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NEWS & EVENTS 2011
 
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Arne Duncan, DOE, celebrates National GEAR UP Week. President Obama has a goal of leading the world in college completion by 2020.

CTC@NEIU Highlighted in National GEAR UP Week

Freshman Connection is a summer transition program that was developed through GEAR UP and later adopted by Chicago Public Schools. On this week’s Ed Gov Blog, the post, Kicking Off National GEAR UP Week, Freshman Connection is highlighted as an example of “a successful GEAR UP partnership in action.” This national recognition allows GEAR UP to build a treasury of best practices.

Wendy M. Stack, Director, Chicago Teachers' Center, celebrates with the staff.

CTC Receives Over $49 Million Grant to Fund GEAR UP 5 Program

Chicago Teachers' Center (CTC) has received more than $49 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its new GEAR UP program. GEAR UP, an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The grant will allow CTC to provide services at high-poverty middle schools and high schools.

In costume: Chris Johnson, Margaret Boyter-Escalona, Dan Laubaucher and his son Alex, Wendy Stack and Gopika Malhotra.

Halloween Potluck at the Center, October 28, 2011

No one can say we don't have spirit!

In addition to the potluck held in the "haunted walkway", we had several staff in costume. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the feast and the great atmosphere!

Wendy M. Stack (CTC@NEIU) introduces Bernard McCune (CPS) to Eduardo Ochoa (DOE) while Lynn Mahallie (DOE) and
Lawrence Frank (NEIU) look on.

CTC@NEIU, September 9, 2011

Department of Education Visits CTC@NEIU

On Friday, September 9, 2011 CTC@NEIU was part of the Secretary’s Back-to-School Bus Tour on Education and the Economy, which included visits by senior ED staff to communities and classrooms across the Great Lakes region. CTC@NEIU was honored to be chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to present an interactive forum on preparing students for college and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Students discuss the work they have done in the chemistry lab in the fight to cure cancer.

Upward Bound Math and Science April 16, 2011

UBMS Spring 2011 Symposium

Students presented the work they have been doing in their individual projects as part of Upward Bound Math and Science program. Students worked on one of three project based activities including robotics, animation and cancer cell research. UBMS curriculum includes student oriented learning approaches that allows its participants to develop team-builidng, inquiry problem solving and technology skills all while engaging in STEM careers. Want to know more? Visit the UBMS blog!

Rita Meier (in the background) shares her chemistry expertise with in-service and pre-service teachers who attended the "Amazing Water" Resource Center workshops on Saturday.

Resource Center Workshop February 26, 2011

Unusual Liquid Makes For Fun Hands-On Experiments

Teachers attending the Resource Center Amazing Water workshops participated in hands-on experiments using readily available materials. They could then share water's amazing characteristics with their students in the classroom.

Check the Resource Center Link on the home page for more free workshops.

Jackie Jones, Education Manager, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, right, leads the hands on workshop.

Resource Center Workshop February 22, 2011

Leader Asks "Who Grew My Soup?" in this Resource Center Workshop

Jackie Jones, Education Manager at Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom leading the “Who Grew My Soup?” workshop, at the Chicago Teachers’ Center’s Resource Center. This third of four 2010-2011 Ag in the Classroom workshops included lessons with book connections, hands-on activities, and free materials for all.  Check the Resource Center Link on the home page for more free workshops.

Parents and students were at the edge of their seats during a book raffle held at the ARTS Berwyn Showcase.

ARTS Berwyn PDAE Grant January 20, 2011

Hiawatha Elementary Hosts ARTS Berwyn Showcase

A book raffle, student art displays and performances were the highlights of the ARTS Berwyn Showcase on January 20, 2011. Visitors were able to view student artwork and everyone was invited to create artwork of their own. The National Museum of Mexican Art facilitated an art-making workshop. This showcase of student work was held at the Hiawatha Elementary School on one of the coldest days of the winter, yet, it was a full house!