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  • HRD Doctoral Student Part of iVenture Accelerator Project

    Congratulations to Bethanie Couri, an Ed.D. student in EPOL's Human Resource Development program, who is part of two projects selected as part of the Gies College of Business' 2022 iVenture Accelerator cohort.

  • Juneteenth Celebration Events in C-U

    This community calendar is a service of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to commemorate the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States.

  • Book Club with Edith Campbell and Sarah Park Dahlen: Moonwalking

    Join professor Sarah Park Dahlen (U. of I. School of Information Sciences) and Edith Campbell (Indiana State University) for a book club discussion of Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann's Moonwalking.

  • Aiman Ghani, ElEd '22, Named a U. of I. Fulbright Student Scholar

    Sixteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research, and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. Another six Illinois students were named Fulbright alternates.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program builds international relationships to help solve global challenges. This flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S. government awards grants to students based on their academic and professional achievement, as well as their ambassadorial skills and leadership potential. The Fulbright student program will fund approximately 2,200 U.S. citizens to live abroad for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • CITL’s Newest Podcast Series Features SPED's Kary Zarate in 'Ungrading'

    Teach Talk Listen Learn is a podcast featuring conversations about teaching and learning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Join host Bob Dignan and his guests as they shine a spotlight on the innovative and creative ways faculty and instructors across campus are shaking up the hallowed halls of academia to engage traditional and nontraditional students in all modalities and create transformative learning experiences for them.

  • Humanities Without Walls’ Summer Bridge Program Welcomes EPOL PhD Student Rayven Morrow

    Humanities Without Walls’ Summer Bridge participants were just announced, and among them is an EPOL PhD student Rayven Morrow. Participants in this program, supported by the Mellon Foundation, are matched with local community organizations to collaborate on a summer project.

  • Harvard University Hosts Juneteenth Talk Featuring EPOL Assistant Teaching Professor Theopolies J. Moton III

    In honor of Juneteenth and the recent conversations around Harvard & The Legacy of Slavery, the Harvard Office of Diversity & Inclusion welcomes historian Theopolies J. Moton III for the lecture "Reconciling with our Historical Memory: Committing to HBCUs as Social Progression" on Monday, June 13, 2022 at noon CST.

  • College Supports New First Generation Latinx Grad Student Group

    There is a new graduate student group that has organized in the College of Education for those who are first-generation college students and identify as Latinx.

  • Black Teacher Collaborative Selects Asif Wilson as a Clark-Woodson Fellow

    Congratulations to Asif Wilson, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction, who was named a 2022-23 Clark-Woodson Research Fellow by the Black Teacher Collaborative.

  • Curriculum and Instruction's Gloriana Gonzalez Named University Scholar

    Join us in congratulating Professor Gloriana González on being selected by the University of Illinois System as a University Scholar.

  • EPOL Doctoral Candidate's Research to be Featured in Art Gallery Exhibit

    Marlee Bunch, doctoral candidate in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, researchers the history of African American teachers in Mississippi post-Brown decision. Artwork is being created as a visual compenent to her work and will be on display at Haw Contemporary Gallergy in Kansas City, Missouri, beginning August 26, 2022.

  • EPSY's Cromley Part of New LAS-funded Student Success Initiative Project

    The College of LAS chose five projects to receive funding for one year (AY23) as part of its pandemic-necessitated LAS Student Success Initiative. Cromley's project team will work on Reimaging the general chemistry experience: Enhancing learning outcomes and fostering belonging for under-represented students in STEM and pre-health majors.

  • EPOL Doctoral Student Jack Baldermann Wins 2022 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership

    On Thursday, May 12, Westmont (IL) High School Principal and Ed.D. candidate in Education Administration and Leadership Jack Baldermann was honored Thursday with a surprise all-school assembly to announce his Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.

  • Survey for K-12 Justice-Centered Teachers Regarding Burnout

    Are you a K-12 teacher that identifies as justice-centered or social justice? Are you feeling burned out, or have you felt burned out? Do you know any educators would might fit this description? If so, we invite you (and them) to participate in a brief online survey about experiences with burnout as a justice-centered/social justice K-12 teacher.  

