by Susan Sullivan (susan.sullivan@midstatespec.org) / Jun 22, 2017, 5:30 AM

Christian Region of Mid-State Special Education is accepting applications for the following position for the 2017-2018 school year:  Special Education Teacher - full-time position at Taylorville Sr. High School.  State of Illinois Licensure and LBS I Licensure are required.  Interested person should send a letter of interest, current resume, and applicaiton to Lyn Becker, Administrator of Special Education Services, Christian Region of Mid-State Special Ecucation, P.O. Box 46, Morrisonville, IL  62546.  Applications are available at midstatespec.org.  All positions will be filled once suitable candidates are identified.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jun 13, 2017, 7:00 AM

Birmingham-Illinois Partnership Discovery, Engagement and EducationThe Birmingham-Illinois Partnership Discovery, Engagement and Education (BRIDGE) initiative has funded a project that will forge a partnership between the Department of Special Education and the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the University of Birmingham.

The “Building Bridges: Addressing Inclusion in Disability Research and Teaching in the U.K. and U.S.” project will explore inclusion, disability, and widening participation in higher education, as well as the family role in and the understanding of disabilities.

The approximate $8,000 funding for each department will also go toward a joint conference, a seminar series and two exchange visits.  

Amy Santos, professor and interim head of Special Education, said the collaboration is a first for her department. As a co-principal investigator of the project with Professor Graeme Douglas, she views the seed funding from BRIDGE as a way to create a formalized program that will help faculty in Special Education develop collaborative, productive, and sustainable research relationships.

“The opportunity for our faculty to exchange and share information is exciting, and I know that could further expand the reach and impact of our research agenda, which greatly enhances our department’s overall research, teaching, and service mission,” Santos said.

Among other outcomes, she and Douglas anticipate the yearlong project will increase capacity for faculty research and teaching, enhance content in their existing courses and programs, and lead to improvements in inclusive practice for staff members who support students with disabilities.

Additionally, Santos said the collaboration could enhance learning opportunities for Special Education students through interactions with their U.K. peers on research projects and possibly study abroad programs.

Initial meetings between Santos and Douglas identified both different and complementary traditions of teaching between the two departments. Ultimately, however, they agreed the collaboration will enable valuable sharing of teaching approaches and pedagogies, identify new markets and programs, and lead to a nexus of research-informed teaching and teaching-informed research.  

DISN is the largest-staffed department of its kind in Europe and engages in a range of research in inclusive education and disability, with a particular specialty in sensory impairment and autism.

Special Education at Illinois has a similarly rich tradition and is ranked among the top-10 best programs in the U.S. Faculty and students in the department pursue research, teaching, and service activities that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Jun 7, 2017, 5:30 AM

Mila Thomas FullerDr. Mila Thomas Fuller, assistant director of online programs at the College of Education and president of the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, will serve as a guest moderator for a breakout session at the June 16 All-Staff Retreat for Minority Recruitment and Retention at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. Fuller will moderate the session "Women & the Road to Leadership" for leaders from the Champaign Unit 4 School District and in the community. 

Other topics will include keys to effectively leading as a person of color, education for a changing society, and the power of a trauma-informed community.

The keynote speaker of the retreat will be Dr. Pedro Noguera, an author and distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Noguera is one of America’s most important voices for a healthy public education, focusing on the ways in which schools are in influenced by social and economic conditions.

The event is sponsored by the Champaign Unit 4 School District.

by Jessica@tapinacademy.org (Jessica Bryson) / May 23, 2017, 10:15 AM

Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In) is a nonprofit academic enrichment organization. Tap In has a mission to enhance educational achievement, support leadership development and captivate cultural awareness for children and families upon graduation. Tap In is currently looking for research based articles on educational topics to publish in our quarterly magazine. Desired articles should be less than 3000 words; however, submissions of any length will be considered. Submissions must be original and unpublished. To submit an article for consideration, please e-mail Jessica Bryson at Jessica@tapinacademy.org

by the College of Education at Illinois / May 22, 2017, 4:45 AM

Alumna Shireen PavriShireen Pavri, Ph.D. ’99 Spec.Ed., has been named dean of the college of education at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). She will begin her tenure July 3.

CSULB Provost Brian Jersky said in a Long Beach Post article that Dr. Pavri has a “quiet professionalism and breadth of knowledge” that will benefit the college.

“I am confident her oversight of our student body and cutting-edge campus-based research will lead to improved excellence in teacher education at home and throughout the nation,” Jersky said.

Pavri’s research knowledge, formulated in the Department of Special Education, encompasses preparing teachers to help students’ emotional and social functioning. She has published more than 30 scholarly publications, conducted more than 50 academic presentations, and has been a principal investigator on 10 federal, state, and foundation grants.

Pavri said the doctoral program in Special Education is topnotch.

“It prepared me thoroughly for the rigorous teaching, research, and service requirements of my faculty position,” she said. “The faculty at Illinois created a warm and welcoming community for us doctoral students, challenging and supporting our development as academics, researchers, and leaders.”  

Pavri has served as interim dean at CSULB’s college of education since August 2016. As a special education professor, she has coordinated the education specialist preliminary credential program and the Master of Science program in special education.

Along with her doctorate, Pavri has a school psychology education science degree from Miami University, Ohio; a special education master's degree from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University in Mumbia; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Xavier's University in Mumbai.

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