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Date: Sun Feb 17 2002 - 19:57:14 PST


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Hi everyone
I have been out of town and am catching up. The following are
1. A course at the Terra Museum in Chicago. Mention that you saw the
message here and take off an extra $10. Call immediately.
2. A follow-up to the architecture project I sent you about 2-3 weeks ago.
3. What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum
4. An opportunity: A Call for Nominations from K-12 Educators of Student
Written and Artistic
Responses to the Attack on America
6. Nominate someone: Stepping Into the Future Seed Grants
7. Two Illinois jobs open
8. A survey: be sure to participate since we want to be sure the Fine Arts
are included - and heard from.


Terra Museum of American Art/Alliance Franšaise de Chicago
Teacher Credit Course
American Women in Paris

Saturdays, March 9 & 16, 2002
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inspired by the exhibition Ambassadors of Progress: American Women
Photographers in Paris, 1900-1901 and by paintings from the Terra Foundation
for the Art╣s collection that relate to American women and Paris, this
exciting course will explore cross-culture and gender issues through
lectures, tours, and workshops. Paris as a world center of artistic,
intellectual, and cultural exchange will be explored by Rosina Neginsky,
Assistant Professor, Univ. of Il. at Springfield. Elizabeth K. Whiting,
TMAA Manager of Adult & Docent Programs, and Adjunct Faculty, Columbia
College, will discuss relations of French and American photography from 1900
to the present. Workshops will develop how to utilize this material in the
classroom through literature, and by creating a fun language and visual arts
project imagining ourselves as American women in Paris with Cyd Engel,
Director of School, Family, and Community Programs at the Milwaukee Art
Museum. By the end of the course teachers will be able to create an exciting
interdisciplinary unit that could be applied to a variety of cross-cultural
The class will meet at Terra Museum, 664 N. Michigan, but we will also spend
half of the second day of class at the Alliance Franšaise.

Fee (payable to Terra Museum of American Art): Lane promotional credit:
$75;$65 for Alliance Franšaise, Terra Educator, & IAEA members. An
additional $20 fee is payable to the Chicago Teachers Academy for
Professional Development. To register for Lane Credit, call 773.553.6050.
Fee for graduate credit through National-Louis University: $270; $260 for
Alliance Franšaise, Terra Educator, & IAEA members.
Fee for audit and CPDU╣s: $70; $60 for Alliance Franšaise, Terra Educator,
& IAEA members.
CALL 312.654.2255 TO REGISTER
* Geometry in the Real World: Students as Architects (includes new film

The last installment in our look at the design competition where Eeva
Reeder's geometry classes worked feverishly to complete this architectural
challenge: Design a 2,000-student high school to meet learning needs in the
year 2050. The companion film includes footage that reveals the teams who
were "awarded" the final contract.

* What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum
"School must be a series of hands-on, personalized, engaging experiences
that preserve student curiosity and joy of learning," said student Emily
McCartan. The student voice is powerful, though too rarely included in
school design, curriculum structure, and other discussions. In an effort to
open up new channels of communication, the International Society for
Technology in Education (ISTE) sponsored a Student Technology Leadership
Symposium at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Chicago
last June. Common threads among the students' interests were a safe and
open learning environment, hands-on activities, access to technology, and
support of varied learning styles and the emotional and intellectual needs
of students.

A Call for Nominations from K-12 Educators of Student Written and Artistic
Responses to the Attack on America


Business contributions to the arts reached a record level of $1.56 billion
in 2000, a 34 percent increase from $1.16 million in 1997, says the Business
Committee for the Arts. In 2000, the arts comprised 14 percent of total
business philanthropic giving. Small- to mid-size companies, those with $1
million or less in revenue, contributed a larger portion of their total
giving, with 40 percent allocated to the arts. Local arts projects received
95 percent of all contributions. Top-level executives, owners and partners
influence most giving choices, but approximately 35 percent of companies
gave the decision-making authority to employee committees. A follow-up poll
taken in October 2001 indicated that will giving continue at current levels
despite a slowing economy. (Thanks, NASAA & APInews.)


Stepping Into the Future Seed Grants

Families and Work Institute has announced the launch of Salute to
Educators, an initiative to honor outstanding educators nationwide who have
helped children and youth cope with and respond to the events of September
11 and its aftermath, and who have promoted positive change by teaching
lessons of peace, diversity, understanding, and contributing. Educators are
defined as teachers, administrators, clergy, youth leaders, childcare
providers, coaches, and others who work with children from birth through 18
years of age. Stepping Into the Future seed grants will be awarded to
educators who propose initiatives to teach lessons about diversity,
conflict resolution, coping strategies, and overcoming fear.

Deadline: Grant proposals will be accepted through May 1, 2002. Award
notifications will be made by August 15, 2002. Awards start at $150. In the
selection process, consideration will be given to the originality of the
idea as well as the potential growth of the initiative.

Job Category : Art-SECONDARY
City, State : Belvidere, IL District Name : Belvidere #100
Openings : 1
Application Deadline : 4/1/2002 Start Date : August, 2002
Job Certification : High School Certificate (6-12)
Qualifications : Proper Illinois Certification
District Link :
How to Apply : Send letter of interest or completed application to:
Human Resources Department
Belvidere Community District #100, 1201 Fifth Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008

Job Category : Secondary Art (PART TIME)
City, State : Belleville, IL
District Name : Belleville Twp #201
Openings : 1
Application Deadline : 3/30/2002 Start Date : 8/2002
Region : Southwestern #16
Job Certification : School Service Personnel Certificates
Duties : Part-time
Qualifications : Must be certified in Illinois or soon-to-be certified
(summer, 2002) in Illinois.
How to Apply : To receive an application, contact Doug Dahm
(618-222-8206), asst. superintendent, or Ann House, secretary (618-222-8242)

Teacher Input Needed!!
A group of Illinois Educators is working to develop a educational Web portal
(web resource site) for Illinois P-16 educators. It is the desire of the
committee to create a web site that would provide preservice and inservice
teachers a single location of resources and information related to
education. This project is being funded by the Illinois Board of Higher
Education (IBHE) to support the development of this portal. Because this
developing web resource will be for teachers, it is very important to get
input from teachers. To help identify the types of resources that should be
available, there is a short survey for teachers. Please help the committee
by taking the survey at:

Marge Dickinson
19047 US Hwy 34
Galva IL 61434
309 932 2880   FAX 309 932 8207