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April 27, 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! 

Teaching a Love-Struck Learner
Elementary education junior Chelsea Oleson is an unmarried student, but she’s had at least one offer to get hitched. “In my field placement a few weeks ago,” she said, “a 7-year-old girl got down on one knee and proposed to me, saying she wanted to marry me because I was an amazing student teacher.” Doing her best to keep a straight face, Chelsea gave the student a hug and was reminded of how much she loves kids, and how easily they make her smile. Beyond the classroom, the transfer student from Indiana State University said her cohort at the College of Education feels like family, and she’s been impressed with the wealth of volunteer and job opportunities in Champaign-Urbana. Chelsea may someday teach in the northern suburbs of Chicago, but her mind is open to other opportunities. “I’m ready to go wherever the wind takes me!” she said.


Learn About Studying Abroad in France and Spain
April 28; 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 have studied abroad in various countries, as well as talks by international students from those countries. This session will cover France and Spain. Free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...

Free Events During Finals Week
Reading Day @ KCPA
May 4; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Unwind with fun activities during Reading Day at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A raffle, coloring, and yoga will be happening, and charging stations and study tables will be available. 

Spurlock Study Break
May 5-6; 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Spurlock Museum
Take a break from studying during finals by enjoying a craft bar, board games, and yoga at Spurlock Museum. Study tables will also be available.

Career and Professional Development

Private Champaign High School Hiring Educators, Coaches
The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign is seeking full-time teachers in the areas of Spanish, English, science, and social studies. Additionally, the school has coaching opportunities. Learn more and send a cover letter and résumé to Principal Jason Schreder at         

Campus Lab Seeking Head Teachers
The Child Development Laboratory at Illinois has two head teacher positions open for a full-day classroom that encompasses children who are infants through the preschool age. The educators will coordinate, plan, and implement programming for an early childcare classroom at the facility. Apply or contact Dr. Brent A. McBride at 217-333-0971 or 217-333-2550 for inquires.         

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      

Countryside School Looking for Third-Grade Teacher
Countryside School in Champaign is seeking an elementary teacher to facilitate learning for highly motivated and engaged third-grade students. Applicants should be passionate, creative, and dedicated to the school's mission of "Joy in Learning, Excellence in Education." Learn more...       

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

Get the Assistance You Need During Stressful Time of Year
The semester is winding down and final examinations, the completion of projects and papers, and even returning home after the academic year can make it a stressful period for students. Those who need assistance are encouraged to reach out to trained professionals at the Counseling Center, the McKinley Health Center, and the Student Assistance Center. The Counseling Center also collaborates with the Champaign County Crisis Line to provide support after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Call 217-359-4141 to speak with a counselor.

Psychology Minor Now Available
Students now have the option to pursue a minor in psychology in the Psychology Department at Illinois. This minor is suitable for students who intend to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including education. Learn more and send an email to for inquiries. 


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