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Columbia College Chicago
20th Anniversary
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This is an auspicious occasion for the Education Department at Columbia College Chicago: Our 20th cohorts in our Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts and Elementary Education have completed their first year; our 15th cohort in Early Childhood Education is about to begin its journey into the world of young children’s development and education.

In celebration of our current and former students’ commitment to the education, well being, aspirations, and equitable educational opportunities of youth, we invite you to explore the current state of education with us.

Our time together will begin with three educators sharing their perspectives of progressive education within the context of today’s children, teachers, communities, and larger political climate. We will expand the dialogue together as we share ideas and refreshments.

The Education Department also commends its outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff who directly or indirectly contribute to the success of our students. Likewise, the department also applauds the continued support of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its Dean, Dr. Deborah Holdstein.




June 15, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Reception to follow


Bill AyersBill Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, has written extensively about social justice, democracy, education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. Read more




Lucinda Lee KatzLucinda Lee Katz, PhD, is currently the Head of Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, California. Prior to her work at MCDS, she worked with the former Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, as the Chief Education Officer for the City of Chicago, and she served as Director and Principal of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 1986 to 2002. Read more


Heidi ArandaHeidi Aranda is currently the Principal of Ochoa School, a preschool through 5th grade public school in Tucson, Arizona, which is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. She was a School Improvement Facilitator and a math and science resource teacher with Title I and has worked for 16 years doing math staff development for teachers, focusing on "teaching for understanding." She has taught 1st through 5th grade.



Location: *CHANGED*

1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Enter off Harrison St.

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For more information (or if you have any questions), please contact Jacob Beydler at 312.369.3247 or jbeydler@colum.edu.