Public Seminar: Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Public Seminar on 11/15: "Perspectives on Serving the Educational Needs of Homeless Youth"


On Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, the College of Education of Concordia-Chicago and the Thatcher Woods Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International will present "Perspectives on Serving the Educational Needs of Homeless Students."

The presentation will take place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Cougar Den of the Koehneke Community Center on the campus of Concordia-Chicago.

LIVE BROADCAST: For those who can't attend in person, this event will be broadcast live via the main university website.

The talk will feature L. Arthur Safer, PhD, and Robert Wilhite, EdD, both of Concordia-Chicago, who will speak on Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit organization that brings a unique tutoring program to youth living in homeless shelters in the City of Chicago. They will also reflect on their experiences working with homeless children who attempt to navigate homelessness while attending Chicago Public Schools.

The Koehneke Community Center is number 13 on the campus map. Parking is available in the adjacent university parking structure, as well as on Bonnie Brae Place.

CPDUs: Continuing Professional Development Units

Educators who attend this seminar can earn one Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) for Illinois Teacher Certification renewal. Certified teachers in the recertification process need to submit evaluation forms to the registration desk in the Koehneke Community Center to receive credit for the CPDU.

About Chicago HOPES for Kids, Inc.

Chicago HOPES for Kids, Inc. is a unique educational after-school tutoring program which brings together teachers, teacher leaders, children, and community to initiate a reduction in educational loss to children in homeless shelters. The goal of Chicago HOPES for Kids, Inc. is to empower students to succeed academically despite the challenges of homelessness.

Its core values—literacy, math and independent learning, as well as homework guidance and personal enrichment—shape its highly structured curricular programming, which aims to bring stability to the students’ education, to build their basic skills necessary for academic success and to develop positive attitudes toward learning.

About L. Arthur Safer, PhD

L. Arthur Safer, PhD, is executive director of the division of research and doctoral programs and professor in the department of leadership at Concordia-Chicago. In 2009-10, he completed an assignment with AmeriCorps VISTA as a program coordinator for Chicago HOPES. Dr. Safer is professor emeritus of educational leadership at Loyola University Chicago. He holds a master of public administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds a doctorate (PhD) in educational administration from Northwestern University.

About Robert K. Wilhite, EdD

Robert K. Wilhite, EdD, is associate professor and department chair for the department of leadership at Concordia-Chicago. Prior to Concordia, Dr. Wilhite served as superintendent of schools and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 in Calumet City, IL. He has his doctorate (EdD) in curriculum and instruction, and his master of arts in reading and learning disabilities from Loyola University Chicago.

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