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  • Leading by Serving our Students, Community, and the World

  • Great Minds and Big Hearts

    This year, everyone in Education stepped up. The compassion and leadership our people have displayed in adapting to current events is nothing short of heroic. 

  • Pursuing Social Justice in Everything We Do

    From faculty-led lecture series, to graduate student discussion forums, to engaging with local K-12 students—the College continues celebrating and pursuing social justice in everything we do.

  • Investing and Innovating Our Way Through Challenges

    Throughout our campus, state, nation—we've all been deeply affected this year by the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. The College of Education continues to invest in faculty, staff, and students who are finding innovative, positive solutions to overcome the barriers and challenges we are facing. Our people remain focused on the College's mission of research, teaching, and service. This is the resiliency needed to move education, and society, forward.

  • Meeting Challenges with Innovation, Leadership, and Resiliency

    Everyone in our community has felt disruption in our daily lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent national unrest. In the face of many challenges, our faculty, staff, and students continue to rise to the occasion and contribute innovative, positive solutions—staying focused on our College's mission of research, teaching, and service. This is the resiliency we’re all looking for to move education forward.

  • Thank You!

    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, staff, and students to meet the challenges of online teaching and learning.

  • Illini Strong | 2021 U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools Rankings Released

    This is a time of extraordinary circumstances. Educators in K-12 and higher education are being asked to quickly pivot to fully-online teaching and learning platforms for millions of students across the nation. The compassion and leadership that education professionals display in addressing and adapting to theses rapid changes, while continuing to provide a quality education to diverse learners, is nothing short of heroic.

  • 2019 College of Education IMPACT

    As we leverage technology to make education more accessible, we understand there's nothing more important than personal connection. The College of Education at the University of Illinois' people make the difference. Big innovations, bold impact, and breakthrough research are the results.

  • Taking Education to New Frontiers

    There is always excitement in the air this time of year on campus. This fall, in particular, we have much to be excited about and proud of within the College of Education. Without a doubt, we are taking education to new frontiers.

  • Creating Spaces For Transformational Education

    Positive change and transformation do not happen purely by accident. Rather, moving the needle in the right direction is more often the result of clear purpose, defined goals, passion, and dedication. Thank you to everyone in the College of Education for your hard work during the 2018-2019 academic year toward making positive change happen.

  • Advancing a Culture of Engagement

    Earlier this month, university leadership officially unveiled and launched the campus’ five-year Strategic Plan. “The Next 150” is the culmination of the collaborative, yearlong planning process undertaken by eleven faculty-led strategic plan working group committees. Several of our own faculty members served on these committees, and we thank them for representing the College of Education with their invaluable input and expertise.

  • Education at Illinois 2018 IMPACT

    At the College of Education at Illinois, we are collaborative, we are world-class, we are diverse, and we are taking education to new frontiers. Our community is shaping a better future for all.

  • Kicking off Fall 2018 with Growth and Innovation

    Optimism abounds as the Class of 2022 arrives on campus. These bright, committed students will begin their academic careers with improved student services now centralized on the first floor of the Education building, with access to high-tech labs and classrooms and numerous opportunities for international studying abroad.

  • Research, Outreach, and Innovation in 2017-2018

    With our Convocation Ceremony approaching, it is an exciting time at the College of Education at Illinois. This weekend we will graduate more than 400 students who have been well prepared to succeed in careers in education and beyond. I have no doubt they will make many innovative contributions to society.

  • Leading off 2018 with Energy and Promise

    The Spring 2018 semester has gotten off to a dynamic start at the College of Education. In the last few months we have spearheaded a timely Dean's Diversity talk, earned a No. 5 ranking from The Best Schools for our online program, and sponsored the annual Creative Writing Expressions Competition.

  • It's an Exciting Time at Illinois

    As the University of Illinois celebrates its sesquicentennial, I am humbled, especially as a historian, when I consider the past achievements of scholars and students from this College, and when I contemplate how our community is shaping a better future for all.

  • New Semester Brings Much to Celebrate

    We at the College of Education are excited to begin the new academic year and hope your summer was both relaxing and industrious.

  • Much to be Proud of and More to Look Forward to

    Fellow Alumni: As we gear up for another academic year, the College of Education at Illinois is preparing for and excited about what is sure to be an eventful fall, one that we hope you will be a part of in numerous ways.

  • Thank You for Another Great Year

    Interim Dean James D. Anderson talks about College of Education at Illinois accomplishments and happenings at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • An Outstanding Year of Achievements

    The 2016-2017 academic year has been another period of high achievement for the faculty, students, and staff in the College of Education at Illinois.

  • Ringing in the New Year with MLK Top of Mind

    Happy new year and welcome back to campus. I hope that spending time with friends and family has renewed your spirit and energized you to begin a productive 2017. It seems fitting that during the first month of new year we are called upon to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fresh starts also are reminders that although we’ve made progress, there is still much work to be done to achieve his vision.

  • The Essence of Our College: Our Graduates

    This month’s Alumni Update newsletter highlights a generous gift from the children of alumna May Larson Stoesser, who are making a tremendous difference in the lives of students.

  • The Search is On!

    I am pleased to report that the search for the next dean of the College of Education is underway. We are seeking a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the College, someone who is committed to engaging in research on critical issues in education, preparing teachers and leaders, and serving the state of Illinois and our alumni worldwide.

  • Welcome to the 2016 IMPACT Report

    Alumni: Thank you for your continued support of the College of Education at Illinois. Your commitment to our mission makes it possible for our faculty to produce the transformational research our state, nation, and world count on from Illinois.

  • Welcome to the 2016 IMPACT Report

    As a 47-year veteran of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—many of those years spent as a professor and leader in the College of Education—I believe I have a unique and historical perspective on where our College has been and where it is headed. And from where I stand, Education at Illinois is flourishing.

  • A Time of Great Opportunities at the College of Education

    As an educator at the College of Education since 1974, I can’t help but reflect on the number of students I’ve had the privilege of mentoring over the years. As the recently appointed interim dean of the College, it’s wonderful to have this opportunity to connect with you all again. And it’s a time of great opportunities at the College.

  • Building Upon Our Considerable Successes

    I am humbled to have been identified by colleagues and selected by the campus to help shepherd the College of Education as interim dean during this time of transition. I have called this place home since studying history and social studies education as a graduate student in the late 60s and early 70s, which also was a time during which the campus was in a state of transition and grappling with its identity and values as an institution.