Dear Teacher, You are cordially invited to the Biennial Museum of Contemporary Art Educator Symposium.

Read on for more information about this special event. We hope you can join us. Sincerely, Teacher Programs Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 T 312.397.3838 www.mcachicago.org

Biennial Educator Symposium Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 5pm to 7pm Art and Critical Pedagogy: Rethinking Education This symposium aims to broaden the conversation about the "critical" in critical pedagogy – one that includes contemporary art practices, traditional and new media literacies, and acts of education that empower youth as producers of culture. How do we develop a common language for understanding the key ideas that frame critical pedagogy? What can we learn from contemporary artists who ask critical questions, critique, and comment on issues that range from the personal to the global? How can educators create innovative learning experiences that compel youth to take social action? With these questions in mind, the symposium highlights best practices in urban education that provide youth with the skills they need to function more powerfully as citizens in our multicultural society. The program features the following presenters: • Dipti Desai, Associate Professor and Director of the Art Education Program at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Co-author of

History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education
• Nicole Mitchell, Creative Flutist, Bandleader, Composer, Educator • Ernest Morrell, Associate Professor of Urban Education and Cultural Studies at UCLA; Author of

The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools
The symposium is for educators who seek a different type of professional development experience. Teachers programs at the MCA aim to engage educators in explorations of timely pedagogical issues, provide access to provocative speakers, and promote an open exchange among peers and colleagues. MCA teacher programs are free for Illinois teachers. Pre-registration is required. Call 312.397.3838 or email teacherprograms@mcachicago.org with the following information: • Teacher name and School name • Email address and Phone number • Grade level(s) and Subject(s) taught Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage provided pending availability. Teacher programs at the MCA are made possible by a generous grant from the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, The Efroymson Family Fund, and Discover Financial Services. .