Education professionals, worldwide, have been acutely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last several weeks, a great deal has been asked of us: to quickly transition curriculum to online learning formats; to support learners, their families, and fellow colleagues in humanistic ways; and much more.
Your hard work is not going unnoticed. Many at the College of Education are hearing personal accounts of the resourcefulness, persistence, and compassion you are demonstrating during this uncertain time. We are grateful, inspired, and proud.
Gratitude is the heart of this message.
The role of educators is critical to safeguarding society’s continued mental and emotional development, progress, and achievement during this pandemic. Like you, Education at Illinois has stepped up and is helping support and equip our alumni, faculty, and students to meet the challenges of online teaching and learning.
New, FREE Resource: Welcome to LearnAway
The Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) has created and launched the website learnaway.education.illinois.edu, providing a wealth of curated remote learning resources to help educators who are transitioning to online instruction. Visit LearnAway and search for tools and curriculum ideas for learners birth through grade 12, as well as resources to help educators deepen their professional knowledge base. We are making this resource available to all educators, everywhere—free of charge.
Within the College, our faculty and staff’s expertise in digital, technology-driven teaching and learning modalities is helping us deliver a quality educational experience—now completely online—to our undergraduate and graduate students. Education as a discipline, and the profession of teaching, will be forever changed by current events. Our degree programs, focused on the future of education, are training students to succeed no matter the scenario.
Share Your Story
Follow the College’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and see how fellow Illini like Haley Melnick, a fourth grade teacher in Morton Grove, are taking online tools they used during their program and applying them to this new remote teaching and learning environment. Share your own story to inspire other education leaders. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-244-7228.
We are grateful for and incredibly proud of our Education alumni making a difference every day in the lives of learners everywhere.
Yours in Orange and Blue,
James D. Anderson
Dean and Gutgsell Professor
College of Education