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May 4, 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! 

Variety the Spice of Life for Freshman
She comes from a family of educators, so it was only natural that Gayoung Kim would enter the education field herself. One of Gayoung's favorite things about the College of Education is the diversity of its students. The freshman said the variety of peers broadens her perspective and allows her to discover a wide range of human experiences. To supplement that outlook, Gayoung is minoring in secondary education and taking the course EDUC 202 (Social Justice in Schools and Society). "The class has taught me that there are still a lot of things to fix in school systems to help all students, including students from minority groups," she said. Gayoung is taking summer courses and is considering pursuing another minor in statistics. 


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 be available.

Harvard Fellow Giving Talk and Hosting Discussion
May 8
9:30-11 a.m. (Lecture); 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Discussion)

Education Building, Room 192 (Lecture); Education Building, Room 333 (Discussion)
Winston C. Thompson, a fellow at Harvard University, will give a talk that explores new questions in the area of social justice. Following the lecture, he will host a brown bag discussion that focuses on expanding the reach of academic programs through online learning and social media. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

HDFS 494: Developmental Assessment and Screening Project
This course in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers students the opportunity to learn about several different developmental screening instruments and gain applied work experience by conducting screenings with children at the Child Developmental Laboratory. The attained research experience will be valuable to students who plan on going to graduate school or entering a profession in an early childhood education setting. Contact Meghan Fisher at for inquiries.

University YMCA Hiring Two Americorps VISTA Members
The University YMCA is seeking two full-time VISTA members who will build the infrastructure of the organization's immigrant and student programs, develop community partnerships, and investigate and develop new resources to support these programs. The selected individuals will serve for one year and receive access to excellent Americorps benefits while developing skills in fundraising, program development, volunteer coordination, and nonprofit management. Apply or contact Emily Cross at or Megan Flowers at    

Future Leaders of Wiley Seeking Summer Intern
The Future Leaders of Wiley internship program is looking for an instructional design intern to assist from June 1 through Aug. 11. Working in a fast-paced environment, the selected candidate will help technologists and instructional designers build and maintain online courses and troubleshoot technical issues. The ideal candidate will have strong technical acumen and experience with learning management systems such as Moodle or Blackboard. Learn more...  

Banner Day Camp Looking for Counselors
Banner Day Camp in Lake Forest is hiring counselors for the full camp season, which starts June 12 and ends Aug. 11. Drivers, pool lifeguards, and office staff are also needed. Both counselors and campers will learn new skills within an encouraging, fun, and rewarding environment. Apply or call 847-295-4900 for inquiries.

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

Wisconsin School Seeking Bilingual Teacher
The Appleton Area School District in Wisconsin has a job opening at Appleton Bilingual School starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The position requires two areas of licensure, elementary education, and bilingual education. In addition, candidates must be highly proficient in English and Spanish. Training in dual-language methodology, bi-literacy instruction, differentiation, and cooperative learning strategies is desirable. Apply or contact Principal Joel Cannon at or 920-832-4125 for inquiries.

Arizona High Schools Hiring Educators
Yuma High School in Yuma, Arizona, is hiring teachers along with four other high schools in the Yuma Union High School District. Contact Jeff Welsing, an instructional leader at Yuma High School, at 928-580-7823 or for inquiries. 

Montessori School of C-U Looking for Full-Time Teacher
Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana is hiring a full-time teacher who holds a bachelor's degree and has experience in early childhood education. Participation in school events, staff meetings, and ongoing education is required. Candidates should email a résumé, three professional references, and a one-page essay explaining their interest in teaching at Montessori to Call 217-356-1818 for inquiries.

Discover Education Job Postings via The Career Center at Illinois.

Happenings and Deadlines

U of I Box Now Offers Unlimited Storage
U of I Box is a resource provided by the University of Illinois to students, faculty, and staff. Those in the U of I community who use Box now have access to unlimited storage. This upgrade also applies to team folders. Storage information can be found under the Account Settings section of Box accounts. Learn more...

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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