blog postsPeople with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study findsJul 6, 2016 9:00 am872 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 am853 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 am914 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 am4180 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 am804 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 am324 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 pm962 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 pm602 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 am1908 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 am1752 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 pm998 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 am1153 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 am1108 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 am1009 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 pm1853 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 pm1962 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 pm2537 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 am747 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.Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s researchJan 21, 2016 10:30 am786 views Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, a doctoral student in child development at Illinois, is the author of a recent study that explored the risk and protective factors associated with young people who resist gang recruitment. Raised in low-income areas of inner-city Chicago notorious for gang violence, Merrin has personal experience with the environmental factors that push and pull youths into gang affiliation.Group learning makes children better decision-makers, study findsJan 19, 2016 1:00 pm1092 views Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions, a new study finds.Support program helps children with mental health issues succeed at schoolDec 11, 2015 9:45 am331 views A Minute With...™ Kate Wegmann, professor social workIs the Every Student Succeeds Act an improvement over No Child Left Behind?Dec 10, 2015 11:00 am1859 views A Minute With...™ Lizanne DeStefano, professor emerita of educational psychologyCore curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of MedicineDec 10, 2015 9:00 am2259 views Dr. Robert Good and professor Rashid Bashir have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group that will lead the effort to build the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s core curriculum. Six Illinois researchers named AAAS fellowsNov 23, 2015 10:00 am6489 views Six researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Children from chaotic homes benefit from time in child care, study findsNov 19, 2015 9:30 am1679 views Children in poverty from chaotic homes have better cognitive, social and behavioral outcomes if they spent 35 or more hours weekly in child care.Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8548 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2652 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.Digital technologies the focus of new College of Education programsNov 12, 2015 10:15 am755 views New degree programs in the College of Education will focus on the research and design of digital learning and teaching technologies and their applications across a range of disciplines. The college is rolling out its first major for students not aspiring to become licensed teachers, an emerging trend in education colleges.Expert on interventions for children with autism to give annual Goldstick LectureNov 9, 2015 12:45 pm407 views Brian A. Boyd, an expert on autism spectrum and related developmental disorders, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.School violence prevention project to focus on mobile apps, peer dynamicsNov 6, 2015 2:00 pm508 views In a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, experts on youth violence, bullying and school climate issues in Illinois and Oregon are teaming up to develop a comprehensive school safety intervention that will use mobile apps and high school youths as key change agents in preventing school violence.What factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests?Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am690 views Sarah McCarthey, director of teacher education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, discusses the preliminary results of Illinois' standardized test scores for the state's schoolchildren.College of Education opens new digital learning research laboratorySep 22, 2015 10:00 am1175 views The College of Education will host an event Sept. 30 to debut a new research laboratory that enables scholars to study learner interactions with digital technologies in real time while collecting massive amounts of varied data.A close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposalAug 27, 2015 11:45 am859 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education financeWhat parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am668 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolMaster Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm440 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.Annual STEM conference for new teachers expands to include the artsJul 21, 2015 11:15 am55 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. Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am184 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.New book offers look inside Teach for AmericaJul 1, 2015 1:00 pm240 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.Freedom Writer to speak at annual new teacher conferenceJun 25, 2015 1:15 pm10 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.Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm640 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice ProjectIllinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordableMay 26, 2015 12:15 pm95 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.New mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videosMay 15, 2015 12:30 pm22 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.College readiness declines when school focuses on test scores, study findsMay 12, 2015 12:30 pm59 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.New Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars sayMay 1, 2015 12:45 pm96 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.400 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 am174 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 pm168 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 am53 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 am62 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 am402 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.