College of Education Fall Forum: The Challenge of Teaching in a Racially and Politically Polarized Time REGISTRATION CLOSED


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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Lincoln Park Student Center Room 314 AB

Our panelists 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 police killings of black men and women here in Chicago and throughout the country, the targeted killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and the debates around the Black Lives Matter movement. What are the challenges of these developments for teachers and what are the different ways that educators meet these challenges?

The panelists will offer ideas about how teachers can create a safe space in their classrooms to discuss these issues where multiple views are respected, where student experiences are explored and validated, and where current events can be put in historical perspective.

Horace Hall will present introductory remarks and moderate the panel.

Panelists include:

  • 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 facilitated discussions to explore these issues in greater depth.

3 CPDUs will be offered.  For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Diane Horwitz at


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