Friday, April 25, 2014

An Invitation For Pre-Service Teachers

RU teacher candidates are cordially invited to participate as adult facilitators at the OUR AMERICAN VOICE annual student summit.

DATE:  Tuesday, June 10, 2014
TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
LOCATION:  UIC Forum 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607

OUR AMERICAN VOICE® is a project-based learning initiative that develops leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and encourages middle-school students to collaborate as they learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. The program has been implemented in a diverse variety of school and youth center environments.

FOUR CORE PRINCIPLES The program fosters the knowledge and skills essential to the functioning of a democratic society and the empowerment of young citizens. The program focuses on four Core Principles:
1. Citizenship is a way of life, not a singular event.
2. With our rights and freedoms come responsibilities.
3. The success of the individual and the community are interdependent (“E Pluribus Unum”).
4. Informed participation by the people shapes and sustains our democracy.

OAV ANNUAL SUMMIT is hosted by the Barat Education Foundation and is designed to showcase the students involved in the program.  Program activities are designed to capture student attitudes about civic engagement and the OAV program.  The Summit is an opportunity for students to show their ideals about engagement and the OAV program at large.

We anticipate 300 students at the 2014 OAV summit.  Student participants attend middle school in one of the eighteen Chicago and Berwyn public schools that are currently implementing the OAV program.  Teachers and administrators from these schools will also be in attendance at the OAV summit.

We are seeking help with the facilitation of summit activities.  Activities will be focused around small group interaction at round tables located in the main conference hall.  Barat is requesting your help as an adult facilitator at one of these tables.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting day of civic discussion, please contact Jan Burdulis from the Barat Foundation at jan@thebaratfoundation.org before May 10, 2014.

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