Sign up for the Illinois Education Association Spring Conference!

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For more detailed information on this event, click here.
You can also contact our IEA Student Vice-President Jessica Dunahoo, jdunahoo@student.govst.edu.
If you would like to register for the Student IEA Spring 2018 Conference, click here.

Receive the early-bird discount if you register before March 20!
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2018.

SEA Members Contribute Voices

Through an initiative to hear students’ voices, President Elaine Maimon presented one of

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Jessica White, Dr. Elaine Maimon, Michelle Westergaard

many opportunities for students to join in round table discussions with campus leaders on Thursday, February 1.  Taking initiative, Jessica White (Student Education Association Treasurer and Kappa Delta Pi Secretary) and Michelle Westergaard (Student Education Association Membership and Activities Director and Kappa Delta Pi Secretary) joined students, faculty, and staff for an evening of sharing experiences.

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Jessica White, Justin Smith, Michelle Westergaard

After Dr. Maimon made introductions, participants spoke from personal perspectives resulting in productive dialogue about both issues on campus as well as potential solutions.  Michelle said, “The evening was an excellent opportunity to talk about our overall experiences as GSU students.”  These experiences included involvement in student activities, clubs, and honor societies such as the Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP).

Michelle said that she and Jessica shared with the room “how involvement is crucial for having a positive overall collegiate experience.”  She went on to say, “Joining organizations helps students to feel like they are an integral part of the University, and provides excellent opportunities for networking.”  For Michelle and Jessica, being involved in SEA and KDP have been vital to their success and enjoyment as students at Governors State University.

Students interested in joining SEA or learning more about KDP should check out the website or contact Michelle Westergaard (mweatergaard@student.govst.edu) for more information.

Attention Teachers or Pre-Service Teachers: Call for Science Fair Judges (no science background required!)

The Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will have student Science Fairs in our schools during 2018.  We would like to invite you to participate with our young scientists by judging our student’s work as they present to you their Science Fair Projects.  You do not have to be a scientist to participate!  We begin the judging with an informational presentation where you will receive an explanation of our judging rubric.   We will then adjourn to the gymnasium for approximately an hour where each judge will be assigned four to five students to judge.

The dates and schools are listed below of our upcoming fairs.  Please let us know your availability to judge either by emailing Annmarie Goodman:  agoodman@sd163.com or calling 708-668-9417. We thank you in advance for your commitment to our students!

Friday, February 9, 2018 (4th-8th 12:00-2:30pm): Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:30-10:30am) (3rd 9:30-10:30am): 21st Century Primary Center

Friday, May 4, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:00-10:30am) (3rd 9:00-10:30am): Blackhawk Primary Center

Friday, April 27, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 1:00-2:30pm) (3rd 1:00-2:30pm): Mohawk Primary Center

From the office of Dr. Caletha White – Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services

Park Forest ~ Chicago Heights School District 163

SEA Career Workshop: January 25, 2018

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The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governor’s State University will be hosting a career and resume workshop on Thursday, January 25 from 4-6pm in the E-lounge. SEA’s current president, Stephanie Henning, will be acting as host for the event. The workshop will be a joint effort between the SEA, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society, and the Psychology club at GSU. All students from across the university, including individuals within the Division of Education, Division of Social Work, and Division of Psychology and Counseling are encouraged to attend.

Presenters include school administrators, psychologists, graduate school representatives, and student graduates in the field of psychology and education. They will provide useful information on resume formatting, content, and cover letters. They will also provide resume and interview tips, as well as advice on when to apply for positions and how to stand out from other applicants.

Additionally, information and guidance on applying to graduate school will be provided.  Student attendees will be encouraged to ask questions. The second part of this event will include small group consultations and work sessions. In the work sessions, students will be able to receive individualized help with their resumes from experienced faculty and staff. Any student who wishes to receive advice on improvements should bring their resume to the event.

Disaster Relief Project (NEA Grant)

Collection: January 29 thru February 21

Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27

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The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University will be organizing a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event will benefit residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. Thousands of people lost everything including: their homes, clothing, books, and basic school supplies. This project and grant focuses on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families.  SEA at GSU will be collaborating with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.

The first goal of the event is to ameliorate the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS).  The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. Money received from the grant will be used to purchase paint, trees, shrubs, and picnic tables. Teachers at SHHS and students in the SEA at San Jacinto College, as well as other people in the community, will spend a day in February installing the picnic tables, planting trees, and painting the outside wall in order to create at least one beautiful area at the school that students, teachers, and the community can enjoy.

The second goal of the disaster relief project is to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The donation drive for this event will take place between January 29 and February 21, 2018.  Items for this project will can be dropped off at the SEA office (G228) or in one of the donation boxes in G building, 2nd floor until February 21st. The culminating event of this project will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. At this time, SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers will work together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas.

Donations: we are accepting only certain items that are listed on the flyer (please do not drop off other stuff). We are also accepting cash donations to purchase paint, trees, and shrubs.

For more information, please visit the SEA at GSU website and social media.  If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the student officers or faculty advisors organizing this project.

Student leaders: Jessica White (jwhite7@student.govst.edu), Reyna Hernandez (rhernandez7@student.govst.edu)

Faculty advisors: Dr. Katy Hisrich (khisrich@govst.edu), Dr. Xiaobo She (xshe@govst.edu), Dr. Amy Vujaklija (avujaklija@govst.edu)