blog postsKey to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundanceJan 18, 2018 2:00 pm10154 views Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, suggests a new study led by a researcher at the University of Illinois.Lessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers reportJan 17, 2018 10:30 am2564 views Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study.Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am790 views Children who experience high rates of bullying, fighting or absenteeism during seventh grade are at significantly greater risk of not graduating high school on time, a new University of Illinois study suggests.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm907 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsDoes tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am793 views Higher education finance expert Jennifer Delaney talks about the possible ramifications for college students and their families of tax reform proposals being considered by the U.S. Senate Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grantOct 24, 2017 11:30 am1002 views The Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois is expanding its academic programs for men in prison with the support of a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am266 views Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am742 views Pay-it-forward college financing programs that enable students to pay tuition upon departure rather than entry may make college more accessible to greater numbers of students in the U.S., a new analysis suggests.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2230 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesTaboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am1288 views A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am592 views Emily Knox, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, is the editor of a book that looks at the controversial topic of the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am331 views Teachers who have just completed their first year in the classroom are invited to attend the annual Beginning Teacher Conference on July 17-18 at the University of Illinois.Anderson named College of Education deanJun 7, 2017 9:45 am1954 views James D. Anderson, the interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the dean effective Aug. 16.Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm2223 views College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am463 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherNew book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am655 views The willingness and courage to make decisions is what distinguishes leaders from other people, according to U. of I. education professor Mary Herrmann, the author of a new book that examines the processes and skills that support effective decision-making.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm671 views A U.N. report calls for empowerment of young adults in Arab countries through education reforms that better prepare them for employment. An Illinois social anthropologist takes issue with the planAnnual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am312 views Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1677 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am808 views A new book co-written by University of Illinois labor professors Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno chronicles the seven-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012.Sexual harassment common among middle school children, study findsDec 9, 2016 9:00 am2870 views Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, according to a new five-year study by researchers at the University of Illinois.How could public education change under the Trump administration?Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am940 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration.How has the definition of ‘effective leadership’ changed?Nov 2, 2016 3:30 pm2311 views David Rosch, a professor of agriculture education and an expert on leadership, spoke recently about popular perceptions of good leadership and how those standards have changed.Expert on parent-delivered language interventions to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 24, 2016 10:45 am400 views Leonard Abbeduto, an expert on language development in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am354 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.Adults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needsOct 6, 2016 1:30 pm1202 views Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.'The Game Changer' documentary on accessibility pioneer Tim Nugent premieres Sept. 22 on BTNSep 13, 2016 2:00 pm1598 views A new 30-minute documentary tells the story of Tim Nugent, known by many as the “Father of Accessibility,” who founded the first comprehensive program for college students with physical disabilities at the University of Illinois. Prior to the start of that program, people with disabilities were not expected to go to school, find employment or play sports.Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study findsSep 1, 2016 10:45 am1686 views Childhood bullying inflicts the same long-term psychological trauma on girls as severe physical or sexual abuse, suggests a new survey of nearly 500 college students.Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study findsAug 23, 2016 9:30 am1138 views Guaranteed-tuition laws, touted by lawmakers as protecting college affordability and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, have received failing grades from two University of Illinois experts in higher education finance.Anderson named College of Education interim deanAug 10, 2016 10:30 am1164 views James D. Anderson, the head of the department of education policy, organization and leadership and the executive associate dean for the College of Education, will become the interim dean of the College of Education effective Aug. 16.How would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers?Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm607 views Spiraling tuition rates at U.S. colleges and universities, and mounting concern about student loan debt, have made college affordability a key policy objective for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Will free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois?Aug 5, 2016 10:45 am651 views The state superintendent of education said providing the SAT for free would promote equity in higher education. Education professor Eboni Zamani-Gallaher isn't so sure.People with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study findsJul 6, 2016 9:00 am944 views A recent analysis of online conversations about President Obama’s proposed plan for tuition-free community colleges, America’s College Promise, indicates that a significant number of people oppose the plan because it lacks measures to help them and the millions of other borrowers currently mired in student loan debt.With online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaksJun 27, 2016 11:00 am1246 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Changes to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based systemMay 31, 2016 9:15 am1010 views A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholars Daniel A. Collier and Richard Herman.Computer app whets children’s appetites for eco-friendly mealsMay 19, 2016 9:00 am4326 views A new educational software application under development at the University of Illinois is introducing middle school students to the topic of climate change and showing them how their dietary choices affect the planet.Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after collegeMay 18, 2016 9:45 am847 views People who had outstanding balances on their student loans when they graduated or dropped out of college had lower net worth, fewer financial and nonfinancial assets, and homes with lower market values when they reached age 30, according to a paper by University of Illinois social work professor Min Zhan.Advocacy program giving Illinois youths real-life civics lessonsMay 18, 2016 9:30 am353 views A curriculum that has involved hundreds of Illinois youths in advocating for policy changes in their communities also could help schools fulfill a new state mandate that makes civics education a requirement for high school graduation.Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1106 views When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time – a finding that points to the growing tension between academic freedom and campus speech codes, says U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy.New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm744 views The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.The edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachersApr 25, 2016 9:30 am3479 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education Seventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulationMar 30, 2016 11:30 am1897 views Researchers at the University of Illinois hope to inspire greater numbers of young people to become astronomers – or at least to embrace learning science – with a new computer simulation that engages children’s bodies as well as their minds in learning about how objects move in space.Wealthy donors, think tanks major influences on education policy, study saysMar 11, 2016 2:15 pm1060 views Venture philanthropists are dramatically reshaping public education policymaking in the U.S. by funding integrated networks of think tanks and advocacy organizations that work together to push through to implementation education laws that these wealthy donors favor, a new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests.Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1327 views Thinking of higher education funding as an investment that lowers costs – and not as mere consumption spending – could reframe the debate in Springfield, according to research from Walter W. McMahon, an emeritus professor of economics and of educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois.Study examines Teach For America’s impact on costs, hiring at five school systemsFeb 19, 2016 10:30 am1336 views Teach For America has reaped millions of dollars in nonrefundable finder’s fees from school systems in the U.S. through lucrative contracts that require schools to hire designated numbers of the organization’s corps members – whether or not its teachers meet districts’ specific content or grade-level needs, a new study suggests.Illinois receives grant to help study community college transfer studentsFeb 5, 2016 9:45 am1035 views A $700,000 grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois will fund new studies focused on helping community college transfer students earn baccalaureate degrees.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm2682 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Project embeds computer science lessons in math instruction for K-5 studentsFeb 2, 2016 12:15 pm2149 views A two-year project funded by the National Science Foundation is laying the groundwork for meeting society’s growing demand for citizens literate in computer science by integrating computing with elementary school mathematics – an approach that holds promise for democratizing access to computer science education and promoting diversity within the U.S. technology workforce.First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT scoreFeb 2, 2016 12:00 pm4511 views Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am768 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.