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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
Alexis Pavlou 

Cooperation is Key
As a child and teenager, Carly Sakowski, Ed.M. ’12 C&I, attended schools in Champaign; now she’s a fifth-year teacher in the Unit 4 School District. Carly vividly remembers the group collaboration that took place in her Teaching Elementary Mathematics class: “Our group met every week in an empty classroom in the Education building and worked for hours together, sometimes using the classroom dry-erase board to teach each other math concepts. The ability to join together and cooperate with others is essential for a classroom teacher.” The group members that Carly remembers so fondly have moved on to various locales, but they keep in touch on Facebook and at an annual reunion on campus, where they share “crazy classroom stories” and offer one another support.    


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...

Sexual Health Fair 2016
Dec. 1; 7-9 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall
The McKinley Health Center Special Populations Group is hosting a sexual health fair for students. The event will have a variety of booths and provide an opportunity for students to address various issues concerning sexual health. Email for inquiries.

Dec. 6; 4 p.m.
Illini Union Courtyard Café
Hosted by the Engineering for Social Justice Scholars Program, this event will feature songs, skits, storytelling, and spoken-word poetry about themes related to the intersections of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and issues of identity, power, education, ethics, engagement, and social justice.

EDUC 102 Annual Poster Session
Dec. 8; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Education Building, South Lobby
Support the James Scholar freshmen as they present research on critical topics in education at the College's annual Poster Session. Important issues such as school funding, teacher burnout, and standardized testing will be discussed, and refreshments will be served.

Career and Professional Development

Next Generation Seeking Students for After-School Program
Next Generation School in Champaign is hiring students in the education field to work in its after-school program. The fun and engaging program is a great opportunity for preservice teachers to cultivate their teaching skills in a supportive environment. Hourly wages begin at $9.50 per hour, and regular availability is preferred. The 3:30-5:30 p.m. after-school activities includes doing homework, having snack time, working on crafts, playing games, and having recess. Contact Chris Bronowski at for more information.

Little Wings Hiring an Assistant Director
Little Wings Childcare & Learning Center in Rantoul has an open position for an assistant director with a background in early childhood education. This candidate must also be director-qualified through the Department of Children and Family Services. Email résumés to or call 217-893-9022 for more information. 

Don Moyers Boys & Girls Club Hiring Tutors
The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign is in need of afterschool tutors for grades K-12. The volunteer position requires one to two hours per week to help a student from the area. Contact Dori Harrison at for inquiries or attend one of the tutoring orientation sessions below for more info:

  • Jan. 19 and 20; 4-6 p.m. (reading partners orientation)
  • Jan. 23; 5-6 p.m. (elementary and teen tutoring)
Happenings and Deadlines

Unwind with Fun Happenings During Finals Week
Dec. 8, 9, and 10; 1-4 p.m.
Spurlock Museum
(600 S. Gregory, Urbana)
These free Finals Week Study Break events will include a craft bar, yoga, short films, board games, and scavenger hunts to relax your mind and body during a stressful period. Contact Kathy Martensen at for inquiries. 

The Career Center Offers Wealth of Job Info, Assistance
Office Holding Contest for Free Amazon Fire Tablet
Interested in career options or possibly graduate school? The Career Center at Illinois can help with career and major exploration, internships and job preparation, and graduate and professional school assistance. Additionally, Career Center staff members want to hear from you about the steps you're taking to become career ready. Participants will have a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. Learn more and submit your career readiness stories today.

2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarships Available
University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2017-18 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition. Undergraduate and transfer student applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their college, and incoming freshmen must rank in the upper 25 percent of their incoming class. Learn more and apply for this scholarship.

Submissions for Undergraduate Research Symposium Being Accepted
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the April 27, 2017, Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is the signature event of the campus's Undergraduate Research Week, which takes place April 23-29 and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines. Apply for the symposium and email for inquiries.  


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