I want to express my gratitude to our faculty, students, alumni, and staff for your valuable contributions to our Education at Illinois community this year.
I’m proud to share our Impact Report, which highlights our impressive program and research growth. We will continue to build on the momentum established in 2023, and I look forward to sharing more about our impact in the new year.
A foundational pillar of our College is our commitment to developing curricula that reflect the diverse histories and backgrounds of all our citizens. In this newsletter, you will read about how our faculty are working with the Department of History to create a website and curricula to be used in all public schools in Illinois to educate students about the history of Native Americans in the state.
To assist schools with serving their most vulnerable students, two of our experts in trauma-informed education have been named to a new committee by the State Superintendent of Education to improve licensure requirements by ensuring educators demonstrate proficiency in adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.
And finally, your belief in an Illinois education is beautifully reflected by Sophie Kamienski’s multi-generational Illinois story. Sophie, a freshman, is studying Special Education like her mother and grandmother did before her.
As we enter a time of reflection and celebration, I am extremely thankful, as I know you are, to be a part of a College—and university system—that prioritizes service to others.
Yours in Orange & Blue,
Dean, College of Education