What does it mean to work in a system that fails you and your kids?: A beginning teacher's journey through the Chicago Public Schools

A University of Michigan 28th Annual MLK Symposium event

Free and open to the public This performance will be live webstreamed. Please visit http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/1679/ on January 13 prior to the start of the event for viewing information.

About the performance: This ethnodramatic performance tells the story of a beginning teacher's first year in the Chicago Public Schools and her efforts to make a difference in a third grade classroom with 16 boys and 5 girls, where about half the students had not been promoted the previous school year.

The first year teacher shares stories of the year's struggles, successes, and the students she cared for most. She describes the students she cared for and the students she did not know how to help.

The script for the play was constructed out of verbatim transcriptions of the teacher's interviews and shares her exact words. Interactive discussion frames the beginning and end of the performance. A first year teacher's experience performed simply, without embellishment. A long running inquiry designed to raise questions, not answers.

By Charles Vanover, Ph.D. Performance by Jennifer Jean Smith

This event is co-sponsored by the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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