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Half as many girls in Illinois are preparing for careers in STEM, according to a study by, from left, curriculum specialist Joel Malin, doctoral student Asia Fuller Hamilton, and director Donald Hackmann of the Pathways Resource Center.

Illinois trailing other states in girls studying science, math

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2015

A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state’s high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.

Published Date: February 4, 2015

Dorothy L. Espelage, the Gutgsell Endowed Professor of child development in the College of Education, led a study that examined the efficacy of the popular social-emotional learning program Second Step.

Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2015

A curricula that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program’s efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found.

Published Date: January 16, 2015

Special education professor Meghan M. Burke examined parents' use of procedural safeguards in resolving disputes with schools about the education provided to their children with autism.

Family income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autism

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 12, 2015

Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children’s education, according to a recent survey of parents.

Published Date: January 12, 2015

A new study by Karen Rudolph indicates that boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at Illinois.

Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014

New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado Taft

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 17, 2014

When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind a rough manuscript for a biography of Lorado Taft, the Illinois sculptor who helped the city of Chicago carve its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur. When historian Stephen Thomas and art historian Robert G. La France came across the unfinished manuscript among Weller’s papers in the University of Illinois Archives, they found Weller’s story on Taft’s rise to prominence so compelling that they couldn’t let it go untold.

Published Date: November 17, 2014