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Nov. 8, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
 College of Education senior Shelana Martin part of the Students Pushing Innovation internship program

Sky's the Limit
Senior Shelana Martin has a background in astronomy, a minor in informatics, and is majoring in education technology in the Learning and Education Studies program at the College of Education. That background has proved to be a good fit for the SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internship program she's participating in, which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and gives students an opportunity to conduct research related to innovative technology. Read more...    


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News to Use: La Casa Offers Mental Health Workshops for Latinx Students

Scholarships and Awards

Cause-Driven Leaders Encouraged to Apply for Bailey Scholarships
Application Deadline: Nov. 13

The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders is available to students who have an unpaid internship with a public-service agency or nonprofit organization. Awards of $1,000 and $2,500 will be given for a part-time and full-time internship, respectively. Learn more...


Virtual Reality and Humanities in the Classroom
Nov. 16; Noon

Education Building, Room 22
As virtual-reality systems become more accessible, the potential for immersive and experiential practices in the secondary and postsecondary classrooms could increase. Dr. Andrew Wilson, a teaching associate at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School, will discuss in this talk the practical application of VR-inflected pedagogy in the humanities. Learn more...

SEA Meeting to Highlight Social Workers in Schools
Nov. 28; 7-8 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
This Student Education Association meeting will feature a social worker who will talk about how future educators can utilize social workers in their schools. Free pizza will be available.

Culturally Responsive School Leadership the Focus of Diversity Lecture
Dec. 4; Noon-1 p.m.

Illini Union, Room 314B
Professor Muhammad Khalifa of the University of Minnesota will discuss in this College of Education Dean's Diversity talk how school leaders can engage students, parents, teachers, and community members in ways that positively impact learning by honoring indigenous heritages and local cultural practices. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development
Educators' Panel at College of Education 

Join Educators' Panel at College of Education
Nov. 13; 6-7:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 2
Students who are interested in learning about the day-to-day operations of being a K-12 educator or as part of the education field in general are encouraged to attend this event in which four panelists with varied careers in education will offer their advice. Discover the different career options in education that go beyond teaching.

Learn How to Excel at Dream Job at Sophomore Boot Camp
Application Deadline: Nov. 14

The Illinois Consulting Academy is seeking applicants from all majors to attend its sophomore boot camp that is focused on skills and centered on careers. This boot camp being led by students will provide information and convey the needed skillls on how to perform at the highest level in a dream job. Space is limited, so apply today.

Work With Programmers, Data Scientists in Data Analytics Internship
The Data Analytics unit at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning is hiring student interns to work on dynamic and interdisciplinary data projects. Students from different backgrounds are being sought by the project teams for a more comprehensive approach to data analytics. Projects include analyzing e-text data to better understand how students interact with digital texts and creating survey instruments for measuring students' study-abroad experiences. Learn more and email for inquiries.

Study Abroad
 Discover study-abroad opportunities happening during spring break

Discover Spring Break Study Abroad Trips!
Nov. 14; 1-2 p.m.
Education Building, Room 260A
This Global Cafe session will highlight study-abroad opportunities happening during spring break in Costa Rica, France, Italy, and Spain. Come with questions and bring your appetite—food will be provided! Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Low-Cost Language Courses Open to All This Winter
Jan. 2-11, 2019
Students seeking to learn a new language or improve their current language skills will benefit from the low-cost Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program. Open to everyone, this program has classes in French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Swahili, English as a second language and more. The idea of the not-for-credit classes is to simply have fun, and discounts are available to those who sign up before Nov. 16. Learn more and contact Professor Florencia Henshaw at for inquiries.      

Gain Global Perspectives Through Intensive Language Program
June 10 - Aug. 2, 2019
The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is an intensive eight-week language program (divided into two, four-week semesters) that offers courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. This is an immersive experience that includes instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, cooking classes and more. Upon completion, students will have earned 10 credits and be able to hold a conversation in a new language. Email or Brennan Dell at for inquiries.    


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