blog posts K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic Apr 14, 2021 2:15 pm1100 views A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university. Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focus Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm1094 views The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools. Laser light show machine teaches students math, computer programming Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am1090 views Laser light shows are no longer just the stage dressing for rock concerts. They’re also a fun way for local middle school students to learn the fundamentals of mathematics from educators and scientists at the University of Illinois. Wealthy donors, think tanks major influences on education policy, study says Mar 11, 2016 2:15 pm1086 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. Quick fixes won’t stop sexual harassment in academia, experts say Aug 19, 2020 3:45 pm1080 views While many academic institutions are searching for ways to prevent sexual assault and sexual coercion among their faculty members, staff and students, they are failing to address the most common forms of gender-based harassment, say experts who study harassment and discrimination at work and in academic and health care settings. In an opinion published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the experts focus on behaviors that communicate derision, disgust or disrespect for members of one sex or gender group. Study examines impact of high school teacher and student views of freshmen's social, emotional needs Jun 8, 2020 9:00 am1064 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. Changes to student financial aid policy created “flawed,” debt-based system May 31, 2016 9:15 am1060 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. Why do so few community college grads transfer to elite colleges? Mar 18, 2019 1:00 pm1054 views Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses why so few community college students transfer to selective colleges and universities. Illinois receives grant to help study community college transfer students Feb 5, 2016 9:45 am1037 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. What factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests? Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am1032 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. Direct college admissions conference on campus Dec. 6 Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am1027 views A national conference on direct college admissions policies will be held Dec. 6 on the University of Illinois campus to explore how these programs can increase college access and boost enrollment. Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grant Oct 24, 2017 11:30 am1026 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. Paper: Train future psychologists to dismantle racism, injustice in society Aug 29, 2022 1:00 pm1007 views A team of psychologists, led by scholars at the U. of I. proposes training future psychologists to dismantle racism and systemic oppression in society -- while addressing their discipline's legacy of racist theories and practices. Personal history with street gangs sparks U. of I. graduate student’s research Jan 21, 2016 10:30 am991 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. OCCRL hosts conference on racial justice, equitable outcomes in higher education Sep 9, 2019 9:00 am972 views Racial justice on community college campuses is the focal point of an upcoming institute in San Diego, the third such conference organized by the U. of I. Office of Community College Research and Leadership. People with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study finds Jul 6, 2016 9:00 am966 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. How could public education change under the Trump administration? Dec 2, 2016 10:00 am944 views Sarah Lubienski, a professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, spoke recently about the possible future of public schools under the Trump administration. For community college students, ‘nudge-induced borrowing’ increases achievement Nov 12, 2018 9:15 am934 views When student loan amounts were printed in community college financial aid award letters, it led to better academic results and, in the following year, an increase in transfers to four-year colleges, says new research from Ben Marx, a professor of economics at Illinois. Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans? Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm922 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 Lyons College tours for Chinese teens a rapidly growing market for tourist industry Aug 24, 2018 12:15 pm919 views Many teens in China are embarking on study tours of U.S. colleges, creating a potentially lucrative market sector for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses in the Midwest, a new study found. Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hunger May 10, 2019 12:15 pm904 views Participating in a food-distribution program that provides children from food-insecure households with backpacks of meals for the weekend improves their school attendance on Fridays, a new study found. New book examines race's impact in school choice movement Sep 15, 2021 9:45 am902 views A new book by education professor Jon Hale examines the complex history of the school choice movement in the U.S., which was overshadowed by racism and resistance to desegregation. New book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am898 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. Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation rates Apr 29, 2019 8:30 am889 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. Brazilians with less education more likely to report being in poor health, study finds May 16, 2018 8:45 am887 views Brazilians with less education are more likely to self-report as being in poor health, according to a study using data from nationwide surveys distributed every five years from 1998 to 2013. The study also found that general subjective health did not improve over the study period, even though more people gained education throughout the study, indicating that other factors associated with poor education may need to be addressed to improve self-perceptions of health. Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after college May 18, 2016 9:45 am887 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. A close look at Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposal Aug 27, 2015 11:45 am883 views A Minute With...™ Jennifer Delaney, expert on higher education finance What parents can do to assure a successful school year Aug 27, 2015 9:45 am874 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in school Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education? Nov 28, 2017 8:45 am807 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 Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adults Jul 30, 2018 12:00 pm801 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. Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on time Jan 9, 2018 11:45 am800 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. New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoods May 2, 2016 1:30 pm788 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. Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stress May 5, 2014 9:00 am786 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. Digital technologies the focus of new College of Education programs Nov 12, 2015 10:15 am785 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. Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new study Oct 4, 2017 8:30 am780 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. Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activists Jan 25, 2016 11:15 am771 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. Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screenings Mar 15, 2011 9:00 am721 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Complex cultural and gender beliefs about manliness and sexuality that discourage Latino men from seeking health care - and stigmatize the digital rectal exam as emasculating - could explain why some men don't seek care until the cancer has progressed, diminishing their chances for recovery. Technology loan program helps families receive early childhood services online Dec 17, 2020 10:15 am714 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. Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology concepts Feb 28, 2018 8:30 am699 views Researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine have found that creating short videos that explain information presented during physiology lectures makes teaching easier for medical educators and learning easier for their students. Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries? Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm679 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 plan Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates? Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm671 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice Project Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behavior Jan 21, 2003 9:00 am662 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Peer-group influence on adolescents is well established, especially regarding drugs and alcohol. New research indicates it also extends to bullying behavior. New book explores the elements of effective decision-making Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am659 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. Will free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois? Aug 5, 2016 10:45 am657 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. Illinois schools sought to participate in 2022 Illinois Youth Survey Nov 17, 2021 7:00 am627 views Middle and high schools in Illinois are invited to participate in the 2022 Illinois Youth Survey, an online anonymous survey that assesses alcohol, drug and tobacco use among eighth, 10th and 12th grade students. Popular anti-bullying program may have mixed results, study finds Jan 16, 2015 9:00 am619 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A curriculum that is widely used by U.S. schools to diminish bullying and other forms of aggression shows promise at reducing gender- and sexual-based violence. However, the program's efficacy may vary between geographic regions, and it may not directly reduce bullying, physical aggression and victimization, a new study found. Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warnings Jul 21, 2017 8:00 am612 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. How would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers? Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm612 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. Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatment Jun 27, 2011 9:00 am605 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. School violence prevention project to focus on mobile apps, peer dynamics Nov 6, 2015 2:00 pm585 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.