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The Update from Education at Illinois

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Update, a student newsletter
that provides news, career opportunities, and events to undergraduate
Education majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Student Spotlight

Gabrielle Cannistra 
Gabrielle, the first person in her family to pursue teaching, is an ELED sophomore in our College working on a minor in Spanish. An eighth-grade experience helped her choose Education at Illinois. She had a science teacher whose teaching spurred her enjoyment of learning despite a lack of interest in the subject! Gabrielle appreciates the support she gets from College of Education advisers, faculty, and students. Her advice to younger students is to get involved and establish connections quickly. Additionally, for those considering a minor or endorsement, start the process as soon as possible. This summer, Gabrielle plans on taking an online Spanish class and working full time as a camp counselor at a school district near her home.


Illinois Overseas
Students from a global cohort connected in Verona, Italy, as they began their student teaching experience abroad.

View more study abroad photos on the Education at Illinois Facebook page.


Undergraduate Research Week
April 17-23
Undergraduate Research Week showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Illinois. Campus events include workshops on getting started in research, special exhibits, and colloquia.

How Did Teachers and Teacher Education Lose the Profession, and How do We Get it Back?
Friday, April 22
Noon-1 p.m.

Education Building, Room 22
Topics will include how teachers can resist increased corporatization of teacher preparation, navigating work contexts, and expanding professional development in meaningful ways.

Getting to Know You: Listening and Relating to Our Children and Youth with Dyslexia
Tuesday, April 26
6:30-8 p.m.

Urbana Free Library, Auditorium
Moderated by Topper Steinman, this panel session will examine how parents, educators, and advocates can make meaningful connections with children and youth with dyslexia. To register or to make inquiries, call 217-367-0398 or email

Latino Students in the 21st Century: Examining the Educational Pipeline Conference
Friday, April 29
1:30-6:30 p.m.

ACES Library, Heritage Room
This conference will cover contemporary issues impacting Latina/o students across the educational spectrum and discuss how universities can have greater partnerships in community schools. Dinner will be provided for participants who attend the entire conference.

2016 Beginning Teacher Boot Camp
June 30 - July 1
I Hotel and Conference Center
Get a head start on your first year of teaching with real-world plans for building relationships with students, establishing and maintaining behavioral expectations, and implementing classroom procedures and routines.

Career and Professional Development

Fulbright and Your Future Career
Friday, April 15
The Fulbright Program awards grants to U.S. citizens and alumni for studies, research, or English teaching in 140 countries. The National & International Scholarship Program and Career Center will hold a panel discussion on how the Fulbright experience can boost your career. Four speakers will be a part of the April 15 discussion, which will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore.

Proviso Township High School Teacher Recruitment Fair
Saturday, April 16
Education students and new graduates are invited to the Proviso Township High School Recruitment Fair at the Proviso Math & Science Academy (8601 W. Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, Ill.). The district is recruiting school psychologists, ESL and bilingual teachers, and teachers in all content areas for the 2016-2017 school year. Email Avelira Gonzalez at to confirm your attendance or for questions. No entry fee is required.

Rockford Public Schools Teacher Recruiting Fair
Saturday, April 16
This free recruiting fair will have on-the-spot interviews and offer aspiring teachers the chance to talk to administrators. The event will take place at Jefferson High School (4145 Samuelson Road) in Rockford. RSVP by April 15 to Jason Grey at

Want to Teach in Singapore for Five Weeks this Summer?
We have an amazing opportunity for you! Education at Illinois is collaborating with the National Institute of Education in Singapore, the only institute to certify teachers in Singapore schools. You will teach with the assistance of local teachers in selected schools from July to August in 2016.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions has Summer Positions Available
Training begins May 16; summer registration begins May 23
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has summer positions available for Illinois Student Admissions Representatives (I-STARs). The office is seeking students who are articulate, flexible, reliable, and energetic, as well as students who have a positive attitude and are enthusiastic about Illinois. Send questions or your resume to Katie Pollard at

Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Summer Job Opportunities
Training begins May 16; camp runs May 31-Aug. 5
Join Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation for a fun-filled summer interacting with individuals with disabilities in a structured recreational setting. Apply at Questions? Contact Jessica DeYoung at 217-239-1152 or

Paid Teaching Job Opportunity in Dance
Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017
Christine Rich Studio is seeking dance teachers from the College of Education. Visit for more information or email questions to

Delta T Group Seeking Education Students
The Delta T Group is looking for experienced students or recent graduates in the fields of special education and early childhood. For more information, contact Kate Vanadia at 630-218-8080 or Maria Burke at 602-579-1416 or

Happenings and Deadlines

Participants Needed for Research Focus Group
April 18 or 20
If you are a queer, lesbian, or bisexual woman, your opinion is needed for an upcoming research focus group about gender expression in LBQ women. Trans women are also welcome. Learn more or contact Dawn Brown at for more information.

Participants Needed for Research Study
Application Deadline: April 20
A research group in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois is recruiting participants to help investigate social support opportunities in medical crowdfunding campaigns. Participants must be 18 years of age and over. Additionally, the group asks that participants have donated and helped publicize a medical crowdfunding campaign in the past. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for their help. Contact Jennifer Kim at for more information or sign up to participate.

Scholarship Opportunity for Minority Candidates in Teacher Education
To qualify for the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen and a resident of Illinois. View all requirements and more information.

Study Abroad Planning for Spring 2017 Semester
Now is the time to begin planning for studying abroad during the Spring 2017 semester. Illinois International Programs will hold numerous events in April for students who want to study overseas. Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Spain, Latin America, the U.K., and Ireland will be the study abroad options for students during this semester. Contact Claire Bryan at or 217-333-6322 for information on meeting times for each overseas location.


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