by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 17, 2017, 8:30 AM

The Course Development Fund (CDF) is being established at the College of Education to support mission-driven investments in curricula as well as teaching activities and innovations.

Source of Funding

CDF relies on available state/tuition cash balances and/or unrestricted gifts. A budget will be set at the start of each academic year based on available resources, prior successful results of distributions, and identified critical needs.  For the first year (AY17-18), gift funds of 45K have been identified for this purpose.

Criteria for Use of Funds

CDF supports curricular and course development activities that have a collective benefit for the college as a whole. For example, proposals which support new or revised courses to be taught as part of the online Ed.D. or to attract new students to our undergraduate programs are strongly encouraged.  All course development proposals must have the support of the Department Head/Chair and the appropriate Associate Dean/Director.

Procedures for Distribution of the Investment Fund

Procedures for proposals that have a collective benefit for the college as a whole:

Eligible Applicants: Proposals of up to 5K will be accepted.  The proposal must be submitted by the faculty or staff member designing or teaching the course.  A brief note of support from the Department Head/Chair is required.

Proposal Format: Single page proposals will be considered that include the following:

  1. Description of course, activity or innovation (include: subject, audience and other relevant details)
  2. Amount of the request with list of projected expenditures
    1. funds may only be used for overload payments when the individual’s standard teaching/development load is exceeded for the year
    2. TA teaching support will not be approved but TA assistance in course development is appropriate
  3. Justification of the expected value of the request for the College in light of following criteria

Review Criteria: Proposals will be reviewed based on evidence of value to the College:

  • Evidence that the investment enhances or maintains a competitive advantage for the College
  • Evidence of impact (include estimates of course and/or program enrollment)
  • Evidence of sustainability

Review Process: A sub-committee of the College Leadership Team will be appointed annually to review and screen proposals. The sub-committee will then prepare funding recommendations for the College Leadership Team to consider. Proposals will be distributed to the College Leadership Team in advance of the review meeting.

Review Timeline: Proposals will be reviewed periodically throughout the fiscal year. Because the funds are distributed annually on July 1, proposals will be discussed at CoDE meetings in September, December, and April.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 17, 2017, 3:30 AM

Gabriela Vargas the second College of Education student since 2015 to receive prestigious award

Curriculum & Instruction graduate student Gabriela Vargas has been selected as a recipient of the highly competitive Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) Fellowship.

As a project manager of the National Science Foundation-funded study “CAREER: Noticing and Using Students’ Prior Knowledge in Problem-Based Instruction,” Vargas has been conducting research and was a co-author on the “Using Technology to Support Teachers’ Lesson Adaptations during Lesson Study” article, published by the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

The study, now in its fifth year, is being led by Associate Professor Gloriana González, who is developing and studying a professional-development framework designed to help high school geometry teachers more carefully notice and attend to prior knowledge of their students and adjust teaching practices accordingly. The project also integrates lesson study, animation discussions, and video clubs, González said.

Vargas joins Lisa Skultety as the second College of Education student to receive the CADRE Fellowship within the last two years.

by Jody Vaughn ( / Oct 16, 2017, 10:00 AM

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois seeks a nationally recognized scholar with effective leadership qualities to serve as the tenured professor and head of the department. The Head will support an exceptionally strong faculty to fulfill the research, teaching, and service missions of the Department and College in a major research land-grant university. To ensure full consideration, please complete a candidate profile at by November 27, 2017, and upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three samples of scholarly peer reviewed publications.

by Brent McBride / Oct 11, 2017, 11:45 AM

Dr. Kate Gallagher's Nov. 9 talk will highlight the importance of providing access to high-quality early care and education programs, and why children, families, and communities all benefit from such initiatives.  With an eye on how research informs policy and practice, Dr. Gallagher will highlight how communities and higher education institutions can take the lead in education and supporting early childhood professionals who play a critical role in providing these tranformative early care and education programs. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Oct 9, 2017, 7:15 AM

Black Minds Matter class

The College of Education will be a live-streaming site for portions of the upcoming Black Minds Matter course, taught by Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University.

Dr. Wood's eight-week course will take place on Mondays from Oct. 23 through Dec. 11. The first 60 to 75 minutes of every class will be accessible to the public from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 2 of the Education building. 

The course is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education. Additionally, the class will address the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of black minds and offer tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of black males. Guest speakers will include Patrisse Cullors, Shaun Harper, Pedro Noguera, and Eboni Zamani-Gallaher.

The live-stream events are sponsored by the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership; the Higher Education Collaborative; and the Office of Community College Research and Leadership. Food and beverages will be provided.

Those interested in attending the full course can register here.

View the course syllabus.