Curriculum and Instruction

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 Spring, 2020 Study Abroad Course-trip

Why go to Finland and Sweden?

The Finnish and Swedish education systems have become internationally examined examples of well-performing systems that successfully combine quality with wide-spread equity and social cohesion through reasonable public financing (Sahlberg, 2007).

Because of the student achievement success of both Finland and Sweden, University students will be able to study the elements of what comprises an exemplar education system and its pedagogy.  Some of the specific tenets they will see include school-based curriculum development built on learning targets.  A second tenet includes a balance of teaching and learning, giving equal value to all aspects of an individual’s growth.  A third tenet is the value placed on the professionalism of teachers, trusting in their determination for what is best for students.  Curriculum is improved in that students get to see firsthand what an exemplar education system looks like, providing them with knowledge when they begin their teaching careers and how to apply some of these practices.

The trip will be:  May 16-23, 2020, going to Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden  

What classes are included in your Study Abroad Course/Program?

The 2 Credit course class for this Study Abroad Program will be the upper division 379 special topics course and 679 for graduate students.  

List planned activities on-site.

  • Walking tour of Helsinki (Government house, Helsinki University, Uspenski Cathedral)
  • Sightseeing tour of Helsinki, including Helsinki’s parliament
  • Visit to Temppeliaukio church
  • Finnish education workshop-learn about innovative Finnish education practices
  • School visit in Helsinki-experience the methods that lead to high results on PISA assessment
  • Visit a library in Helsinki-check out the best reference center and reserves of the national collection.
  • Finnish cultural experience-ride to Kuusjarvi (all-season outdoor recreational center), guide to discuss Finnish culture and education
  • Sightseeing tour of Stockholm, Sweden (Royal Opera House, the Parliament, the Royal Palace)
  • Vasa Ship-a well restored 17th-century war ship.
  • Walking tour of Stockholm (old town)
  • Visit a local school-learn about the Swedish educational system firsthand through a local school visit.

For more information contact:  Dr. Melissa Stinnett ( or Kim McDaniel:

To view information on the study abroad website, please click here



Western Illinois University


Student Education Association
Spring Conference

To Be Announced

  Horrabin Hall Rm 1
  Western Illinois University
  Macomb, IL

   For more information, call the College of Education and Human Services at: 309-298-1690
   or email:

Books Graphic Children's Literature Examination Center

To Be Announced

Horrabin Hall Rms. 45 & 47
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

You are invited to CLEC Open House to examine current 2016-2018 books of the Children's Literature Examination Center and the Lois and Lowell Lueck Collection (2016-2017). After the current Open House, the 2016 books will be available in September 2018 for checkout in the Curriculum Library by WIU educators, students and area educators who have completed the library's checkout form. The WIU Curriculum Library is open to the public. Enjoy the selection and share with school librarians.

Individual Refreshments served as you browse gorgeous books!    Sundae

Children’s Literature Examination Center
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
CLEC Web Site at:
Kids Reading


   For more information, call
   See you soon!
   Dr. Barry Birnbaum, CLEC Director

Beakers                        You are invited to the

31st WIU PreK-8 Science Education Update Conference

"Teaching NGSS Science in Today’s Classroom"
  To Be Announced

Click Here for Flyer  and   Here for the Website

This conference is designed for early elementary through the middle school educators who desire to learn more about teaching science as it aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Presenters will be sharing strategies, ideas and activities for linking their science instruction to the three Dimensions of Science: Scientific & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas and the NGSS Performance Expectations.

The conference includes:

  • Hands-On Science Activities • Science Materials Displays • Curriculum Resource Displays      
  • Environmental Education Displays • Children's Literature in Science Displays • $100’s in Door Prizes

The conference program schedule is:  
8 am Registration & Exhibits;   8:30-9:25 am Concurrent Sessions #1;
9:35-10:30 am Concurrent Session #2;   10:30-11:00 am Exhibits & Refreshments;  11:00-11:55 am Concurrent Sessions #3;
12:00-1:00 pm Mini-sessions;  1:00-1:45 pm Lunch;   1:45-2:30 pm Announcements & Door prizes.

Multiple presentations by practicing science teachers are planned for PreK-8 classroom teachers during each of the three 55-minute morning sessions.  These 50-minute presentations will provide practical and classroom tested ideas for science activities and will include a variety of informational handouts and activity sheets.  Session #3 will be immediately followed by the mini-sessions where participants move from station to station of their choice spending 10 minutes receiving information on a specific topic, demonstration, or activity plus a handout for reference.  Time will permit participants to visit 5 or 6 stations of the 10 or more stations at levels (PreK-3), (3-5) and (4-8).

For further information contact: Don Powers at the Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center, phone (309)298-1258;
Fax (309)298-2800;  or email:

Infinate Potential Through Technology (INFINITEC) Presents:
Sixth Annual Assistive Technology Conference

February 14, 2020
Western Illinois University
Horrabin Hall Room 1

Sponsored by: WIU Council for Exceptional Children and Special Education, along with a grant from ISBE