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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
Ashley Kahn, Class of 2016 
Ashley Kahn, Class of 2016 

Ashley Kahn
Ashley, a 2016 SPED graduate who continues to work on her ESL (English as a second language) endorsement, has accepted an early offer to work as a special education teacher in a diverse high school of need within the Chicago Public Schools in the fall. While she has known that she wanted to teach since elementary school, Ashley knew special education was a good fit for her based on experiences with her younger brother Daniel, who has disabilities. She took an active role in supporting Daniel and, in high school, witnessed the care and influence of his SPED teachers when he had a medical issue that kept him out of school.

As 2015-2016 Epsilon Delta president, Best Buddies volunteer, vegetarian and self-proclaimed "health nut," Ashley encourages all students to get involved outside of coursework and student teaching to be "a more well-rounded person and future educator." Check out the Education organizations and the multitude of campuswide opportunities

Congratulations to Ashley and the rest of the Class of 2016!

 Class of 2019

Summer Registration for Incoming Freshmen 
June 1-23
The Student Academic Affairs Office is busy preparing for the influx of the Class of 2020 - freshmen Education majors for Fall 2016. Remember when you were here for summer registration and were able to pick your classes all by yourself? If you're on campus this summer and see students walking in herds with orange drawstring bags, be sure to make them feel welcome. 

Welcome Celebration - Mark Your Calendars 
Friday, August 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All students are invited to the Welcome Celebration in August as we catch up with classmates, faculty, and staff, and welcome the incoming class of freshmen and transfer students.

Career and Professional Development

Natural Discovery Seeking Summer Volunteers
Natural Discovery, a local environmental education and outreach organization, is seeking volunteers with an educational background for its World Explorer Summer Camp. These communicative, creative, and enthusiastic volunteers will be assisting children ages 6-12 during their camp classes. Camp begins June 6, so send an email to if you're interested in helping out.

Northeast Florida Teacher Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, June 29
This free career fair is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring teachers to meet hiring representatives from 12 public school districts in northeast Florida. Educators are invited to interact via chat sessions and meet individuals from school systems who are looking for qualified candidates. LEARN MORE>>

Illinois Teaching Job Boards
With so many online resources for finding jobs, it's hard to know where to look. Here are a couple of resources to keep on your radar: K12Jobspot and IASA Job Bank.

Happenings and Deadlines

MCAA Offering Prizes for Exceptional Student Work
Submission Deadline: June 8
The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, which will take place Oct. 14-16 on the Illinois campus, is offering prizes for undergraduates who have written excellent papers on topics pertaining to Asian Studies in any field. Submissions can be emailed to Anne Hansen at Read more about submission guidelines and prizes and get details on this year's conference.

Summer Hours at Undergraduate Student Academic Affairs Office
From now through July 29, the summer hours of the Student Academic Affairs Office for undergraduates will be:

8:30 a.m. - Noon
1-5 p.m.

Contact SAAO at 217-333-2800 or for more information.


To submit information or a story, or to make inquiries or provide feedback, please email
the Student Academic Affairs Office at