blog posts400 youth to compete in statewide 4-H Robotics ChallengeApr 27, 2015 12:00 pm20 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.To improve diversity in STEM, fix higher education, scholar saysApr 24, 2015 11:00 am193 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.Will the Student Aid Bill of Rights help control student loan debt?Apr 23, 2015 2:00 pm173 views A Minute With™ Angela Lyons, director of the Center for Economic and Financial EducationProgram reduces bullying by students with disabilities, study findsMar 31, 2015 9:00 am54 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.Preparing high school students for STEM in college, careersMar 17, 2015 9:00 am81 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. Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study findsFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am432 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.Should Illinois increase the number of charter schools?Feb 16, 2015 11:00 am40 views Christopher Lubienski, expert on student achievementIllinois trailing other states in girls studying science, mathFeb 4, 2015 9:00 am41 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.Is the underfunding of higher ed pricing students out?Jan 29, 2015 9:00 am59 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.Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study findsJan 16, 2015 9:00 am20 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.How Obama's tuition-free community college plan addresses access and affordability in higher edJan 13, 2015 9:00 am10 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.Family income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autismJan 12, 2015 9:00 am54 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.New book examines movement to boycott Israeli scholars, universitiesDec 22, 2014 9:00 am24 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."Obama's education policies examined in new bookDec 19, 2014 9:00 am42 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.New book examines the missions, challenges of two-year collegesNov 5, 2014 9:00 am39 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.Teaching and Research are a Potent Educational Mix, Say U. of I. Faculty in a New BookNov 3, 2014 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap.Illinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bulliesNov 3, 2014 9:00 am350 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.Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassmentOct 29, 2014 9:00 am258 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.Expert on language delays to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 20, 2014 9:00 am36 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.Education historian James D. Anderson to deliver Brown lecture in Washington, D.C.Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am172 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.Educator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instructionOct 9, 2014 9:00 am180 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.U.S. hotels need to better understand Chinese travelers' culture, goals, study saysSep 19, 2014 9:00 am318 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.Uninsured community college students in Illinois confused about Obamacare, study saysSep 4, 2014 9:00 am187 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.Federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability, study findsAug 26, 2014 9:00 am26 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.Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander interventionAug 11, 2014 9:00 am212 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.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am850 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Social and emotional learning's role in stemming school violenceJun 16, 2014 9:00 am173 views A Minute With™... Durriyyah Kemp, a community health educator with University of Illinois ExtensionAnalytic method uncovers pranksters who tamper with surveysJun 11, 2014 9:00 am54 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.60th anniversary of Brown v Board and recent affirmative action rulingsMay 21, 2014 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... U. of I. educational historian James D. AndersonLeisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am381 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.Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stressMay 5, 2014 9:00 am734 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.The phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in miceApr 16, 2014 9:00 am34 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.More than 20 percent of middle school students experience inappropriate touching, study saysApr 8, 2014 9:00 am181 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.U. of I. student wins Doris Duke Fellowship to promote child well-beingMar 20, 2014 9:00 am49 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.Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am158 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.Book explores educational value of religion in public schoolsMar 10, 2014 9:00 am219 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.Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts sayFeb 10, 2014 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values.Federal 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 researchExperts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young childrenJan 16, 2014 9:00 am72 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.Ceremony to mark establishment of Confucius Institute at IllinoisNov 13, 2013 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Officials from Jiangxi Normal University in Nanching, China, and the University of Illinois will sign an agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the Urbana campus during an event Nov. 21 (Thursday).Book: private schools not as effective as some advocates suggestNov 11, 2013 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am727 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don't agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers' awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.Should college athletes be paid?Oct 2, 2013 9:00 am286 views A Minute With™... former coach Don Hardin and sports economist Scott Tainsky, both faculty members in recreation, sport and tourismTeacher collaborative releases guide to support new teachersSep 18, 2013 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When school bells began ringing a few weeks ago to convene a new academic year, thousands of novice teachers embarked upon their first teaching assignments in Illinois. However, statistics show that within five years, about 30 to 40 percent of these new teachers will leave the profession, often as a result of a perceived lack of support from their schools' administrations.Reforms would benefit early childhood education programs in IllinoisSep 10, 2013 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois officials need to re-examine enrollment and funding policies for the state's public early childhood education programs to eliminate barriers that may keep the neediest of children from attending.Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial developmentAug 26, 2013 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The formal and informal learning opportunities provided by multigenerational black communities in the South - and how similar grassroots efforts can turn around racial disparities in academic achievement in the U.S. today - are the focus of a new book by educational researcher Saundra Murray Nettles.Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problemsJul 15, 2013 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.Has higher education failed to prepare primary and secondary teachers?Jul 1, 2013 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher EducationSkills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fightingMay 6, 2013 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Middle school children who completed a social-emotional skills learning program at school were 42 percent less likely to engage in physical fighting a year later, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study findsApr 18, 2013 9:00 am1076 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.