  • Meadan Family Lab Researchers Honored at INSAR 2022

    The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) honored autism research pioneers and early-career researchers during its 2022 Annual Meeting, May 12 through May 14, 2022. The Meeting brings together a global, multidisciplinary group of hundreds of autism researchers, clinicians, advocates, self-advocates, and students to exchange the latest scientific learnings and discoveries that are advancing the growing understanding of autism.

  • EPOL's Dixson Gives Context to 'Why Trans Rights Became the GOP's Latest Classroom Target'

    In a story for ABC News' online magazine fivethirtyeight, Professor Adrienne Dixson is quoted and gives context to the numerous legislative bills regarding transgender students' rights.

  • Reminder: Don't Miss the 2022 Convocation Ceremony with Our Livestream and Video

    Can't make it to Saturday's College of Education 2022 Convocation Ceremony? Do you have friends or colleagues participating, and want to cheer them on? 

    Join the celebrations online. Visit the Convocation website for links and details.

  • NSF's 2022 STEM For All Video Showcase is On!

    This year there are two videos from UofI College of Ed project teams. Robb LindgrenEmma MercierJina Kang and several C&I students have a video titled Connections of Earth And Sky with Augmented Reality (CEASAR) and Nigel BoschMichelle Perry, and EPSY students have a video titled Help-seeking and Help-giving in Online STEM College Courses. Please check out these videos and vote them for a public choice award!

  • OVCRI Debuts 'Diverse Voice Speaker Series'

    This speaker series, featuring its first event on May 5, is designed to inspire campus dialogue on topics such as race, gender, identity, religion, age, veterans, disability, and social justice in the research enterprise.

  • Lori Fuller

    'Best Friends' Art Reception Illini Union Art Gallery

    GSSO's own Lori Fuller, of L A Fuller Art, is displaying her art in a show called "Best Friends" at the Illini Union Art Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and all are invited to attend.

  • 2022 State of the College Conversation Recording Now Available

    The video recording of the April 19, 2022, State of the College Conversation with Education Dean James D. Anderson is now available for viewing.

  • 2022 James Scholar Virtual Celebration Video Premiere

    The James Scholar Virtual Celebration video premieres April 30 at noon on YouTube. 

  • Education Faculty Awarded Spencer Foundation Research Grant

    Catherine Dornfeld Tissenbaum, Idalia Nuñez Cortez, and Monica Gonzalez Ybarra's project, Our Lives, Our Dreams, Our "Voces": Leveraging Community-Based Collaborations to Increase Representation of Latina/x Girls’ Narratives in Museums has been awarded a Racial Equity Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation.

  • ICTW Symposium: April 25-26, 2022

    Registration is now open for the ICTW Symposium, focusing on career development and transition to work for students with disabilities, with particular focus on students with significant disabilities.

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Youth Literature: APALA's Evaluation Rubric

    Interested in learning about how to build inclusive, respectful collections and syllabi centering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders? Join The Center for Children’s Books and a panel of children’s literature scholars and practicing librarians for a virtual discussion... 

  • EPOL Doctoral Student Lecture 'Autism & Neurodiversity: Reimagining the Strengths of the Human Spectrum'

    EPOL Higher Education doctoral student Kelly Searsmith, MA, PhD, EdM, gave an invited talk, “Autism & Neurodiversity: Reimagining the Strengths of the Human Spectrum,” with research partner Laura DeThorne, CCC-SLP, PhD (Western Michigan University) at the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association’s Annual Conference in East Lansing on March 25, 2022.

  • C&I's Asif Wilson Selected as Summer 2022 Vivian Harsh Research Society Fellow

    Congratulations to assistant professor Asif Wilson on receiving the 2022 Timuel D. Black Jr. Short-term Fellowship in African American Studies, a summer research fellowship with the Vivian G. Harsh Research Society in Chicago.

  • Two Education Grad Students are 2022 Image of Research Semifinalists

    The Graduate College and the Scholarly Commons of the University Library are pleased to announce the 2022 Image of Research semifinalists and encourage you to vote for your top three entries for People’s Choice award.

