Local teacher receives national recognition to attend Chicago workshop

TEMECULA – Molly Newman, a local teacher of engineering and architecture from Great Oak High School was selected as a summer scholar by the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop.

The NEH is a federal agency that supports summer study opportunities each year that connect educators across the country with experts in humanities disciplines. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation.

Newman joined 35 other educators from 24 states in a seven-day workshop entitled, “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.” The skyscraper, more than any other building type, gives American cities their distinctive character and because Chicago is home to several of the world’s earliest skyscrapers, Chicago central ‘Loop’ served as a living classroom and collection.

During the workshop, historic Chicago skyscrapers served as a lens for educators to study invention and innovation, urbanization, industrialization, segregation, technology, labor, gender – particularly the introduction of women to the workplace, preservation and civic identity. Each educator developed lessons and units for the new school year that will use architecture as a tool in teaching their core academic subjects.

Educators had the rare opportunity to see several skyscrapers up close through the Chicago Architecture Foundation. They viewed rare archival documents on skyscrapers at the Art Institute of Chicago; visited the “Crown” of the 1925 Tribune Tower and toured the interior of the Ludwig Mies’ van der Rohe 1965 Federal Center courtrooms. Scholars such as Dr. Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings, lectured on the future of cities, shifting populations and growth and innovative tall buildings across the globe.

To learn about this and other NEH Landmarks workshops being offered across the country in summer 2018, visit www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The approximately 1,600 teachers who participate in NEH programs impact more than 198,000 American students nationwide.

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