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Lourdes S. Guerrero commented on ArtEd Guru's blog post Want Students to Succeed? Let Them Fail
"In August 2011, there was a Chicago Tribune article regarding whether or not high school students were prepared for college. And of course, teachers were were being blamed...again. I wrote the following comment. "Public High School Grads…"
Mar 19, 2012
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MCA Curriculum Slam at MCA

February 7, 2012 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
The Curriculum Slam is a forum for educators to learn about fresh, creative ways to bring contemporary art and ideas into the classroom. Meet educators whose work embraces the spirit of inquiry and innovation. Hear how they engage students with the contemporary. Forget the curriculum fair. At the Curriculum Slam, the MCA hands educators the mic! …See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Lessons in the Spotlight—Using the Art Critique Process to Strengthen Teaching and Learning at Ryan Education Center

February 9, 2012 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
2/9/12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.Ryan Education CenterFree; 2 CPDUsTeacher ProgramArtists use the critique process to get feedback about their work, anticipate audience responses, and make adjustments and improvements to their work. While schoolteachers exercise their creativity every day creating lessons and units of study, they rarely get to share their products with peers and other professionals. Whether you are looking for fresh ideas or simply want to support your peers, join us for this lively…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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February 10, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm
HEAVEN+HELLFebruary 10 - June 30, 2012Opening Reception: February 10, 5-8pmCurated by Molly Tarbell and Jan PetryIntuit, in collaboration with the Loyola Universty Museum of Art (LUMA), presents HEAVEN+HELL, an exhibition exploring the themes of heaven and hell as conceived by outsider, folk and self-taught artists. The content may be benign or horrific, delusional or commentative on contemporary life, obsessive or minimal in design, but usually on the face of the work, highly interpretative.…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Winning the Testing Battle: Overhauing ESEA/NCLB at UIC’s Student Center East 302

February 15, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm
CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education) welcomes Monty Neill, FairTest executive director and chair of the national Forum on Educational Accountability, who will address• A decade of failed testing policy• What the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act should look like • Strategies for winning: local and national actionWednesday, February 15, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m., room 302 of UIC’s Student Center East (701 S. Halsted at Polk, public parking in structure…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Teaching Artists and the Future of Education at Columbia College

February 15, 2012 from 6:15pm to 9pm
TAD Studio ColloquiumWEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 20126:15 PM - 9:00 PMFILM ROW, COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO1104 S. WABASH, 8th floorTeaching Artists, hybrid professionals who link the arts to education and community life, are redefining the roles that the arts can play in public education.  Who are teaching artists? Where and how do they work? What new strategies might they offer to help ailing public schools?  And how can schools become generative sites of creative growth for artists, teachers and…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Book Launch! Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall

February 16, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Please join us at a reception to celebrate the publication ofArt and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commonsby Lisa Hochtritt, John Ploof, Therese Quinn, authors and editors.The book features essays and artwork by a wide range of artists, teachers, and arts educators, including: Heidi Cody, Rafael Trelles, Just Seeds, Carrie Sandahl, Nicolas Lampert, Future Farmers, Samuel Fosso, Emily Jacir, Olivia Gude, Bernard Williams, David Dart, Laurie Palmer, Maura Nugent, Delany Susie, Bert…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Artist Statement Blitz at Chicago Artists’ Coalition

February 18, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm
Invent, overhaul or tweak your artist statement in one afternoon! Art historian, Jacqueline Chao, and practicing artist, Sarah Berkeley, will lead an intensive hands-on workshop on writing artist statements. Participants will leave with a usable artist statement in hand. This workshop is open to all artists, from first-timers to experienced statement writers.Street parking is available.Cost: $10 for CAC Members, or $20 for Non-Members. To purchase tickets or for more info please call…See More
Jan 30, 2012
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Stress and Creativity

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Sep 8, 2011
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Pedagogy, Art and Thinking (PAnT) Collective
Aug 30, 2011
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Apples of My Eye

"Thanks. It's a very little piece but it says a lot. And the apples are 3-D."
Mar 15, 2011
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Apples of My Eye

Cotton, crocheted, batting and stiffener, sculpture, 8” x 17” x 2,” 1997
Mar 6, 2011
Lourdes S. Guerrero commented on ArtEd Guru's event Teaching in the Museum: Skill Share in Museum Learning
"I apologize. I cannot be there--a small emergency takes me out of town."
Feb 23, 2011

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Artist, Teacher, Arts Advocate and Lecturer
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“Apples of My Eye,” 1997

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Reflection, by Lourdes S. Guerrero, 2011

Reflection is a core principle of education—at least it still is for teachers. “This is what teachers do on a regular basis…” stated Diane Ravitch in a recent lecture sponsored by the Chicago Teacher’s Union at the UIC Forum. Why doesn’t anyone else do it?

             Our society has become so contentious. People don’t stop and think before saying hateful words, acting in a rash way, or casting their very valuable vote. I’m not guiltless. But I hope I’m the kind of person who can reflect on my actions, admit when I’m wrong, and learn from my mistakes. So often, in attacking “the other,” we forget the humanity of those who view things differently than us. In the past, Americans were so proud of this ability to work together despite difference, but lately we seem to have forgotten the skills of reflection.

            For approximately 30 years, corporate reform in education has pushed for more and more standardized testing. Increased testing leaves no room in the curriculum for reflecting. We have a generation of children, now adults, who have little skill in this. Without the ability to reflect, there is also very little real learning done—not just how to bubble—but real, life-transforming education. The process of taking time to stop and look back over past actions in order to re-assess, allows for learning. And that’s the crux. Individuals have to re-assess FOR THEMSELVES in order to learn.

            The funding for increased standardized testing also leaves no money for school programs that, by their very nature, incorporate reflection in their practice—visual arts, music and creative writing. Still the business financiers (who run school boards) aren’t happy. World Languages and Social Studies classes are now being cut.

            Cutting World Languages at a time when our society is becoming more globalized is ridiculous. Cutting Social Studies, the very program that instructs our children on constitutional history, will leave us a society of people unaware of their rights and duties as American citizens.

            But maybe that’s what corporate “education” reformers really want—a mass of low-wage workers who will not stand up to their bosses because they are ignorant of their rights and lack the ability to reflect on their situation.

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At 11:20am on April 14, 2011, S. Bailey Jacobson said…

Hi Lourdes, 


Thanks for writing me back.  Obvious I need to check my own page more often; I just noticed your comment.  I think I wrote a message regarding advocacy for art education in public schools (it was so long ago that I am guessing).  The show you mentioned, 'Art Teachers Redefined' sounds fascinating and I am sorry I missed it.  I am a former public school art teacher and my thesis is focused on the effects of standardization on art classrooms.  I see the loss of art education as an absolutely critical topic in educational policy.  I look forward to continue this discussion on the Ning or in person. 




At 10:49am on October 12, 2009, Lourdes S. Guerrero said…
Working on my paper: "Aesthetics and the Brain" to be presented at the Illinois Art Education Association Conference in November. Gotta go!

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