Dwelling in the Borderlands: A Professional Learning Community for Teachers & Educators

Summary

Overview: Classroom teachers, museum educators, and community educators will reflect on practice through participation in structured group inquiry processes that can be used in academic disciplines, arts and museum experiences, community life, and other areas of formal and informal learning.  Participants will share and develop common resources in a cross-disciplinary setting, sharing findings and modeling critical analysis, reflective practice, and collaborative learning. This 5-session series runs from October – December and will meet approximately every other Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:30.  It will include regular online collaboration and the creation of a final project upon which participants will receive a stipend of $75.

Seminar Facilitators: The series will be facilitated by Joan Bradbury, Shanti Elliott, and Tina Nolan, from Teachers’ Inquiry Project. The Teachers’ Inquiry Project (TIP), a partner of the Project on Civic Reflection, is devoted to active, impassioned learning and considering teachers as leaders and stewards of democratic life.  TIP is a resource for teachers in their growth as practitioners of democracy and as they guide young people toward becoming thoughtful and engaged participants in our city, our country, and the world.

Schedule and Agenda

  • October 15: Crossing thresholds of learning: Recollections on entering.
  • October 29: Looking at learning in different settings: Museum Object Observation and Descriptive Review of  Children’s Work.
  • November 12: Resistance and solidarity in professional learning communities: Theater of the Oppressed and Peer Observation processes.
  • November 26: Considering identity, language and culture in school-community relationships: Close Reading of a Text and Review of Practice.
  • December 10: Defining success in our own terms: creating resources and documentation to sustain the work.

Please contact Tina Nolan at tina@tinanolan.com for more information and to register (registration deadline: October 10).

Location

La Catedral Café 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago

Instructors

The series will be facilitated by Joan Bradbury, Shanti Elliott, and Tina Nolan, from the Teachers’ Inquiry Project. The Teachers’ Inquiry Project (TIP), a partner of the Center for Civic Reflection, is devoted to active, impassioned learning and considering teachers as leaders and stewards of democratic life.  TIP is a resource for teachers in their growth as practitioners of democracy and as they guide young people toward becoming thoughtful and engaged participants in our city, our country, and the world.