FROM EAGLES TO TITANS: PEN PAL PARTNERS
Orchard Place Elementary School and Illinois Wesleyan University
Located in Des Plaines, Illinois, Orchard Place Elementary School serves approximately 300 students in grades Pre-K through 5th. The student body includes a range of socio-economically, linguistically, and ethnically diverse students: 68% are Hispanic, 62% are English language learners of varied ethnicities and first languages. Another 55% of students qualify for low-income services.
|Our partner class, fourth grade students taught by IWU alumnus Stephanie Hajdu (’06) reflects the student diversity in the school: of the 25 students, 11 are white, 11 are Hispanic, two are Asian/Pacific Islander, and two are African-American. About one-half of these students speak another language at home, 25% receive English Language Learner services, and eight percent have Individualized Education Plans.|
Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is located in Bloomington, Illinois and enrolls 2,100 students in liberal arts and professional studies. More than 120 of these students are K-12 teacher certification candidates enrolled in the Educational Studies Department . The mission of the department is to develop teacher-scholars committed to social justice in their classrooms and schools so that the democratic ideals of equity and opportunity are realized for all students. The Student Education Association (SEA) is an affiliate of the National Education Association and is designed to foster educational leadership.