Taking Teachers to Task: Facing Chicago’s Challenges Over Time

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Working Women’s History Project will present “Taking Teachers to Task: Facing Chicago’s Challenges Over Time” on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Street in Chicago. Actors will portray three famous Chicagoans from the early 1900’s and two speakers will discuss Chicago public schools, past and present. Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will address Chicago urban education from a historical perspective, and Jennifer L. Johnson, Chicago Teachers Union Area Vice President and history teacher, will focus on the challenges facing teachers today.

 Actors Bring Historical Figures to Life

Performers will reenact speeches by Margaret Haley (union organizer), Ella Flagg Young (school superintendent), and Jacob Loeb (school board president).

“ Given the recent Chicago Teachers Union strike and the political climate in which unions in general are under attack, it is relevant to discuss the way Chicago teachers have been viewed historically in order to understand how they and public education are perceived today,” said Jackie Kirley, president, Working Women’s History Project.

Registration will take place from 1:30 to 2:00 pm, during which time light refreshments will be served. An optional free museum tour starts at 12:30 pm.

A $10 donation will be requested. Proceeds go toward Working Women’s History Project, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Working Women’s History Project (WWHP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the stories of historical and living Chicago women who have madesignificant contributions toward achieving justice and equality in the areas of labor, women’s, human and civil rights.

Co-sponsors:

American Association of University Women, Chicago Branch

Chicago Area Women’s History Council

Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1, American Federation of Teachers

Coalition of Labor Union Women, Chicago Chapter

Illinois Labor History Society

University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, American Federation of Teachers

More information is available on the website, http://www.wwhpchicago.org .

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