Taking Planning Into the Schools

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The many dimensions of planning lend themselves to engaging young people in community life. Whether the engagement is over the environment, city building, neighborhood life, or health, planning provides an excellent means of demonstrating how to create a community vision and solve problems. Many planners see the local school as an opportunity to teach young people about planning. However, what does it take to develop a relationship with teachers and local school officials? Further, what kinds of programs work well for both the guest teacher/planner and the classroom teacher and his/her students? Hear from experienced educators and planners on how to bring planning into the schools.


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Gabrielle Lyon
Gabrielle Lyon is a non-profit leader, educator and public speaker on STEM and education reform. In 1999 she cofounded Project Exploration, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the face of science for underserved minority youth and girls. In 2012 Lyon launched the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative, a community-based effort to document Chicago's out-of-school-time STEM landscape and support the nonprofit, social, business and government sectors to cooperate on building pathways into STEM for Chicago’s young people. At the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lyon is responsible for engaging youth, educators, mentors and families to explore the built environment and design thinking through in-person and online experiences Lyon’s honors include representing the International Association of Educators for World Peace as a delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, addressing the U.N. Subcommittee on Human Rights on “The Prevention of Racism and the Protection of Minorities,” in 1995 She was recognized as one of “Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” by Public Allies in 1999, one of the Community Renewal Society’s “35 Under 35″ in 2007, and a recipient of The Chicago Community Trust Fellowship in 2009. Under her leadership, Project Exploration received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2009, was named a national model by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2010, and in 2011 was recognized with an “Excellence in Summer Learning Award” from the National Summer Learning Association. In 2011 Chicago Magazine named Lyon a “Chicagoan of the Year.” In 2012 she was named a National After School Champion by the After School Alliance. Lyon earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she is an Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Jean Linsner
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Jacqueline Reid
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John Martoni
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