blog postsScholars' work aimed at transforming literacy educationOct 2, 2012 9:00 am144 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Today's teachers face classrooms of students who cut their teeth using electronic communications, and two education scholars at the University of Illinois have just released both a software application and a new book that they believe will profoundly change the teaching of literacy for this technology-savvy group and generations to come.Sixteen authors to take part in Youth Literature Festival at U. of I.Oct 1, 2012 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Celebrated authors of books for children and adults will share their enthusiasm for their craft in a series of events as part of the College of Education's annual Youth Literature Festival, to be observed Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 4-6).Factors that help students feel safer at school identified in studySep 11, 2012 9:00 am175 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Incidents such as the one that took place at Normal Community High School on Friday (Sept. 7), during which a student armed with a gun briefly took classmates and a teacher hostage at the Illinois school before being subdued, provide sobering reminders that crisis plans are as imperative as lesson plans in U.S. schools today.Children aware of popularity issues as early as third grade, study showsSep 5, 2012 9:00 am162 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children's social goals at the beginning of a school year may predict whether they'll be more popular - or less popular - by the end of that academic year, a new study conducted at the University of Illinois suggests.Images on health websites can lessen comprehension, study findsAug 27, 2012 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults' comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study.Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am613 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students with cognitive and learning disabilities who engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.Will the next economic bust be caused by student loans?May 15, 2012 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Angela Lyons, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and the director of the Center for Economic and Financial EducationScience museum event launches neuroscience education programMar 7, 2012 9:00 am87 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Brainiacs of all ages are invited to explore the mysteries of the brain and nervous system March 11 during an afternoon of games and activities at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign. The event, F.I.N.D. Orphy, will kick off a new science education outreach program jointly sponsored by the Orpheum and the University of Illinois that highlights the research of the university's neuroscientists.Social media may help women overcome computer anxietyMar 6, 2012 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No matter how many hours a day young women spend tweeting and texting, downloading electronic media or communicating online with co-workers or friends, many of them believe they're not as competent at using computer technology as the men around them. Since the Internet's infancy, researchers have observed a distinct gender divide in attitudes toward and adoption of computer technology, with many women tending to feel intimidated by it, a phenomenon called computer anxiety.Fun, incentives both essential in motivating workers' online learningFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am110 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Companies that want to motivate workers to use electronic-based or digital training programs need to make training modules fun and stimulating whenever they can, and offer extrinsic incentives, such as wage increases and user support, when employees need extra enticement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.U. of I. program targets growing obesity rate among Midwest HispanicsFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hispanics living in the Midwest have the highest obesity rates among Latinos in the U.S., and in Illinois, the percentage of obese Latino children 6-11 years of age has doubled since 2001, standing now at 24 percent.Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bulliesDec 19, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of more than 346 middle-school children indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect a bullying victim, especially if the boy is a member of a peer group in which bullying is the norm. The study also suggests that anti-bullying programs that focus on bystander intervention and empathy training aren't likely to have much impact unless attention is given to reducing bullying perpetration within children's peer groups.Why Illinois – and many states – may seek a waiver to No Child Left BehindNov 1, 2011 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Katherine Ryan, a professor of educationNew course will show teachers how to create, use educational gamesOct 24, 2011 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With an increasing number of children "wired" from an early age, adept at playing computer games and surfing the Web by elementary school, future teachers need to know how to integrate educational games into their teaching practice, according to Wen-Hao (David) Huang, a professor in the department of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Huang wants to "game-ify" the classroom by teaching future educators how to develop engaging interactive games that they can use as effective instructional tools.Bisexual teens at highest risk of bullying, truancy, suicideOct 13, 2011 9:00 am1772 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, bullying by their peers and truancy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. How limited English students move to English-only classes questionedOct 6, 2011 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Policymakers may want to rethink how they determine when children with limited English skills are fluent enough to learn in English-only classrooms, says a new study by an education professor at the University of Illinois.Nationally recognized expert on public schools to lecture at IllinoisSep 27, 2011 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John Q. Easton will discuss his most recent book, "Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons From Chicago," in two lectures at the University of