    Congratulations to two of the 30 semifinalists that are College of Education grad students:

  • The now-familiar likeness of Phillis Wheatley that appeared as the frontispiece to her 1773 Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is an image of, by, and for Black children. The iconic poet, born in the Senegambia region of West Africa, was kidnapped into slavery at the age of seven or eight. Her first published poem appeared when she was a teenager, and she was no more than twenty when her volume of poetry was published in London. Tracing how Wheatley has been pictured in early Black periodicals, educational materials, pageant plays, and contemporary children’s literature, we see how she has been imagined not only as a Black woman writer but specifically as a child creative—someone whose literary acumen was surprising to white adults because of the various intersectional positions of oppression she occupied. Reading these repetitions and reverberations of Wheatley’s image across time shows how picturing Wheatley became a practice for celebrating and fostering creativity among Black children.

    CCB 2022 Gryphon Lecture: "Picturing Young, Gifted, and Black: Phillis Wheatley’s Image and the Creative Black Child"

    On April 8, 2022, Brigitte Fielder, associate professor in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will give the 2022 Gryphon Lecture. Attendees may participate virtually over Zoom.  

  • Calling Faculty and Researchers: Apply to Become a DPI Member

    Led by the University of Illinois system, faculty, researchers, and educators play a vital role as DPI members. Request to join DPI by submitting your name, short biography, and CV.

  • Center for Children's Books (CCB) Annual Book Sale

    The Center for Children's Books (CCB) is hosting its Twentieth Annual Book Sale on Monday, April 4, 2022 from 11am-6:30pm. The sale will take place in the first floor lobby of the new iSchool building, located at 614 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820. The new building is a 2 minute walk directly east of the old building where the sale has been held in the past. Thousands of new children's books for youth of all ages will be available. Our titles represent the full spectrum of children's publishing in fiction and non-fiction: board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, novels, activity books and kits, non-fiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more. Books sell for $1-5, with other items priced as marked. We strongly recommend wearing a mask while inside the iSchool building. All proceeds support the CCB and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, a review journal for youth literature. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Anna Wiegand at

  • ICYMI: Meadan Family Lab Wins 2022 INSAR Cultural Diversity Research Award

    The Meadan Family Lab was selected to receive the 2022 INSAR (International Society for Autism Research) Cultural Diversity Research Award. The award application highlighted the projects led by James Lee, Stacy McGuire, Kaori Terol, Michelle Sands, Moon Chung, and Nikki Adams.

  • Special Education Graduate Student Association Hosts Spring 2022 Disability Film Festival

    The College of Education's Special Education Graduate Student Association invites you to celebrate March as Disability Awareness Month. Please join us for the Spring 2022 Disability Film Festival. This event will feature two movies and discussions with the filmmakers on two subsequent nights. Register today to be sent links to view the films, free of charge.

  • Poster for March Book Club

    Book Club with Ms. Edith Campbell and Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen: Maizy Chen's Last Chance

    Each month, join iSchool professor Sarah Park Dahlen and Edith Campbell of Indiana State University for a virtual book club. On March 30 at 6 p.m. CST, they will be discussing Lisa Yee's Maizy Chen's Last Chance

    Register Here:

  • CSBS Launching New Policy and Research Legislative Fellowship

    CSBS has launched a new Policy and Research Legislative Fellowship. The program matches UIUC graduate students with a state legislator representing the community or a neighboring district to collaborate on a policy research project. Apply by March 31.

  • 2022 Convocation Registration, Cap & Gown (Regalia) Deadlines Approaching

    Are you participating in either the College's 2022 Convocation Ceremony or campus' 2022 Commencement event as a graduate or as faculty? Upcoming deadlines for registering and ordering regalia are fast approaching.

  • Linda Herrera

    EPOL Prof. Linda Herrera Publishes Book on Education in Egypt

    Education Policy, Organization and Leadership professor Linda Herrera's book by the title, "Educating Egypt: Civic Values and Ideological Struggles" by the American University in Cairo Press was released on March 1, 2022.

  • Military Families Learning Network is Now OneOp

    Greetings from OneOp—formerly the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)! On March 1, 2022, our name officially changed from the Military Families Learning Network to OneOp. Learn more about the change in this blog post. OneOp, a grant housed in the College's Special Education Department, continues a tradition of free quality information and education for professionals helping military families. Find out more about our programming at our new website!

