Upcoming opportunities

From Katrina Kennett:

1. EdCampCU will be on Saturday, September 26 – location TBA but most likely in Champaign. 8-2 again, and we’re going to ask the Cracked truck to be there. Like before, our sessions will be titled with questions that bring us together. See our previous schedule for some inspiration.
2. The Educational Theory Summer Institute is hosting an on-campus free to the public conference on Wednesday, August 19. I’ve attached the papers and the schedule below. The organizers asked me to put together a ‘roundtable’ that intentionally invites practitioners and presenters to consider why this topic matters for classrooms today. So, after the coffee break, we will all choose different tables and play with reading/writing technologies (things like GingkoApp and Twine) and talk about what they could mean for practitioners and theorists. It’s less of a ‘roundtable’ and more of a ‘structured EdCafe’ and, I hope, centers the questions we all bring to the technologies we use.
I hear the EdCampCU will probably be at Kenwood. I plan to attend on September 26th and am excited about it. Also, another EdCampCU is being planned, for early February I believe.
Dedication of BTW library this Friday (August 7th)

A dedication ceremony will be held on August 7 at 4 p.m. to name the school library at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy after Ms. Dorothy Vickers-Shelley, a long-time educator and advocate. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony at the school’s library.

UPDATE: Totally forgot to mention the CU4 TechCon this Saturday:

Bottenfield 
Elementary School
1801 South Prospect Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

August 8, 2015 8:30 am- 3:00pm 

Plan to attend the CU4Tech Conference on August 8th 2015, where we will showcase  current movements in Educational Technology.   From interactive technologies to 1:1 computing, there are sessions for all interest groups.  Participants will be engaged with a variety of 21st Century tools and activities to use in the classroom.  You won’t want to miss this!

Back-To-School Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees (north Prospect) on August 15:

Get a short stack for a TALL CAUSE! Join CU Schools Foundation as we celebrate the new school year with a pancake breakfast. Servers include district superintendents Judy Wiegand and Don Owen, as well as three principals, five school board members, and two city council representatives! Tickets are only $5 and include pancakes, bacon and a beverage.

For tickets, contact Molly Delaney (217.398.2873 or delaney1@cuschoolsfoundation.org).

The difference one person can make: Dorothy Vickers-Shelley

As I watching the Jan 26th Special Board meeting via vimeo, I was fascinated by the many heart-felt and warm words being shared about a person whom I have never heard of before. Reverend Underwood, Imani Bazzell, Pamela-Alyse Shelley and Teresa Blandon of Delta Sigma Theta each stood up to testify and give witness to an amazing woman by the name of Dorothy Vickers-Shelley.

The motion to name the BTW library after Vickers-Shelly passed unanimously. It was only today (two weeks later) that I found Nicole Lafond’s nicely written News-Gazette article on this topic – she did a much better job than I ever could, so go read it.

I wish to highlight a quote attributed to Vickers-Shelley:

‘Life is short; therefore I shall be a crusader in the fight against ignorance and fear beginning with myself’

Wow. She is now on my list of amazing women.