In the Loop Guests
WYCC PBS Chicago
EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL / PARENT
I currently work as a consultant with parents, residents, educators, partners, and non-profit organizations to develop sustainable, parent driven community schools in Chicago, Illinois. I help school communities develop and implement curriculum, develop staff, conduct parent seminars, explore education political and legal issues, and create organizing strategies. My goal is for students to matriculate into responsible and productive members of society. The purpose of education is to develop leaders that are able to develop and maintain institutions within the community they reside while demonstrating high moral character.
Prior to becoming a consultant, I have served the community as a teacher, math and science coach, assistant principal, and principal in Chicago. I am a Bronzeville resident and CPS parent of 3 children, two of whom have graduated and are now in college.
MIGUEL del VALLE
COMMISSIONER - ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION
Miguel del Valle was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn Feb. 8 to a five year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission. He previously served as the City Clerk of Chicago and was the first Hispanic elected to the Illinois State Senate, where he served for 20 years, including terms as co-chairman of the Latino Caucus and chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He is the co-founder of the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees and the Illinois Latino Advisory Council on Higher Education. He also serves as vice chairman of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and as chairman of Illinois P-20 Council, an organization aimed at improving educational opportunities for students. Prior to holding elected office, he worked with several community-based agencies including the Union League Foundation for Boys and Girls Clubs and Association House, a human service agency in Chicago. He earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
EDITOR-N-CHIEF -CATALYST CHICAGO
Lorraine Forte first worked for Catalyst as managing editor from 1991 to 1996. She also is a former news writer at WGN-TV and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Southtown. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Ohio State University.