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December 16, 2013

Common Roots Initiative’s outreach to west suburban teachers has doubled this year, thanks to strong community support and two fantastic teachers.

CRI has awarded the CRI 2013 Teacher Scholarship to educators at Proviso East High School — Ashley Glickman, an English teacher and Alexander Aschoff, a Science teacher. They will receive $1,000 each to fund their classroom initiatives.

Glickman focuses on bringing real-life applications to her lessons, thus encouraging students to become more empathetic toward historical events. Glickman plans to take her American Studies Honors students to Connor Prairie in Indiana. The trip will complement the Civil War and slavery curriculum, as students will have an opportunity to view a part of the Underground Railroad. 

She’s grateful to CRI for making her dream become a reality. “I can't wait to take my students on this field trip to experience and learn about the Underground Railroad,” said Glickman. “My students are quite excited to take this trip.”

Aschoff’s approach uses technological innovations to improve student accountability. For example, a wireless PowerPoint presenter will allow him to circulate around the room and interact with students, while keeping them on task. 

“Our students are constantly connected to technology and they are driven to get their hands on the next best thing,” said Aschoff. “It is my hope that these upgrades to my classroom will further engage my students and help them learn more.”

“I am very impressed with just how much our scholarship winners are contributing to the learning environment at Proviso East,” said Mike Cavello, CRI executive board member and current scholarship committee chair. “They are clearly dedicated to ensuring that their students will be prepared for the future.”

It’s the students’ turn! CRI is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Proviso East senior who plans to attend an institution of higher education. The online scholarship application can be completed The application and its materials must be submitted by February 1, 2014.