blog postsAdvocacy program giving Illinois youths real-life civics lessonsMay 18, 2016 9:30 am322 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.Leisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am322 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While leisure activities are essential to physical and emotional well-being and quality of life - they also can be very stressful for people with disabilities, a new study suggests.Illinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bulliesNov 3, 2014 9:00 am314 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs face to face or online.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am304 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.Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at eventMay 10, 2018 9:30 am290 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.Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am287 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.U.S. hotels need to better understand Chinese travelers' culture, goals, study saysSep 19, 2014 9:00 am286 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - China's rapidly growing middle class is expected to be a boon for the travel industry, in both China and the U.S. in coming years.Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatmentJun 27, 2011 9:00 am275 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.Conference to explore impact of erratic state funding on higher educationMay 21, 2018 12:45 pm254 views The impact of unpredictable state funding on students and postsecondary institutions will be the focus of an upcoming conference 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.Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am243 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.New book offers look inside Teach for AmericaJul 1, 2015 1:00 pm238 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.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.Parental influences differ in determining child's later academic successAug 12, 2009 9:00 am234 views 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.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be June 26-27Jun 4, 2018 1:30 pm232 views Two Chicago educators who recently received Golden Apple Awards for their innovative teaching practices will be the keynote speakers at the 2018 Beginning Teacher Conference at the University of Illinois.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am219 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.Boys who bully peers more likely to engage in sexual harassmentOct 29, 2014 9:00 am215 views 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.School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learningMar 7, 2013 9:00 am212 views 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.Fear of Germany's destruction drove Nazism's appeal, scholar saysJun 17, 2008 9:00 am208 views 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.All work and no play makes for troubling trend in early educationJan 26, 2009 9:00 am192 views 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.Should college athletes be paid?Oct 2, 2013 9:00 am190 views A Minute With™... former coach Don Hardin and sports economist Scott Tainsky, both faculty members in recreation, sport and tourismStudy examines role of school culture in promoting bullying, bystander interventionAug 11, 2014 9:00 am186 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 correlates black college students' racial identity and well-beingNov 29, 2010 9:00 am186 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.Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am181 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.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.Educator using animated cartoons to reshape geometry instructionOct 9, 2014 9:00 am174 views 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.To improve diversity in STEM, fix higher education, scholar saysApr 24, 2015 11:00 am173 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 Education'Color-blind' 14th amendment not color-blind at all, professor saysMay 31, 2007 9:00 am166 views 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.More than 20 percent of middle school students experience inappropriate touching, study saysApr 8, 2014 9:00 am164 views 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.Book explores educational value of religion in public schoolsMar 10, 2014 9:00 am163 views 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.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.Uninsured community college students in Illinois confused about Obamacare, study saysSep 4, 2014 9:00 am161 views 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.Education historian James D. Anderson to deliver Brown lecture in Washington, D.C.Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am159 views 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.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.Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am155 views 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.Scholars' work aimed at transforming literacy educationOct 2, 2012 9:00 am145 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.Child 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.Musical sensibility can help shape teaching, research educationOct 28, 2009 9:00 am117 views 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.Social and emotional learning's role in stemming school violenceJun 16, 2014 9:00 am116 views A Minute With™... Durriyyah Kemp, a community health educator with University of Illinois ExtensionFun, 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.Physically fit children appear to do better in classroom, researchers sayOct 18, 2004 9:00 am109 views 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.Why schools should move from traditional to 'balanced' calendarsJun 22, 2006 9:00 am108 views A Minute With™... Carolyn Shields, the head of the department of educational organization and leadershipNew book explores post-emancipation education of blacks in MississippiJul 21, 2009 9:00 am98 views 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.New Orleans’ school reforms harmful to black community, scholars sayMay 1, 2015 12:45 pm95 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.Illinois' 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.Pulitzer Prize-winner Bill Gaines named to Knight Chair in JournalismJul 11, 2001 9:00 am95 views 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.Bully-prevention options for schools too narrow and untestedAug 10, 2007 9:00 am88 views 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.Science 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.Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problemsJul 15, 2013 9:00 am82 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.