Experience Ed

Student Profiles

Student Experiences

Bike Across America with the Illini 4000

Bike Across America with the Illini 4000

Special Education major, Mike Rotter finished up his second summer with Illini 4000. Every year Illini 4000 embarks on a cross-country bike ride to raise money for cancer research. The group biked nearly 5,000 miles over 78 days with San Francisco being their final destination.

Conduct and Share Research

Conduct and Share Research

Education major Marisol Jimenez was awarded Outstanding Oral Presentation at the 2019 Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium for her research on reform acts in Chicago from 1980 to 2015 and the standardization and accountability movement. She is currently examining the charter expansion movement throughout Chicago and the impact it has on the gentrification of black and brown communities.

Succeed in the Classroom

Succeed in the Classroom

Because of her skill in the classroom, Amanda Fagenson was selected as one of four Chicago Public Schools (CPS) educators to be observed in her classroom by peers and colleagues, including the chief executive officer of CPS, Janice K. Jackson.

While many new teachers would feel nervous about this level of scrutiny, Fagenson was comfortable. The College of Education afforded her six opportunities to be observed as a student teacher giving her the confidence and experience to succeed in her own classroom. 

Volunteer and Make a Difference

Volunteer and Make a Difference

The College offers many volunteer opportunities where you can make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Student Opportunities for After-School Resources (SOAR) is an after-school tutoring program that provides literacy support and homework help to Latina/o emergent bilingual/bi-literate students in grades 2-5 by pairing them one-on-one with students from the University of Illinois. Each semester approximately 100 Illinois students from a wide variety of academic majors volunteer their time weekly to provide academic support to program participants. SOAR is a collaboration between the College of Education and the Champaign Unit 4 School District.