Curriculum and Instruction

2018 Department News

News Archive




Western Illinois University


Student Education Association
Spring Conference

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:30am - 2:20pm

  Horrabin Hall Rm 1
  Western Illinois University
  Macomb, IL

  08:30 - 09:15   Registration & Breakfast
  09:20 – 09:30   Opening Remarks by SEA President
  09:30 – 10:20   Autism: One Piece at a Time - Lori Thompson

  10:30 – 11:20   Session # 1

  1. Block to First Year Teaching
  2. Unlocking Potential through Technology - Katie Hoge
  3. Teaching Mathematics Problem Solving in the Common Core Classroom - Kate Hall
  4. Interviewing 101 - Steve Horrell

  11:30 – 12:20  Session #2

  1. Let’s Talk edTPA – David DeVries
  2. Interviewing 101 - Steve Horrell
  3. Block to First Year Teaching
  4. The Teacher Advocate

  12:30 - 01:20   Lunch

  01:30 – 02:20  Session # 3

  1. Let’s Talk edTPA – David DeVries
  2. What kind of teacher will you become? - Dr. Ty Jiles
  3. Workshop with the CEC

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

Books Graphic Children's Literature Examination Center

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:00pm - 6:00pm and
Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30am - 1:00pm

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:

Click here for flyer!  Kids Reading


   For more information, call
   See you soon!
   Dr. Frances Steward, CLEC Director

Beakers                        You are invited to the

31st WIU PreK-8 Science Education Update Conference

"Teaching NGSS Science in Today’s Classroom"
  Friday, April 20, 2018
  8:00am - 2:30pm in Horrabin Hall

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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:

Grad Expo

WIU Graduate Program Expo - March 6, 2018


Interested in learning more about Graduate School at Western Illinois University? 

Plan to attend the Western Illinois University Career Fair and WIU Graduate Program Expo.  Many WIU graduate programs will be present at the Expo and available to discuss their program offerings as well as answer any questions you may have. A School of Graduate Studies representative will also be available to answer any questions you may have concerning the Graduate School at WIU. Additionally, the Career Fair will have companies in attendance so that you may network with employers and learn about internship and job opportunities.

The Career Fair and WIU Graduate School Expo will be held March 6, in the University Union Grand Ballroom from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to students, staff, alumni, and the public. Professional attire is required for entrance into the Career Fair.

For more information, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at (309) 298-1806, email, or visit

Science Olympiad

March 3, 2018 - Science Education Center Hosts
Illinois Science Olympiad Regional

On Saturday, March 3rd the Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center hosted the Western Illinois University Regional Illinois Science Olympiad for the 31st year.  During the day-long event seven middle/junior high school teams and ten high school teams participated in 46 science-related events such as Astronomy/Solar System, Battery Buggy, Disease Detectives, Helicopters/Wright Stuff, Herpetology, Hovercraft, Mystery Architecture, Roller Coaster, and Tower Building.

 At the conclusion of the day’s competition an Award Ceremony was held in the University Union where students received medals for finishing in the top four positions of each event.  The top three teams in each division earned the right to advance to the Illinois Science Olympiad State Competition on April 21st at the University of Illinois, Champaign.

 Advancing to the State Competition from the WIU Regional were the following:
 Division C – High School
 1st Place
– Canton High School
 2nd Place – Farmington Central High School
 3rd Place – Valmeyer High School

 Division B – Middle/Junior High School
 1st Place – Macomb Junior High (Varsity Team)
 2nd Place – Farmington Central Junior High School
 3rd Place – Stark County Junior High School

 Other high schools participating in the Science Olympiad were Hamilton High School, Hartsburg Emden High School,  Lewistown High School, Macomb High School,
 Mercer County High School, Schuyler Industry High School, and West Central High School (Biggsville).

 Other middle/junior high schools participating in the Science Olympiad were Hamilton Junior High School, Lewistown Junior High School, Macomb Junior High   
 School (Junior Varsity), and West Central Middle School (Biggsville).

 Assisting with the supervision of the Science Olympiad were faculty and students from various Western Illinois University departments including Biology,
 Chemistry,Curriculum & Instruction, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Nursing, and Physics.

Olympiad  Olympiad


Two WIU Teacher Education Programs Receive National Recognition

February 22, 2018

MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University teacher education programs in the Departments of Mathematics and Foreign Languages and Cultures recently received national recognition from their Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) as part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) program review process.
The Math Education program received national recognition from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Foreign Languages: Spanish and French Education programs received recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
The University's Educational Leadership, graduate Principal and Superintendent programs as well as the School Psychology, History and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) programs were recognized in Spring 2016 and the Elementary Education, Special Education and Early Childhood programs were recognized in Fall 2016. The WIU English and the Reading Specialist programs were recognized in Spring 2017.
The teacher education programs in Music and Art are accredited by their own accrediting organizations (National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design) and do not require national recognition.
All of the University's teacher education programs are currently accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE).

For more information on the national recognition process, contact College of Education and Human Service Assistant Dean Greg Montalvo at (309) 298-1690.

Christine Anderson Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders, Kansas City, MO
February 22-24, 2018

Dr. Christine Anderson, presenting on "Trauma Informed Pedagogy: Flight, Fright, or Freeze: What is a Teacher To Do?"

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Western Wednesdays

2018 Quad Cities Western Wednesdays

Be sure to join us for our next installment of Western Wednesdays. These events are complimentary!

Your WIU Alumni Association began a tradition not long ago with the first of many Western Wednesdays After Hours! Hundreds of alumni have joined us every month for great food, great conversation and a few beverages!

To register for any of these Western After Hours, call (309) 298-1914 or email

Mar. 7 , 2018
Quad Cities Western Wednesdays After-Hours in Moline at Johnny's Steakhouse 

Join Kellie Larrabee, QC Graduate Admissions Counselor, to celebrate 75 years of graduate education at WIU.
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Tech Conference Infinate Potential Through Technology (INFINITEC) Presents:
Fourth Annual Assistive Technology Conference

February 16, 2018
Western Illinois University
Horrabin Hall Room 1

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


Rebecca Baney WIU alumni, Diane Rutledge, honored for outstanding leaders in education
Illinois State University gave Diane the Ben C. Hubbard Leadership Award, which recognizes the achievements of a person who has promoted, championed, or achieved one or more significant goals benefiting education in Illinois.
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