National Louis University,
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Golden Apple
Partner on Forum Series to Address Pivotal Issues Facing Education
March 9, 2011 (Chicago, IL)—National Louis University is leading a year-long series of public discussions that address pivotal issues facing education today, with insights from top education leaders. The series, "Chicago in These Times," is presented in partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Golden Apple, and is open to the public. All three organizations are celebrating important milestones in their history: National Louis University is celebrating 125 years of providing educational access to individuals who otherwise might not have had the opportunity, including adult, immigrant and minority populations; Chicago Shakespeare Theater celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season in 2011–2012; and Golden Apple just turned 25.
"Chicago in These Times"
Date: Monday, April 25 and Monday, May 9, 2011
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier at 800 East Grand Avenue
Tickets: $10 per forum; available in advance at www.chicagoshakes.com/nlu
($15 tickets, on a space-available basis, may be purchased at the door no later than 6:15 p.m. The lobby opens at 5:30 p.m.). A reception in the Theater's lobbies follows each forum.
Monday, April 25, 2011: Chicago in These Times: What's Next for Chicago Public Schools?
A new mayor and new CEO for CPS: what's at stake for our children? Join us as we share concerns, and explore ideas and possible solutions for the short-term and long-term prospects facing our public schools.
Speakers include: Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of Golden Apple president; Miguel del Valle, Chicago city clerk; Josh Anderson, executive director of Teach for America in Chicago; Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union; Pauline Lipman, author and professor of Educational Policy at the University of Illinois; Reverend Calvin Morris, executive director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, and Ted Purinton, author, chair and assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at National Louis University. Moderator: Linda Lutton, education reporter for WBEZ.
Monday, May 9, 2011: Chicago in These Times: What Keeps School Reformers Going?
Young and promising school reformers share their passion and vision with veteran reformers William Ayers, educator and author; Harold Levy, former Chancellor of New York City's public schools; Deborah Meier, education reformer, author, founder of ground breaking Central Park East Secondary School; and Sonia Nieto, author and Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, School of Education, University of Massachusetts. Moderator: Alison Cuddy, host of WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight.
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Fall Series Topics (dates and location TBD):
Chicago in These Times: How Will Leaders Restore Americans' Trust in Business?
Chicago in These Times: What Difference Does Higher Education Make?
Chicago in These Times: Why Do Arts and Culture Matter?
About National Louis University
National Louis University began as a teacher of teachers; teaching remains not just the university's strength, but its calling. In 1886, founder Elizabeth Harrison took the idea of early childhood education and built around it one of the first four-year colleges for teachers. Today, in the process of educating students, faculty in the National College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Management and Business continue to act on some of the most urgent problems of our time and our society. They are innovators, animated by an intense dedication to their students and a commitment to building more effective and more caring schools, communities and societies. For more information, visit www.nl.edu or www.nl.edu/125.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. Chicago Shakespeare Theater has garnered international acclaim under the leadership of Co-founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of CST's work, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works—from classical theater to new classics. As Chicago's premier presenter of international theater artists, the CST World's Stage program has hosted 35 productions over the past decade. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making theater an expansive, ever-changing and lifelong relationship. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions, timeless fables and world-premiere musicals. Bringing Shakespeare's texts to life in classrooms across the Midwest, the Theater's education outreach program, Team Shakespeare, has served over 1 million students and teachers. Chicago Shakespeare Theater celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season this year. For more information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com.
About Golden Apple
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Golden Apple began with founders Mike and Pat Koldyke and a shared inspiration—to offer outstanding schoolteachers a level of recognition and engagement in the larger work of education reform. Golden Apple's successful track record of integrated, innovative programs and resources enhance the quality, resiliency, and creativity of classroom teachers and improve teaching and learning throughout Illinois. Qualified, passionate educators—including Golden Apple Award-winners and finalists—lead a small staff of dedicated employees with functional and program expertise. A connected and committed board of directors oversees Golden Apple's strategic direction. Together with a larger community of expert educators, this nonprofit organization works to ensure that all Illinois children have the excellent teachers they deserve.