Illinois next week. Could social media become an educational technology in classrooms?Sep 22, 2011 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... Evangeline (Vanna) Pianfetti, a faculty member in the department of educational psychologyChildren view same-race friendships differently for blacks, whitesSep 21, 2011 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African American children who have mainly African American friends may be viewed as "cool" and more popular by their classmates - but white students who affiliate mostly with other white students may be perceived less positively, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.How limited English students move to English-only classes questionedSep 15, 2011 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Policymakers may want to rethink how they determine when children with limited English skills are fluent enough to learn in English-only classrooms, says a new study by an education professor at the University of Illinois.Can a voucher system like Indiana's improve educational outcomes?Sep 13, 2011 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... Chris Lubienski, a professor of education policy, organization and leadershipChild bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents, study showsAug 15, 2011 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who bully others are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence when they enter adolescence, according to a new study led by bullying expert Dorothy Espelage at the University of Illinois.Numbers of women, minorities in math, science don't add up, researchers sayAug 2, 2011 9:00 am252 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study by a scholar at the University of Illinois suggests that the U.S. may not be falling as far behind its industrialized peers in educating future generations of scientists as previously thought. Significantly more female and minority college students are majoring in and obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields than reports have indicated if these disciplines, known by the acronym STEM, are viewed broadly.Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatmentJun 27, 2011 9:00 am273 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Reality television series such as "Intervention" that claim to provide unflinching portraits of addiction and treatment don't accurately depict either one, and, at worst, the shows' focus on the most extreme cases may deter some viewers from seeking help, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.Learning about disabilities fosters social acceptance, study findsJun 2, 2011 9:00 am157 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kindergartners who listen to stories about their similarities with children who have disabilities and engage in activities with peers who have special needs are more socially accepting, develop better communication skills and are less likely to engage in bullying behaviors, according to a new study by two special education professors.Values, peers shape minority males' academic success, study findsMay 11, 2011 9:00 am64 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the U.S. to achieve President Barack Obama's goal of having the largest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, educators, policymakers and families will need to address the barriers that discourage minorities from pursuing higher education. A new study by Lorenzo DuBois Baber, a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the unique challenges facing African American and Latino males.Education reform: Demanding proof of performance from Illinois teachersMay 6, 2011 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Chris Roegge, the executive director of the Council on Teacher EducationIllinois a leader in providing early learning programs to at-risk childrenApr 5, 2011 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois leads other states in the U.S. in ensuring that at-risk young children are provided with early childhood education, according to a new study by a researcher in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classroomsMar 24, 2011 9:00 am235 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A gap in reading and math scores still exists in lower grades, with boys continuing to outpace girls in math, and girls ahead of boys in reading, two University of Illinois education professors say.Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am397 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Complex cultural and gender beliefs about manliness and sexuality that discourage Latino men from seeking health care - and stigmatize the digital rectal exam as emasculating - could explain why some men don't seek care until the cancer has progressed, diminishing their chances for recovery.White House testimony on creating a national plan to reduce bullyingMar 9, 2011 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... educational psychology professor Philip RodkinU. of I.'s literacy software could make No Child Left Behind exams 'history'Mar 7, 2011 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While social media such as Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way people communicate, educational practices haven't kept pace, relying on outdated, limited tools such as standardized tests that don't reflect the profound changes precipitated by the Web. An interdisciplinary team of experts at the University of Illinois is developing software that they believe will transform the practice of writing assessment - and potentially eliminate cumbersome proficiency testing such as that mandated by state and federal agencies as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act.Changes in the Middle East, driven by a Facebook generationFeb 25, 2011 9:00 am25 views A Minute With™... sociologist Asef Bayat and education professor Linda HerreraSymposium in Chicago to focus on all aspects of charter schoolsFeb 23, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Charter schools as agents of change in American education will be the focus of a March 15 symposium at the Illini Center in Chicago that will feature scholars who have varying perspectives on the issue.Teacher conference to focus on ways to recruit, retain teachersFeb 23, 2011 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - New teacher induction and mentoring will be the focus of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's sixth annual conference.Combination of services helps mothers with chronic substance abuse issuesFeb 