blog posts To improve diversity in STEM, fix higher education, scholar says Apr 24, 2015 11:00 am261 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. Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilities Nov 12, 2015 1:15 pm3723 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. The phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in mice Apr 16, 2014 9:00 am50 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. 'The Game Changer' documentary on accessibility pioneer Tim Nugent premieres Sept. 22 on BTN Sep 13, 2016 2:00 pm1630 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. The edTPA assessment and licensing of student teachers Apr 25, 2016 9:30 am3633 views A Minute With...™ Illinois Professor Chris Roegge, executive director of the Council on Teacher Education The business side of college basketball coaches to be topic of talk Feb 2, 2001 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- An inside perspective on 25 years of change in the business side of coaching college basketball will be the theme of a lecture Feb. 6 at the University of Illinois. Texting, tweeting ought to be viewed as GR8 teaching tools, scholar says Dec 10, 2009 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The impact of text messaging on the decline of formal writing among teens has been debated in pedagogical circles ever since cell-phone ownership became an adolescent rite of passage in the mid-2000s. But according to a University of Illinois expert in media literacy, not only are critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation wrong, they also often overlook the bigger role that texting and its distant cousin, "tweeting," could play in education and research. Technology loan program helps families receive early childhood services online Dec 17, 2020 10:15 am662 views The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse lends computer tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots to families of infants and young children who need them to conduct online sessions with their children's therapists during the pandemic. Teaching and Research are a Potent Educational Mix, Say U. of I. Faculty in a New Book Nov 3, 2014 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap. Teachers upgrade tech skills statewide Jun 17, 2003 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 400 Illinois teachers are upgrading their computer and technology skills this summer at eight sites throughout the state. Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study says Nov 4, 2013 9:00 am1114 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. Teachers, principals to take part in Chancellor's Academy at U. of I. Jul 27, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Forty-two local teachers and 28 school principals are expected to attend the second Chancellor's Academy, starting Monday (July 31). Teachers learn to integrate technology into classes during weeklong workshops Jun 21, 2002 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. More than 1,200 Illinois educators have upgraded their computer skills during the past four summers through a weeklong institute called "A Moveable Feast." Teachers at 11 schools will learn new computer and Internet skills in summer institutes Jun 12, 2001 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. .Almost 450 Illinois educators will be learning new computer and Internet skills this summer through weeklong institutes at 11 sites in Illinois. Teachers, administrators urging middle schoolers to turn off TV for a week Apr 13, 2005 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students at Urbana Middle School are being encouraged to turn off their televisions for one week at the end of April. They're also learning how to be wiser about what they watch, with help from teachers, administrators and the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Teacher Placement Day on April 5 to draw school districts from 27 states and six foreign countries Mar 29, 2001 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. New and veteran teachers, from both the University of Illinois and the community, will be shopping for jobs at schools from around the country and around the world April 5 (Thursday) at the UIs annual Teacher Placement Day. Teacher placement day attracts recruiters from half the states Mar 22, 2002 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Recruiters from half the states and several foreign countries will be looking for teachers to fill thousands of positions March 28 at the University of Illinois at the annual Teacher Placement Day. Teacher conference to focus on ways to recruit, retain teachers Feb 23, 2011 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - New teacher induction and mentoring will be the focus of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's sixth annual conference. Teacher collaborative releases guide to support new teachers Sep 18, 2013 9:00 am47 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. Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended Aug 10, 2017 8:30 am1340 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. Symposium in Chicago to focus on all aspects of charter schools Feb 23, 2011 9:00 am11 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. Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at event May 10, 2018 9:30 am502 views Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15, in Champaign. Support program helps children with mental health issues succeed at school Dec 11, 2015 9:45 am394 views A Minute With...™ Kate Wegmann, professor social work Sun-Times sports columnist to speak Friday Sep 30, 2002 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Rick Telander, a Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist and the author of the recently published "String Music," a novel about a young basketball fan and the basketball star who befriends him, will speak at 12:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4) at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classrooms Mar 24, 2011 9:00 am260 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. Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adults Jul 30, 2018 12:00 pm779 views Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan. Study shows complex link between abuse and eating disorders Dec 19, 2005 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Women who were victims of childhood sexual abuse have long been assumed to be at a higher risk for eating disorders. The results of research, however, have been mixed, with some studies showing a link and others none. Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stress May 5, 2014 9:00 am770 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. Study: Many parents of children with disabilities don’t make care plans Feb 9, 2018 11:45 am1473 views Fewer than half of parents of children with disabilities make long-term care plans to ensure their child's needs are met if the parent dies or can no longer care for the child, University of Illinois special education professor Meghan Burke found. Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after college May 18, 2016 9:45 am852 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. Study links responsible behavior in high school to life success 50 years later Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am3943 views A new study links doing one’s homework, being interested and behaving responsibly in high school to better academic and career success as many as 50 years later. This effect, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, holds true even after accounting for parental income, IQ and other factors known to influence achievement, researchers report. Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation rates Apr 29, 2019 8:30 am863 views Freshmen from low-income families who received Illinois Promise loan-replacement grants at the University of Illinois were significantly more likely to graduate within five years, a new study found. Study: Idea sharing increases online learner engagement Jul 14, 2021 8:00 am1012 views Online learning engagement can be increased by nearly one-third by simply prompting students to share course ideas instead of personal details. Study: Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs Apr 23, 2018 12:30 pm1431 views The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems as high school freshmen, a new study found. Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languages Jan 29, 2019 11:30 am1504 views Students' comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture – even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, researchers at the University of Illinois found. Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professors May 9, 2016 1:00 pm1124 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. Study finds textbooks lacking in how they teach conceptions of science Apr 11, 2007 9:00 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There is no certainty in science, no such thing as "the truth." Nor is science completely rational, objective or free of cultural influence. There is no step-by-step procedure for doing science, no "scientific method," says University of Illinois education professor Fouad Abd-El-Khalick. Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems Jul 15, 2013 9:00 am99 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. Study explores the down side of being dubbed ‘class clown’ May 1, 2018 12:45 pm2583 views By the time boys who are dubbed class clowns reach third grade, they plummet to the bottom of the social circle -- and view themselves as social failures -- as classmates’ disapproval of their behavior grows, a new study found. Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bullies Dec 19, 2011 9:00 am132 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. Study examines tie between aggression and caregiving environment Nov 23, 2010 9:00 am119 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 examines Teach For America’s impact on costs, hiring at five school systems Feb 19, 2016 10:30 am1365 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. Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander intervention Aug 11, 2014 9:00 am257 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. Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needs Jun 8, 2020 9:00 am1013 views When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found. Study examines how pandemic-related changes affect college students’ motivation May 25, 2021 8:00 am1131 views Some at-risk college students' motivation increased while living at home and learning remotely during the pandemic, despite concerns many would be negatively affected, researchers at the U. of I. found in a new study. Study: Employers, workers may benefit from employee reference pool Nov 17, 2010 9:00 am30 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. Study correlates black college students' racial identity and well-being Nov 29, 2010 9:00 am441 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: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilities Jul 3, 2018 11:15 am1376 views Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings. Study: Black students receive fewer warnings from teachers about misbehavior Jul 29, 2019 9:15 am2169 views A new study of racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline found that black middle school students were significantly less likely than their white peers to receive warnings from teachers about misbehavior. Students use TikTok to learn about biomechanics during engineering virtual summer camps Aug 13, 2020 11:30 am1277 views Teens attending the virtual summer camps hosted by the College of Engineering used the video-sharing medium TikTok to learn the principles of biomechanics and the techniques of motion-capture analysis.