blog postsExpert ViewpointsEducationLife SciencesWhat parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am646 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolAgricultureEducationMaster Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm385 views Adults who have a passion for the outdoors – and are interested in sharing that with others – are needed statewide as volunteers in the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program.EducationCampusAnnual STEM conference for new teachers expands to include the artsJul 21, 2015 11:15 am52 views An annual statewide conference that focuses on helping new teachers prepare students to compete in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the global economy is expanding this year to include the arts.The STEM Beginning Teacher Conference, July 28-29 in Champaign, will be the third such event organized by the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative – but the first time that the agenda will include sessions focusing on instructional strategies for the arts. HealthEducationSocial SciencesDads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am148 views Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost moms’ mental health too, new research suggests.EducationNew book offers look inside Teach for AmericaJul 1, 2015 1:00 pm195 views Jameson Brewer graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in education in December 2008, just as the U.S. economy tumbled into the Great Recession. When the recession, coupled with Brewer’s limited experience as a student teacher, stymied his efforts to find a teaching position, he eventually signed on with the alternative certification program Teach for America, hoping the two-year commitment would provide the experience he needed to jumpstart his career.EducationCampusFreedom Writer to speak at annual new teacher conferenceJun 25, 2015 1:15 pm8 views New teachers will have opportunities to reflect on their first year on the job, share best practices and learn from a former at-risk youth whose life was transformed by his high-school English teacher at the annual Beginning Teacher Conference, June 30-July 1, in Champaign.Expert ViewpointsEducationShould Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm633 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice ProjectEducationIllinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordableMay 26, 2015 12:15 pm70 views Illinois’ guaranteed-tuition law is causing tuition rates at the state’s public colleges and universities to escalate faster than they would if schools were allowed to adjust tuition rates annually, say two experts in higher education finance from the University of Illinois.EducationHealthNew mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videosMay 15, 2015 12:30 pm13 views Whether the need is to educate people in West Africa about preventing Ebola or to train farmers in Latin America on preventing postharvest loss, Scientific Animations without Borders has an app – and an animated video – for that.EducationCollege readiness declines when school focuses on test scores, study findsMay 12, 2015 12:30 pm44 views Education reform policies that penalize struggling schools for poor standardized test scores may hinder – not improve – students’ college readiness, if a school’s instructional focus becomes improving its test scores, suggests a new study that explored efforts to promote a college-going culture at one Texas high school.EducationNew Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars sayMay 1, 2015 12:45 pm46 views By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter schools throughout the city.EducationCampus400 youth to compete in statewide 4-H Robotics ChallengeApr 27, 2015 12:00 pm18 views Nearly 400 youth from across Illinois will be on the University of Illinois campus Saturday (May 2) to compete in the seventh annual Illinois 4-H Robotics Challenge.EducationTo improve diversity in STEM, fix higher education, scholar saysApr 24, 2015 11:00 am104 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The U.S. will make little progress toward changing the predominately white-male face of its science and technology workforce until higher education addresses the attitudes, behaviors and structural practices that undermine minority students’ access and success at college, a new study suggests.Expert ViewpointsEducationWill the Student Aid Bill of Rights help control student loan debt?Apr 23, 2015 2:00 pm155 views A Minute With™ Angela Lyons, director of the Center for Economic and Financial EducationEducationProgram reduces bullying by students with disabilities, study findsMar 31, 2015 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bullying perpetration decreased by 20 percent over a three-year period among youths with disabilities who participated in a social and emotional learning program, a new study found.Expert ViewpointsEducationPreparing high school students for STEM in college, careersMar 17, 2015 9:00 am20 views President Barack Obama recently called upon U.S. employers and educational institutions to collaborate on developing a high-technology workforce, part of Obama's plan for increasing the number of workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math occupations. EducationEducation 'experts' may lack expertise, study findsFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am177 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The people most often cited as "education experts" in blogs and news stories may have the backing of influential organizations - but have little background in education and education policy, a new study suggests.Expert ViewpointsEducationShould Illinois increase the number of charter schools?Feb 16, 2015 11:00 am30 views Christopher Lubienski, expert on student achievementEducationIllinois trailing other states in girls studying science, mathFeb 4, 2015 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study found Illinois educators and lawmakers have homework to do to figure out why fewer girls at the state's high schools study subjects associated with careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields than their peers in other states.Expert ViewpointsBusinessEducationIs the underfunding of higher ed pricing students out?Jan 29, 2015 9:00 am46 views Walter W. McMahon, a professor emeritus of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois, is the author of "Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private & Social Benefits of Higher Education." An expert on the economics of education, McMahon spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about higher education funding in Illinois.EducationPopular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study findsJan 16, 2015 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A curriculum that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program's efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found.Expert ViewpointsEducationHow Obama's tuition-free community college plan addresses access and affordability in higher edJan 13, 2015 9:00 am6 views Last Friday (Jan. 9), President Barack Obama introduced an ambitious higher education proposal called America's College Promise, a plan that would make the first two years of community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide.EducationFamily income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autismJan 12, 2015 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Families whose children with autism spectrum disorders spend less than 20 percent of their time in mainstream classrooms are nearly twice as likely to resort to litigation, such as filing for due process hearings or mediation, when they disagree with school officials about their children's education, according to a recent survey of parents.EducationNew