This Year's Keynote Speakers & Performers!

November 17, 2010

(download full Program PDF)(es Español)

Patrick Camangian is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco, currently teaching tenth grade English at Mandela High School in Oakland. His research interests and areas of expertise include: critical pedagogy and transformative teaching in urban schools; critical literacy, culturally empowering education, and urban teacher development.
Araceli González and her daughter, Daniela Mancilla, participated in a 43 day sit-in to prevent the demolition of the field house (known as La Casita) on the grounds of Whittier Dual-Language Elementary School in Pilsen. Rather than demolishing La Casita, the Whittier Parent Committee insisted that CPS use the allocated funds to renovate the building and create a library. The parents have won control of La Casita, while negotiations over the future of the library continue.
Karen Lewis is a product of Chicago Public Schools.  Her parents taught in CPS schools and her husband, John is a retired CPS teacher.  A 23 year CPS veteran, Karen taught chemistry at Sullivan, Lane Tech and King high schools before winning the presidency of the Chicago Teachers Union in June as a member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) slate.

The Opening Program will also feature words & poetry by Kevin Coval, Young Chicago Authors artistic director, with the Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) All-Stars. See the video below for a preview!