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St. Augustine College (Chicago, IL 60640-3593)
Elena Voltchek (Project Director: July 2019 to December 2020)
Jennifer Talley (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Amanda S. Kraus (Co Project Director: November 2019 to December 2020)
Madeline Roman-Vargus (Co Project Director: November 2019 to May 2020)
Carmen Arellano (Co Project Director: May 2020 to December 2020)
Antuanette Mester (Co Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Strengthening Career Readiness for Chicago Early Childhood Educators through the Humanities

A two-year faculty and curricular development program to incorporate the study of Chicago’s art, music, and history into courses for early childhood educators.

The integration of English language arts and humanities-based study of culture specific to Chicago into the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum by designing and implementing increased English language humanities teaching and learning that is both relevant and authentic to the Chicago area. The project’s intellectual goal is to improve the quality of humanities teaching and learning through the following strategic objectives: (1) increasing humanities content knowledge of participating faculty and students; (2) infusing the study of Chicago’s art, music, and history into the ECE program through syllabus and curriculum development; (3) creating a robust community of practice centered on the teaching and study of humanities in ECE; and (4) improving students’ writing skills through cultivation of enhanced critical-thinking skills and promotion of more effective expression of cultural engagement.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Cultural History; Urban History

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Education Programs

$99,714 (approved)
$98,532 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022