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The Update from Education at Illinois

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

Student Spotlight

Doing anything exciting this summer? Please let us know! Next week our spotlight will focus on all the cool things Education students do over summer break! Feel free to send a photo, too.

Amanda Bila 

Amanda Bila
Amanda, a junior ELED major, presented her James Scholar research project "Computer Science Integration in the Elementary Grades" at the Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium last Thursday. She and 17 other Education majors worked all semester in CI 199 to prepare for the symposium. Check out the photos and project titles on the James Scholar Showcase.

Amanda leaves Illinois whenever possible. She spent a semester abroad in Levven, Belgium, helping teach English to girls in high school. She will be student teaching next spring in Verona, Italy, and hopes to teach internationally for a year after graduation. Amanda's advice to all Education students is to take general education courses early in their college careers and to take advantage of the College's study abroad opportunities. This summer, Amanda plans to work as a camp counselor in Vermont. 


International Teaching Fair Proves Successful for Three Spring 2016 Grads
Paul Anderson, a secondary education minor, and Molly Toliver and Catherine McKenna, elementary education majors, will each spend their first year teaching outside of the United States. Molly, Catherine, and Paul attended the University of Northern Iowa's Overseas Recruiting Fair in February with Kathy Ryan, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and Jay Mann, Director of School and Community Experiences. At the event, seniors interested in teaching internationally were able to interview with schools from all over the world. Catherine was recently featured in an Education at Illinois article.


Pet a Therapy Dog
Wednesday, May 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
North Lobby, Education Building
The Office of Advancement at the College of Education and local organization Canine Connection are providing a way to relieve stress before finals. Stop by the North Lobby of the Education building during the noon hour next Wednesday to pet a therapy dog. Check out this December blog post for photos of some of the dogs you may meet.

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

K-1 Teaching Positions in Fisher
Fisher Grade School has teaching openings in its kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. Interested candidates can send their cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references to Principal Jim Moxley at Fisher Grade School, 801 S. Fifth St., Fisher, IL 61843.

Next Generation Seeking Education Majors for Summer Program
This fun and engaging summer program will provide an excellent opportunity for pre-service teachers to cultivate their teaching skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. Students will also gain valuable experience teaching in the STEM fields with a veteran teacher. Full-time positions are available, and part-time counselor positions are also open. Hourly wages begin at $10 per hour. For more information or to apply, contact Chris Bronowski at

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 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.)
Want to teach in Florida? 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.

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

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.

Study Abroad Planning for Spring 2017 Semester
Looking into studying abroad during the Spring 2017 semester? Illinois International Programs held 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 more information.

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.


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