Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CPS Student Leaders To Explore Diversity at Leadership Conference

The Harris Fellows Student Leadership Initiative will welcome 300 CPS student leaders to its 6th Annual Winter Leadership Conference hosted by DePaul University, on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The theme of this year's conference, Welcome to DiverCity, Where We Strengthen Our CommUnity, seeks to develop leadership skills in our students for a ever more diverse city and nation. In order to be an effective leader in this millennium, leaders will need to be well-equipped to move in a wide diversity of settings.

Student leaders from throughout Chicago Public Schools will host workshops designed to answer the following questions within the theme of diversity: Who Am I? Who are You? What Can WE Accomplish Together? Current Harris Fellows student leaders, alumni and community partners will host a total of 24 workshops. The outcome of the conference will be a Diversity Manifesto which will ask Chicago Public Schools to commit to expanding opportunities with all as we embrace our diversity.

At the conference, Harris Fellows will recognize its latest round of grant recipients. These ten emerging student leadership groups in CPS high schools are addressing important school and community issues as they seek to strengthen our schools and communities. Each student leadership organization will create a 3-5 minute video for debut at the Youth Civic Action Video Festival in May 2011. For more information about this year's conference, contact jjschmidt@cps.k12.il.us.

CPS Students to help Celebrate Jane Addams' 150th

From Monday, December 6 - Friday, December 10, 2010, CPS high school students will be learning about the progressive social worker, peace activist, and civic leader Jane Addams in their classrooms then serving Chicago's communities throughout the city. Students will have the opportunity to work with children in historic settlement houses, gather stories from immigrants and refugees, participate in a peace vigil, and gather winter gear for newly arriving refugee families from the Middle East.

Jane Addams, one of the most important leaders from the progressive era, and a Chicagoan, developed the settlement house movement in the United States with a first site at 800 South Halsted in the 1890's. CPS teachers gathered at the historic settlement house, now a museum, for a workshop on November 18 to learn about service opportunities and new curriculum that prepares students for service projects.

As the city prepares to celebrate the 150th birthday of Jane Addams, CPS students will be connecting progressive era history with contemporary issues facing Chicago's citizens and discovering how they can be an important part of building the common good in our city...in the spirit of Chicago's own Jane Addams.

CPS Teacher To Travel to the Amazon

November 30, 2010

Congratulations to Josh Park, a teacher at Curie Metropolitan High School. He was selected from a pool of fantastic teachers in Chicago to spend ten days in the Amazon with 10 Curie students during the summer of 2011. Few places on earth can rival the rich social and biological diversity of the Amazon. Parker and the students will explore villages, forests, rivers, and lakes, nature centers, and visit with indigenous peoples including shamans. Students will also participate in service experiences while they are there. The service-learning experience is sponsored by Global Explorers and the Pearson Foundation.

Another opportunity is coming up soon through Global Explorers. One CPS teacher will be selected to join American Youth Leaderhip Program for a three-week travel experience to Cambodia with five CPS students during the summer of 2011. The application deadline is Thursday, December 16, 2010. Teachers interested in applying can go to www.globalexplorers/programs/destinations/cambodia.