Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Quarter, Week 4, September 30 - October 4

Autumn Quarter, Week 4, September 30 - October 4 

New Student Orientations:

Monday, November 25th
Thursday, March 20th

Details to follow. 

2013 Midwest Community Schools Forum
 On behalf of P-20 Council member Melissa Mitchell, please see the attached information regarding the 2013 Midwest Community Schools Forum titled Together We Go Farther: Transforming the Relationship among Communities, Schools, & Families.  The event is scheduled for November 14-15 in Chicago featuring keynote speaker Dr. James Garbarino, nationally recognized researcher on child development and impact of trauma. 

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DePaul College Of Education Fall 2013 Forum
Latino Students: Challenges and Opportunities

Save the date for the College of Education's Fall Forum, to be held on Tuesday, October 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the DePaul Student Center, Room 314

As the student population changes, it is important for current and future teachers to be well prepared to educate culturally and linguistically diverse students. Latino children represent the largest ethnic group, making up 44% in CPS and 25% in Illinois schools. Many Latino students continue to struggle with achievement and face numerous challenges to acquiring a quality education. The forum will help current and future teachers and counselors develop a better understanding of the issues surrounding the growing Latino student population in schools. The panel will address the impact of the immigrant experience on families and students, examine the education outcomes and opportunities for Latino children, explore language policies for English Language Learners, and discuss ways that teachers can reach out to parents, bridging the world of home and school.
Our speakers will include:
Sonia Soltero,  Bilingual and Bicultural Education, DePaul College of Education 
Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, Research and Policy Analyst, Latino Forum
Francisco Gaytan, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Northeastern Illinois University
Laura Crotte, Abriendo Puertas, a parent outreach and engagement program
Teachers will receive 2 CPDUs.  If you plan on bringing your Tuesday night class, please R.S.V.P.  We have seating for 180. Please announce this event to your students. The flyer is attached.
For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Diane Horwitz at
Resources for your students:
Latino Policy Forum:

Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors - Families in Schools)

Two articles by Dr. Sonia Soltero: 
            Latinos in Chicago: Reflections of an American Landscape
Latino Educational Equity:A Web-Based Index and a Compendium of Best Practices in Latino Education in the United States