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March 30, 2017

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

Spring Break Fun

Check out how some of your College of Education peers spent their spring break!

Michelle Awad 

Michelle Awad
I joined an alternative spring break group in Atlanta and volunteered with the International Rescue Committee. I saw people from all over the world who were fleeing from war and destruction and starting over. It was a privilege to see the inner workings of this organization and a reminder of how important education is in any person's life, especially during times of resettlement.


Madelyn Biron
I went to the lovely Captiva Island in Florida with my extended family. It was a wonderful time! My cousin captured this beautiful picture of seashells.

Lexi Cannistra 

Lexi Cannistra
I was fortunate enough to be able to study in France, specifically in Lyon and Paris. It was a program offered through the College of Education in which students and professors got to observe the French education system. We also explored the beautiful cities and soaked up as much culture as we could. It was amazing!

Claire Gerbasi 

Claire Gerbasi
I spent a weekend in Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium was absolutely amazing! Our favorite parts were observing the walking tunnel, seeing a whale shark close up, and watching the sea lion show, where we learned about their unique behavioral traits and skills. Sunny and 70 degrees every day!

Ally Irwin 

Ally Irwin
I spent my spring break in Destin, Florida. My favorite part was going deep sea fishing! It was such a neat and educating experience. It is crazy to realize that some people fish every day as their job! I love exploring new things.


Chloe O'Dekirk
I was able to travel to Georgia with my sorority to participate in the Greensboro Habitat for Humanity. We met many wonderful volunteers as well as families who would receive the homes and kids from a local club. It was very rewarding and an exciting experience. Everyone was so welcoming and the town was beautiful.

Margaret Parks 

Margaret Parks
I went to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico with people from sororities and fraternities and was there for five days. Then I came home and relaxed for another five days. We had beautiful weather during the whole trip and it was a blast!


Elliot Schultz
I got to go to beautiful Guatemala on a mission trip. We installed water filters and had spiritual conversations with families living near Antigua. We had an incredible time reaching families, meeting people, and making lasting relationships.


Steven Waddell
Me and 14 other Illinois students went to New Orleans for an alternative spring break. We worked alongside Habitat for Humanity to help build houses that will be occupied by low-income families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. It was a very special experience.

Jessica and Rachel Weil 

Jessica and Rachel Weil (left to right)
Over spring break my sister, Rachel, who is also in the Learning and Education Studies major, came to visit me in Paris. We had a great time exploring the city and enjoying our time together.


MSTE Friday Lunch Series: Hunger in the Community 
March 31; Noon-1 p.m.
505 E. Green St., Champaign; Room 201
Learn how the organizations Illini Fighting Hunger and Feeding Our Kids are helping fight hunger in Champaign-Urbana. Attendees will also be able to hear about the fifth annual Community & Campus Day of Service happening April 8. Learn more...

VariABILITY 2017: A Proactive Approach to Disability Awareness 
March 31; 6-8 p.m.
April 1; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Business Instructional Facility, Atrium
VariABILITY 2017 is a two-day event that will bring together students from different backgrounds to collaborate and learn about the ongoing challenges that people with disabilities experience. The organization takes a proactive approach to disability awareness and advocacy through human-centered design. Learn more and register to attend.

Global Café Talk: Italy 
April 7; 1-2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs at the College of Education, Global Café events feature informal presentations by Education students who studied abroad in various countries, as well as talks by international students from those countries. This session will cover Italy and free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...  

Career and Professional Development

Colorado Prep School Seeking Middle-Grade Teachers
Atlas Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is hiring seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teachers for the 2017-2018 school year and for other teaching positions. Contact Kyle Schreiner at 847-722-6601 or to learn more about the jobs and lifestyle in Colorado Springs.  

