Teacher Alumni to Discuss Creating a Research Network

April 1, 2024 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

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Creating a network to support and sustain teacher research will be the topic of a panel discussion on April 18 by alumni from Elmhurst University’s School of Education.

During the event, “Teachers as Agents of Change: Creating an Action Research Network,” School of Education faculty members Beverly Troiano, Ph.D., and Simeon Stumme, Ph.D., will introduce the Virtual Teacher Researcher Network and moderate a discussion by alumni teachers, instructional coaches and administrators who study their own teaching and/or support teachers through action research.

The panelists include:

  • Michael Meadows ’16, resident principal at Kelly High School, Chicago Public Schools. Meadows is pursuing an Ed.D. in educational leadership at University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Esther Pereira ’18, bilingual coordinator and English Language Program teacher at Haugan Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools.
  • Jenny Pina ’20, bilingual instructional coach at Lake Louise Elementary School, Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.
  • Lily Velazquez Silva ’15, first-grade dual language teacher at Tioga Elementary School, Bensenville School District 2.

A Q&A with the audience will follow the panel discussion.

“Teachers as Agents of Change” is part of the yearlong Graduate Studies Lecture Series, celebrating 25 years of graduate programs at Elmhurst University. Graduate studies at Elmhurst launched in 1998 with five programs. Today, Elmhurst offers more than 20 master’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificate programs in the business, education, health care and technology fields. The Graduate Studies Lectures, on a variety of compelling topics related to graduate programs offered at Elmhurst, support the development of lifelong learning and prepare students to thrive as adaptive leaders.

The Graduate Studies panel discussion “Teachers as Agents of Change” begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the Frick Center, Blume Board Room. The lecture will also be livestreamed. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at elmhurst.edu/cultural. For more information, email marketing@elmhurst.edu.

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