16, 2011 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that mothers with chronic substance abuse problems are more likely to make progress in recovering from addiction - and to reunite with their children in state custody - if they receive residential treatment plus community-based transitional services.Restructuring in College of Education to foster research, teaching, moreFeb 10, 2011 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The College of Education at the University of Illinois recently announced a restructuring that is expected to better support collaborative research and teaching by merging three departments. The merger also is expected to help the college maximize resources, be more competitive in obtaining external funding and address high-impact research and policy initiatives on the state and national levels. The restructuring, which took effect Jan. 1, created a department - called Education Policy, Organization and Leadership - from the former departments of educational policy studies, educational organization and leadership, and human resource education.U. of I. project examining applied baccalaureate degree programsFeb 9, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - President Barack Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union address, said that postsecondary education is critical to the U.S. economic recovery, and reiterated his goal that 55 percent of 25-34 year-old Americans hold associate degrees or higher degrees by 2025.Parents can explore new STEM magnet school at panel discussion Feb. 16Feb 4, 2011 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Parents of preschoolers who want to explore and ask questions about the opportunities available at the new Booker T. Washington Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics magnet elementary school in Champaign are invited to a panel discussion Feb. 16 (Wednesday) on the University of Illinois campus.Fewer college students are graduating on time, and it's costing plentyDec 8, 2010 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Jennifer Delaney, a professor of educational organization and leadershipStudy correlates black college students' racial identity and well-beingNov 29, 2010 9:00 am185 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African American college students who have internalized a positive racial identity - yet feel connected to other social groups - report higher levels of psychological well-being than peers who have externalized or conflicted racial identities and spurn cultural inclusivity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.Study examines tie between aggression and caregiving environmentNov 23, 2010 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois indicates that children who spend in excess of 30 hours per week in non-relative care through the age of 4 1/2 may be exposed to a social environment that popularizes aggression, leading some children to become more physically aggressive than peers who spend less time in nonmaternal care.Study: Employers, workers may benefit from employee reference poolNov 17, 2010 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With employers increasingly reluctant to supply references for former employees in order to avoid legal liability, the creation of a centralized reference pool for workers may make labor markets in the U.S. more efficient, a University of Illinois expert in labor and employment law says.Computer program aims to make it easier for children to learn mathNov 10, 2010 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A researcher at the University of Illinois is counting on a unique computer program to make it easier and more enjoyable for elementary school students who are at risk of academic failure to learn basic addition and subtraction facts.Expert in language disorders in children to speak at IllinoisOct 25, 2010 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Maryann Romski, an expert in language disorders in children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois on Thursday (Oct. 28). Book Corner: How to achieve balance in your lifeOct 21, 2010 9:00 am2 views Juggling the demands of being a faculty member, as well as trying to find time for yourself and family and friends can seem overwhelming. "The Joyful Professor" (Henschel Haus, 2010), by Barbara Minsker, a professor of environmental and water resources systems engineering, provides tips for balancing the many roles of researcher, teacher, coach and mentor, while maintaining a healthy personal life.Book Corner: Korean American students at U.S. collegesSep 16, 2010 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Among the UI campus's largest non-white ethnicities, Korean American students arrive at college hoping to realize the liberal ideals of the modern American university, in which individuals can exit their comfort zones to realize their full potential regardless of race, nation or religion. In her new book "The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation" (Duke University Press, 2009), Nancy Abelmann, a professor of anthropology and of East Asian languages and cultures, explores the tensions between these liberal ideals and the particularities of race, family and community in the contemporary university.Youth literature festival to feature authors, variety of art formsSep 14, 2010 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nationally known and emerging authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers will engage with their young readers and readers young at heart during the second Youth Literature Festival. The festival, to take place Oct. 9 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus, celebrates the ways in which written works enrich the lives of young people and promotes reading as a fun activity.Better alignment needed between high schools, community collegesJul 15, 2010 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High schools need to work with community colleges to align their curricula better and to reduce the number of students who need to enroll in remedial courses, according to a University of Illinois expert who studies community college education policy.Higher education under siege, scholar argues in new bookJun 18, 2010 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Colleges and universities are under siege from an array of economic, political and cultural forces that are dramatically changing higher education as we know it - but not for the better, according to Cary Nelson, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois.