Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents educational forum series
in continued partnership with
National Louis University and Golden Apple
Beyond These Times:
Lessons from the Future
February 27 and March 26, 2012
Chicago—February 10, 2012—Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the educational forum series Beyond These Times: Lessons from the Future in a continued partnership with National Louis University (NLU) and Golden Apple on February 27 and March 26, 2012 from 6:30–8 p.m. in CST's Courtyard Theater. The free public forums are an extension of last year's series, Chicago in These Times, and feature the country's foremost leaders in education policy and practice, including: Simon Fraser University's Dr. Kieran Egan as the keynote guest of Beyond These Times: The Changing World on February 27; and National Academy of Education's Dr. James Paul Gee as the keynote guest of Beyond These Times: The Changing Mind on March 26. Both inter-generational discussions will explore the changing role of the educator, the impact of technology, and what will be required to prepare teachers and students for the future.
Beyond These Times: Lessons from the Future is presented on February 27 and March 26, 2012 in CST's Courtyard Theater. Tickets are free and reservations are strongly recommended. All attendees receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater's website at www.chicagoshakes.com/nlu.
All three organizations partnering for Beyond These Times are celebrating important milestones in their history: Chicago Shakespeare Theater is in the midst of its 25th Anniversary Season, Golden Apple just turned 25 and National Louis University marks its 125th year. CST's continued collaboration with NLU and Golden Apple is part of CST's strong and continuing commitment to students and teachers. Since its establishment in 1991, CST's Team Shakespeare education program has served more than 1 million students and teachers—making Chicago Shakespeare Theater one of the nation's largest providers of performing arts-in-education theater programming.
Dr. Kieran Egan, the featured guest of Beyond These Times: The Changing World on February 27, is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and the founder and director of the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG). He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Future of Education: Reimaging Our Schools from the Ground Up (American Association of Colleges for Education Outstanding Book Award), and The Educated Mind: How cognitive tools shape our understanding. In 1991 he received the Grawemeyer Award in Education. In 1993 he was elected as the first person in Education to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2000 Dr. Egan was elected as a Foreign Associate member of the (U.S.A.) National Academy of Education. In 2001 he was appointed to a Canada Research Chair in Education, won a Killam Senior Research Scholarship, and in 2011 was made an American Educational Research fellow. His books have been translated into more than a dozen European and Asian languages.
Dr. James Paul Gee, the featured guest of Beyond These Times: The Changing Mind on March 26, is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. He is a member of the National Academy of Education. Dr. Gee's most recent books deal with video games, language, and learning, including What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy and Good Video Games and Good Learning. His most recent book is Good Video Games and Good Learning: Collected Essays (2007). Dr. Gee has published widely in journals in linguistics, psychology, the social sciences and education.
Moderators for Beyond These Times are Silvia Rivera, the general manager of WRTE 90.5 FM Radio Arte (February 27), and Sylvia Ewing, a former correspondent and producer for WBEZ 91.5 FM (March 26). Additional panelists include: Marcus Arthur Campbell, director for student supports and racial equity and soon-to-be associate principal for academic affairs and student supports at Evanston Township High School; Luke Carman, 6th grade teacher of Codeworlds (Math/Writing) and Being, Space and Place (Social Studies/Language Arts) at CICS ChicagoQuest; Nancy Nassr, ChicagoQuest teacher and former director for the Summer Writers' Workshop at the University of Chicago; Anita Orozco-Huffman, 6th-8th grade special education teacher and AUSL mentor at National Teachers Academy; and Nancy Serrano, 6th grade bilingual English language arts teacher at Hernandez Middle School.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare's genius for intricate storytelling, musicality of language and depth of feeling for the human condition. Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare's work has been recognized internationally with three of London's prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and by the Chicago theater community with 62 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Artistic Excellence. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary classic productions, new works and family fare; unlocking Shakespeare's work for educators and students; and serving as Chicago's cultural ambassador through its World's Stage Series. At its permanent, state-of-the-art facility on Navy Pier, CST houses two intimate theater spaces: the 500-seat Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the 200-seat Carl and Marilynn Thoma Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 500 performances, CST leads the community as the largest employer of Chicago actors and attracts 200,000 audience members annually—including nearly 16,000 subscribers and 40,000 students and teachers.
About National Louis University
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the visionary social reformer Elizabeth Harrison founded what is now National Louis University, and created a new paradigm of adult education. In training women of modest means to transform their home communities through the kindergarten movement, Harrison and her colleagues inaugurated National Louis' mission of preparing talented individuals to lead and succeed regardless of background. Today National Louis graduates thrive in the fields of education, management, human services, counseling, and other people-centered professions where authentic leadership and stewardship of community benefit us all. At National Louis University we believe education has the power to democratize nations, to facilitate positive social change in communities, and to promote healthy economies. For more information, visit www.nl.edu or www.nl.edu/125.
About Golden Apple
Golden Apple is a nonprofit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. Because the critical contributor to student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, Golden Apple is dedicated to providing exceptional preparation for teachers at all stages of their careers. The organization's innovative programs build on one another to transform teachers and teaching, enriching student and teacher lives. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program identifies motivated future educators with diverse backgrounds and provides advanced teacher preparation and mentoring, both during and after college, to ensure lasting teacher success in challenging environments. The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize outstanding teachers and involve them in the Golden Apple mission. Golden Apple's professional development programs foster high performance within the education community and have directly influenced the teaching practices of thousands of educators. Visit www.goldenapple.org for more information.