Dr. Christine Sleeter – a researcher, published author and professor emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University – shared insights from her years of experience in the social justice field with Lewis University students and staff in at the university’s main campus in Romeoville on Feb. 13. The event was focused on promoting social justice teaching and learning in K-20 schools.
Sleeter raised the concern that there is a “gutting of public resources going into public education.” She said teachers are experiencing a loss of money for public services, which results in larger class sizes and fewer teachers and materials. Her advice was for teachers, faculty and students to unite as a group to speak back to public leaders.
Attendees participated in a Q&A session after the presentation and were inquisitive about the many aspects of teaching. Sleeter left the education students in attendance with the recommendation to get to know the kids they are teaching, and if possible, their families as well.
The event was part of the College of Education Diversity Series at Lewis University. The documentary and film lecture series focuses on the media voices that are ignored, but must be heard. The Diversity Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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