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Dec. 12, 2018


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


Good Luck on Finals, Students ...

Good luck on finals, students!

And Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Happy holidays!
Staff Spotlight
Joanna Justice 
Joanna Justice and Friends 

A Special Part of the Office
Many College of Education students are familiar with friendly office support specialist Joanna "Jo" Justice, who is often the first face they see when entering the building. Students who meet her know they are welcome to hang out, have a few chuckles, and enjoy a cup of joe while chatting with Jo. "It's important to the associate dean that everyone feels welcome, and I'd like to think I help with that," said Jo, who has been known to go all out when decorating her portion of the Student Academic Affairs Office during Halloween and Christmas. Her favorite part of the job is a no-brainer for Jo: It's the students. "I absolutely love that they will go out of their way just to say hi or come in and give me a hug. It's the best part of what I do."

Check out The Daily Illini's Holiday Guide

News to Use: Check Out The Daily Illini's Holiday Guide

Scholarships and Awards

Fellowship Offers Chance to Teach High-Needs Students, Earn Master's
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

The prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship given to top applicants offers a generous stipend toward the completion of a master's degree in education at a partner institution in Georgia or Pennsylvania. The program includes a yearlong clinical experience in a high-needs school, courses with rigorous subject matter, professional development opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment. In addition, fellows have access to thousands of award-winning teachers and scholars. Learn more...   

Attend EDUC 102 James Scholar Poster Session 

Discover Research of Freshmen James Scholars
Dec. 13; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Education Building, South Lobby
Stop by the free annual EDUC 102 James Scholar Poster Session to discover the exciting research that College of Education freshmen are conducting. Refreshments will be served.

Plan to Attend 2019 College of Education Graduate Student Conference
March 8, 2019; 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Education Building
Undergraduate students who are interested in discovering the thought-provoking research being done by graduate students in the College of Education are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2019 Graduate Student Conference, an annual event of the College. The title of this year's conference is "The Urgency of Now: A Clear Call to Action." Research topics will include teacher perspectives and challenges to public education; social justice outlooks relating to gender, race, class, and abilities; and technological innovations and other approaches that foster change. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development
 Champaign School Seeking Student Counselors for Summer Camp

School Seeking Summer Camp Counselors
STEAM Studio by Next Generation School in Champaign is looking for dynamic student volunteers to work with children at its camps this summer. STEAM Studio is an innovative program that offers enrichment opportunities for elementary students in art and STEM. Major duties at the camp will include assisting classroom teachers with theme-based activities in the morning and taking campers to various outdoor activities in the afternoon. Interested students can send inquiries and their cover letter and résumé to Angela Nelson at   

Two-Part ACES 199 Course Designed to Enhance Leadership Skills
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is offering two, eight-week online courses that will be open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in good standing from any major and college. "Harnessing Your Interpersonal Intelligence" and "Leading Organizations and Communities" are ideal two-credit options in the spring for those looking to develop interpersonal and leadership skills related to academic, personal, and professional growth. View brief course descriptions and email Jenn Smist at for inquiries.

Study Abroad
Join 2019 Global Cafe sessions at the College of Education 
A 2017 Global Cafe Session on Spain and France at Education Building 

Save the Date for Future Global Café Sessions at College of Education
Fridays at Noon
The College of Education hosts informal Global Café presentations given by students who have studied abroad in specific countries, as well as by international students who hail from those countries. Presenters cover the education practices that take place within the featured countries, and a free lunch is always provided! Check out videos of past Global Café sessions.

Happenings and Deadlines

Volunteers Needed at Inaugural LEGO League Tournament
Jan. 26, 2019; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Student volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts at the inaugural LEGO League Tournament, an international competition for elementary and primary school children that will integrate robotics with solving real-world challenges. Volunteers will take photos, judge contests, and reset competition tables, among other available duties. Free food will be provided. Sign up to volunteer and contact Pramuk Heenatigala at for inquiries.


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