FIRSTHAND: Segregation - Chicago Teachers Disrupting Segregation through Art

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FIRSTHAND: Segregation - Chicago Teachers Disrupting Segregation through Art
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FIRSTHAND: Segregation - Chicago Teachers Disrupting Segregation through Art


Wed, October 19, 2022
6:00 pm


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When residents are segregated in a city, so are its schoolchildren. Indeed, segregation among Black, Latinx, and white students in Chicago Public Schools is “very high,” according to UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.

WTTW invites you to a virtual event and discussion that will reveal two ways that Folded Map Project is helping Chicago-area students and teachers unpack, understand, and ultimately disrupt Chicago’s segregation. We will hear from teachers and administrators at two schools (from the West Loop and Englewood) who spent last year building a Folded Map Twin School partnership. And we will learn from two teachers who have test-driven Folded Map in their classrooms. The event will also launch a new Folded Map Curriculum, which will be freely available for all educators and students. The event will be moderated by Folded Map’s creator Tonika Lewis-Johnson and its Director of Community Engagements and Curriculum, Dr. Maria Krysan. 

 Our panelists will include: Uneq'ka McNeal, art and music teacher at The Montessori School of Englewood; Bridget Breidenbach, art teacher; and Jennifer Spikner, Head of School at the West Loop’s Montessori Academy of Chicago; Joy Valentine, Director of the UIC Urban Health Program’s Pre-College Programs; and Rick Cardis, social studies teacher at Evanston Township High School.

FIRSTHAND: Segregation is part of WTTW's award-winning FIRSTHAND multiplatform, multi-year initiative focusing on the firsthand perspectives of people facing critical issues in Chicago. Visit the website to explore the project.

This event is free, but RSVP below is required.

Lead support for FIRSTHAND:  Segregation is provided by Ann and Rich Carr.

Major support is also provided by the Jim and Kay Mabie Family; The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation; Edwardson Family Foundation, in memory of Ed Marciniak; The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; Denny and Sandy Cummings; Philip and Rene Alphonse; Lewis Collens and Nancy Sindelar; The Duncan Family; The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; Larry and Mary Mages; Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation; Rande and Cary McMillan; and Neal Gerber Eisenberg, in honor of Scott Fisher.

Thanks to our sponsors: