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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.

Alumni Spotlight
Teacher Margaret Miller 

Establishing Relationships for Growth
Margaret Miller ’13 C&I is starting her third year as a fourth-grade teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School in Mahomet, Ill. She remembers graduating from the College of Education at Illinois feeling prepared to teach on her own, with a new-found personal confidence. “The rigorous curriculum and expectations of the College challenged me and helped me grow in perseverance,” she said. “My professors took the time to establish a relationship with me beyond what was required of them. I felt like they truly cared about my progress, which encouraged me then and has inspired me to do the same for my students now.” Learn more about Miller and her philosophy on students.  


International Welcome Lunch for Students, Faculty, and Visiting Scholars
Sept. 30; Noon
Education Building, South Lounge
Join the College of Education in welcoming international students, faculty, and visiting scholars during this Friday lunch in the south lounge of the Education building. Dr. Allison Witt will make opening remarks. Learn more...

Global Café Presentation on Studying Abroad in Hong Kong and Macau
Sept. 30; 1-2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 42A
Join the Office of International Programs for an info session on studying abroad in Hong Kong and Macau. Free food and coffee will be provided. Learn more...

Passport Workshop
Oct. 6; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Illini Hall, Room 23
The Office of International Programs will host this workshop to help students complete their passport applications and get a free passport photo made. Registration is required. Learn more...

Illinois Association of Teacher Educators Fall 2016 Conference
Nov. 18; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Illinois State University, Bone Student Center
The Illinois Association of Teacher Educators will welcome all educators, including undergraduate students, to its fall conference on Nov. 18. The special $25 fee for students includes breakfast and lunch. Along with motivating presentations, attendees will learn about innovative approaches to what a quality education entails, share thoughts on issues, and interact with peers. Learn more and register.

Career and Professional Development

Fall 2016 Conference Travel Grant Competition
Accepting Applications Now through Oct. 14

The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Learn more and apply.

Illini Career and Internship Fair
Oct. 26; Noon-4 p.m.

Activities and Recreation Center
The upcoming Illini Career and Internship Fair is for students who are student teaching in the spring, students who want to meet potential employers, LES majors who are seeking an internship or full-time job, and for sophomores and juniors who simply want to attend a career fair. Numerous representatives from 10-15 school districts will be on hand to meet teacher candidates prior to their student teaching experiences in the spring. Learn more...  

Going Beyond Undergrad
Accepting Applications Now through Nov. 1

Going Beyond Undergrad is a one-semester educational program focused on providing support to first-generation undergraduate women who hope to pursue graduate-level education. During the spring 2017 semester, students will attend six educational workshops to help them target graduate programs that fit their interests and needs and prepare them for the application process. Students will also receive individual mentoring from other first-generation women who have successfully navigated graduate programs. After completing these workshops, students will receive a waiver to take the GRE exam during the summer of 2017. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Study Abroad Opportunity in Hong Kong and Macau
Jan. 2-15, 2017
This two-week study abroad trip during winter break in early 2017 will introduce students to the education, culture, and history of Hong Kong and Macau. While learning about new pedagogies and education systems, participants will have the opportunity to visit public and private schools and meet students, teachers, and university faculty members. Students will be accompanied by Drs. Denice Hood (Education Policy, Organization & Leadership) and Stephanie Sanders-Smith (Curriculum & Instruction). Learn more and sign up


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