book examines movement to boycott Israeli scholars, universitiesDec 22, 2014 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Leading scholars and public intellectuals reflect on the social and political forces in contemporary culture that advocate severing ties with Israeli universities in a new volume of essays titled "The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel."EducationObama's education policies examined in new bookDec 19, 2014 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Midway through President Barack Obama's second term in office, his signature education initiatives - the Common Core Standards and the Race to the Top program, which provides financial incentives for states to adopt the standards - may be in jeopardy if Congress rescinds funding under the fiscal 2015 budget.EducationNew book examines the missions, challenges of two-year collegesNov 5, 2014 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The history, challenges and controversies surrounding two-year colleges are explored in a new book co-edited by two faculty members at the University of Illinois.EducationTeaching and Research are a Potent Educational Mix, Say U. of I. Faculty in a New BookNov 3, 2014 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap.EducationIllinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bulliesNov 3, 2014 9:00 am152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs face to face or online.EducationBoys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassmentOct 29, 2014 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adolescent boys who bully peers and engage in homophobic teasing are more likely to perpetrate sexual harassment later on, suggests a new study of middle-school students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.EducationExpert on language delays to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 20, 2014 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ann P. Kaiser, the Susan W. Gray Professor of Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture at the University of Illinois.EducationCampusEducation historian James D. Anderson to deliver Brown lecture in Washington, D.C.Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am60 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James D. Anderson, an expert on desegregation and American education history and faculty member at the University of Illinois, will deliver the 11th annual Brown Lecture in Education Research.EducationEducator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instructionOct 9, 2014 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a unique research project funded by the National Science Foundation, education professor Gloriana González at the University of Illinois is developing animated cartoons to help geometry instructors become better teachers.EducationU.S. hotels need to better understand Chinese travelers' culture, goals, study saysSep 19, 2014 9:00 am163 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - China's rapidly growing middle class is expected to be a boon for the travel industry, in both China and the U.S. in coming years.EducationUninsured community college students in Illinois confused about Obamacare, study saysSep 4, 2014 9:00 am93 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Young adults in Illinois who recently obtained coverage under Illinois' expanded Medicaid program said they were unfamiliar with "Obamacare" and were unaware that their Medicaid benefits were related to the federal health care law, according to a new survey of community college students conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois.EducationFederal stimulus fails to protect college affordability, study findsAug 26, 2014 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While state lawmakers honored provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by not slashing their appropriations for higher education during the recent economic crisis, a new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney indicates that the stimulus program may have failed to promote college access and affordability.EducationStudy examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander interventionAug 11, 2014 9:00 am89 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of middle-school youth reveals the powerful role of school culture, including teachers' and staff members' perceptions, in creating environments that promote or discourage bullying and bystander intervention.Expert ViewpointsEducationLife SciencesAre black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am84 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Expert ViewpointsEducationSocial and emotional learning's role in stemming school violenceJun 16, 2014 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Durriyyah Kemp, a community health educator with University of Illinois ExtensionEducationAnalytic method uncovers pranksters who tamper with surveysJun 11, 2014 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Self-administered surveys are a vital tool for researchers who gather sensitive information about adolescents. But young people who provide untruthful answers on questionnaires as pranks have the potential to throw researchers' findings way off track, particularly studies that involve minority groups.Expert ViewpointsEducation60th anniversary of Brown v Board and recent affirmative action rulingsMay 21, 2014 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... U. of I. educational historian James D. AndersonEducationLeisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am136 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life - they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.EducationStudy: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stressMay 5, 2014 9:00 am437 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorders experience significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms and stress than mothers of typically developing children, a study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests.Life SciencesEducationThe phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in miceApr 16, 2014 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries.EducationMore than 20 percent of middle school students experience inappropriate touching, study saysApr 8, 2014 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than one in five youth in middle school has experienced physical sexual violence such as being inappropriately touched against their will while at school, a new study suggests.EducationU. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-beingMar 20, 2014 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.EducationHealthAutism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am138 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they're older, a new study suggests.EducationBook explores educational value of religion in public schoolsMar 10, 2014 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sponsored prayer and scripture readings in the nation's public schools, the role of religion in education remains a sharply divisive topic in many communities.EducationSchools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts sayFeb 10, 2014 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values.Expert ViewpointsBusinessEducationFederal budget deal offers some welcome stability for researchFeb 3, 2014 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Peter Schiffer, a professor of physics and the vice chancellor for researchEducationExperts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young childrenJan 16, 2014 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors - patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction - are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes.