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The Update from Education at Illinois
Happy Thanksgiving, College of Education students!

We hope this issue of The Update prior to Thanksgiving break is helpful to you. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the College of Education at Illinois!


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

Student Spotlight
Alexis Pavlou 

A Platform for Social Mobility
After he gets “a good grasp on education through the frontlines,” Eduardo Martinez hopes to someday get into politics. As a 20-year-old junior, he’s participating in campus initiatives that enhance diversity and better serve all students. Academically, Eduardo is majoring in English and political science and minoring in secondary education. “I see the education field as a platform for others to climb up in social mobility and give them opportunities for life,” he said.    


Reframing Racial Justice - A Talk for Students
Dec. 1; 3 p.m.
Education Building, Room 242
As part of the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, Dr. Dian Squire of Iowa State University will discuss with students the era of heightened racial tensions and how universities must examine ways to include communities of color and reshape themselves to support holistic learning and the growing diversity on campuses. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Peoria Public Schools Hiring Teachers
Peoria Public Schools is a K-12 district that strives to ensure every student reaches her or his academic and personal potential. The district has numerous openings for teaching positions in art, science, bilingual/ESL, special education, social work, and in many more fields. View the current job openings.  

Local Girls Scouts Seeking Intern for STEM Program
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is accepting applications for a STEM program assistant intern for Champaign and Mahomet. The part-time volunteer position will run from late January to May of 2017. The internship is ideal for current students or recent graduates who are interested in youth science education, natural resources and wildlife ecology, nonprofit administration, and program planning and marketing. Learn more and contact Joanne Crawford at or 217-299-0108 for inquiries.

Happenings and Deadlines

Fred S. Bailey Scholarships for Cause-Driven Leaders
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2017
The University YMCA is accepting applications for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Fred S. Bailey Scholarships for Cause-Driven Leaders. This year, the YMCA will give out more than $150,000 in scholarships to Illinois students who are making a difference on campus and in their communities. Learn more about the Bailey Scholarships and attend the below sessions for more information:

  • Dec. 1; 4 p.m. at the University YMCA Boardroom
  • Jan. 23; 5 p.m. at the University YMCA Boardroom   

Spend Your Spring Break in France or Spain
The College of Education is offering study abroad opportunities during spring break in France and Spain. Participating students will visit local classrooms, meet preservice teachers, and explore Paris and Barcelona. Reserve your seat to France or Spain today or discover other overseas destinations. We offer our students $500 scholarships or program discounts to study abroad.


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