blog postsNew book explores forces behind Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012Dec 14, 2016 8:45 am698 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.Quality, quantity lacking in children's educational TV, study saysNov 12, 2008 9:00 am673 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Commercial broadcasters are doing the "bare minimum and not much more" for children's educational programming, according to University of Illinois communication professor Barbara Wilson, one of two lead researchers on a study released today (Nov. 12) by the organization Children Now.What parents can do to assure a successful school yearAug 27, 2015 9:45 am658 views A Minute With...™ Eva Pomerantz, expert on children's motivation in schoolLessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers reportJan 17, 2018 10:30 am642 views Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study.Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates?Jun 10, 2015 12:00 pm636 views A Minute With...™ Rebecca Ginsburg, director of Illinois' Education Justice ProjectWill free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois?Aug 5, 2016 10:45 am630 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.What factors might explain children's poor performance on Illinois' new standardized tests?Oct 19, 2015 11:30 am614 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.Study: Mothers raising children with autism prone to depression, stressMay 5, 2014 9:00 am606 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.Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study findsApr 18, 2013 9:00 am581 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm580 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.New book explores the elements of effective decision-makingMar 3, 2017 9:45 am575 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.How would Hillary Clinton’s education plan affect college students and indebted borrowers?Aug 9, 2016 12:45 pm558 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.Relationship building among co-workers key driver of workplace socializationMay 20, 2010 9:00 am548 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A sink-or-swim mentality for socializing new employees will ultimately only drain organizations of their best talent over time, according to new research by a University of Illinois expert in workplace dynamics.Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offendedAug 10, 2017 8:30 am541 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.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm536 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 LyonsSelf-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggestsJul 24, 2012 9:00 am504 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students with cognitive and learning disabilities who engaged in a self-directed learning program were more likely to access mainstream instruction and achieve their academic or other goals, suggests research by Karrie A. Shogren, a special education expert at the University of Illinois.Is entrepreneurship the solution to poverty in Arab countries?Feb 16, 2017 12:30 pm498 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 planBoy-girl bullying in middle grades more common than previously thoughtDec 9, 2008 9:00 am488 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Much more cross-gender bullying - specifically, unpopular boys harassing popular girls - occurs in later elementary school grades than previously thought, meaning educators should take reports of harassment from popular girls seriously, according to new research by a University of Illinois professor who studies child development.School violence prevention project to focus on mobile apps, peer dynamicsNov 6, 2015 2:00 pm475 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.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am473 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. Only half of youths involved in problem behaviors graduate on timeJan 9, 2018 11:45 am472 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.Master Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm429 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.Expert on interventions for children with autism to give annual Goldstick LectureNov 9, 2015 12:45 pm406 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.Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study saysNov 4, 2013 9:00 am399 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.How might President Trump’s proposed education budget affect college access?Apr 12, 2017 9:45 am389 views The proposed federal budget would continue to shift college access, affordability further beyond the reach of low-income, working-class students, says Professor Eboni Zamani-GallaherPay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new studyOct 4, 2017 8:30 am359 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.Peer groups influence early adolescent bullying behaviorJan 21, 2003 9:00 am344 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.Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am331 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.Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study findsFeb 20, 2015 9:00 am328 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.Expert on parent-delivered language interventions to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 24, 2016 10:45 am328 views Leonard Abbeduto, an expert on language development in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Research questions belief that private schools are better than publicsApr 7, 2005 9:00 am327 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students do better in private schools, according to common wisdom - and some well-regarded data now more than two decades old.Rote memorization of historical facts adds to collective cluelessnessFeb 12, 2009 9:00 am325 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As fans of talk-show host Jay Leno's man-on-the-street interviews know, Americans suffer from a national epidemic of historical and civic ignorance. But just because most Americans know more about "American Idol" than they do about American government doesn't necessarily mean it's entirely their fault.Are black bears and other large predators returning to Illinois?Jun 23, 2014 9:00 am322 views A Minute With™... Peggy Doty, who provides educational programs about coexisting with large predators for the University of Illinois Extension.Advocacy program giving Illinois youths real-life civics lessonsMay 18, 2016 9:30 am314 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.Support program helps children with mental health issues succeed at schoolDec 11, 2015 9:45 am314 views A Minute With...™ Kate Wegmann, professor social workPublic schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study saysMay 23, 2008 9:00 am305 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in public schools learn as much or more math between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students in private schools, according to a new University of Illinois study of multi-year, longitudinal data on nearly 10,000 students.Annual Beginning Teacher Conference to be July 17-18Jun 28, 2017 11:15 am290 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.Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am269 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.Illinois researchers develop social sensing game to detect classroom bulliesNov 3, 2014 9:00 am264 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.War, genocide 'difficult knowledge' to teach younger studentsSep 3, 2009 9:00 am259 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether they're found in a museum or a textbook, historical narratives about traumatic events such as war and genocide are better left to older students, who have typically developed a more refined historical consciousness, says a University of Illinois professor who studies and teaches historical instruction.U.S. hotels need to better understand Chinese travelers' culture, goals, study saysSep 19, 2014 9:00 am256 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.Leisure activities stressful for working adults with disabilities, study findsMay 19, 2014 9:00 am252 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.Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatmentJun 27, 2011 9:00 am224 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.Study: Teachers unaware of growing gender gaps in classroomsMar 24, 2011 9:00 am223 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.New book offers look inside Teach for AmericaJul 1, 2015 1:00 pm223 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.Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am208 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.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am207 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.School policies, biased teachers hamper immigrant children's learningMar 7, 2013 9:00 am193 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.Parental influences differ in determining child's later academic successAug 12, 2009 9:00 am193 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.Numbers of women, minorities in math, science don't add up, researchers sayAug 2, 2011 9:00 am180 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.