- Department of Curriculum and Instruction
- Summer Social Justice Camp
Social Justice Summer Camp for Educators
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
NIU's Social Justice Summer Camp 4.0 is canceled in response to COVID-19 and the state's stay-at-home order. We look forward to returning in June 2021. Thank you for your understanding and support.
The three-day summer camp is designed to bring together teams of new and returning campers (educators) to investigate multicultural and social justice education. Campers will have significant opportunities to discuss social justice issues, both general and specific to their schools, with experts and colleagues, as well as time for individual reflection and group activities.
Camp discussion topics include:
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Differentiated instruction
- Social justice education and technology
- Language as forms of equality
- Understanding social justice education
- Understanding biases
- Critical race theory
- Multicultural children's literature
- LGBTQ advocacy
- Restorative justice
- How to make documentaries in the classroom
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- Social Justice Summer Camp offers educators ideas to reach students in 'a different way'.
"A great "refueling" experience. The depth of conversations that are occur are life-changing. I truly believe that without the Social Justice Summer Camp D428 would not have made as much progress as we did in 2017-2018. Thank you for all of your support in this journey."by Jennie Hueber, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Instruction, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428
"The Social Justice Summer Camp was incredibly eye-opening and enlightening. This experience helped bring our school closer as a staff and helped inform us to make better educational decisions as teachers and principals (five teachers and our principal attended together from our school). This experience helped us to collaborate as a team and set forth a plan to use with the rest of our staff and our students. I believe every teacher should be required to attend Social Justice Summer Camp to help provide the best relationship and school year for every student."by Cassandra Kleczewski, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, Elgin Area School District U46