Libertyville Review - Jan. 27, 2015

By Community Contributor rgirard

Two of the speakers at the Jan. 23-24 workshop, The Impact of Culture, Social Status and Gender, are part of the Mundelein High School family. Held at Northwestern University and at the College of Lake County, the workshop, attended by more than 250 participants, examined how culture, social status and gender shape students and local educational systems. Keynote speaker at both events was Dr. Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack professor of social psychology at Stanford University.

MHS Science Instructor, Jackie Hogan, spoke about the Role of Gender and Minorities in STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] education. Luis Fuentes, president of the high school's Universidad de Padres program, related information about the challenges that people face adapting to the American educational system. He explained that programs like Universidad de Padres are essential to building partnerships among schools, parents and teachers.

Other speakers included Sen. Melinda Bush, member of the Illinois Education legislative committee; Dr. Connie Collins, superintendent of Round Lake Schools; Lauren Fagel, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Lake Forest Schools; and Dr. Miriam Sherin and Dr. Mesmin Destin of the Northwestern University faculty.

"With the pressure to reduce student growth and development to a number, teachers want to make sure we are being sensitive to the fact that each of these children is an individual," said Andy Hirshman, Illinois Education Association Board member and MHS social studies instructor.

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