CHAMPAIGN — Chaddrick James-Gallaway sat in front of a large room full of fifth-graders at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy next to four fellow representatives from the Illinois College of Education on Wednesday and asked a question that received an enthusiastic response.

“How many of you play ‘Fortnite’?” the doctoral candidate asked, to which the other members of the panel laughed as hands shot up across the room.

In college, he explained, students have the freedom to do whatever they want — like playing “Fortnite” for days on end — but also the responsibility to stay productive.

Over the course of two hours on Wednesday, members of the College of Education’s Office of Community College Research and Leadership talked about all things college, including classes,

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