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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.

Welcome ...

... to Your Home Away from Home
The Student Academic Affairs Office welcomes you to campus for the Fall 2016 semester—we hope the College of Education at Illinois becomes your home away from home. Please know that we feel privileged to have the opportunity and awesome responsibility to help you reach your highest potential and aspirations. Read more...


Studying Abroad Info Session: Barcelona
Tuesday, Aug. 30; 4 p.m.
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture while studying abroad in Barcelona during the Spring 2017 semester or the 2017-18 academic year. For more information, contact Tasha Robles at       

MAFE Hosting Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, Aug. 30; 7 p.m.
North Lobby of Education Building
All are welcome to the Minority Association of Future Educators' first meeting of the semester, where ice cream will be provided. Formed in 1994, MAFE offers a support network for underrepresented students seeking to become professional educators. The group also addresses the needs of children, particularly underrepresented ones. Contact Alanna Williams at for more information.         

Study Abroad Info Session: Spanish Language Programs
Thursday, Sept. 8; 4-5 p.m.
Foreign Languages Building, Room G32
Learn how you can earn credit abroad for your Spanish major/minor.       

Tutor Orientation Meeting for Urbana Schools
Thursday, Sept. 8; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mumford Hall, Room 103
Many tutoring opportunities will be available this school year at Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School. Attend this meeting to become an educator and inspirational mentor for a diverse student body at award-winning schools that are committed to high standards, equity, and social justice. Tutors and role models are needed in the subjects of math, science, health, and in many more activity-related realms. For more information, contact Lori Ellinger at     

Educating Teachers for a World with Social, Economic, and Cultural Challenges
Wednesday, Sept. 14; Noon-1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 242
Join this Brown Bag Lunch presentation by speaker Liane Hentschke, a professor of music education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Professor Hentschke's areas of expertise include teacher education, formal and non-formal music education, motivation, and digital technology in music education.     

Saturday, Sept. 17; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Illinois Terminal
EdCampCU is for students, pre-service teachers, full-time teachers, administrators, parents, community members, coders, business people, and school board members. The conference provides an opportunity to talk about schools and learning in Champaign-Urbana, and the agenda is created by the participants. The event centers on participants’ questions, topics such as standardized tests and opportunities in education. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Chicago School Seeking Special Education Teacher
Ambrose Plamondon Elementary School in Chicago is seeking a special education teacher, someone who is a team player, energetic, patient, and collaborative. The ideal candidate will have strong background in developing and overseeing a special education program to ensure that all students have the resources and support in place to meet the goals set in their individual education plans. Candidates should have proficiency designing differentiated instruction and progress monitoring tools to serve students who require special services. For more information, contact Althea Hammond at 773-534-1789 or

Happenings and Deadlines

Apply for Provost's Undergraduate Student Advisory Board
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost is taking applications for the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. Board members work with the provost's office to provide feedback on numerous topics and generate ideas for programs and activities to enhance the academic experience for undergraduate students. Contact Kathryn Martensen ( or Melinda Schaefer ( for inquiries or to request an application.

Informational Meetings on Spanish Major/Minor
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

Those interested in majoring or minoring in Spanish can attend informational meetings on the following dates and times: Aug. 31 at 4-5 p.m.; Sept. 20 at 3-4 p.m.; Oct. 26 at 5-6 p.m.; and Nov. 16 at 4-5 p.m.

SSHEL Library Services and Support
The Social Sciences, Health and Education Library (SSHEL) offers many services and resources to assist you with your class work and other projects. View the website for subject-specific resources and services, and view the resources and information pertinent to Education majors. Contact Nancy O'Brien at or 217-333-2408 to schedule library orientation and instruction sessions for classes.


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the Student Academic Affairs Office at