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  • 10,000th enrollee in UI Motorcycle Rider program to be recognized

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program, now in its 24th year, will recognize its 10,000th enrollee Saturday.

  • 400 youth to compete in statewide 4-H Robotics Challenge

    Nearly 400 youth from across Illinois will be on the University of Illinois campus Saturday (May 2) to compete in the seventh annual Illinois 4-H Robotics Challenge.

  • 60th anniversary of Brown v Board and recent affirmative action rulings

    A Minute With™... U. of I. educational historian James D. Anderson

  • A close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposal

    A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education finance

  • Adding technology to geometry class improves opportunities to learn

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in math education suggests that incorporating technology in high school-level geometry classes not only makes the teaching of concepts such as congruency easier, it also empowers students to discover other geometric relationships they wouldn't ordinarily uncover when more traditional methods of instruction were used.

  • Adults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needs

    Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.

  • Advocacy program giving Illinois youths real-life civics lessons

    A curriculum that has involved hundreds of Illinois youths in advocating for policy changes in their communities also could help schools fulfill a new state mandate that makes civics education a requirement for high school graduation.

  • Aging adults have choices when confronting perceived mental declines

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Aging adults may joke about memory lapses and "early Alzheimer's." They may worry when they can't understand a drug plan or lose track of the characters in a novel.

  • All work and no play makes for troubling trend in early education

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child's development instead of enhancing it, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.

  • Among continuing education offerings is a trip to Italy

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Members of the community can explore topics as diverse as opera, terrorism, flower gardens and the detective novel in programs to be offered this spring and summer by the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One opera program features a 10-day trip in July to Verona, Italy, for an opera festival.

  • Analytic method uncovers pranksters who tamper with surveys

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Self-administered surveys are a vital tool for researchers who gather sensitive information about adolescents. But young people who provide untruthful answers on questionnaires as pranks have the potential to throw researchers' findings way off track, particularly studies that involve minority groups.

  • Anderson named College of Education dean

    James D. Anderson, the interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the dean effective Aug. 16.

  • Anderson named College of Education interim dean

    James D. Anderson, the head of the department of education policy, organization and leadership and the executive associate dean for the College of Education, will become the interim dean of the College of Education effective Aug. 16.

  • Animation can be outlet for victimized children, a tool for research

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Animation is a proven vehicle for biting comedy, a la "The Simpsons" and "South Park."

  • Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18

    Teachers who have just completed their first year in the classroom are invited to attend the annual Beginning Teacher Conference  on July 17-18 at the University of Illinois.

  • Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22

    Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference.

  • Annual STEM conference for new teachers expands to include the arts

    An annual statewide conference that focuses on helping new teachers prepare students to compete in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the global economy is expanding this year to include the arts.The STEM Beginning Teacher Conference, July 28-29 in Champaign, will be the third such event organized by the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative – but the first time that the agenda will include sessions focusing on instructional strategies for the arts.

     

  • Annual teacher placement day Thursday to draw fewer recruiters

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even as many schools face tightening budgets, their recruiters will be out in force Thursday (April 17) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the annual Teacher Placement Day.

  • Applied baccalaureate degrees at two-year colleges play critical roles

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applied baccalaureate degree programs at community colleges not only offer a path for non-traditional students to earn a bachelor's degree, but they also help state and local governments address shortages in the workforce, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies how first-generation college students use community colleges as a bridge to higher education.

  • Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?

    A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.

  • Aspiring lawyers to get information at Law School Day

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois college students preparing to apply to law school are invited to attend Law School Day at the University of Illinois on Sept. 19.

  • Associate Chancellor changes to take place later this spring

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Several staff changes will be taking place later this spring in the Office of the Chancellor on the University of Illinois campus.

  • Australian scholar named dean of College of Education at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mary Kalantzis, a professor of education and former dean at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, has been named the new dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 11 meeting in Chicago.

  • Authority on African-American families to speak Nov. 12

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Robert B. Hill, a nationally known authority on African-American families, will speak on "Understanding Black Families: Strengths and Challenges" in a lecture Nov. 12 (Tuesday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Author Naomi Klein to speak Oct. 29 at the University of Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Author and syndicated columnist Naomi Klein will speak Oct. 29 on the University of Illinois campus, on the topic "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in Latin America."

