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Feb. 14, 2019

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Student Spotlight


Sam Fishman | Student Teaching

Special Education major, Sam Fishman is currently student teaching at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign. He says working with his 8th graders has been the highlight of his college career thus far. Sam is in a co-taught english and math period working with four students in a Tier 3 math intervention class. He says he loves building relationships with both the students and staff at Jefferson. 

Sam is still trying to figure out what age and classroom he wants to teach in the field of SPED after graduation, but right now, he has his eyes set on middle or high school grades. 

You can read more about Sam here.

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Events + Opportunities

Get Your Senior Portrait
YMCA Wahl Room; Feb. 18 - March 9
Illio will be hosting a Senior Picture Pop-Up Sessions. Book your appointment at to reserve the spot that works best for you. Cap and gowns will be provided! 

Attention Seniors!
University-wide Commencement: May 11; 9:30 a.m.
College of Education Convocation: May 11; 1 p.m.
Registration for Convocation by: April 1
Information about eligibiliy, academic attire, hooders for doctoral candidates, arrival and check-in, and a Convocation 2019 to-do checklist can be found here

Register early! If you have any questions, email

Attend the Imprint i-Program 
Illinois Leadership Center; Feb. 23
Imprint is the largest Illinois Leadership Center program each year. This program focuses on skills necessary for displaying leadership during times of transition. Students develop skills in managing themselves during times of change and learn how to develop and maintain personal and professional networks necessary to sustain success in any environment.
Sign up and secure your spot for this free program!
Attend the Illini Reading Council Workshop
Edison Middle School; Feb. 21
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Workshop: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 non-members; $12 members; $5 students
Join the Illini Reading Council for a dinner, short businesss meeting, and workshop about how to help students with autism. Register in advance, pay at the door. Email to register.
Attend the Well-Being Col[lab]orative's February Brown-Bag Discussion
Special Education Conference Room 288
Feb. 22; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Well-Being Col[lab]orative is an inter-disciplinary research lab housed in the Department of Special Education with researchers from Social Work, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing. They are focused on decreasing adverse childhood experiences and increasing protective factors for children and families.

In this presentation, the importance of understanding patterns of social-emotional learning (SEL) needs will be discussed. The presentation will also revolve around issues related to the students’ mindsets on the importance of SEL, gender differences, and teachers’ role in support students’ SEL development.

Hear About Student Experiences in France at Global Cafe
Feb. 15; Noon
Education Building 260A
This Friday, February 15, join us in room 260A and learn about our upcoming 2019 spring break programs. This week student teachers from France will be presenting on their experiences and would love to meet Education at Illinois students. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

You can find the Global Cafe schedule for every Friday here.

Participate in Campus Climates and Racial Experiences Study and Win Amazon Gift Card
This study examines how domestic and international students perceive campus climates and experience racial microaggressions/racism. Survey participants will be placed in a drawing for rewards ($100, 50 & 20) after completing the survey. Interview participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Make your voice heard for a better learning environment.

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Youth Literature Festival
Community Day Celebration; March 30
The Youth Literature Festival
brings award-winning authors to area schools in a three-day event that culminates with the free Community Day celebration with author presentations, books signings, puppet shows, music, activities for kids, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

The Festival is looking for volunteers for the event. They will need many hands to welcome more than 1,500 attendees. The biannual Festival aims to create and cultivate the love of reading in the lives of children and youth around Illinois schools and community.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Scholarships + Awards

Apply for 2019-2020 College of Education Scholarships
Application Deadline: April 7
The College of Education Undergraduate Honors and Scholarships Committee invites you to review the college scholarships available for the 2019-2020 academic year and to apply for the scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Scholarship application and instructions as well as a complete list of available scholarships can be found here. Scholarship announcements will be made in late May and scholarship recipients will be honored at the College of Education Student Recognition Banquet held annually in the fall semester.

Freshmen and Sophomores: Become a Golden Apple Scholar
Application Deadline: March 1
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is now recruiting aspiring teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Scholars are provided with extensive teaching experience and advanced preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support throughout their preparation in college, college tuition-assistance, and mentoring during their first years of teaching.

Apply here.

Apply for the Mary Ramier Grant
Application Deadline: March 1

The Mary Ramier Grant is meant to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals. 

The grant will be awarded competitively and can be used to:

  • Support research (e.g. research travel; materials such as books, recording equipment, etc.; conference travel)
  • Creative projects (e.g. zines, films, play, etc.)
  • Field trips that are related to gender and women’s studies
  • Other activities that promote the advancement of women 

Learn more.

Apply for The Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education Scholarships
Application Deadline: March 8

The Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education is accepting applications for the Dr. Arias Scholarship Award for Writing and the ILACHE Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be recognized during the 2019 ILACHE Conference on April 19th in Chicago. 

Learn more and apply.

Career + Professional Development

Work With KE Camps This Summer
KE Camps, the leader in operating country club day camps for kids, is seeking a day camp director & counselors for Summer 2019! If you love to work with children, enjoy staying active and have endless energy, this si the job for you! In addition to being a role model for your campers and positively impacting their lives, you will earn a competitive salary and build your resume. For a complete job desctiption, camp details, and to apply online.

Join The Chicago Teachers Project
Application Deadline: March 6
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is proud to announce the launch of The Chicago Teachers Project: A Laboratory for Jewish Early Childhood Education Cohort 2.

Fellows in this two-year program will assume full-time co-teaching positions in Chicago’s premier Jewish early childhood centers. Outside the classroom, Teaching Fellows will grow together as a cohort, studying cutting-edge practices in early childhood education and exploring Jewish life with a dynamic team of professors and mentors. Learn more and apply.

Intern at Research Park
Application Deadline: March 1
The 2019 Summer Research Internship P
rogram provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply. The program runs from May 28 – July 26 or August 2, 2019 (end dates to be determined). Apply now. 


Attend the Women's Career Institute
Levis Faculty Center; Feb. 23; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Feb. 20; 5 p.m.
Build your workplace skills with other women-identified students to become a thriving and confident professional - no matter your field! Breakfast and lunch included. Register here.

Attend the EIU/Illinois Educators' Job Fair
Eastern Illinois University; March 4
Open Session: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Scheduled On-Site Interviews: 1 - 3 p.m.
This is a great professional opportunity and experience for seniors! Open session will be a time for students to talk with districts and organizations regarding opportunities. Afternoon on-site interviews will be scheduled by employers during the morning session.

Bring Your Student ID for Check-In! Find more information online.


See you again next Thursday, Illini!

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