On Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, the College of Education of Concordia-Chicago and the Thatcher Woods Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International presented "Perspectives on Serving the Educational Needs of Homeless Students."
The presentation took place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Cougar Den of the Koehneke Community Center on the campus of Concordia-Chicago.
The talk featured L. Arthur Safer, PhD, and Robert Wilhite, EdD, both of Concordia-Chicago, who spoke 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 also reflected on their experiences working with homeless children who attempt to navigate homelessness while attending Chicago Public Schools.
Educators who attended this seminar earned one Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) for Illinois Teacher Certification renewal.
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.
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.
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.