  • Autism 'Red Flags' and intervention the subject of Nov. 1 talk at U. of I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How to spot the early signs of autism and intervene will be the subject of a pubic talk Nov. 1 on the University of Illinois campus.

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

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.

  • Benefits of online interaction for teens outweigh danger, professor says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Is there such a thing as being too safe on the Internet? One University of Illinois education researcher believes there is, at least when teenagers are concerned.

  • Better alignment needed between high schools, community colleges

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High schools need to work with community colleges to align their curricula better and to reduce the number of students who need to enroll in remedial courses, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies community college education policy.

  • Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classrooms

    The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating.

     

  • Bisexual teens at highest risk of bullying, truancy, suicide

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

  • Black women and civil rights the focus of talks and film at U. of I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The role of black women in civil rights and in 20th-century black history will be the focus of three presentations on Nov. 8 and 9 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Book Corner: How to achieve balance in your life

    Juggling the demands of being a faculty member, as well as trying to find time for yourself and family and friends can seem overwhelming. "The Joyful Professor" (Henschel Haus, 2010), by Barbara Minsker, a professor of environmental and water resources systems engineering, provides tips for balancing the many roles of researcher, teacher, coach and mentor, while maintaining a healthy personal life.

  • Book Corner: Korean American students at U.S. colleges

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Among the UI campus's largest non-white ethnicities, Korean American students arrive at college hoping to realize the liberal ideals of the modern American university, in which individuals can exit their comfort zones to realize their full potential regardless of race, nation or religion. In her new book "The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation" (Duke University Press, 2009), Nancy Abelmann, a professor of anthropology and of East Asian languages and cultures, explores the tensions between these liberal ideals and the particularities of race, family and community in the contemporary university.

  • Book explores educational value of religion in public schools

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.

  • Book: private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.

  • Boy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thought

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Much more cross-gender bullying - specifically, unpopular boys harassing popular girls - occurs in later elementary school grades than previously thought, meaning educators should take reports of harassment from popular girls seriously, according to new research by a University of Illinois professor who studies child development.

  • Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassment

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adolescent boys who bully peers and engage in homophobic teasing are more likely to perpetrate sexual harassment later on, suggests a new study of middle-school students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study finds

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.

  • Bully-prevention options for schools too narrow and untested

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the battle against drugs in the 1980s and '90s, schools overwhelmingly embraced the DARE program before research came to seriously question its effectiveness.

  • Campus forum to look at public universities' role in educational equity

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Are public research universities still serving the public interest? Are low-income and minority students losing access? What are the consequences as these schools become more selective and competitive?

  • Can a voucher system like Indiana's improve educational outcomes?

    A Minute With™... Chris Lubienski, a professor of education policy, organization and leadership

  • Can a voucher system like Indiana's improve educational outcomes?

    A Minute With™... Christopher Lubienski, a professor of educational organization and leadership

  • Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lecture series opens

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Afghanistan, Africa, anti-Semitism and animal rights - as well as an evening with a novelist, and a look at how culture shapes personal choices.

  • Ceremony to mark establishment of Confucius Institute at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Officials from Jiangxi Normal University in Nanching, China, and the University of Illinois will sign an agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the Urbana campus during an event Nov. 21 (Thursday).

  • Certified teachers+modern instruction=better public-school math scores

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In another "Freakonomics"-style study that turns conventional wisdom about public- versus private-school education on its head, a team of University of Illinois education professors has found that public-school students outperform their private-school classmates on standardized math tests, thanks to two key factors: certified math teachers, and a modern, reform-oriented math curriculum.

  • Changes in the Middle East, driven by a Facebook generation

    A Minute With™... sociologist Asef Bayat and education professor Linda Herrera

  • Changes to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based system

    A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholars Daniel A. Collier and Richard Herman.

  • Chicago educator named new director of University High School

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Moroney Patton, the dean of academic affairs and assistant principal at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, has been named the new principal and director of University Laboratory High School, the laboratory school of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Chicago schools CEO among guests at teacher placement day

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Representatives from more than 120 school districts will be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Thursday (April 8) for the annual Teacher Placement Day.