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U. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


Many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Austism Spectrum Disorders can be identified when children are as young as age 2, suggests a new study by alumna Laurie M. Jeans, right, and Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, a faculty member in the College of Education.

Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.

Published Date: March 17, 2014


A new book by Walter Feinberg and Richard A. Layton examines the academic merits  and complexities  of teaching religion curricula in public schools. Feinberg is professor emeritus in the College of Education. Layton is a professor of religion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Book explores educational value of religion in public schools

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 10, 2014

More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sponsored prayer and scripture readings in the nation’s public schools, the role of religion in education remains a sharply divisive topic in many communities.

Published Date: March 10, 2014


Public schools service learning projects often fail at inclusiveness, marginalizing students with disabilities from full, meaningful participation, according to a new paper by Jay Mann, the director of the Office of Clinical Experiences in the College of Education. Michelle Bonati, graduate student, left, and Stacy Dymond, a professor of special education at Illinois collaborated on the research.

Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:February 10, 2014

Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values. However, these curricula may be failing at their civic mission by promoting narrow views of civic engagement and marginalizing people with disabilities, say experts in special education at the University of Illinois and the University of Maine.

Published Date: February 10, 2014


A new monograph, co-edited by Michaelene Ostrosky, an expert in early childhood special education at Illinois, presents research-based practices that families, teachers and practitioners can use to address and prevent problem behaviors.

Experts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young children

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2014

Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors – patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction – are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes.

Published Date: January 16, 2014