CHICAGO - Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, the state's point person on education reform, will deliver keynote remarks at the Associated Colleges of Illinois' Summer Institute for K-12 teachers. Simon will urge teachers in high-need schools to use the Common Core learning standards and encourage them to pilot the state's new math curriculum models come fall. Simon supported the curricula developed by state education authorities to better prepare graduates for college and careers.
"We want to put all middle and high school students on track for success," said Simon. "Colleges and employers expect our students to have certain skills, but find too many students are unprepared. The statewide model math curriculum gives educators an additional resource to help prepare students to compete in the global marketplace."
Later Friday, Simon will deliver the graduation speech for the Phoenix Military Academy Class of 2013. Simon will highlight top students, including an Illinois Dream Act scholarship recipient who will testify on behalf of immigrant students in Washington D.C. next week.
Friday, June 21
EVENT: Associated Colleges of Illinois Summer Institute
LOCATION: Trinity Christian College Dining Hall, 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights
EVENT: Phoenix Military Academy graduation
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S. Campbell Ave., Chicago