Bilingual School in Dominican Republic Hiring Teachers
Saint David School in Santiago de los Caballeros of the Dominican Republic is seeking teachers on a 10-month basis for the 2017-2018 school year. The Spanish-English bilingual institution is private and has a preK-12 population of approximately 325 students. Résumés, transcripts, and inquiries can be sent to Academic Director Jennifer Gardner de Díaz at

District in Romeoville Seeking 12 Early Childhood Teachers
Valley View School District 365U, located approximately 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, will be hiring at least 12 early childhood teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. The school needs quality candidates who will help implement developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based curriculum for students who need assistance. View all job openings and contact Jen Mullaney at for inquiries.

Family Resiliency Center Taking Applications for Research Program
Application Deadline: April 21
The Family Resiliency Center on campus is accepting applications for the STRONG Kids research program (HDFS 494), which has a comprehensive and transdisciplinary approach to the study of connections between food and family, and how these relationships contribute to child and family health. Learn more and apply.

YWCA Seeking Women in Leadership Interns, Mentors
Application Deadline: April 30
The YWCA at Illinois is searching for Women in Leadership interns and mentors for the 2017-2018 school year. This is an intensive project-management internship that is structured as a group consulting endeavor. Among other responsibilities, interns will work directly with local human services agencies to learn about the nonprofit sector. They will also research, propose, and possibly implement organizational solutions. Learn more about the program and contact Amarin Young at or 217-344-0721 for inquiries.

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club Seeking Reading Tutors
The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign is looking for reading tutors who want to make an educational difference in the lives of area children. Working with a reading specialist who will provide lesson plans (with input from tutors), volunteers will assist for one hour twice a week through May 2. Contact Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley at for more information about the program, the application process, and other opportunities.

The Career Center at Illinois Hiring for Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities
The Career Center at Illinois is currently hiring undergraduates for numerous jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities, which include joining its advisory committee. Learn more...      

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

New Certificate Available in Geographic Information Science
The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science has developed a new certificate in geographic information systems, a course of study that is especially relevant for Education students who are learning in the DELTA and Applied Learning Science programs within the Learning and Education Studies major. A GIS certificate offers students the opportunity to gain specific skills that are transferable to many kinds of employment, as well as understand geographic principles behind the conducted analyses. Learn more...  

Openings Available in ADHD Support Group
In Focus is a six-week group that offers education and peer support for students who experience difficulties commonly associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The interactive Wednesday meetings are designed to help students develop skills for succeeding in school, their careers, and in daily life. Future topics in April and early May will include goal setting, managing moods, and handling relationships. Contact Tzu-An Hu at for inquiries or to register.        

EUI Seeking Submissions for Undergraduate Research Journal
Application Deadline: April 2
The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) has extended its submission deadline for the fourth volume of the Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal. This open-access digital journal annually publishes research-based articles, posters, and multimedia projects by undergraduates who have participated in EUI-affiliated courses, or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the "university experience" in a meaningful way. Learn more and submit your work.     

A Scholarship for 'Cause-Driven' Undergraduates
Submission Deadline: April 5
The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders is designed for undergraduate students who are working in an unpaid internship with a public agency or nonprofit organization. Students can receive $1,000 for part-time internships or $2,500 for full-time internships. Learn more about Fred S. Bailey Scholarships and contact Kasey Umland at 217-337-1514 for inquiries.

ICTM Seeking Volunteers for Math Finals Event
The 2017 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Finals will be held May 6 on the Illinois campus, and volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. Many of the duties such as proctoring, filing exams, and setting up awards will be done with the assistance of coaches and long-time ICTM volunteers. Learn more about the event and sign up to help.

Doctoral Student Looking for Research Participants
As part of his doctoral thesis, Noelia Sànchez-Walker in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is investigating the comprehension of Spanish sentences by Spanish speakers, under the supervision of Dr. Silvina Montrul. Sànchez-Walker is seeking second language learners of Spanish, native Spanish speakers who grew up in the U.S., and native Spanish speakers from Spanish-speaking countries to participate in the study. The experiment lasts from 60 to 90 minutes, and participants will receive $10 per hour. Learn more and contact Sànchez-Walker at to assist.


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