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August 2016 College of Education at Illinois Newsletter
 
 


Building Upon Our Successes
A Message from Interim Dean James D. Anderson
I am humbled to have been identified by colleagues and selected by the campus to help shepherd the College of Education as interim dean during this time of transition. As we look toward the future, all of us must commit to building upon and advancing the legacy of outgoing Dean Mary Kalantzis, who for 10 years passionately guided the College to high levels of success. Read more...

 

Small College with a Big Heart
Education at Illinois faculty, staff, and students welcomed the Class of 2020 to the family in enthusiastic orange and blue style in the courtyard of the Education building on August 19. Our newest “great minds” were buzzing with excitement (and possibly a little sugar) as they met their fellow classmates, checked out student groups and volunteer opportunities like SOAR, and heard from Interim Dean James Anderson and Associate Dean for Academic Programs Chris Span. Read more...

 
 
 

Ed Psych Scholars Exploring Important Research
Professor Kiel Christianson and Associate Professor Jennifer Cromley, both scholars in the Department of Educational Psychology, received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, respectively. Their research will investigate reading methods and assessment of reasoning in biology courses. Read more...

 

Special Education Scholar Receives NSF Funding
Maya Israel, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, is the principal investigator of a research project funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation for $599,829. Cinda Heeren and George Reese will be co-principal investigators on the project. Read more...

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Higher Education Finance Expert Discusses Clinton Plan
Higher college tuition rates and mounting student loan debt have made college affordability a key policy objective for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In a recent interview, Jennifer Delaney, an expert on higher education finance, discussed the provisions in Clinton's plan to eliminate tuition for in-state students who attend public colleges and universities, and for students in community colleges. Read more...

 

Are SATs the Answer for Higher Education Equity in Illinois?
This year, high school students in Illinois will take the SAT college entrance exam instead of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers accountability exam. But is swapping one controversial standardized test for another a smart choice? Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, discussed the potential impact of this policy change. Read more...

 

Math Education Improving in U.S., says C&I Scholar
According to scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), U.S. students are getting a better math education than they were 20 years ago. Professor Sarah Lubienski of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction said NAEP is the "nation's report card" on education achievement because it tracks very large, representative samples. Read more...

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