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May 11, 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! 

Life-Changing Experience Abroad
For most of her time in high school, Patricia Marek was clueless about what career she wanted to pursue prior to college. The summer before her senior year, however, she participated in a study and service trip to the Dominican Republic, and everything changed. While overseas, Patricia volunteered at an orphanage for children with severe disabilities, meeting an 8-year-old named Elizabeth. "Every day when she saw me," Patricia said, "she would run up to me with the biggest smile in the world. It was hard leaving her behind because there was so little I could do in a span of three weeks." Rest assured, though, Patricia's experience will lead to positive lasting effects on many other children with disabilities since the freshman is majoring in special education. "Working with these kids, especially Elizabeth, gave me so much happiness and satisfaction," she said.    

Stay 'Fit for Finals' this week, courtesy of Campus Recreation 

Make Sure to Stay 'Fit for Finals' This Week

In an effort to help students stay sane during Finals Week, Campus Recreation will offer opportunities to exercise, meditate, and enjoy food and drinks. In addition, study spaces will be available throughout the Activities and Recreation Center. Learn more...

Webinar on What Children Learn Through Playing
June 22
10-11:30 a.m.

This webinar by Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will provide a context for seeing authentic assessment as the means by which people get to know children, leading to development and learning. The talk will also encompass practices on how to assess children during play. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Peter Pan Too Seeking Teachers
Application Deadline: June 1
Peter Pan Too Learning Center in Champaign is seeking full-time teachers for children in the age range of 2 to school-aged. A background check, health exam, and transcript are required. Call Yvette at 217-363-3884 to schedule an appointment or for inquiries. 

Judah Christian Hiring Teachers for 2017-2018 School Year
Judah Christian is a private, religious K-12 school in Champaign that is hiring preschool, kindergarten, elementary education, secondary education, and high school teachers. Coaching jobs are also available. Learn more...

Arcola High School Looking for Science Teacher
Arcola High School, located 30 minutes away from the Illinois campus, is seeking a science teacher for the coming year. The school's district is trying to grow its science and engineering curriculum, and the selected candidate will eventually assist in that development and teach courses in those fields. Interested candidates can email a cover letter and résumé to Principal Lisa Sigrist at or call her at 217-268-4963 for inquiries. 

Champaign Center Seeking Teachers
First United Methodist Child Care Center in Champaign is seeking early childhood educators to help young children actively explore the world around them. Lesson plans focus on a play-based curriculum that encourages fun within learning. Email a résumé to Laura Hendricksen at or call 217-356-1247 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. The selected candidate will teach children ages 3-6. Interested candidates can 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.     

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

Online Educational Statistics Course Available in Summer
Educational Statistics (EPSY 480) is an exclusively online class available for advanced undergraduate students who are pursuing an introduction to educational and behavioral statistics. Among other areas, the June 12 through Aug. 3 course will cover graphical representation of data and hypothesis testing of means, and it will include unit quizzes, a semester project, and a final exam. Learn more...

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...


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