This year, our Education community stepped up. Our students, faculty, and staff showed the world what is possible when you bring together the greatest minds and biggest hearts. The compassion and leadership our people displayed in adapting to current events is nothing short of heroic.
And we're not done yet. We are witnessing, in real time, how education equity and access are more critical than ever. While finals are still being graded and graduation stage crossing experiences are winding down, educators know the next academic year really begins now. Summer is a time to rejuvinate, evaluate, and get prepared for adventures in the year ahead.
The College of Education is launching a couple of notable efforts this summer that have been in the works for quite some time. First, our secondary education teaching endorsement in computer science program begins online for Illinois-licensed high school teachers. The curriculum was developed in partnership with our colleagues in the world-class Department of Computer Science at Illinois, and we are thrilled to finally be able to deliver this teaching endorsement to Illinois educators.
Second, the College is hosting a re-invigorated, six-week Freedom School pilot program at Garden Hills Academy in Champaign for Kindergarten through fifth graders. Collaborating with community organizations and statewide lawmakers, the sky is the limit for the future of this program built on improving literacy and civic participation for young students.
As we look forward with cautious optimism to returning to teaching, learning, and working in person this fall, I want to thank the entire College of Education community for all you did this year. Wishing you a safe and restful summer!
Yours in Orange and Blue,
James D. Anderson
Dean and Gutgsell Professor
College of Education