Curriculum and Instruction
Professional Development Activities Calendar
All candidates can participate in professional groups such as:
Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) This group promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education. Contact Dr. Abha Singh for more information.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
WIU students will be matched in a 1:1 friendship with a member of the Macomb community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together we will do activities as a club, but members will also be able to experience a mutually enriching relationship with their buddies from the community.
To join Best Buddies, please find us on the Purple Post: https://purplepost.wiu.edu/organization/bestbuddies .
Candidates in the Special Education and Dual programs can participate in:
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - a group that allows candidates to learn more about individuals with disabilities and to engage in activities to support them. To obtain more information contact Dr. Mary Jensen.
Candidates are involved in the Western Illinois Reading Council, the PreK-8 Science Update Conference, and science education workshops.
Further information about other student activities and organizations available to all Western students can be found at www.osa.wiu.edu.