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Nov. 29, 2018


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

Student Spotlight
College of Education student Jack Josellis 

Energetic Education
The philosophy of senior Jack Josellis is that teachers have the power to both positively illuminate the paths of their students and "waste a young person's valuable time and energy." He has not wasted time as an Illinois student and has regarded every year on campus as its own adventure with a fresh cast of characters and places. As an example, Jack has assisted Professor Mark Dressman with research, giving him the opportunity to study abroad in Morocco and visit Spain. In the classroom, one of his favorite courses has been Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society (CI 401), which has helped contextualize for him current issues in education. "If some of the earlier, lower-level education courses were dipping your toes in the water of real education practice, then CI 401 was a cannonball in terms of full immersion into applicable, real-world practices in education," said Jack, who is minoring in secondary education.  


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Scholarships and Awards

Grant to Fund Social Support for Undergraduates With Children
Low-income undergraduate students at Illinois who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through an array of programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory. Learn more...

Service-Oriented Students Encouraged to Apply for Bailey Award
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

The $3,000 Bailey Undergraduate awards ($1,500 per semester) are given to Illinois undergraduate students in all programs who have demonstrated a positive influence and a commitment to service, community involvement, leadership, and action. The financial needs and academic achievements of students are considered in the selection process. Learn more and contact Kasey Umland at 217-337-1514 or for inquiries.


Discover Lessons Learned from School-University Partnership on Math, Science Teaching
Nov. 30; Noon-1 p.m.

505 E. Green St., Room 201
Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School worked with the Office for Mathematics, Science, & Technology in the College of Education from 2003 to 2012 to improve math and science instruction and integrate technology into classrooms. Find out in this panel discussion the lessons that were learned. Learn more...

Dean's Diversity Lecture: Culturally Resonsive School Leadership with Speaker Dr. Muhammad Khalifa 

Learn About Culturally Responsive School Reforms at Dean's Diversity Lecture
Dec. 4; Noon-1 p.m.

Illini Union, Room 314B
How should humanization, anti-oppressiveness, and cultural responsiveness be systemized in schools? Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, a scholar in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, will delve into these topics during his "Culturally Responsive School Leadership" talk, which is part of the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series in the College of Education. Learn more...

Join Cookies at Clearinghouse Open House at Children's Research Center
Dec. 5; 1-4 p.m.

Children's Research Center (51 Gerty Drive, Champaign), Room 20 in Lower Level
Students are welcome to attend this annual open house at the Illinois Intervention Clearinghouse, where cookies and punch will be available. Attendees will be able to discover an amazing special-collection library and will have the opportunity to win door prizes. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development
 Sign up to assist with Unit 4 Schools Coding Night

Volunteers Needed for Friends & Family Coding Nights
The Champaign Unit 4 School District is seeking volunteers for three events in December designed to inspire and empower students to learn the important skill of coding. No experience is needed on the part of volunteers, and students will learn the basics of coding through engaging, hands-on robotics activities. All volunteers will receive free frozen yogurt from TCBY! Sign up to help and contact Julie Thorstenson at for inquiries.

Discover Teaching Opportunities and Get Assistance on Hiring Process
Nov. 29; 4-6 p.m.

Urbana Middle School (1201 S. Vine St., Urbana)
Teacher candidates who attend this open house will be able to learn about teaching opportunities in Urbana School District 116, get tips on the hiring process, and partake in mock interviews and résumé critiques. Students in special education, early childhood and elementary education, and secondary education are all welcome. First-year teachers will be on hand to share their experiences and give teacher candidates insights on how to apply what they are currently learning to their future classrooms. Additionally, principals will be in attendance to answer questions, and food will be available. Contact Larry Simmons at 217-384-3564 for inquiries.

Final SEA Meeting of Semester
Dec. 12; 7 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
The final Student Education Association meeting of the semester will include executive board elections for 2019 and food.

Study Abroad

Join Info Session on Study Abroad Trip to Puerto Rico
Dec. 5; Noon
ACES Library, Morgan-Caterpillar Room
The College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences will be hosting a weeklong service program in Puerto Rico this summer. Students who join the trip will learn about the disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Maria. Stop by this info session to learn more about the program and enjoy free pizza.

Explore Spring Break Programs at College of Education
Spring break study-abroad programs at the College of Education are designed to give students firsthand experience working with local schools worldwide. They also include cultural activities, interesting excursions, and opportunities to stay with host families. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Learn more and view info on the spring 2019 trips to Costa Rica, France, Italy, and Spain.

Happenings and Deadlines
 Consider Donating Item to Local Toys for Tots Program

Consider Helping Toys for Tots Program
The Champaign County Toys for Tots program is collecting and purchasing new, unwrapped toys to deliver to local children who are underprivileged. In an effort to assist, the College of Education has added several drop-off locations throughout the Education building through Dec. 19. Learn more...

Discover Research Opportunities on Campus
Students who are interested in learning about available undergraduate research opportunities on campus can visit the Office of Undergraduate Research during convenient drop-in hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. or via student appointments. Learn more...


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