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The Update from Education at Illinois

Your College, your success, our lifetime commitment 
A Message from Dean Mary Kalantzis
Thank you for embarking on your education and career at our College. The Student Academic Affairs Office and our faculty and staff are committed to offering ongoing support, events, and educational opportunities that enrich your experience at Illinois. The Update is your weekly newsletter, and its development came from your feedback. READ MORE>>

Student Spotlight
 Taviee Bell

Taviee Bell
Taviee, who tries to learn something new every day, is a junior in our College's new LES major. She hopes that her concentration in Workplace Training & Development will prepare her for one day opening a community center. While she originally wanted to be a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Taviee now wants to make a difference in kids' lives outside the classroom. Her summer plans include interning at a camp. Taviee encourages younger Education students to "expand their minds to what's out there" and to make a difference when possible. According to Taviee, one of the benefits of being a part of Education at Illinois is seeing the same people who are "almost like a family."


Study Abroad Info Session: Spanish Language Programs
Thursday, April 21
4-5 p.m.
Foreign Languages Building, Room G46
Learn how you can earn credit for your Spanish minor abroad.

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

Summer Jobs in College of Education
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 26, at 5 p.m.
Will you be in Champaign this summer? Are you looking for a part-time job? The College of Education is hiring three student workers to assist with registration for new students. You will work with our staff to welcome new students to campus, help them register for their first semester, and give them guidance about student life. This is a great opportunity for outgoing, friendly, and thoughtful College of Education students. Summer registration workers will need to be on campus May 20-June 23 and will work approximately 15 hours per week. If you are interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to 142 Education by 5  p.m. on April 26. Interviews will take place the first week of May.

Five Tips for Job-seeking College Students on Social Media
Monday, May 2
5 p.m.

The Career Center, Interview Suite
Discover job-search tactics that prevent common online social media mistakes; learn how to craft a new-age resume using social media and LinkedIn profiles; and get advice on how to launch your own business in college or after graduation.

Heartland Teacher Recruitment Fair (Florida)
Saturday, May 21
7:30 a.m.
- 3 p.m.
Heartland Education Consortium (1096 U.S. Highway 27 N; Lake Placid, Fla.)
During this inaugural recruitment fair, representatives from the six Heartland districts (DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee) will be present to interview candidates. The recruiters are especially seeking candidates with certifications in elementary education (K-6), English (6-12), exceptional student education (K-12), math (5-9 and 6-12), reading (K-12), guidance and counseling (K-12), Spanish (K-12), and all science. Contact Dr. Gina Stafford at or 863-531-0444, extension 202, for more information.

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

Happenings and Deadlines

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.

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.

Undergraduate Stories and Quotes Needed
The campus is collecting quotes and stories from undergraduate students for upcoming Illinois Admissions communication pieces. Submit your Illini insights today or contact Kalee Ackerman at for more information or for inquiries.

Participate in University Primary School Online Book Fair
Through April 22
Visit Our Book Fair for books that you would like family and friends to purchase for your future classroom. Click "Add to Wish List" below each book you select and then click on "Wish List" in the upper right corner, where you'll be asked to create a Scholastic account. Select the "Parents and Family" option and complete the registration form. When your wish list is finished, click on the "Send Wish List" button. Enter the email addresses of your friends and family and again click on the "Send Wish List" button.

UI Office of Undergraduate Admissions Seeking Instagrammer
Application Deadline: April 29
The person in this paid position will take photos and videos of the activities, events, scenery, and everyday happenings on the Illinois campus. The main audience is prospective Illinois students, and using a mobile device or tablet to take pictures will be sufficient. Submit your application or contact Kalee Ackerman at for more information or for inquiries.


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Student Academic Affairs Office at