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

Please note: The Update will be released next week on Friday instead of Thursday.

Student Spotlight
Student organizations in College offer varied networking, philanthropic, and professional opportunities 

A Fourth-Grader's Hunch
When Gabriella Mizgala's father asked her on the way to school one day why she wanted to be a third-grade teacher when she grew up, his fourth-grade daughter replied, "because I can do third-grade math." Now that she's a junior in elementary education, it's a safe bet that Gabriella is skilled in many more realms of learning. Part of that is due to the effective time-management skills she picked up at a young age. Also, Gabriella isn't shy about chatting up her professors. "They are often great resources for ideas to try in the classroom or for additional help you may need," she said.  


Info Session on Minoring in Spanish
Feb. 22; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

This information session is for students who are interested in pursuing a minor in Spanish.

Info Meeting on Human Resources and Industrial Relations
March 9; 5:30-7 p.m.
Labor and Employment Relations Building, Room 35

The School of Labor & Employment Relations (LER) will host an informational meeting for students who are interested in learning about a career in human resources and labor relations. At the event, which will include dinner, Assistant Dean Becky Barker will provide an overview of the curriculum, admissions requirements, and career opportunties in the field. LER is internationally recognized as one of the premier professional programs of its kind. Contact Ms. Barker at or 217-333-2381 for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

College of Education Hiring Head Teacher for Local School
Application Deadline: March 10
The College of Education at Illinois is seeking a visiting specialist in education (head teacher) for the combined second-/third-grade classroom at University Primary School. The start date for this position is Aug. 16, and it may become permanent at a later date. Learn more and contact Alisha Lewis at for inquiries.

Head Start Hiring Teachers, Teacher Aides, and Substitute Teachers
Champaign County Head Start is looking for qualified preK teachers, t>eachers, and teacher aides for its expanding Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Head start offers competitive benefits, health insurance, dental insurance, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, high-quality programming, and a great working enviornment. View all available jobs.

Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair
April, 8; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Heartland Educational Consortium
(1096 US Highway 27 North; Lake Placid, Florida)
This year's Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair will feature representatives from six districts in the Florida Heartland, a region of Florida located to the north and west of Lake Okeechobee. Learn more about the event and contact Gina Stafford at or 863-531-0444 (ext. 202) for inquiries.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has available undergraduate research positions this summer, including a funded project with Luc Paquette of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Jinming Zhang of the Department of Educational Psychology. See "Project 2" with Paquette and Zhang and all of the projects at

Urbana Center Looking for Volunteers
The Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center has several volunteer opportunities available, tasks such as working with all-ages students in various subject areas. Learn more...

Champaign County Forest Preserve Seeking Seasonal Educators
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is accepting applications for seasonal educator positions, which include day camp supervisors and educators. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines
Deadline extended for spring break trip to Spain 

Deadline Extended for Spring Break Trip
Application Deadline Extended to March 1!
The College of Education is offering an eight-week course—one week of which is in Spain—that will provide students with an overview of education in Spain and a comparative experience between European and American education systems. The experience in Tarragona, Spain, includes a trip to Barcelona! Learn more...

2017-2018 Turner Fellows Internships Available
Application Deadline: Feb. 20
Fred H. Turner Fellows serve in a professional and paid fellowship out of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. This position offers students the opportunity to undertake assignments and manage campuswide initiatives under the guidance of the vice chancellor and staff during senior year. Turner Fellows are assigned projects related to a wide variety of issues, including strategic planning, student fees, campus and student trends, leadership development, campus safety, and wellness. Learn more or email for inquiries.

Phi Kappa Phi Offering First-Year Student Award
Application Deadline: March 6
The Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Illinois is offering a first-year Illinois undergraduate student a $500 scholarship in recognition of past achievements and future academic potential. The award will be determined by an essay question that answers this question: Is the main purpose of a college education to prepare students for the workforce or to prepare them for lifelong learning? Submit essays and inquiries to Amanda Houser at

Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Awards
Student Nominations Due by March 18
The Teaching Excellence Awards given by the Illinois Student Government recognize and thank excellent instructors at the University of Illinois. Instructors, teaching assistants, and professors can all be nominated. Learn more... 

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarships for 2017-2018
Application Deadline: March 31
The College of Education Undergraduate Honors & Awards Committee invites current undergraduate students to review the college scholarships available for the 2017-2018 academic year and to apply for the scholarships for which they meet the criteria. Learn more and view the available undergraduate student awards.


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