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  • 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.

  • picture of Educating Egypt book cover

    EPOL's 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:

  • Elementary Education Program Identified as Exemplary by Campus' Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment

    Congratulationst to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and specifically Lynn Burdick and Sarah McCarthey, as the BS in Elementary Education program was commended by the Provost's Office as being exemplary in terms of learning outcomes assessment.

  • Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner

    Cheryl Light Shriner Named Goldstick Family Scholar

    Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner has been named the Goldstick Family Scholar, effective February 1, 2022.  She is one of four accomplished scholars from the Department of Special Education to receive this honor, which was established by Phillip C. and the late Beverly Kramer Goldstick to provide sustainable training and research programs in the area of communication disorders in special education.

  • Ashley M. Davis

    College of Education's Ashley M. Davis Talks About Recruiting Future Teachers

    Coordinator for undergraduate recruitment and career services, Ashley M. Davis, recently spoke with local WCIA reporter Sarah Lehman about her experience working to recruit high school and community college students to pursue careers in education at the University of Illinois.

  • Newbery Maker Studio Poster

    Newbery Maker Studio

    Join the Center for Children's Books (CCB) for a Zoom craft-making session on February 5, in honor of the Newbery Medal's centennial.

  • Amir Maghsoodi

    EPSY Doctoral Student Amir Maghsoodi Awarded Research Grant

    Educational Psychology doctoral candidate Amir Maghsoodi has been awarded a research grant from the Center for Arab American Philanthropy. He will use his award from the Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research to support his study, “Making sense of the Census: A mixed methods study of Arab Americans and racial classification”, which seeks to understand the psychological impacts of continued non-recognition of Arab and other Middle Eastern/North African peoples (i.e., their classification as “white”) on racial demographic forms in the U.S.

  • Adrienne Dixson

    Education Week Blogger Names Adrienne Dixson in Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

    American Enterprise Institute director of education policy studies and Education Week blogger Frederick M. Hess recently released his 2022 “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.” This annual exercise spotlights the top 200 education scholars who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation. Using nine metrics, Hess calculated how much university-based academics contributed to public discussions of education.

  • Save the Dates: McCarthey and Meadan-Kaplansky Investiture Events

    The Office of the Dean is pleased to remind the College of Education community of its two new named faculty appointments. Effective January 1, 2022, Dr. Sarah J. McCarthey is the Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education, and Dr. Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky is the Margaret Joy Smale Valpey Professor in Special Education.

  • Kevin Carey, EdD

    Kevin Carey, EdD '21 EPOL, Receives ACPA's 2021 Tracy Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award

    Congratulations to recent doctoral graduate Kevin Carey, who is receiving the American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) 2021 Tracy Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award from the Coalition on Men and Masculinities. 

  • UPDATED: Education Leads Several Funded Projects in 2021-22 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program

    Chancellor Jones has announced the first U of I projects to be awarded funding under this $2 million annual commitment by the university to respond to the critical need for higher ed institutions across the nation to prioritize research focused on systemic racial inequities and injustices, as well as the expansion of community-based knowledge that advances the understanding of systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparity.

  • Michelle Sands

    Special Education Alumna Michelle Sands Wins 2022 CEC-DR Student Research Award

    Congratulations to Department of Special Education alumna Michelle Sands for her Council for Exceptional Children Student Research Award in Mixed Methods Design.

  • Newbery Maker Studio Poster

    Newbery Maker Studio Pop-Up

    Come de-stress from Finals Week by crafting with the Center for Children’s Books and the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab! We will be creating Newbery Medal-inspired pop-up cards, designing our own literary awards, and more.

  • Nomination Deadlines Approaching for Campus-Level Student Awards

    Nominations are open for several campus-level student awards, but application deadlines are fast approaching.

  • Call for Proposals: Student Success Initiative Symposium

    Call for Proposals! There is a great deal of outstanding work conducted across campus to foster student success and we want to hear about it! Review the proposal submission guidelines. The deadline for submitting your program proposal is December 15, 2021.

  • Announcing the 2022 College of Education Public Engagement Faculty Fellows Program

    The new Public Engagement Faculty Fellows Program is open to full-time faculty with their primary appointment in the College of Education. A maximum of three faculty fellows will be selected for the 2022-2023 academic year. Faculty at the assistant professor level are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Seeking Community-engaged Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

    The Community-Academic Scholars Program supports faculty and staff conducting community-engaged research with project matching, training, support and a $4,000 stipend for an undergraduate research assistant. Prof. Kevin Tan recently shared his experience and advice at a recorded info session. Details and FAQs are also available on the academic mentor web page.

  • EPOL doctoral student Leslie Morrow

    PhD Candidate Leslie Morrow Awarded OVCDEI's Larine Y. Cowan 'Make a Difference Award'

    Morrow will be honored with the award during the 36th Celebration of Diversity for her outstanding research and advocacy for the LGBTQ population, achievements as Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, and contributions within the College, campus, and community.

  • MSTE Continues Partnership with IEPA to Provide 5th-6th Grade Online Science Curriculum

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) have again partnered to create a new online science curriculum unit for fifth and sixth grade educators: How does a bulb light? The unit helps students explore energy, electricity use, and power sources and how they relate to climate change. The Illinois EPA’s Annual Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest theme “Get Energized About Slowing Down Climate Change!” will follow the new curriculum.

  • Michael McKelvey

    Michael McKelvey, MSTE, Wins First Annual Greg Gulick Service Excellence Award

    At the recent campus IT Pro Forum, two winners of the first annual Greg Gulick Service Excellence Award were named. Congratulations to the Office of Math, Science, and Technology Education's Michael McKelvey on this outstanding recognition.

  • Jessica Li

    Jessica Li Named Associate Dean for Research and Director of BER

    Dr. Jessica Li has accepted the offer to serve as the next College of Education Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Bureau of Educational Research (BER).

  • Newbery Medal at 100 Event Poster

    The Newbery Medal at 100 Symposium on Zoom

    The Newbery Medal is turning 100 years old and the Center for Children's Books is celebrating! Join us Friday, November 5, for our The Newbery Medal at 100 Symposium on Zoom.