EICS to Sponsor Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Join NEIU faculty, students, and alumni on October 5, 2015, for a conversation about the privatization of public education in Chicago and nationwide, featuring a screening of Brian Malone's new documentary, Education, Inc. Following the film, Dr. Bill Ayers will moderate a panel featuring Dyett hunger strikers, community activists, local teachers, and NEIU grads talking about their experiences with corporate education 'reform' in Chicago and beyond. The event will be held on campus in Alumni Hall, from 4:15 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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Faculty Support Dyett H.S. Plan
College Faculty Support Dyett Revitalization Plan
On August 24, over 100 faculty members from 14 Chicago-area colleges delivered the following letter to Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public School Board CEO Forrest Claypool, and Board President Frank Clark supporting the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal for the new Dyett High School.
We urge Mayor Emanuel, CPS Board of Education President Clark, and CEO Claypool to immediately approve the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal for the Dyett High School of Global Leadership and Green Technology. On August 17, 2015, twelve parents, grandparents, and supporters began a hunger strike to press CPS to implement this plan for a public open enrollment neighborhood school in Bronzeville. Reverend Jesse Jackson and CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey have joined the hunger strike.
Since CPS voted in 2012 to phase out Dyett—the last open-enrollment high school in Bronzeville—hundreds of parents and community residents have done everything possible, including following the procedures set forth by CPS, to petition CPS to implement the Coalition plan to revitalize Dyett High School which closed in Spring 2015. African American children in Bronzeville deserve the same high quality education available to children in other areas of the city. The plan for Dyett High School of Global Leadership and Green Technology is based on solid education research and was developed through extensive community engagement over five years in collaboration with education experts. The high school will be well-rounded, academically rigorous, culturally relevant, inquiry-based, grounded in the Bronzeville community and enriched by involvement of an impressive coalition of green technology, urban agriculture, and community organizations and university partners. It will be a school that any parent in Chicago would want to send their child to. The process of community involvement and the proposal for the school should be a model for revitalizing neighborhood public schools in Chicago.
As educators, who understand that democratic community participation in local public schools is a vital component of school success, we support the coalition plan to revitalize Dyett High School and strongly urge the CPS Board of Education to support their efforts as well.
Clubs & Organizations
The Future Teachers Club provides the opportunity to develop your skills and expand your professional experiences. The Club arranges different professional development opportunities for future educators.
Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development, which houses chartered clubs and organizations to meet the interests of students on campus. Joining a club is one of the many extracurricular things to do while at Northeastern.