger cross-institutional study on resiliency among refugees and school-aged immigrants in the U.S. and worldwide. The project will be conducted through July of 2019.

In addition, Dávila and a team of scholars received an Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) grant to be used to further promote comparative knowledge on how different countries address the needs of refugee children in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. She will collaborate on the project with EPOL colleague Linda Herrera and scholars Nihad Bunar and Anna Lund from Stockholm University.