  • Be a Community Advocate and Co-Creator in Chicago with BECOME

    Attention College of Education graduate students:

    BECOME is a nonprofit organization located in Chicago and is a movement building organization that facilitates authentic community leadership and co-creates strategies and solutions to help communities actualize their collective liberation. BECOME is currently looking to expand our team to include a Community Advocate and Co-Creator who would be responsible for organizing, coordinating, planning and designing proposals and projects for and with BECOME’s nonprofit partners.

  • Mostafa Adel Hanafy

    EPOL Doctoral Student Mostafa Adel Hanafy a Finalist for UK Social Action Award

    Mostafa Hanafy, a PhD student in EPOL's Learning Design and Leadership program, is a finalist for a prestigious award from the United Kingdom.

  • EPOL Graduate Student's Book Published on Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed

    Online EPOL graduate student Fawzia Reza is the editor of a new book, just released from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • International Women's Day Celebration: March 8, 2022

    The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and the Humanities Research Institute co-host this annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of a woman in their discipline who changed the field in important ways.

  • Sensitivity Reading Panel poster

    Sensitivity Reading Panel

    Join the Center for Children's Books for a virtual panel discussion of youth literature and sensitivity reading, the practice of evaluating manuscripts for bias, inclusivity, and authenticity.

    Panelist speakers will include Professor Sarah Park Dahlen and School of Information Science doctoral students Jessie Maimone and Lettycia Terrones. 

  • Maria Serrano Abreu

    EPSY Doctoral Student Named an Inaugural Mellon Interseminars Graduate Fellow

    Congratulations to Educational Psychology doctoral student María B. Serrano Abreu, who is part of the first cohort of Interseminars graduate fellows: nine students from a range of disciplines and home colleges, including Education, Fine and Applied Arts, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. These fellows are funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Several Education Faculty to be Honored at Campus' Celebrating Excellence Event

    In the Celebrating Academic Excellence event on February 23, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs will honor fourteen College of Education faculty, among others on campus, for their academic achievements during the 2020 and 2021 calendar years.

  • Upcoming i-Programs at the Illinois Leadership® Center

    The Illinois Leadership® Center is a resource center on campus that provides free leadership training and education to all University of Illinois students. Please encourage your students to register for these unique programs.

  • Dr. Christopher Span

    "Using Our History to Dismantle Racism" Podcast Episode with EPOL's Dr. Chris Span

    Listen to this episode to learn more about Dr. Span's background, how important knowing our history is, and how we can use it to create tangible change.

  • Foundation for Child Development Virtual Event: Scholars of Color Series

    Join the Foundation for Child Development for a special virtual event dedicated to highlighting the life and timeless work of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1933–2007).As a psychologist, teacher, and historian, Dr. Hilliard was a preeminent scholar whose research influenced the fields of education, child development, and social policy. His pioneering work on child assessment, teaching and curriculum, and African culture was grounded in his commitment to promote the genius and excellence of all children. His enduring legacy continues to have relevance for the preparation and practice of the professionals who educate young children.Attendees will have an opportunity to join the conversation and pose questions during a live Q&A session.

  • Brian Brauer

    Brian Brauer, Ed.M. HRD '06, Ed.D. EPOL '16, Named Campus' Inaugural Executive Director of Emergency Management

    Congratulations to two-time Education alumnus Brian Brauer, who has been chosen to serve as the campus’s first Executive Director of Emergency Management. 

  • Image with profile pictures at the top of (from left to right) Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, Mr. Mona M. Amer, and Dr. Gigi Awad. The Liberation Now Podcast logo is shown on the bottom left. On the right, there is a maroon text box with text reading: Episode 9: Racial-ethnic Trauma & Liberation for MENA Americans (Part 2).

    Liberation Now Podcast Releases Episodes on Arab/MENA Trauma and Liberation

    EPSY doctoral candidate Amir Maghsoodi (Counseling Psychology) interviewed pioneering Arab/MENA psychologists Dr. Germine "Gigi" Awad, Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, and Dr. Mona M. Amer, for the latest two episodes of the Liberation Now Podcast.

    Maghsoodi spoke with his guests about their paper (published in American Psychologist) on cumulative racial-ethnic trauma among MENA Americans, and its applications to healing and liberation. Liberation Now is produced in the Liberation Lab research group, led by Dr. Helen Neville. The podcast can be accessed by searching for "Liberation Now" on any podcast streaming service and via the following link: