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April 20, 2017

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

Student Spotlight
Why You Should Take a Class in the College of Education … Even If You’re Not Majoring in It! 

Great Things about the College of Education
Education at Illinois blogger Rachel Hernandez informs incoming students about varied aspects of the University of Illinois. In that endeavor, she likes to brag about her college every now and again. Rachel’s favorite things about the College of Education are the discussion-based classes, the students from varied backgrounds who want to change the face of education, and the incredible professors. Discover why Rachel feels all Illinois students should take at least one Education class … even if it’s outside of their major.


College's Teach-In to Support C-U Immigrant Students and Families 
April 21; Noon-1:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
This presentation was organized in response to the global discourse and policies that have negatively affected immigrant families in Champaign-Urbana. The College of Education is hosting the event to support immigrant families and students who are involved with or attend classes in local school districts, the College, or at the University. Learn more...

Spring Jam 2017 Concert on the Quad 
April 23; 2-4 p.m.
University of Illinois Quad
The annual Spring Jam Concert on the Quad will feature the music of Post Malone. The show is free to all Illinois students with an I-Card. Learn more...

Learn About Studying Abroad at Global Café Talks
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. Upcoming sessions in April will cover Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore and France and Spain.  

Career and Professional Development

Job Shadow Program Happening in Summer via Career Center
May 16 - June 10
Application Deadline: April 21
This Career Center at Illinois program will allow students to engage in a company visit with an employer or Illinois graduate. Participants will get to observe a career field firsthand and possibly establish a professional network that could foster future opportunities. Learn more about the Summer Break Job Shadow Program and contact Tori Spring at 217-333-0820 or for inquiries.

Champaign School Seeking Teachers
Application Deadline: April 30
Countryside School in Champaign is hiring a third-grade teacher and a K-8 music teacher. Both positions will begin August 1. Countryside is an independent school that employs individuals who care greatly for children and are passionate, creative, and flexible. Learn more about the positions.

Walter Payton Prep School Hiring Social Studies Educators
Walter Payton College Preparatory High is a dynamic public high school in Chicago with a student population drawn from the city's vast diversity. The school is seeking candidates to join its social studies department. The selected educators will like designing and leading classroom activities, be comfortable with a variety of assessment forms, and will be eager to work with gifted adolescents. Interested applicants should email a résumé and cover letter to Aaron Weiss at and Tim Devine at      

Head Start Hiring Educators
Head Start of Champaign County is looking for qualified PreK teachers, middle-grade teachers, teacher aides, and substitute teachers for its expanding programs. Along with being involved with Champaign-Urbana youth, educators who work at Head Start have access to a variety of opportunities to pursue a career in education. View the available positions.

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

Undergraduate Research Week Happening April 23-29
Undergraduate Research Week showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry on campus. Events include workshops on getting started in research, special exhibits, and colloquia that highlight the best of students’ work. In addition, the Undergraduate Research Symposium is a daylong signature event that brings together hundreds of students from all academic disciplines—including Education—who share their research through oral panels, poster presentations, and performances. View the program to see all the happenings throughout the week.  

Center Accepting Applications for STRONG Kids Research Course
Application Deadline: April 21
The Family Resiliency Center on campus is accepting applications for the HDFS 494 STRONG Kids undergraduate research course. This program provides a team-based, hands-on research experience working with more than 450 families with children ages 3 months to 4 years. Students in the program will develop a knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary approaches to obesity research. The three components of the class will cover obesity prevention, professional development training, and applied research. Learn more and contact Jen Themanson at for inquiries.

International Office Accepting Applications for Ambassadors
International Student and Scholar Services on campus is accepting applications for IDEA: International/Domestic Exchange Ambassadors. This "buddy program" is designed to connect first-year international students with domestic students on campus. As students work together and get to know one another, these connections will give individuals of all backgrounds a place to feel welcome and accepted. Apply to be a program participant or contact William Baptist at for inquiries. 


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