Academics

James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program

Rev. and Mrs. James and Karen Laatsch generously fund the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program which consists of free monthly workshops and meetings giving strategies and practical solutions to orient teachers to new urban environments, teach classroom management skills and offer insight for successful parent-teacher relationships.

In addition to the monthly meetings, workshops are offered through The Academy of Continuing Professional Education at Concordia University Chicago and are open to teachers enrolled in the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teachers Program

For more information about joining or presenting at the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program, please contact Roberta Smith, 708-209-3622.

Roberta Smith is the Director of the Institute of Professional Studies at Concordia University Chicago. She facilitates and oversees the James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program and Annual Conference.

The James and Karen Laatsch Urban Teacher Program is formerly known as the New Urban Teachers Series. In the Spring of 2015, Rev. and Mrs. Laatsch generously endowed this program. Learn more about their story.


Monthly Meetings

Monday Evenings
5 to 7 p.m. 
Koehneke Community Center - Rugland Room

The group enjoys dinner together, discusses educational topics and learns more about current educational trends and information from guest speakers.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • Nov. 19, 2018: “What Social Studies is NOT, and a different way of approaching what it IS” by Tricia Walton
    • This workshop will center on the idea of what Social Studies is NOT, and a different way of approaching what it IS. There will be some discussion of the newest Social Studies standards, some ideas of what your curriculum should look like, and some exciting new ways to address both of those things (the standards and your curriculum) in your classroom. 

  • Jan. 14, 2019: Kari Pawl “Journaling” (even in Pre-K)

  • Feb. 11, 2019: John Schnack: “Technology”

  • March 18, 2019: Susan Gittings “Brain Breaks”

  • April 15, 2019: Meghan Sleezer “Math”

  • May 20, 2019: “Planning”