blog posts New Illinois law improves access to services for young children with disabilities or delays Nov 1, 2022 9:45 am1050 views A new Illinois law makes Illinois children up to age 3 who are involved with the state’s child welfare agency automatically eligible for early intervention services. Special education professor Catherine Corr was on the working group that proposed policy changes for the law. Paper: Regional public universities increase access, social mobility for nearby residents Oct 20, 2022 8:00 am1454 views By broadening access to higher education in their local geographic area, regional public universities increase the economic and social mobility of the residents in their counties, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economists. What's behind the teacher shortage in US schools? Sep 21, 2022 1:00 pm2705 views The teacher shortages plaguing primary and secondary schools in the U.S. could be game-changers for people entering the field, according to Nancy Latham, an associate dean in the College of Education. Paper: Train future psychologists to dismantle racism, injustice in society Aug 29, 2022 1:00 pm1081 views A team of psychologists, led by scholars at the U. of I. proposes training future psychologists to dismantle racism and systemic oppression in society -- while addressing their discipline's legacy of racist theories and practices. Mouza named College of Education dean Jul 7, 2022 1:00 pm2849 views Chrystalla Mouza has been appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 15, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. New program to support U of I freshmen with autism Jun 24, 2022 8:45 am2363 views The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative, a pilot program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will provide autism-specific support to freshmen with autism. Student expenditures decrease at some colleges that receive promise scholarship funds May 17, 2022 7:45 am579 views Revenue from promise scholarships may not be used to support student-related programs and services, U. of I. education scholars found when they analyzed the spending patterns of colleges that received the funding. Registration deadline extended for I-Ready online camp for high school students with autism Apr 25, 2022 12:45 pm311 views I-Ready, a virtual summer camp for college-bound high school students on the autism spectrum, is being offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Deadline to register has been extended to May 16. Parents' reactions while helping with math shape young children's achievement Apr 25, 2022 10:30 am5003 views Cultivating a love of math – and inspiring the next generation of numbers-oriented professionals – may start with activities that promote enjoyable parent-child experiences, say U. of I. researchers. Studies examine effects of California's push for computer science education Feb 24, 2022 8:15 am1789 views Despite California’s push for computer science education, race and gender disparities persist among the high schools offering these courses, the students enrolled in them and the teachers. New book examines the evolution of academic freedom at the U of I Nov 29, 2021 1:45 pm1377 views A new book, "Dangerous Ideas on Campus: Sex, Conspiracy and Academic Freedom in the Age of JFK," explores how the prevailing moral values of the 1960s affected protections for scholars at the U. of I. Illinois schools sought to participate in 2022 Illinois Youth Survey Nov 17, 2021 7:00 am650 views Middle and high schools in Illinois are invited to participate in the 2022 Illinois Youth Survey, an online anonymous survey that assesses alcohol, drug and tobacco use among eighth, 10th and 12th grade students. New book examines race's impact in school choice movement Sep 15, 2021 9:45 am915 views A new book by education professor Jon Hale examines the complex history of the school choice movement in the U.S., which was overshadowed by racism and resistance to desegregation. Report: Many Illinois students not receiving critical computer science education Jul 27, 2021 8:45 am1118 views Many K-12 students in Illinois are not receiving the computing education needed to succeed in the workforce they'll enter after high school graduation, according to a new report by U. of I. scholar Raya Hegeman-Davis. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagement Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am1112 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details. Children's book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering Jun 7, 2021 10:45 am3910 views A new book written and illustrated by two recent alumnae of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign introduces third graders to the nuts and bolts of automotive mechanics and engineering. Study examines how pandemic-related changes affect college students’ motivation May 25, 2021 8:00 am2586 views Some at-risk college students' motivation increased while living at home and learning remotely during the pandemic, despite concerns many would be negatively affected, researchers at the U. of I. found in a new study. Four Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 23, 2021 8:30 am2843 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education Dean James Anderson, physics professor Nadya Mason, chemistry professor Nancy Makri and materials science and engineering professor Kenneth Schweizer have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. How are social media changing higher education? Apr 22, 2021 8:00 am1641 views Fear of reprisals from outraged parties on social media and unspoken rules about acceptable discourse on college campuses constrain what faculty members teach, research and discuss, says sociology professor Ilana Redstone. K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic Apr 14, 2021 2:15 pm1110 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university. Electronic health record system increases clinicians' cognitive workload, study finds Mar 22, 2021 10:15 am5034 views Adopting a new electronic health records system doubled the amount of cognitive effort clinicians at two urgent care clinics expended during the first six months after implementation, researchers found in a recent study. 'Whiteness' undermines efforts to address systemic racism in public education Mar 9, 2021 3:15 pm2769 views Few educational leaders emerge from college and professional development programs fully prepared to address the systemic racism they encounter in public education, according to a study by U. of I. scholar Nathan Tanner. Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers? Feb 16, 2021 8:15 am3998 views According to a new commentary in Disability and Health Journal, people with disabilities who rely on service dogs often are prohibited from bringing their working dogs into teaching and research laboratories. This one barrier can stop them from pursuing careers in science, says Joey Ramp, a researcher in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and lead author of the commentary. Ramp spoke about the issue with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates. How might Freedom Schools promote educational equity in Illinois? Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am1730 views Educational history professor Jon Hale discusses how Freedom Schools promote civil rights and educational equity and the implications for Illinois in funding these schools as part of the state's education reform initiative. Projects explore role of social-emotional learning in healing racial wounds Jan 5, 2021 2:30 pm1488 views U. of I. scholars are coordinating online parenting seminars and activities for students and staff members at two Illinois school systems that will explore the role of social and emotional learning in healing racial wounds. Technology loan program helps families receive early childhood services online Dec 17, 2020 10:15 am721 views The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse lends computer tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots to families of infants and young children who need them to conduct online sessions with their children's therapists during the pandemic. U of I virtual test assesses bioengineering students' laboratory skills Oct 23, 2020 2:45 pm1240 views When COVID-19 forced the U. of I. to go to online-only instruction last spring, a team led by bioengineering professor Karin Jensen created a test to remotely assess students' ability to culture cells in the laboratory. Distracted learning a big problem, golden opportunity for educators, students Oct 13, 2020 11:00 am2549 views Experts say media multitasking negatively impacts learning, but many students believe they're immune to these effects because they're good multitaskers, according to a review paper by U. of I. professor Shelly J. Schmidt. Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts say Aug 19, 2020 3:45 pm1091 views While many academic institutions are searching for ways to prevent sexual assault and sexual coercion among their faculty members, staff and students, they are failing to address the most common forms of gender-based harassment, say experts who study harassment and discrimination at work and in academic and health care settings. In an opinion published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the experts focus on behaviors that communicate derision, disgust or disrespect for members of one sex or gender group. Students use TikTok to learn about biomechanics during engineering virtual summer camps Aug 13, 2020 11:30 am1367 views Teens attending the virtual summer camps hosted by the College of Engineering used the video-sharing medium TikTok to learn the principles of biomechanics and the techniques of motion-capture analysis. What tips can help educators convert in-person courses to online instruction? Jul 9, 2020 12:00 pm1441 views Teaching professor and medical education facilitator Dr. Kashif A. Ahmad, who mentors educators in creating quality online courses, discusses his tips for creating engaging online content. Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needs Jun 8, 2020 9:00 am1073 views When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found. Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study finds Apr 24, 2020 8:15 am1425 views Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, however. A new study finds that interventions that take a multidimensional approach – tackling the biological, social, environmental and mental health obstacles to overcome while also addressing a person’s substance use – work best for those hoping to stop using drugs. What challenges are professors and college students facing with the migration of classes online? Mar 26, 2020 8:00 am4182 views School of Information Sciences instructor Melissa Wong offers suggestions for how professors and college students can adapt to online learning. Could the social distancing of COVID-19 revolutionize online learning and higher education? Mar 25, 2020 9:00 am3953 views Professors Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, who teach only online courses and develop learning technologies, discuss the potential impact of social distancing on postsecondary distance learning. College of Education expanding doctoral programs in special education Feb 26, 2020 8:00 am1582 views The College of Education is expanding the capacity of its doctoral programs in special education to help address a nationwide shortage of researchers and faculty members in the field. Program for parents aims to help youths with autism successfully transition to adulthood Jan 16, 2020 10:30 am3028 views A 12-week training program will be offered in Naperville, Illinois, for parents of youths and young adults with autism so they can help their children successfully transition to adulthood. Direct college admissions conference on campus Dec. 6 Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am1035 views A national conference on direct college admissions policies will be held Dec. 6 on the University of Illinois campus to explore how these programs can increase college access and boost enrollment. New website rates local restaurants on accessibility for people with disabilities Oct 29, 2019 9:15 am4204 views Access Urbana-Champaign, a new website created by a University of Illinois professor of special education and her students, rates local restaurants on their accessibility to people with disabilities. Expert on academic equity, mindsets to speak at the U. of I. Oct 21, 2019 3:30 pm484 views Camille A. Farrington, an expert on academic equity and mindsets, will speak at a seminar on the University of Illinois campus on Nov. 14-15. OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher education Sep 9, 2019 9:00 am974 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership. Financial education programs, income-based repayment plans promote prosperity Sep 5, 2019 11:15 am568 views People with student loans who participate in financial education programs become better financial managers, building personal wealth after college, University of Illinois researchers found in a recent study. Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focus Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm1094 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools. Children use video games to explore science in two NSF-funded projects Aug 26, 2019 2:30 pm1367 views U. of I. educational psychology professor H. Chad Lane receives $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation to fund two projects that use the video game Minecraft to explore big ideas in science. How can educators, coaches support student-athletes’ academic success? Aug 9, 2019 8:15 am2185 views Coaches and educators should work together to help athletes achieve their full potential, U. of I. scholars and former collegiate athletes Joseph L. Cross and Bruce W. Fouke say in a new study. Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehavior Jul 29, 2019 9:15 am2203 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior. Parental involvement in children's schooling consistently beneficial, study finds Jun 20, 2019 9:45 am2737 views In a new study of more than 480,800 families, psychologists at the University of Illinois found that the more involved parents were in their children’s schooling, the better the children’s adjustment. Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hunger May 10, 2019 12:15 pm908 views Participating in a food-distribution program that provides children from food-insecure households with backpacks of meals for the weekend improves their school attendance on Fridays, a new study found. Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation rates Apr 29, 2019 8:30 am901 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found. Scholars: Estimates of food insecurity among college students problematic Apr 24, 2019 1:00 pm1391 views A good estimate of how many college students struggle with food insecurity is a difficult number to pin down, says new research from a team of University of Illinois experts who study food choice issues.