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  • Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22

    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.

  • Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick Lecture

    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.

  • Parental influences differ in determining child's later academic success

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mothers and fathers play different roles and make different contributions to a child's upbringing, but a father's influence upon a child's academic success later in life is felt the most when he's involved from the very beginning, says a University of Illinois expert in early childhood education.

  • School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learning

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - U.S. high school "sink or swim" placement policies that propel immigrant students into courses that they're linguistically and academically unprepared for - or conversely, that funnel all newcomers into remedial courses or service-oriented vocational programs - may undermine these students' academic success and their motivation to learn, new research suggests.

  • Numbers of women, minorities in math, science don't add up, researchers say

    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.

  • Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassment

    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.

  • All work and no play makes for troubling trend in early education

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child's development instead of enhancing it, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies childhood learning and literacy development.

  • Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental health

    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.

  • Will the Student Aid Bill of Rights help control student loan debt?

    A Minute With™ Angela Lyons, director of the Center for Economic and Financial Education

  • To improve diversity in STEM, fix higher education, scholar says

    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.

  • Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seventy-five years after the Nazis rose to power, historians still struggle to explain how the Nazis could take such effective hold of Germany and bring it to such murderous extremes in war and in the Holocaust.

  • Study correlates black college students' racial identity and well-being

    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.

  • Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

    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.

  • Educator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instruction

    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.

  • Uninsured community college students in Illinois confused about Obamacare, study says

    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.

  • 'Color-blind' 14th amendment not color-blind at all, professor says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It is the central argument in many recent desegregation and affirmative action lawsuits, including school cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court: The 14th Amendment was written to make the Constitution color-blind and race-neutral.

  • Study examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander intervention

    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.

  • More than 20 percent of middle school students experience inappropriate touching, study says

    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.

  • Children aware of popularity issues as early as third grade, study shows

    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.

  • Education historian James D. Anderson to deliver Brown lecture in Washington, D.C.

    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.

  • Scholars' work aimed at transforming literacy education

    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.

  • Learning about disabilities fosters social acceptance, study finds

    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.

  • Child bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents, study shows

    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.

  • Musical sensibility can help shape teaching, research education

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The underlying similarities between teaching, research and music can be a powerful metaphor for education and qualitative inquiry, according to a University of Illinois professor of education.

  • Book explores educational value of religion in public schools

    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.

  • Factors that help students feel safer at school identified in study

    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.

  • Fun, incentives both essential in motivating workers' online learning

    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.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Bill Gaines named to Knight Chair in Journalism

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Bill Gaines, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner during 27 years as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has been named to the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Illinois.

  • Should college athletes be paid?

    A Minute With™...  former coach Don Hardin and sports economist Scott Tainsky, both  faculty members in recreation, sport and tourism

  • Illinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordable

    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.

  • Science museum event launches neuroscience education program

    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.

  • New book explores post-emancipation education of blacks in Mississippi

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the years immediately following the Civil War, the question of education for newly emancipated slaves in Mississippi centered on whether schools should seek to educate blacks as citizens or train them as subsistence laborers. While many whites favored the laborer option, those who had been freed wanted schools established by and for themselves as a means of achieving independence, equality and political empowerment - in essence, full citizenship, says Christopher M. Span, a professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois.

  • Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

    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.

  • New Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars say

    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.

  • Bully-prevention options for schools too narrow and untested

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the battle against drugs in the 1980s and '90s, schools overwhelmingly embraced the DARE program before research came to seriously question its effectiveness.

  • Girls' confidence in math dampened by parents' gender stereotypes

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A survey of middle school girls reveals that their self-confidence in math suffers when their parents believe the gender stereotype that holds that math is a male domain and when the parents give unsolicited help with homework.

  • Reality TV provides an education for self-help citizenship, author says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many things have been said about reality TV, but "educational" has rarely been among them.

  • Physically fit children appear to do better in classroom, researchers say

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The health benefits of exercise - across the lifespan - have been well documented. More recently, scientists have begun to demonstrate that exercise also may improve cognitive functioning in older adults.

  • Experts offer ways to head off challenging behaviors in young children

    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.

  • Students, teachers need to be transculturally literate, expert says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The current generation of college students and teachers need to be as culturally fluent with people from different cultures as they are with their own, a soft skill that has become an essential part of life in the 21st century, a University of Illinois expert on teacher education says.

  • Higher education under siege, scholar argues in new book

    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.

  • Ceremony to mark establishment of Confucius Institute at Illinois

    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).

  • Cultural issues in education, society focus of conference

    CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The role of culture in educational and social interventions will be the focus of a conference in Chicago to be hosted by the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • U. of I. professor James Anderson named to National Academy of Education

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, considered the highest honor in the field of educational scholarship.

  • Preparing high school students for STEM in college, careers

    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. 

  • Values, peers shape minority males' academic success, study finds

    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.

  • Annual STEM conference for new teachers expands to include the arts

    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.


  • College readiness declines when school focuses on test scores, study finds

    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.

  • Is the underfunding of higher ed pricing students out?

    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.

  • Will the U.S. Supreme Court end race-based affirmative action in college admissions?

    A Minute With™... James D. Anderson, the Gutgsell Professor of Educational Policy Studie