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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
Teacher Margaret Miller 

Awesome Inspiration
Emily Gajos, a junior in the College's Middle Grades Education program, always knew she wanted to work with children. Her inspiration came from her grandmother, who was a teacher in Poland for 30 years. "She loved helping me with schoolwork and inspired me to want to teach middle school," Emily said. After studying abroad in Spain next summer to complete her Spanish minor, Emily wants to teach math or science in the northern suburbs of Chicago.      


Global Café Session on Studying Abroad in South Africa
Oct. 7; 1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 42A
The upcoming Global Cafe session, hosted by the Office of International Programs, will highlight what it's like to study abroad in South Africa. Learn from international students and students who have studied in South Africa in the past. Free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...

How Do Life Stories Influence Teachers?
A Presentation for Students Who are Pursuing a Minor in Secondary Education
Oct. 12; 4-5:30 p.m.

Education Building, Room 16
This "Teachers & Identity" talk will feature four exceptional College of Education faculty and staff members who will relate how identity influences—and is influenced by—educational, international, technological, and pre-service experiences. Meghan Kessler, Robb Lindgren, Marilyn Parsons, and Allison Witt will be the distinguished presenters. Learn more...

Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders
Oct. 27; 4-5:30 p.m.
Beckman Institute
Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, a scholar at the University of California, Davis, will be the guest speaker at this year's Goldstick Family Lecture. His research focuses on the development of language across the lifespan in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. A reception will follow Abbeduto's talk, "Enlisting Parents as Therapists." Learn more...

Alumni Speaker Series Featuring Betty Trummel
Oct. 28; Noon-1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Alumna Betty Trummel, who has more than 30 years of classroom experience, will be the featured speaker of the College of Education's Alumni Speaker Series. During her lifelong professional journey, Trummel has always remained curious and engaged with colleagues, as well as involved with stimulating school projects. Learn more about the event and discover more about Trummel's life.

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

The Institute by LeaderShape Program
Jan. 8-13, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Registration Deadline: Oct. 24
The Institute by LeaderShape is a leadership development program that helps participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. Info sessions will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at Greg Hall. Learn more and apply.      

UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair
Feb. 3-5, 2017
University of Northern Iowa
Registration Deadline: Jan. 13, 2017
Since 1976, the University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Service has connected American international K-12 schools with certified educators during the entirety of the year. The $50 all-in registration fee includes access to the fair, entry into the UNI employment database, and access to UNI staff support and publications. Learn more...      

Publication Seeking Managing Editors
Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal that publishes research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participate in courses affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative or non-EUI courses with meaningful research that is important to the university. The publication is seeking two undergraduates to join its team of managing editors. Ideal candidates will have writing experience and be able to facilitate all stages of the publication process, including selection of pieces, soliciting submissions, and working with authors in the editing process. Apply online or by email to with "Undergraduate Editor" in the subject line. Send inquiries to Karen Rodriguez at  

Kids Campus Seeking Associate Director, Lead Teachers
Kids Campus is looking for an associate director and 12 lead teachers for its child care center in Urbana. The center is hiring candidates with associate degrees or bachelor's degrees in early childhood education or related fields. The associate director is responsible for everyday operations behind the assistant director and director. For more information, contact Bervelyn Ach at 217-803-0014 or       

Happenings and Deadlines

Critical Language Scholarship Info Session
Oct. 6; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
The Critical Language Scholarship overseas program is a fully funded language and cultural immersion opportunity for American undergraduate students. The program offers a diverse range of opportunities at every level of language learning. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills within future professional careers. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to attend the info session and apply. Learn more...    

Spend the Spring Semester in Bath, England
Application Deadline: Nov. 1
This study abroad program is designed for Education students during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Culturally stimulating and intellectually rigorous, this overseas experience offers sophomores a supportive environment to live and work, as well as a multitude of challenging opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Learn more and apply

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 apply


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