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Loyola UNITE to host panel for future Baltimore educators

| By Stephanie Weaver

Urban Needs in Teacher Education (UNITE) at Loyola University Maryland will host “Urban Educators: Thriving, Confused, or Fading,” a panel discussion on the realities and challenges of teaching in urban communities on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 7–8:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on Loyola’s Evergreen campus. There will be a reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the McGuire Hall atrium.

The conversation will focus on three questions for educators: How did your social identities impact the relationships you made with your students? What is an issue you experienced in your first years of teaching that you wished you had been more prepared for? How do you stay motivated in a challenging environment day in and day out?

Panelists include Elizabeth Barletta, 2013-14 Baltimore City Public Schools Teacher of the Year and teacher at Barclay Elementary School; Thurman Bridges III, Ph.D., associate professor of urban education at Morgan State University; and Elisabeth Debes, a former Baltimore City Schools teacher. Peter Murrell, Ph.D., professor of urban education at Loyola, will moderate the discussion.

The event is targeted to area students pursuing degrees in education. The event is free and open to the public. To register, please visit loyola.edu/unite.

Loyola’s UNITE chapter was founded in spring 2013 after School of Education faculty and students learned of the national organization and decided its goals aligned with the students’ needs. A year later, the group won Loyola’s Club of the Year. The group has close to 30 members who participate in weekly meetings, workshops, community service activities, and professional development. Loyola’s chapter is the first East Coast UNITE chapter, the first private school chapter, and the first Jesuit chapter.

About UNITE:
UNITE, founded in 2007 at the University of Illinois, is a national non-profit organization founded and led by urban teachers that focuses on preparing future urban teachers to overcome the challenges facing city schools and stay committed to teaching. The organization’s five current university chapters include Loyola, Illinois State University, Indiana University, University of Illinois, and Purdue University. 

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