THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING IN A RACIALLY AND POLITICALLY POLARIZED TIME
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 314AB
The forum will address the complex issues faced by teachers struggling to help students make sense of the current tumultuous environment: the heated rhetoric around race, immigration and xenophobia in the 2016 election, the debates around race and policing here in Chicago and throughout the country. What are the challenges of these developments for teachers and what are the different ways that educators meet these challenges?
Panelists will offer ideas about how teachers can create a safe space in their classroom to have a conversation where multiple views are respected and student experiences are explored and validated.
Dr. Horace Hall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research will present introductory remarks and moderate the panel.
· Liz Robbins, Social Science teacher, Lindbloom High School; Civic Instructional Specialist for Chicago Public Schools
· Mario Perez, Coordinator and Social Science teacher, the Newcomer Center, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights
· Johnae Strong, Elementary school teacher and restorative justice coordinator for Chicago Public Schools
After the panel, the audience will participate in small group discussions to explore these issues in greater depth.
3 CPDUs will be offered. Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. to Diane Horwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.