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Workshop prepares educators to teach growing Hispanic student population

Workshop prepares educators to teach growing Hispanic student population
April 6, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

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Lisle, Illinois ~ The U.S. Census estimates that people of Hispanic descent comprise about 15 percent of the population. By 2020, nearly one in five Americans will be of Hispanic origin.

Yet polls indicate that Latin America – Mexico, Central America, South America and the independent countries of the Caribbean – is a region about which many U.S. citizens know very little.

This summer, Benedictine University is offering a four-day workshop for foreign language, social studies and other teachers in the Chicago and Aurora metropolitan areas who are either working with large populations of students from Latin America or who want to be able to share Hispanic language and culture with their non-Hispanic students.

The Summer Teaching Training Workshop for Secondary School Teachers in the Chicago-Aurora Corridor from June 21-24 will help teachers better understand these new student populations, develop new pedagogies suited to these students, create a more successful learning environment, and diversify the curriculum for all students.

The workshop will also contribute to the professional development of teaching faculties in Chicago and the western suburbs. The program has been certified by the state to issue 24 Continued Professional Development Units.

The workshop will include lectures, multimedia presentations, the arts and roundtable discussions. Lecturers will include Benedictine University faculty and visiting professors from the University of Maryland and DePaul.

There are only 30 positions available and early registration is encouraged. Registration is $100 per person and covers all sessions, materials, morning coffees, lunches and afternoon breaks for four days.

Registration forms are available online at www.ben.edu/summerteachers. Forms should be sent to Tonia Rucker, Department Assistant, Global Studies Department, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.