College of Education at Illinois | Newsletter | January 2015

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Dean Mary Kalantzis

New Year goals influenced by MLK's vision

We begin the spring semester on campus by celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The impassioned goals of King and those who rightly believe in the quest for a world free of prejudice and inequality are more significant than ever. Thankfully, what I've observed after eight years of being dean is that thought-leaders in education strive to expand educational opportunities for allRead more…


Alumna to deliver 'Call to Action' address at MLK event

When Satia Marshall Orange '64 Spec.Ed delivers the "Call to Action" address at the Feb. 2 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunrise Celebration in Chicago, she'll be perfectly in her element. After all, the former director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services at the American Library Association has more than 45 years of experience in public service. Read more...

Special education alumna Satia Marshall Orange of Chicago


College of Education Professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Obama's education policies highlighted in new book

Professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher is the editor of the new book The Obama Administration and Educational Reform. Prominent scholars within the book reflect on President Barack Obama's impact on education, examining a broad range of policy issues, including early childhood education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and gainful employment regulations. Read more…

Popular anti-bullying program Second Step may deliver mixed results

Popular anti-bullying program may deliver mixed results

Bullying and violence expert Professor Dorothy Espelage led a study that examined the effectiveness of the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step, the largest examination of the organization to date. She and her co-authors found that the program shows promise in reducing violence, but its efficacy varies by geographic regions. Read more...


Research by Professor Meghan M. Burke shines light on families' legal disputes over autistic children in classroom

Research sheds light on legal disputes over autistic students

Professor Meghan M. Burke of the Department of Special Education examined parents' use of procedural safeguards in resolving disputes with schools about the education provided to their children with autism. More than 26 percent of parents who participated in the survey reported they had filed for mediation or due process hearings. Read more…

Debra Bragg of the College of Education at Illinois spoke about President Barack Obama's ambitious higher education program

Tuition-free community colleges? An interview with Debra Bragg

President Barack Obama recently announced a plan that would make the first two years of community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. Debra Bragg, director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, spoke with News Bureau education editor Sharita Forrest about Obama's proposed program. Read more...



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