UIC Forum on School Reform

Since 80% of our students come from CPS, and CPS is likely to go through (or at least be pressured to continue/indulge in) more reform, if you’re not doing anything tonight, you might want to go to this:
MYTHS AND REALITIES:
A Public Forum on Chicago School Reform
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7:00-9:00 p.m.

UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt St., Chicago)

Speakers Include:
  • Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at Chicago (moderator)
  • Leslie Rebecca Bloom, Roosevelt University
  • Sumi Cho, DePaul University
  • Gregory Michie, Concordia University Chicago
  • Isabel Nunez, Concordia University Chicago
  • Brian Schultz, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Therese Quinn, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • William Watkins, University of Illinois at Chicago
With Responses By:
  • Jitu Brown, KOCO (Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization)
  • Jackson Potter, CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators), Chicago Teachers Union
  • And More

It’s free and open to the public. Click HERE for the details.

Where To Now?: A Follow-Up Forum on Reinvention

UPDATED: The forum will take place in Room 103 (the big room) on Thursday at 3:30. Be there and be ready to share your ideas, your questions and your doubts. President John Metoyer will be in attendance, and the event will be hosted, and run, by your local Faculty Council. See you on Thursday!

From HWFC President, Amanda Loos:

Dear Colleagues –

Now that we have had some time to digest, mull over, and gather notes from our visit from Chancellor Hyman, HWC Faculty Council would like to invite you to a

Follow-Up Forum on “Reinvention”
Thursday, September 16th
at 3:30pm in Room 103

We will be joined by Interim President John Metoyer, among other esteemed guests. The goals of this forum are to debrief what we have learned about the “Reinvention Plan,” discuss what this means for all of us, clarify what can be clarified and gather questions for what can’t, and begin to collaborate on ways to ensure strong and effective representation in the process.

If you are already planning to participate in a district-wide task force/committee – or considering doing so, we especially want to see you there!  With the support of our local administration, Faculty Council would like to assist in developing and maintaining a local system of communication, decision-making, and feedback to reflect the culture of our HWC community and extend this outwards across the district-wide process for “reinvention” as presented to us last week.

We look forward to hearing all of your voices on Thursday!

Interfaith Forum at Oakton

I got an email from a student about this event (taking place tomorrow night at Oakton in DesPlaines). Looks pretty cool, and timely for the season.

The event is sponsored by a few student organizations at Oakton and features three scholars talking about the similarities and differences of the “Religions of the Book,” as they are known. My own experiences in teaching issues related to religion is that most of our students are only vaguely aware that there is a relationship among these three religions, and most are surprised to know that Islam has roots in Judaic and Christian traditions (and that Judaic and Christian thought share a lot of traditions and beliefs that are present in Islam).

Anyway, I told her I’d spread the word. This is me spreading the word. Check it out if you can (or at least tell your students about it).