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The Update from Education at Illinois

The Update is a student newsletter for undergraduate
majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Student Spotlight
Ibrahim Abubakar 
Ibrahim Abubakar 

Ibrahim Abubakar
Ibrahim, a junior English major with a minor in secondary education, attended a high school where he felt valued and successful—feelings he didn’t always have in some of the schools he tutored in. Ibrahim strives to represent males and African-Americans in schools, showing his future students "how powerful it can be to have more educators who are also people of color." He will be able to give back through his teaching for five years in a Chicago Public School of need in exchange for the scholarship and teaching opportunities he gained from the Golden Apple Foundation. Ibrahim, who has been influenced greatly by Education at Illinois staff members Lori Davis, Kathy Ryan, and Chris Span, said Education students should take advantage of the numerous study abroad options available to them. "The College of Education gives you $500 to study abroad if you're in the College, so that's a plus!" he said.



Orphans Treasure Box Presents 'Stuff the Bag' Event for Teachers
Thursday, Aug. 11; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Orphans Treasure Box, a Champaign organization that sells books to support orphans, foster children, and families is hosting a "Stuff the Bag" event for teachers. Buy a tote for $5 and stuff it with chapter books, easy readers, guided reading books, teaching resource books, and other book-reading genres for the classroom. Learn more...


Welcome Celebration for Students
Friday, Aug. 19; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
New and returning students are invited to the Education at Illinois Welcome Celebration. Catch up with classmates, socialize with faculty and staff members of the College, and help welcome the incoming freshmen and transfer students. Learn more ...

Career and Professional Development

Two Teacher Openings at Bement High School
Bement High School currently has openings for a Spanish teacher and an English and math teacher. The school offers a competitive salary and a benefits package. Interested candidates can email a letter of application, a résumé, a copy of a teaching license and transcripts, and a letter of recommendation with references to Sheila Greenwood at

High School English Teacher Opening at Salt Fork High School
Salt Fork High School in Catlin, Ill., is seeking a high school English/language arts teacher who can teach courses in the content area and curriculum development. Additional classroom teaching responsibilities may be available depending on areas of high school certification. Learn more...

St. Matthew School Hiring Science Teachers for Upcoming Year
St. Matthew School in Champaign is hiring seventh- and eighth-grade science teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Known for its outstanding environment and academic excellence, the K-8 school has an enrollment of 420 students with class sizes of no more than 28 students. Interested candidates can send a letter of interest and résumé to Principal Petrece Klein at

Collins Academy High School Seeking Teachers
Collins Academy High School in Chicago has a new principal who is committed to making the institution an educational hub and a change agent in the North Lawndale area. The school is currently seeking three special education teachers, one Spanish teacher, and one music teacher. Interested applicants can email a résumé to Ryan Leonard at

Next Generation Seeking After-School Teachers
Next Generation School in Champaign is seeking education majors for its fun and engaging after-school program. This is a great opportunity for pre-service teachers to cultivate their teaching skills in a supportive and engaging environment. The after-school time, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily, includes homework, snacks, crafts, games, and recess. Hourly wages begin at $9.50 per hour. For inquiries or to apply, email Chris Bronowski at

Happenings and Deadlines

Flu Shots Available at College of Education
Thursday, Oct. 13; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The influenza vaccine will be available in the north lobby of the Education building on Oct. 13 to all Illinois students who have paid their health service fee. Please bring your University ID card at the time of service. Learn more ...

2017 College of Education Convocation

2017 College of Education Convocation
Seniors: The 2017 College of Education Convocation will be held Saturday, May 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Huff Hall. Tickets will not be required for the ceremony. We hope this early alert will facilitate graduation planning for you and your family. Learn more ...

The campuswide commencement ceremony will take place May 13 at 9:30 a.m. The location will be announced at a later date.


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